Archive for March, 2009

PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course Update – Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Monday, March 30th, 2009 @ 01:35 News, Professional Diving Internships

Congratulations to our PADI Instructor Development Candidates on passing their IDC Course with Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Center in Kota Kinabalu.

Now its time for the final Instructor Examination !

PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course Update - Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Looking tired and thirsty – Course Director Joseph Chung, company directors and Richard and Joanne.

Together they conducted the IDC within Downbelow can now relax – their job is done – beers and wine all round !!

Over the next 2 days our candidates will be assessed by PADI Instructor Examiners who have flown in from Sydney Australia to assess the candidates.

Nerves are at their all time high because if they don’t pass this 2 day Examination they will have to re-sit the their non successful portions of the IE next time in Kota Kinabalu or fly elsewhere for another IE after a cooling off period of 5 days.

Lets hope all our candidates won’t need to re-sit.

We will keep everyone updated.

Should you wish to join our nest IDC beginning 19th May please contact us either by email.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course Update – Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 02:33 News, Professional Diving Internships

PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course Update - Kota Kinabalu Sabah

PADI Instructor Development Course – Kota Kinabalu – UPDATE !!

Just a small update, everyone is scoring high feeling that they will be ready for the final IE on 30th & 31st March !!

Our candidates are feeling pretty confident and we’re on schedule.

Today at our island based PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Joseph and Richard had time for a little sing song between confined and open water dives !!

Whilst the Instructor candidates practiced their dive briefings with Susan who is here taking her Staff Instructor course with us.

At Downbelow we run PADI IDCs multiple times per year. Check out our ID Schedule page to find out about Asia’s next IDC and make your plans to join us accordingly.

PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course Update

Should you wish to join our nest IDC beginning 19th May please contact us either by email, telephone or visit our dive shop and travel centre.

We have the largest Dive Shop in Sabah selling brands such as Suunto, Atomic Aquatics, BARE Wetsuits, Sherwood, AKONA, Unidive and Dive Rite.

 

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

 

A wonderful diving holiday last weekend at Kota Kinabalu

Friday, March 27th, 2009 @ 16:29 Guestbook

Hi Joanne,

I would like to thank you and your team for providing us with such a wonderful diving holiday last weekend at Kota Kinabalu. You have been very helpful with providing useful information before my trip.

During the trip, I am especially impressed by the level of professionalism and care provided by JC and Tanya. JC provided us with a little tour and information about KK en-route from our hotel to Jesselton Jetty. He has also recommended a very good Chinese restaurant for our evening out. This is excellent service.

A big thank you to JC & Tanya for their care and service during the dive. It is such a pleasure diving with you guys.

Zenn was impressed with Calvin instruction to his Open Water divers. As she had just completed her Open diving course last month in Singapore, she was able to compare the difference in instruction methods.

I will be recommending you guys to all my friends who are interested in diving.

You will definitely see us again. It’s so easy to get to KK from Singapore and the dive sites are so near. Every dive was different and we see different coral formation each time.

I’ve been diving for over 20 years and I’ve only come across turtle twice. During the dive last week, I spotted 2 different turtle in one day! That’s amazing.

Please extend my appreciation to Richard for a job well done.

Regards,

Sam Loong
Singapore

Thank you for organising parts of our trip to Borneo

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 @ 16:30 Guestbook

Hi,

Just a quick note to thank you for organising parts of our trip to Borneo.

We enjoyed the mountain trip and Lankayan island very much and everything went very smoothly. The staff that we met during our mountain trip were great; they were friendly, helpful and we felt very ‘looked after’.

Lankayan island was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The Hyatt was also very nice and we had avery pleasant stay there.

If we ever return to Borneo, we’ll be sure to use Downbelow and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

Best Wishes,

Jane Leighton
UK

Pulau Tiga – Survivor Island Day Trip, Dolphins, Whaleshark, Buffet Resort Lunch, Mud and More !

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 @ 05:06 News

Day Trips to Pulau Tiga – Survivor Island just gets better and better, last Sundays trip to Pulau Tiga was superb.

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island Day Trip, Dolphins, Whaleshark, Buffet Resort Lunch, Mud and More !

Flat seas enabled us to arrive within 40 minutes of leaving Jesselton Point Jetty so we could make the most of our day trip.

En route with stunning views of Mt Kinabalu and the Crocker Range.

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island Day Trip, Dolphins, Whaleshark, Buffet Resort Lunch, Mud and More !

Cruising along Sabahs West Coast we spotted a large pod of Dolphins, they stayed around for a while enabling Richard to snap a few photos and we saw them again on our way to our first dive site.

Our dives were excellent, large schools of snappers, fusiliers and jacks, lots of nudibranchs, excellent soft corals and a whaleshark (well to be fair it was only our boat captain that saw the whaleshark) but our guests saw one the following day in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park !

We have the fastest dive boat in Kota Kinabalu, which makes a trip to Tiga very comfortable and quick. This is a superb trip for divers and non divers !

Quick transfer times means more time to spend diving, playing in the mud volcano and enjoying the delicious cuisine of Tiga resorts buffet lunch – resort style !

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island Day Trip

This paradise island surrounded by pristine tropical waters is located 6 miles offshore Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.

Formed on September 21st 1897 when an earthquake on the Philippine island of Mindanao triggered a volcanic eruption just north of Borneo.

The eruption of mud and rock formed a new island 20 meters wide. The last eruption of the volcano was in 1941 but to this day warm mud continues to ooze from geometric vents on the island.

These mud baths are safe to bath in and although not proved by science the mud bath is claimed to improve the complexion, relieve joint and muscle pain and remove toxins.

If nothing else they are great fun and very relaxing !!

The pristine natural environment of Pulau Tiga Park is protected by the Malaysian government.

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island Mud Volcano

Pulau Tiga is also home to some fascinating land based wildlife, proboscis and macaque monkeys, flying foxes, bats, monitor lizards and a plethora of birds – including megapodes, hornbills and sea eagles.

The islands fine white sandy beach provides an idyllic place to relax, swim and enjoy the peace and serenity of this uncrowned tropical paradise.

Those who are a little more energetic can trek through the 7 miles of trails now carved through the rain-forest.

Close by Pulau Tiga is Snake Island – named for the many Sea Snakes that inhabit and lay their eggs on the tiny rocky uninhabited island.

Aboard our 37ft spacious speed boat a day trip to Palau Tiga, Survivor Island departs at 0730 hrs.

Day Trips include the following:

Return sea transfers from Kota Kinabalu, Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments, BBQ or Buffet Lunch. Park Entry Fees, Jetty Fees. Guided Snorkelling and/ or Scuba Diving 2 x Boat dives (depending on package). Guided Trip to Mud Volcano and Optional overnight stay.

This is a superb trip for divers and non divers !

To discover more about this fascinating island and great day trip please visit our Pulau Tiga pages.

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island

We run Trips to Pulau Tiga daily on our largest 37ft dive boat whilst our 32ft dive boat is based within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park running dive trips from our island based PADI 5 Star IDC Center.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

Thanks for making my daughter’s bubblemaker session possible

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 @ 12:31 Guestbook

Hi everybody at Downbelow,

Just to say thanks for making my daughter bubblemaker session possible last week.

To James, I appreciated you spending the times for the session despite your tight schedule on that day.

My daughter enjoyed the session although at first she felt a bit scare.

But, by afternoon she was asking when she can do it again.

Finally, thanks again from me and Husna.

Running out of words to describe how good this is

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 @ 16:32 Guestbook

Hi Joanne

I’m running out of words to describe how good this is!

The diving is incredible, but the resort, the sea, the skies and everything about this place make it an out of body experience.

Everyone’s buzzing about it – we saw enough stuff on the orientation dive to keep most divers happy for 6 months!!

Thanks for your (and Richard’s) persistence in recommending the place – I think its gonna top the list of the things I’ve done in my 6 month tour of Oz and Asia!
Cheers, Peter.

Reef, Wreck and Critter – 3 Day Scuba Diving Package – Kota Kinabalu & West Coast Sabah.

Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 05:16 News

Calmer sea’s and whalesharks are here and we are very excited about this years scuba diving trips which have already begun to WWII Wrecks, Pulau Tiga, Mayne Rock, Little Rock, Secret Schoals and more.

A very popular scuba diving package is our 3 day “Reef, Wreck and Critter” package.

Reef, Wreck & Critter – 3 Day Dive Package
MYR 1,620.00 per person based on 4 pax booking.

Reef, Wreck and Critter - 3 Day Scuba Diving Package - Kota Kinabalu & West Coast Sabah.

Day 1. The Reef - Dive some of the beautiful reefs around Pulau Tiga (3 Dives)
Day 2. The Wrecks – Dive World War 2 – Usukan Bay Wrecks (2 x Wreck Dives, 1 x Reef Dive = 3 Dives)
Day 3. The Critters - Dive TAR Park to search for the beautifully ugly and wonderfully weird marine life on our doorstep. (3 Dives)
TOTAL: 9 Dives.
Includes, tranfers, all park & jetty fees, equipment, tea/coffee, water, freshly cooked lunch daily.

All Inclusive Package – No Hidden Extras !

Reef, Wreck and Critter - 3 Day Scuba Diving Package - Kota Kinabalu & West Coast Sabah.

FREE NITROX for the Wreck Dives, for Nitrox Qualified Divers !!

 

This 3 day package is designed for experienced divers with PADI Advanced Diver qualifications or equivalent.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures have by far fastest dive boat in KK – this means more time diving less time on the boat !!
Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

 

 

PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course Update – Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 02:33 News, Professional Diving Internships

PADI Instructor Development Course – Kota Kinabalu – UPDATE !!

Classes, exams and presentations are going very well indeed !

PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course Update - Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Our candidates are now Assistant Instructors and with the last few days to go the pressure is increasing.

During the IDC, candidates learn how to teach the PADI System of Diver Education through classroom and in water instructional sessions.

The course director and staff instructors who conduct the course teach and assess the candidates during the practical sessions, preparing them for the final Instructor Examination held by PADI at the end of the course.

At Downbelow we don’t outsource our IDC’s we teach them in-house using our own facilities.

Only PADI 5 Star IDC Centers and CDC Centers can conduct IDC’s.

PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course Update - Kota Kinabalu Sabah

 

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!

PADI IDC – PADI Instructor Development Course begins today

Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 02:32 News, Professional Diving Internships

PADI IDC  - PADI Instructor Development Course BEGINS TODAY !!

Today our PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course begins and we’d like to wish our candidates all the best for the forthcoming 2 weeks !!!

James, Strike, Navin & Susan – we wish you SUCESS!

The instructional team, Course Director Joseph Chung, and Downbelow Company Directors Richard and Joanne Swann will over the next two weeks be developing the Instructor candidates to becoming PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Covering areas as diverse as risk management, teaching children, the business of diving and PADI standards and procedures, the IDC is designed to develop a rounded diving educator who can work anywhere in the world.

Our IDC candidates have already completed their independent self-study Knowledge Reviews and IDC Preparation sessions. Now their IDC begins and encompasses two PADI programs: The Assistant Instructor Course and The Open Water Scuba Instructor Course.

Together these two programs make up the full IDC.

PADI IDC  - PADI Instructor Development Course BEGINS TODAY !!

Certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is by successful completion of the PADI Instructor Examination scheduled at the end of the IDC, confirmed for the 30th and 31st March 2009 also in Kota Kinabalu.

This is where PADI Instructor Examiners fly from Sydney Australia to assess and examine the IDC Candidates.

We will keep you posted !!!!

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

Visit our Facebook page to see what we get up to over here in paradise!
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