SSI Advanced Adventurer Course (Sepanggar Island)


Have your Open Water licence and want more? Our Advanced Adventurer course consists of 5 dives in the beautiful Sepanggar Island, focusing on specific skills to take your deep blue adventures to the next level. This course includes specialised skills in deep dive, perfect buoyancy, navigation, boat dive and waves, tides and currents, and is the SSI equivalent to PADI’s Advanced Open Water course.

Short for Scuba Schools International, SSI is an internationally recognised dive certification provider:

“Since 1970, SSI has been designing state-of-the-art education programs. In fact, SSI was first to become a digital-based training agency in 2006, offering a new service portal for SSI divers and members called MySSI. Since that time SSI has continued to develop its digital offerings, resulting in being fully digital since 2015. To this day, SSI is meeting customers’ needs with an online-based system that integrates training materials, training records, dive logs, marketing, and e-communication.”

Instructor’s Profile
With over 20 years of diving experience, Desmond Chong is the first and only SSI Instructor Trainer with active teaching status in Sabah as of January 2021. This is the highest, most prestigious rank in recreational scuba diving. Prior to his crossover to SSI in February 2019, Desmond was a PADI instructor for 15 years, holding ranks of Instructor Development Courses (IDC) Staff Instructor and Master Scuba Diving Instructor.

Desmond’s diving adventures have landed him various dive-based positions in some of the most renowned diving destinations in the world, including Mabul Island, Maldives, Koh Tao, Phuket and Koh Lipe. Aside from being an avid dive instructor, Desmond has also been heavily involved in the supervision of dive course and dive expedition set ups, ensuring that proper safety and risk management standards are met.

Having certified more than 1,000 students, you can be sure that you’re in good hands with Desmond.

What You Need To Know

Price Range

Package Price (per person)
Package Duration
Group Size
RM 1,050 (1 pax)
RM 940 (2 pax & above)
2 days
Maximum 8 adults

Tour Itinerary

Theoretical Knowledge (Self-Study)
Through SSI’s proprietary app (MySSI), you will be able to self-study the Advanced Adventurer course materials and complete all requisite knowledge review questions online at your own pace and convenience, before the in-water training.

Exact itinerary and order of specialty dives may vary depending on each student’s pace of progress.

Tour Duration


Usual Inclusions

  • Internationally recognised ISO certified SSI Advanced Adventurer dive course conducted by SSI-qualified dive instructors
  • SSI digital study kit right in your computer / mobile phone / tablet (iOS and Android compatible) through the MySSI app (free of charge)
  • Round trip boat transfers to and from STAR Marina Jetty and dive centre at Sepanggar Island
  • Usage of full dive equipment
  • Lunch and drinking water
  • Access to freshwater showers and washrooms

Important Tips

  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Towel
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Extra bag for wet cloths
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