Scuba diving in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

Scuba diving has been on my to-do list since many years. I had the opportunity to do a crash course when I used to live in Singapore. It was one of those quick steps on how to stay in the water and swim back up, so that I could be filmed underwater in a pool.

Ever since that brief experience, I have always had it in the back of my mind: what if I had pursued further and to see the underwater world in real life?

Introduction lessons for in-house guests

And so, I jumped at the chance when I heard that Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur was inviting us to their ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ introduction lessons for their in-house guests, to learn the basics of scuba diving.

I love swimming. It’s one of those sports that has become a regular recreational activity that I truly enjoy, especially when it comes to going on a holiday. However, due to the pandemic, it’s been more than two years since I have been in the water, hence I was getting quite excited to participate in this activity. And I must say, what a great afternoon I had swimming in the pool at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur with a nice bunch of people.

A small group and great teacher

First off, what I loved about it was that there were only six participants, keeping it small and intimate. It allowed Melanie, our PADI professional instructor from Flow Dive Centre, to guide us all the way, from learning how to breathe and to utilise our given scuba diving tanks, to be able to swim with the tanks independently.

I was well impressed with Melanie’s teaching approach. Not only was she very clear with her instructions, she ensured that all of us followed through her instructions and practiced doing it by ourselves. The exhilaration I felt when I was able to wander off with my tank was encouraging for me to think that I can actually go for the next level.

Child friendly activity

I was totally taken by the 10 year old girl who was in our group. She was so comfortable and at ease with learning how to use the tank, that she swam like a fish, inspiring me to think that diving was not as hard as I had imagined! The incredible things kids can do! Yes, this is a child friendly activity, so long as your kids are 8 years and above, they are welcome to participate.

This would be an ideal holiday or staycation in Kuala Lumpur city for those with families. In conjunction with the upcoming school holidays in March, Discover Scuba Diving will be available from 14 – 20 March 2022, with two sessions daily. At only RM150 per person, you will just have to bring along your bathers and get started on a quick and easy introduction to explore the underwater world.

Plan your children’s school holidays now by finding out more at the hotel’s website here. More info here about the scuba diving sessions. Call the hotel at 03 2074 3581 to book your slot now.

We were invited to the scuba diving session. As always, our opinion is honest and our own.

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