Archive for December, 2011

Sam Assists on Discover Scuba Diving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 @ 10:10 Courses, News, Professional Diving Internships, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Sam holding the board while TIm & Cyril explains Discover Scuba Diving to the groupSam joined us a week or so ago for a professional scuba internship.

She will be spending almost 3 months with us at the PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu.

During this time she will gain diving experience that will take her all the way up to Speciality Dive Instructor.

This week, after our festive celebrations, Sam got in on some assisting action.

She joined Tim & Cyril to assist on a Discover Scuba Diving course they were teaching.

Sam is progressing at a swift pace and we follow her progress with keen interest.

In the meantime, find our more about our Discove Scuba Diving course to see what its all about, or contact us via the details below.

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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A Merry Christmas at the Gaya Island Dive Station in Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 @ 14:08 News

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: December 25th is always an auspicious occasion at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

Christmas is celebrated, turkeys are BBQ’ed and lots of good dives are dived.  This Christmas was no different…

Downbelow’s island crew were joined by some of the office staff, along with our client’s for the day.

All were well fed, entertained and enjoyed some good diving.

Our island boys even tried their hand at caroling….

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Interns Take on PADI Emergency First Responder Course in Sabah, Borneo

Monday, December 26th, 2011 @ 10:10 Emergency First Response, News, Professional Diving Internships

Instructor Tim Tam takes the Professional Interns through the PAD EFR courseThe 4 interns, currently at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu, wasted no time in getting busy with courses.

Downbelow Instructor Tim Tam took the group under his experienced wing.

Sam, Katie, Matt & Kayla all busied themselves with the PADI Emergency First Responder Course (with Child Care) to update their knowledge.

After successful completion of this course, the ERF Instructor course is next.

It’s all part of their professional diving internship with Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu.

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!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Sunday, December 25th, 2011 @ 14:36 News

To all our valued clients who celebrate Christmas, everyone at Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and we hope that you have a wonderful festive celebration with loved ones.

And to all our clients, past, present and future, a happy new year! May it be filled with peace, and dreams that come true and of course, lots and lots of diving too!

Enjoy this picture taken outside our offices earlier this month*

From the whole Downbelow Team: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

* Not really, but we really did feel this fesive

Divemaster and IDC in One Month for Divers in Kota Kinabalu

Saturday, December 24th, 2011 @ 10:10 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

Matt and Kyla getting their orientation from resident PADI Course Director Richard (right)Matt and Kyla are keen divers who will be working hard over the next month, as they join us for a 1-month professional scuba internship in Kota Kinabalu.

They will be completing both PADI Divemaster and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor courses with us in just 1 month.

Our bonus Instructor Development Course takes place from 4 – 13 January 2012, so Matt and Kyla will focus on their courses with the passion of true diving professionals.

In the experienced hands of resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and the Downbelow Go Pro Team, they are in the best company and are assured of the 100% success rate, which we’ve maintained at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

Kyla and Matt will also benefit from Downbelow’s Team Teaching methodology, which will give them the benefit of Richard and the team’s combined experience.

For your professional diving career, Go Pro 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!

 

Kicking Off with a Rescue Course on Diving Internship in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 @ 14:08 IDC, News

Instructor Tim Tam, intern Sam and regular diver KatieDownbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island welcomes a new professional intern.

PADI Divemaster Sam from Canada, who currently has 60 logged dives,  joins us for the next few months and will be taking part in our next PADI Instructor Development Course.

Under resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his Go Pro Team, Sam will not only be joining the IDC, but will also do the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer afterwards.

But first, Downbelow Instructor Tim Tam will be taking Sam through the PADI Rescue Diver course to gain more experience.

She will also get her hands dirty with some behind-the-scenes action at our island dive station, and will be one of the crew and dive to heart’s content as here at Downbelow we dive every day.

On that note, even though Sam needs more than 60 dives for he upcoming qualifications, with Downbelow’s unlimited diving for professional interns, she will be able to dive as much as her bottom time allows.

As we love reporting on the progress of our interns, Sam is bound to feature plenty on here and be the centre of attention on on our dedicated IDC Course Asia blog too.

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!

Intern Joe Completes Scuba Diving Internship in Kota Kinabalu

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 @ 10:28 Courses, News, Professional Diving Internships

Joe (far right) with the rest of the island crew for one last group picSabah, Borneo: Joe Bourne’s second professional scuba diving internship has drawn to a close with Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu.

Joe joined us last year for an IDC internship and spend time with resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his Go Pro team, building us his knowledge, skills and experience.

After successfully completing the internship and becoming a fully qualified and experienced PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Joe returned home to start his new career.

Fast forward a year and later and Joe return to Kota Kinabalu, this time to tackle the Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.

For the last couple of month Joe once again joined the team at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island for more learning and diving in Kota Kinabalu.

As always, it was a pleasure to have Joe with us and see him grow in his role as PADI Professional.

With his objectives completed and his courses successfully passed, Master Scuba Diver Trainer Joe once again returns home.

Will we see him this time next year for an IDC Staff Instructor Internship perhaps?

We hope so!

New Scuba Diving Intern Learns about Sharks in Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 @ 11:55 News, Project AWARE

Resident Course Director Richard Swann assisting Clarence (on the right) to show his commitment to sharksKota Kinabalu, Sabah: A new recruit has joined our Local Divemaster Intern Program and our resident Course Director immediately set the tone of his year with Downbelow, by clueing him in about our favourite cause – sharks.

It’s been a dark-cloud-year for sharks. Research has indisputably shown that their numbers are in severe decline and that various species are on the brink of extinction.

But Project AWARE has added a silver lining with a barrage of pro-shark campaigns that lead to substantial milestones. As the battle intensifies education of the public about the issues become more important than ever.

This is why resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann is making sure diving careers are built on the fundamentals of shark and marine conservation.

Clarence, who just recently joined our divining operations in Kota Kinabalu for the start of a professional diving career, has already been educated on the peril sharks are facing and how educating the public will make a difference.

Throughout the year Downbelow has collected well over a thousand signatures for the causes in person and have overtly directed our website visitors to sign the online shark petition as well.

One of Clarences first tasks was to talk to our guests about sharks and tell them what he learned about sharks himself.  Through his quick presentations he managed to pad our signature numbers and helped us achieve 1,080 pro-shark signature to end the year with.

Clarences’ dive future looks bright and by many more people like him spreading the word, sharks’ futures do too.

Sabah Parks Staff Become Emergency First Responders

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 @ 10:00 Courses, Groups & Schools, News

Some of the group of Sabah Parks staff who are with us for the next 2 week for all sorts of trainingGaya Island, Kota Kinabalu: The next chapter of Sabah Parks training is afoot at the PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

Over the next couple of weeks we are hosting another 34 Sabah Parks staffers, again engaging in all things diving and then some.

The Sabah Park group, like their colleagues before them, will be doing Emergency First Response, PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver and even PADI Divemaster Courses.

Our dive centre on Gaya Island is not just the best choice for a relaxing day out, daily dives and non-diver activities, but as a permanent training facility, it is offers a hassle-free, comfortable environment for all our courses too.

The quiet bay in which our dive centre is located, is also home to Sabah Parks’ headquarters here in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and we frequently arrange joint clean-up drives to keep our beaches clean and the reefs healthy.

We look forward to the spending the next couple of weeks with Sabah Parks on the surface and down below.

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!

Spreading Project AWARE’s Message

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 @ 11:31 News, Project AWARE

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: The week started on a very positive note for the marine environment of Kota Kinabalu, with a huge beach clean-up that removed 1,532kg of marine debris from the city’s beaches.

The massive effort to clean the popular Likas Bay beach was part of the Save The Beach 2011 campaign, organised by long-distance learning students from local university, Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah (UiTM).

As is quite normal with collectable marine debris – especially in Kota Kinabalu – the bulk of the rubbish were plastics of all varieties including plastic bags, plastic bottles and other plastic containers, packaging and wrappers. Styrofoam packaging also abound.

The mayor of Kota Kinabalu, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, was present to officiate the event and, in a press interview, urged the public to reduce the usage of these items in their daily lives.

Downbelow, in conjunction with government body Sabah Parks, frequently arranges Project AWARE events around Gaya Island to clean up the beach, mangroves and shallow water around and near our dive centre.

Because of this, we were invited to talk to the students about the menace of ocean-bound trash.

Downbelow’s General Manger Evelyn Matthew addressed the students and other participants, explaining the wider implications of marine rubbish, the impact it has on the environment, which is mostly invisible to non-divers and why it’s important to continue such initiatives.

Seeing the city of Kota Kinabalu take marine debris seriously is win for everybody and Downbelow fully supports the ongoing effort to rid our ocean of man-made trash.

Downbelow's Ev (right) receiving a token of appreciation from Dr. Hj. Abdul Kadir Hj. Rosline, Rector of UiTM Sabah (left)

Volunteers to the rescue during the UiTM Save Our Beach 2011 clean-up campaign

Trash Tide in Kota Kinabalu, which is why beach clean-ups are needed

Lots of trash during the UiTM Save Our Beach 2011 cleanup campaign

Learn to Dive with PADI Scuba diving courses for divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Borneo.
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