Archive for March, 2011

Shark Petition: Give Them A Fighting Chance

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 @ 17:24 News, Project AWARE

All over the world shark populations have been devastated, driven largely by the demand for shark products.

In spite of increased awareness in recent years of the unsustainable practice of shark finning, sharks numbers are still declining.

Targeted fishing, and the scourge of bycatch, contribute to this decline.

Awareness of the problem, however, is not enough; action is required.

Now is the time to add your voice to thousands of other AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection.

An initial goal was to reach 100,000 signatures to the Shark Petition, which calls on the governments of the world to heed scientific advice and properly protect the shark population.

The campaign continues and the more people stand up for the survival of sharks, the better.

Shark Advocates Wanted: Sign the Petition!Sign the petition yourself, and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same.

We have strength in numbers and together we are getting the attention of policymakers worldwide.

We are closing the loopholes in existing shark management policies and insist on full protection for endangered and critically endangered sharks.

Join now! Add your voice to the Project AWARE Shark Petition by filling in the form above.

Feedback from the Hong Kong Group of 50

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 @ 14:30 Guestbook

One of the Hong Kong group snorkeling

Hi Joanne,

Firstly let me thank you sincerely for looking after my group.

The feedback were great and they had enjoyed the snorkeling tour so much .

Just wonder if you did some underwater shots, I need a few underwater shots to complete my post event video.


PADI 教练发展课程在马来西亚沙巴,婆罗洲的

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 @ 10:37 News, PADI 教练发展课程, Professional Diving Internships

PADI 教练发展课程在马来西亚沙巴,婆罗洲的


PADI 教练发展课程

IDC 包含 – AI助理教练 & OWSI教练 & EFR紧急第一反应教练在Kota Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman 公园, 沙巴, 马来西亚,婆罗洲,亚洲



经过这三部分课程的充分准备,你将准备IE考试。这个考试一般是2天,由PADI的考官每年到Kota Kinabalu客观地考评。



我们的下次IDC课程的开始时间: 1月26号到2月14号。









• 提供丛开放水域初级、高级、救援到潜水长级别的认证证件。
• 拥有初级认证至少6个月以上。
• 24个月内有效的First Aid & CPR认证
• 12个月内有效的健康证明
• 至少60次以上的潜水记录
• 有深浅、夜潜和导航潜水经验
• 完整的16次IDC课程回顾后可以开始课程



• 完成潜水理论考试
• 完成800米浮潜测试
• 提供至少100次潜水记录
• 已经是紧急第一反应教练身份




或直接 给我们发电子邮件


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Dive Centre Hosts Hong Kong Group of 50

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 @ 09:10 Diving Sabah, Groups & Schools, News

The first half of Hong Kong group arrives and received their island briefing

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: It’s group season here in Kota Kinabalu, it seems, and we’re literally buzzing on the island.

So when a group of 50 people from Hong Kong came to us recently wanting to see Sabah’s marine life in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TAR Park) last weekend, we jumped at the opportunity to provide them Downbelow’s 5 star service and hospitality.

It all starts with our door-to-door service, which is included with our island programs, not just for groups, but for individuals too.

Our very own road fleet of 3 vans bring our guests from their Kota Kinabalu hotels to the Sutera Harbour Marina jetty.

Here they move onto 1 of our 3 fast, custom-made dive boats and are whisked away for a 10 minute boat ride to Gaya island in the nearby TAR Park.

The Hong Kong group making full use of the newly expanded facilities at the Beach House

And so it was with our Hong Kong corporate group as well, and in next-to-no-time, the group was getting comfortable at our recently expanded Beach House dive centre, enjoying the views of the TAR Park and Kota Kinabalu city.

The group from Hong Kong enjoyed a day of guided snorkeling, in 2 locations in the TAR Park.

Our island crew, the well trained, very professional bunch that they are, ensured our group was always safe, comfortable and, most importantly, having loads of fun.

Back at the Beach House, they tucked into the buffet lunch we laid out for them.

Over the recent months we’ve paid close attention to the feedback from our guests and have greatly improved our lunch menu, which now receives a consistent thumbs-up from our visitors.

The Hong Kong Group enjoys the buffet spread we laid out for themA work in progress, we always strive to meet expectations – we know better than anyone that diving and snorkeling is hungry work!

At the end of the day the group was happy with their fun-filled TAR Park snorkeling day. Check out their pics on our Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming them back again soon!

A big thanks to the regular island crew for their usual professional work and to our divemaster interns who pitched in and helped out for the whole day, gaining valuable group experience.

If you’re looking for group events, team building or adventure training facilitators, contact us or email us directly and tell us what you’re up for.

We have a variety of programs, which we will tailor to suit your group’s needs.

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!

Instructor Development Course Workshops

Friday, March 25th, 2011 @ 09:00 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

Master Dive Instructor Richard conducting a CESA (Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent) workshopSabah, Borneo: Our Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates are already in the home stretch, studying fiercely for the exams which are now not too far off.

While there’s loads of theory to get their heads around, to be studied in a dry place somewhere, there’s also a substantial amount of coursework that requires them to get wet.

So last week our intrepid IDC candidates were at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island doing just that.

Under the watchful eye of Master Dive Instructor Richard, the candidates took to the water for workshops and reaching the vital milestones in their instructor development.

We’re happy to say that so far it’s going, well, swimmingly.

If you follow us on Twitter, you would also have known, the minute our IDC candidates did, that they all effortlessly (or so it seemed from where I was standing) passed their EFR Instructor courses, which, of course, is a vital part of the IDC.

The constant attention from Downbelow’s GO Pro Team ensures that help is always at hand, making dealing with the coursework a snap.

Our next IDC is coming up in May, so if you’re on the path to becoming a diving instructor and would like to join the IDC, contact us today and let’s talk about what you need to Go Pro.

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!


Group from Japan Visits Gaya Island

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 @ 09:00 Groups & Schools, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu: Downbelow recently hosted a group of 24 people from Japan on Gaya island for some Discover SCUBA Diving action and general fun in the sun.

14 of the group of 24 who joined us on Gaya island for Discover Scuba DivingOf the 24 strong group, 14 took to the waters of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in front of the Gaya Island Beach House to do Discover SCUBA Diving.

The remaining 10 spent their day snorkeling and playing football on the grass pitch and enjoyed the paradise setting of our dive centre.

Our Discover SCUBA Diving program is very popular with groups, as it allows even people who have never dived before to go from dry to 12m deep in just a few short hours.

And when you check out our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, you’ll realise that the waters around it just begs to be dived.

Of course, for non divers we also offer our equally popular snorkeling program – it’s an all inclusive package, which is much better value compared to trying to DIY something similar on one of the other islands.

Our package is hassle free and includes a trained snorkeling guide, coffee, tea & biscuits all day, a freshly cooked lunch, transfers from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu, boat transfers and park fees, all at uncrowded facilities set against a beautiful rainforest jungle backdrop.

You will, as our group from Japan did, thoroughly enjoy day on the island with us, wether as an individual or group, small or large.

If you would like to join us on the island for diving courses, snorkeling or a bit of jungle trekking, get in touch with us or email us directly and we’ll hook you up.

Downbelow on the Net Removal Warpath

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 @ 16:30 Diving Sabah, News, Professional Diving Internships, Project AWARE

The Downbelow Net Removal Team showing off the handy Project AWARE net bagsTunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu: Downbelow has been on the net removal warpath against nets which have infiltrated the park yet again.

The net, that the Downbelow team tackle yesterday, was a tricky one.

Stuck on the coral reefs at a depth that required a bit more strategising to remove effectively, the net removal team meticulously planned the assault.

Entangled on the reef in >20m of water, the team had to also contend with a bit of current, which meant higher air consumption and limited bottom time.

Because of these considerations, the Downbelow team made 2 dives to remove the illegal net stuck on the coral reefs in the TAR Park.

Richard guiding up a big ball of illegal net removed from the reefIn the team was local divemaster interns and Downbelow staff Gary & Jessica, international divemaster interns Andy, Denise and Jan and current IDC candidates Wellson, Tim Tam and Keiko.

The net removal team was lead by Richard and Elvis.

During the mission, Richard and Elvis went down first to locate the net and mark the area in which the team would be working.

After the net was marked the rest of the team joined them down below.

This meant all their available bottom time was spent on cutting free the net from the reef.

The team managed to free plenty of live marine life, and successfully removed the net from the coral reef.

Well done to the team for their effort, and thanks yet again to Project AWARE for providing their ever useful net bags.

There are more pictures on our Facebook page of the team removing this illegal net from the coral reefs in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

If you want to get involved with projects like this, email us directly and visit the Project AWARE Foundation website.

An Absolutely Amazing Time in Sabah, Borneo

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 @ 12:21 Diving Borneo, Guestbook

Hi Magdalene,

I just wanted to say we had an absolutely amazing time in Sabah, Borneo, and wish we were still there!

Thanks very much for organising it. In particular our time in Bilit was fantastic, and our guide, Robert, was so knowledgeable about the wildlife it was incredible! If you could pass on our thanks it would be much appreciated.

Lankayan Island was also beautiful and the staff were brilliant.

I hope to return one day!

Thanks again

Dive Centre Upgrades on Gaya Island

Monday, March 21st, 2011 @ 09:10 News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

5 Star IDC Dive Centre during the constructionTunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu: With Downbelow’s continuing influx of groups, we thought a little more space at the reception area of our 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, would be in order.

With that in mind the island crew set out to complete the dive centre’s second expansion project in two 2 years, this time expanding the reception area.

Without much disruption to our daily activities, and with a team effort from all the staff, the expansion was quickly completed.

5 Star IDC Dive Centre's expansion complete and already in useThe dive centre now sports a second, covered deck where Downbelow’s visitors can study course material, enjoy lunch or just generally kick back and relax while enjoying the Gaya island views.

With more groups booked for a variety of corporate team building, adventure training, snorkeling safaris and diving course programs during the rest of the year, the extra space will be well and truly utilised.

Join us on Gaya Island for daily diving, group training events or even jungle trekking. Contact us, or email us directly if your need more information about any of our programs.

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu Special Offer

Saturday, March 19th, 2011 @ 11:45 News, Promotions

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: For the casual climber, organising a trip to climb Mt. Kinabalu can be a daunting task.

With sometimes limited availability and trying to organise permits, sort out transport and accommodation, it’s easy to lose sight of the peak while trying to book it, never mind climb it.

Downbelow to the rescue!

Get in touch with us, up to 12 months before your climbing date, and we’ll book your Mt. Kinabalu climb for you.

Hotel door to hotel door from Kota Kinabalu, we’ll do the hard work with all the arrangements. All you have to do is show up and climb the 4,095m high Mt. Kinabalu. Easy, right?

Our 2 day 1 night package includes transport, meals, guides, permit fees and accommodation for just RM 1,050 per person sharing. Hassle free, all inclusive, no hidden charges.

But hang on, this is a Special Offer Post, so there has to be more to it, right?

There is! Add a night before your climb to acclimatize, or to just have a chill, unhurried start to your summit attempt, and throw in another dinner – all for an extra RM0. Yes, for nothing extra, we’ll give you a 3 days 2 nights Mt. Kinabalu climb package.

So, just to recap

2D1N Mt. Kinabalu Climb Package: RM 1,050 per person sharing.
3D2N Mt. Kinabalu Climb Package: also RM 1,050 per person sharing.

Check out our Climb Mt. Kinabalu page for full details of the package, and then contact us or email us directly to book and climb Mt. Kinabalu.