COVID SINGAPORE PERIOD

FEB TO DEC 2020

SINGAPORE SCUBA DIVING

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE LOCAL

Divers want to dive with the best dive center they can find. At Orpheus Dive, we are committed to being that dive center. Our aim is to provide you with the highest level of service and the most comprehensive diver training; whether you are a beginner, advanced, professional or technical diver. At Orpheus Dive we proudly teach PADI courses (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) as they are not only the most internationally recognized and respected dive training agency, they are also at the forefront of diving innovation and safety development.

padi open water diver course

Singapore

who should take this course up

Entire Singapore had to do an island-wide lockdown in March 2020. During this period, the only option to attend a PADI Open Water Diver Course is one that is conducted locally.

However, due to the existing condition and also the condition of diving in Singapore waters, we had to make some changes to the way that we have conducted our courses in the past. All theory lessons now are conducted online, using PADI latest E-Learning Materials.

And for safety reasons, we are restricting each class to a minimum of 2 participants to start a class to a maximum of 3 participants in a class.

PRE-REQUISITE

HOW : Before signing up for any PADI Scuba Diving courses, each participant would have to declare that they are relatively fit and does not require medical clearance. To understand what is needed, please download the medical form.

WHAT : You are required to be to swim 200m or snorkel for 300m and float/threading for 10 minutes comfortably.

WHEN : The water test is done on the first day of your pool training.

THEORY DEVELOPMENT

HOWYou can sign up online with us anytime and it will generally take about 2 weeks to complete your reading online and watching of the videos. You will need to complete the knowledge developments and final exams online as well.

WHAT : All theory lessons will be conducted online and we will arrange a Zoom lesson should there be questions that you are unable to answer.

CONFINED WATER TRAINING

HOW : Prepare yourself for the pool training by completing watching the videos provided prior to the actual pool training. This will prepare you mentally on what will happening during the pool training.

WHAT : We will be covering the required skills for PADI Open Water Diver Course

WHEN : Every Sunday afternoon, from 8.00am to 12.30pm. The pool training will be conducted over at Alumni association.

REQUIRED OCEAN DIVES

HOW : You will be required to complete four ocean dives up to 18 metres during your course. The evaluation for your course is based on your ability to combined both theory and skills taught to you prior.

WHAT : A detailed briefing followed by a fun dive will commence once the skills evaluation is completed.

WHEN : The four dives will be conducted on 2 separate Saturday mornings.

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER LOCAL COURSE

Fees : SGD 840.00

Group of 2 Fees : SGD$ 760.00

1 to 1 or Kids : SGD$ 990.00

INCLUSION IN PACKAGE

– 4 dives conducted over 2 Saturdays. Availability would be subjective to boat’s schedule.
– All training equipment, PADI E-Learning Open Water Diver Manual (worth AUD 220.00) and certification cost
– Confined Water Training
– Instructor Fees

LOCAL DIVING ITINERARY

Saturday
0700hrs : Meeting Point
0730hrs : Boat departs for Pulau Hantu
0800hrs : Dive 1
1000hrs : Dive 2
1200hrs : Back to Singapore
1230hrs : Arrival Back at Pier

Meeting Point : 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore SG, 126887

Please take note of the new procedures diving onboard with Social Distancing

  • Please be punctual and arrive or ready to board 15 mins prior (ie 0715 hrs on boat)
  • Kindly practise safe  distancing by staying within the red tapes marked on the boat deck
  • The dive boat leaves on the exactly at  0730 hrs and depart from Pulau Hantu by 1100hrs
  • Total dives per day is limited to 2 dives within 3 hours, including of compulsory surface interval.
  • Rinsing facilities is available onboard
  • Please disembark in an orderly manner at jetty and do not mingle around
  • Checking of your temperature at RSYC gate is compulsory prior to entry
  • SafeEntry check in into both RSYC and boarding the respective boats is required.
  • Dolphin Explorer 22 at Berth C6
  • Dolphin Explorer 1 at Berth C5
  • Dolphin Explorer 26 at Berth B5
  • Please check with us which boat you are on prior to Saturday.

UOB INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

0% INTEREST

Sign up for any PADI courses with our 0% Interest Online Instalment Payment Plans (IPP). For more information, please give us a call at our Hotline

+65 6887 3631

WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE US

BY THE WAY, WE DO NOT PAY FOR REVIEWS AND NEITHER DO WE FORCE REVIEWS ON DIVERS

 

Prompt response: From initial enquiry to travel arrangement to PADI course details, Orpheus Dive has never failed to reply timely, even exceeding expectations!

Hassle-free & flexible to needs: Additional pool sessions requested for were arranged according to our schedules, all we had to do was to make payment. All other logistics arrangements were settled by Orpheus Dive, including the actual trip for PADI training and certification.

Patient & professional dive instructors: Had Lester, Hamish & Darwin train our group and they were very extremely professional in teaching the required skills. Special shout-out to Darwin who has been most patient, most encouraging, most kind to help learners overcome fears and anxiety. He even went the extra mile to take underwater photos and videos to serve as a motivational tool and of course, those were most helpful in the post-dive review sessions. Outstanding service through and through!

Chi Ing

You teach with passion, you are very focus and analytic. You corrected my problems during the lesson. You took time to explain every single drills, you added new stuff to make the training fun. You go through again to make sure I understand. I think you are not just a instructor , but an amazing Teacher.

I want to say thank you to especially Michael & Darwin for tonight lesson.

Alan Fong

From zero to a certified advanced open water diver over one weekend, it would not be possible with the guidance from Michael and Nicholas, really, thank you very much for your help for this trip!

Lynn Pang

My sister and I have just recently completed our open water course with Orpheus. The class that we were in had a small ratio of 1 instructor to 3 students and our instructor, Nicholas Chow, was awesome! He was very patient throughout and ensured that each of us was able to carry out a specified task before moving onto next. I was also experiencing seasickness on the first day of the dive and Nicholas was quick to pass me ointments/seasick pills plus shared with me some very helpful tips on overcoming seasickness/equalization problems. Overall, I had a very enjoyable experience and felt safe throughout the course ( I would highly recommend Orpheus to everyone – thanks Orpheus!

Jocelyn Yeo

Why are your course fees more expensive than the rest of the dive centres I have enquired?

Most of the dive centres are adopting a 1:4 or 5 student ratio, lowering the operating cost of the instructor onboard of the vessel. We do not want to compete on pricing at the risk of forsaking safety protocols. An ideal class is 1:2 or 1:3 (instructor to student) in limited visibility like Pulau Hantu.

And while most dive centres are still using the traditional manual and classroom, we have learnt from the Circuit Breaker, online learning is significantly more beneficial for students.

How BAD is the visibility in Pulau Hantu?

On a good day, we can enjoy visibility up to 3 to 4 metres. But on most day, the expected visibility is 1 metre or less, hence the main reason why we want to reduce the instructor to student ratio.

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I am Myopic. Can I dive?

Of course you can. There are two options for you. You can either choose to dive with daily disposal contact lens or you can opt to invest in a good pair of scuba diving mask with prescriptive lens

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I am Claustrophobic. Is that gonna cause a problem?

If you think you are suffering from either agoraphobia or claustrophobia, we would suggest that you have a word with your doctor and inform us that you would like to have a 1 to 1 instructor for your own safety. But we have conducted courses for divers suffering from either conditions.

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I am above 50 years old. Can I still dive?

There is no maximum age. As long as your medical clearance is done and your family doctor has certified you that you are fit for diving, then it will not be an issue. However, we might modify part of the training to suit your current needs.

What is there a major price difference between the PADI E-Learning and Hardcopy Manual?

The new PADI E-Learning materials have many advantages. The first thing we have heard from the students is that they are able to focus better on learning in the comfort of their own house. Another reason is, they can learn the material at their own convenience without wasting too much time traveling to the dive school.

Last but not least, the E-Learning materials are more conducive and interactive.

Can my kids to the course at Pulau Hantu as well?

At this moment of time, this is the only option really. However, we children attending the lessons, the ratio is strictly 1:2 and if you would like, we do have 1:1 class ratio prices as well.

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I am really obese. Is that gonna be a problem?

Nope, not an issue at all. As long as your doctor signs on your medical form and have given you clearance to dive, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t

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I am not a strong swimmer. Can I still dive?

As long as you are able to meet the pre-requisite, we do not see why not. However, if you have just picked up swimming and still have water confidence issues, we would suggest that you sign up for a 1 to 1 Instructor classes.

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Can my children learn diving with me?

Yes, of course. As long as they are ten years old and older, and have met all the pre-requisite, we do not see why not. However, for children who are participating in a course, we do not allow a class bigger than 2 people in a group.

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