Archive for June, 2011

Australian International School Singapore Cleans Up

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 @ 13:50 News, Project AWARE

The Australian International School kids land on the deserted beach and gets right at it collecting trashTAR Park, Kota Kinabalu: Conservation is dear to our hearts, which is why we like to include a Project AWARE conservation element in our group programs.

With the kids from the Australian International School (AIS), Singapore, it was no different.

The group of 14 students from the AIS, plus their teachers, were with us last week doing open water dive courses, but they also learned plenty about the environment.

One of the activities Downbelow had planned for them was a beach clean-up. As much for awareness as a way to give a little back to the environment from which they pit so much enjoyment.

To maximise the impact of the activity’s message, we took them by boat to one of Gaya island’s beaches which is not visited by anybody, because it’s hard to get to.

“If nobody goes there,” asked one of the kids from our resident Course Direct, Richard, “why would there be trash?”
Alvin holds the trash bag for one of the Australian International School kids

A very good question

While they picked up a variety of trash from the otherwise deserted beach, Richard explained to them what happens to rubbish if, for instance, it’s thrown out of a car window.

(apparently one of the top sources of indiscriminately discarded trash in Kota Kinabalu).

It lands on the road. Rain washes it into the gutter. From the gutter it’s washed into the storm water drain.

In there it flows to the ocean and once in the ocean the currents take it and distributes it, seemingly randomly, to whatever beach it deems fit.

Imaginary lightbulbs lit up as the kids realised how far trash can travel and what a great impact humans can have on the ocean environment even when we’re not necessarily near the ocean.Back the dive centre the Australian International School kids get Project AWARE certs and mask-strap gifts for their effort

Pass On The Lesson

They eagerly helped clear the rest of the beach.

Back in Singapore the students were scheduled to give a presentation at an upcoming school hall assembly.

They will tell the other students what they learned on their trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

We’re certain the cause and impact of marine debris will be well communicated.

We would love to help you get your group involved in marine conservation and awareness programs.

Just email us to tell you what you have in mind, and we’ll tailor something to suit your needs.

It was a pleasure to deal with Downbelow

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 @ 10:00 Guestbook

Hi Sarah Jane,

We’ve been back home for a few weeks now but unfortunately we’ve just been so busy I have not had a chance to thank you until now.

Thank you so very much for all your assistance with our travel bookings! It was such a pleasure to deal with you, every aspect of our travel arrangements was such a breeze because of your help.

Everything went very smoothly, and we had a fantastic time during our stay!!

My TripAdvisor review for DownBelow (and especially you!) was just published today.

Thanks again – I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend DownBelow to others thinking of travelling to Sabah.

All the best!

Regards
Teresa

Paul Joins Our PADI IDC Internship in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 @ 11:36 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu: We have a new intern here at Downbelow – meet Paul who signed up for a 4 month PADI IDC Internship at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

Paul joins our PADI IDC Internship in Kota Kinabalu, SabahPaul, already a Divemaster, will be with us for the next 4 months learning the ropes of a busy 5 Star dive centre and absorbing all the knowledge he can from our PADI GoPro IDC Team.

Because Paul is part of Downbelow’s professional SCUBA internship, he will enjoy unlimited diving – with access to reefs as easy our house reef, which is accessible from the shore, he might not spend much time on the surface at all.

Downbelow customised a PADI IDC Internship for Paul so that he can acquire the maximum dive centre experience.

When he qualifies as a PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver OWSI after the IDC in September, he will have received high quality training, which combined with the prestigious PADI OWSI certification and all the work experience he will have, will make him a prime candidate when he seeks employment.

We look forward to following Paul’s progress over the next 4 months on his PADI IDC Internship.

 

Climb Mt. Kinabalu Group Special

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 @ 12:10 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News, Promotions

Sabah, Borneo: If you would like to experience Mt. Kinabalu instead of just climbing it, then check out our Climb Mt. Kinabalu Group Special.

The luxurious Garden Lodge in Kinabalu Park at at the foot of Mt. KinabaluWe’ve put together a climbing and accommodation deal to entice you to stay in Kinabalu Park a little longer, either at the Garden Lodge or the Summit Lodge, before or after your climb.

It’s the only way to experience the cool night air, the tranquility of the natural surroundings and the splendour of a Mt. Kinabalu morning.

Grab 3 of your adventurous, nature loving friends, and embark on 3 days and 2 nights of appreciating the mountain before conquering it.

The Climb Mt. Kinabalu Deal

The 3D2N package is for a group of 4 people sharing and includes the following:

Book your Climb Mt. Kinabalu Group Special at the Summit Lodge now!

  • Full board (all meals – dinner x 2, breakfast x 2, lunch x 2, supper x 1);
  • 1 night in the Garden Lodge or Summit Lodge in Kinabalu Park either before or after the climb;
  • 1 night at Laban Rata at 3,333m;
  • Return transfers from KK to Kinabalu Park;
  • Mountain guide;
  • Park entrance and climbing permit fees;

Special Price

All that for only RM 1,290 per person (for a group of 4 sharing);

You can choose to stay in either the Garden Lodge or the Summit Lodge and to stay there before or after your climb.

 

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Australian International School Group Gives Sharks a Chance

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 @ 09:12 Groups & Schools, News, Project AWARE

 

Gaya Island, TAR Park: Downbelow is currently hosting a school group of youngsters, aged 10 & 11, from the Australian International School in Singapore for PADI Junior Open Water Courses and environmental awareness.

As one of Project AWARE’s focuses this year, Downbelow too is highlighting the issue of sharks in our oceans.

We involved the Australian International School kids in a Give Sharks a Chance workshop, explaining the role of sharks in the planet’s oceans, why they are so important and what is happening to them.

The process of shark finning was also explained, especially what happens before shark fin ends up in soup at wedding banquets and in remedies.

When the students heard about the Project AWARE Shark Petition they eagerly signed up as an affirmation of their newfound attitude towards sharks. As minors though, their signatures won’t be used for lobbying purposes. (Add your signature to the Shark Petition)

In the coming days the group will be helping out in one of Downbelow’s Project AWARE beach cleanups around the shoreline of Gaya island.

For more information about our Project AWARE conservation activities and environmental awareness programs for groups, contact us or send us an email.

Students from the Australian International School talking about sharks Two youngsters from the Australian International School in Singapore signing the Shark Petition

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!

Starting a 1 Month PADI Divemaster Internship in Malaysia

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 @ 16:18 Divemaster, Diving Malaysia, IDC, News

Sabah, Malaysia: We have a new intern on board at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.1 Month Professional PADI Divemaster Internship in Malaysia

Meet Dan, he’ll be with us for a 1 Month PADI Divemaster Internship here in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Over the next month Dan will not only work towards his PADI Divemaster qualification, but he will also be knee deep in the dive business at our busy dive centre. He’ll get to learn the business of being a Divemater from the inside out.

The benefit of this, which is the added value of doing a professional SCUBA diving internship with Downbelow, is that by time he finishes the 1 Month PADI Divemaster Internship, he will be a qualified PADI Divemaster with actual dive centre experience.

With quality, Downbelow training behind his professional qualification, plus the experience gained through our dive centre with our diverse client base, he will stand out in a crowd of job applicants, because he will be able to hit the ground running at any dive centre.

We look forward to seeing Dan develop over the next month and will be sure to update the blog with what he gets up to.

If you’d like to enroll in a similar internship, email us or check out our Go Pro section for more information about our 1 Month PADI Divemaster Internship in Malaysia.

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!

100% Success in our Kota Kinabalu PADI IE Instructor Exam

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 @ 14:10 IDC, Professional Diving Internships

Our 3 successful PADI IE Candidates on the left, with Course Director Richard and PADI Examiner Jim on the right.Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Our June PADI IDC Instructor Development Course successfully concluded today with a a 100% success in our Kota Kinabalu PADI IE Instructor Exam!

We congratulate our PADI IDC candidates George, Wayne and Kath on passing their PADI IE and qualifying as PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors OWSI. We are very proud of them.

Our candidates were examined by PADI Instructor Examiner Jim Woodhul, always a welcome and happy face to have around in Kota Kinabalu.

Our PADI IDC candidates’ hard work from over the last couple of weeks were examined during the PADI IE.

They have developed progressively under the guidance of our PADI Go Pro IDC Team, the culmination of which took place over the last 2 days during the PADI IE Instructor Exam.

There are 2 parts to the PADI IE. The first, theory exams, are conducted near our offices in Kota Kinabalu, with the second part, the practical exam, takes place at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island just offshore.

Certification as a PADI OWSI is dependent on meeting the stringent requirements set out for SCUBA diving instructors by PADI, and the PADI IE Instructor Exam seeks to establish that the candidates has developed in a way that meets these criteria.

With Downbelow’s 100% success rate, and with full confidence in the experience and abilities of our PADI Go Pro IDC Team, we had little doubt that our candidates could do anything other than pass with flying colours, which they duly did.

They now head into the world of professional SCUBA diving for a living while to teaching a new wave of PADI divers about the the joys of diving and the splendor of the underwater world.

The schedule for our next PADI IDC course in Kota Kinabalu has been set, so if you want to join, start living the diving dream by sending us an email and Go Pro with Downbelow.

100% Success in our Kota Kinabalu PADI IE Instructor Exam

Sept PADI Instructor Development Course IDC in Sabah, Malaysia

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 @ 15:20 IDC, Professional Diving Internships

PADI IDC Instructor Development Course in Borneo, Malaysia

Sabah, Malaysia: Our current batch of PADI IDC Instructor Development Course candidates have started their Instructor Exams IE today – stay tuned for more on that.

In the meantime we’re looking forward to our next PADI Instructor Development Course IDC here in Sabah, Malaysia, which has been set for 6 – 15 September 2011.

It will be immediately followed by the PADI Instructor Exam IE on 16 & 17 September, conducted, as usual, by the PADI Instructor Examiners joining us all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is where its all happening for the instructing training.  Our IDC candidates will benefit from our top class diving service, facilities and equipment to transform from PADI Divemasters or higher into qualified PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors.

Our GoPro IDC Team is picking up the pace, and have recently committed to facilitating 4 PADI IDC Instructor Development Courses per year, giving more opportunity to aspiring divers wanting to GoPro.

If you want to sign up for the next PADI IDC Instructor Development Course here in Borneo, Malaysia, find more information on our Next IDC Page and get to know the Go Pro IDC Team that will be training you, including our resident Course Director Richard Swann.

Then start living the diving dream by calling us or sending us an email to GoPro with Downbelow.

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!

 

Shark Petitions and World Ocean Day

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 @ 09:10 News, Project AWARE

Sarah from our office crew spreading the word about SharksIt’s June 8 – Happy World Ocean Day, everybody!

The emphasis of World Ocean Day this year was to inspire the youth, to reach out to them and make them aware of the conservation of our oceans.

As divers Downbelow got involved with World Oceans Day through PADI Project AWARE’s Give Sharks A Chance petition.

World Ocean Day was the target date by which PADI Project AWARE had wanted to collect 100,000 signatures for the plight of sharks, with which to grab the attention of the world’s policy makers.

The enjoyment of the ocean, here at Downbelow, is our life and our livelihood. We actively participate in conservations efforts to preserve it, not just for business’, but also for the continued existence of the ocean’s splendour and enjoyment by future generations.

Give a Shark a Chance

To that effect we eagerly joined the Project AWARE Give Sharks A Change campaign to spread the word about the peril sharks currently face.

As the date drew nearer our efforts snowballed. So eager were Downbelow’s office crew that last week they took to
the square of our office complex, KK Times Square here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to convince people face-to-face of the merits of the shark petition.

They collected 65 signatures on that day alone, a welcomed contribution to sheets of signatures we
had already collected and online submissions we had inspired.

As a special subsection of humanity that gets to live and breathe underwater, it’s the duty of SCUBA divers to
share the beauty and splendour that we encounter underwater with those who do or can not.

We hope that together with Project AWARE’s Give Sharks A Chance petition, our continuing conservations
efforts can make a difference to the world’s sharks and the oceans they live in.

Perfect organizing of the Proboscis & Fireflies Trip

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 @ 17:14 Guestbook

A frogfish from the TAR Park taken by our guest PavelHi Sarah Jane,

I’m back in Taiwan – I arrived yesterday evening from Kota Kinabalu to Kaohsiung.

Thank you very much for perfect organizing of the Proboscis & Fireflies trip and for diving – everything was OK, no any problem. I spent very nice holiday in Kota Kinabalu area.

Thanks and hope to see you next time. I’m thinking about Layang-Layang diving but I still have no idea when – if this year or anytime in the future. I’ll see.

Best regards

Pavel Bures

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