Archive for October, 2010

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course in Kota Kinabalu

Monday, October 18th, 2010 @ 12:46 News

Downbelow’s PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course is now well underway.

October IDC

Having only just completed an additional IDC Course in September it seems more and more people are entering the world of professional scuba diving in Sabah.

PADI Course Director Joseph, Master Instructor Richard and Staff Instructors Susan & James lead our team of 8 candidates through 15 days of instructor training.

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.

The 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.

Certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is by successful completion of the PADI Instructor Examination scheduled at the end of the IDC, on 26th & 27th October held in KK Times Square & Gaya Island.

All the best to our 8 candidates (seen above left hard at study at Downbelows mainland classroom in KK Times Square) – keep up the hard work, it will be worth it in the end !!!

More information on our courses and internships can be found at our IDC Course Asia website.

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

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

Project Aware – Beach & Underwater Clean Up on Gaya Island

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 @ 12:41 News, Promotions

Downbelow’s Project Aware – Beach & Underwater Clean Up Event in September was yet another fun filled day for a meaningful cause.

Downbelow invited participants from local businesses, schools, government, diving friends and our local dive club, there were 60 participants in total.

Project Aware in September on Gaya IslandWith Downbelow hosting the event providing organization, logistics, lunch and all day refreshments, volunteers collected 604KG of rubbish and raised RM 1,341 for The Project Aware Foundation.

We encouraged participants to enter our raffle to help raise money. Among the prizes were 1 free night at a local 5 star hotel and vouchers for discounted PADI Courses and Dive Equipment.

Affin Bank donated MYR 300.00 and smaller donations were made by individuals.

The day started with a choppy sea and a huge rainstorm however our group battled through. Richard would like to say a special thanks to the staff team for their hard work on this busy day & compliments particularly for the wonderful food.
All in all a fabulous day was had by all, fun but educational talks were given by some of the senior staff on marine and environmental conservation.

Thanks to everyone for their support and thank you to Sabah Parks who waived the diving permit fee and Sutera Harbour Marina for waiving the jetty fee.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures heavily promotes the TAR Park’s diverse and vibrant underwater life and, when not on a mission to clean it, conducts daily diving and island activities to explore it.

Please take a look at our Facebook page to see more images of our Project Aware Clean Up Event !