Thinking of visiting Malaysia and want to experience more of its diverse marine life? Check out these dive schools in Langkawi for short SSI and PADI Open Water courses, to more advanced training to become a diving instructor.
Langkawi Scuba provides PADI courses and training for the novice as well as refreshers. New divers can choose between different PADI Open Water Diver courses to suit their needs, including a three-day class and e-learning options. All courses cover theory (with an instructor or online), swimming tests and provide practice in shallow waters and at nearby dive sites under the supervision of an expert. Located on Cenang Beach, this is one of the best dive schools in Langkawi, offering a comprehensive safety briefing and familiarisation with equipment under the guidance of experienced PADI instructors. The school closes between June and September during the monsoon season.
The courses at Scuba Club Langkawi cater to everyone from beginners to experts. First-timers can learn the basics in the SSI and PADI courses and get their internationally recognised certificate. More advanced ones train divers in how to deal with an emergency response and rescue efforts. The experienced and enthusiastic can take a three-week Dive Master allowing the student to become a bonafide instructor. Located at Airis Sanctuary Resort in Pantai Tengah, this dive school in Langkawi provides the most comprehensive selection of courses and diving experiences.
For a more sustainable diving experience, check out Langkawi Coral. Focusing on promoting green tourism and doing their best to encourage conservation and helping local communities, this is more popular among environmentally-conscious travellers. Despite only offering the SSI Open Water Certification at a slightly higher price than other dive schools in Langkawi, customers are satisfied with their experience. Expect a detailed theoretic section and in-depth practical skill development infused with nuggets of marine conservation tips from passionate instructors.
Big Brother Dive Centre on Pantai Tengah provides basic and advanced courses with regular trips to Pulau (Island) Payar Marine Park. Classes range from one-day refreshers and three-day PADI to master classes where a competent diver can reach the top 2% of divers. Beginners sign up for the Open Water Diver course covering safety, equipment and lots of practical experience starting at RM1450 ($364). Or the experienced can join the more advanced ones to learn how to dive at much greater depths.
East Marine Holidays has provided visitors with the chance to experience the marine life in Langkawi’s tropical waters since 1993. Its variety of courses range from one-day sessions to masters and instructor training. Based at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, most attendees are satisfied with the attentive detail to both the theory and practical sessions. All courses meet international criteria and graduates can use their certificate to dive anywhere in the world. While East Marine Holidays isn’t as popular as some of the other dive schools in Langkawi, they do promise a more personal learning experience in smaller groups.