Guide To Learning Scuba Diving In Singapore 2018 - Requirements, Certifications, & Diving School

I recently came across this article in The Smart Local about Scuba Diving. 

Great Article. I do however think there are some things that are not quiet correct on the comparison of differences. 

I myself am a PADI MSDT and think that its a personal preference for the organization you choose. Just learn the correct and safe way of Scuba Diving and have fun!

The main point of learning to Scuba Dive is to meet the Industry standards set by RSTC.   


Both offer the Open Water Diver Course

Both are internationally recognised

The equipment used and the skills and techniques taught are the same

Courses offered include theory sessions, pool sessions and open water diving excursions

Both have the same prerequisites



More rigid course structure - Must complete one stage before moving to another. This is to ensure every student meets the requirements.

Need to purchase a manual or ebook which you can refer to in the long term. You can also borrow the manual or book from your dive centre for theory and exam.

E-Learning for the theory segment available at around $130 this is included in the course cost

Temporary 90 day diving card + card sent to house at extra charge. Temporary 90 day cert sent by email for free and card sent to you by post free.


Instructors allowed to modify 20% of teaching methods to suit students learning pace

Can borrow the manual or ebbok

E-learning available for free. Included in the course cost

Digital certification presented immediately and card received within 30 days

Here's an alternative for everyone. 


Price: S$599 or IDR 5,990,000 Theory & Exam: Online at home 1 to 2 weeks before pool session.  Pool sessions: Fridays: 8am to 4pm with lunch. 

Open Water Sessions: Sat-Sun. All meals on OWD Sessions (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner)

Open Water Dive location: Pulau Petong/Pulau Abang

Included in the package:

All land transport from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal for 3 days return to Ferry Terminal.

1 night hotel accommodation shared. 1 Night on KM Asad for OWD Sessions. All Dive Gear, Tanks & Weights. 

Temporary Certification card by email. FREE Plastic card through post from Australia. FREE

Excluded in the package: Ferry Singapore/Batam return. 

Max's Dive Centre Address: Ruko Legenda Junction BB 16 Batam Centre Contact: _6281277429844 Website:


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