Archive for August, 2013

Another New PADI Divemaster Gets to Live the Diving Dream

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 @ 09:10 News

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Congratulations to David Wells for completing and qualifying himself as a PADI Divemaster.

The PADI Divemaster program is the first professional level in the PADI System of diver education. Entering the professional world of scuba diving brings exciting challenges and endless possibilities.

This course is well worth the time and effort invested into it. The knowledge and information learnt throughout this course alone takes a qualified Rescue Diver to another level.

Do you have the diving dream? You can begin your PADI Divemaster training NOW by registering for eLearning and beginning the Dive Theory program.

Scuba Diving in Borneo with Peace of Mind

Friday, August 30th, 2013 @ 11:56 News

keeping our equipment in tip top condition

Downbelow IDC Staff Instructor & qualified equipment specialist Welson conducts routine tank maintenance at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Maintaining our extensive range of equipment is one of our daily activities to ensure they remain in tip-top condition and well-maintained for the safety of our guests, staff and students.

We have established extensive safety standards and procedures, which are enforced, regularly monitored, updated and tested. Our training courses adhere to PADI Standards and Procedures and UK HSE guidelines.

We own all our own vehicles, boats and equipment. That is why when you scuba dive with Downbelow, you scuba dive with peace of mind.

Find out more about our safety policies and what we do to keep all of our equipment, boats and vehicles safe and always in good condition.

Benefits of PADI Scuba Diver Course

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 @ 16:50 News

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Congratulations to our newly qualified PADI Scuba Divers Nicola & Grace pictured here with their Downbelow Instructor Pablo.

Nicola and Grace both completed the PADI Scuba Divers course, a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a few times a year.

As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints.

With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation, holiday or dive trip to a maximum of 12m.

After completing the Scuba Diver program you can, at anytime, continue your diving education and the next step is usually to complete the PADI Open Water Course with any PADI Dive Center, which will take an additional 2 days.

Want to know more about the PADI Scuba Divers program? Contact us now for details.

Experience Diving for the First Time in Borneo with Downbelow

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 @ 11:20 News


If you have never dived before and would like to experience what the fuss is all about then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program is the perfect route to take.

We have a very quiet lagoon for our Discover Scuba Diving course and confined water training, and a very special house reef with lots of marine life.

Discover SCUBA gives you immediate access to the beauty of the underwater world. Our paradise location is not crowded and you receive very personal attention.

A family from China recently got their first underwater experience with Downbelow with close guidance and supervision from Downbelow dive instructor Victorley Marden.

Together they learnt basic safety concepts, how to put on diving equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.

Would you like to try out diving? Read more about Discover Scuba Diving Course with Downbelow.

Sabah Wants Federal Ban Against Shark Hunting & Finning

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 @ 13:59 News

Cook Islands announces shark sanctuary, which created the largest in the world combined with the neighbouring islands' similar move.

A piece of fabulous and inspiring news for marine lovers everywhere. The state of Sabah is pushing for draft amendments to the federal Fisheries Act of 1985 to ban the hunting and finning of sharks in Malaysian waters.

The same legal provision was already enforced under Sabah’s wildlife conservation laws last year but despite this shark finning is still rampant in Sabah waters, with shark fins and stingrays still being sold openly in fish markets in Sandakan, Kudat and even Kota Kinabalu if you know where to go.

Due to the loophole where federal law does not ban this cruel act the activities continue and as such our Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun said that the government is still pursuing the matter and waiting for the laws to be amended.

“We are not just taking care of the sharks, but also taking care of our people,” Masidi stressed referring to the locals employed by the diving industries which depend on tourists coming to the state to see sharks swimming freely in Sabah waters.

We hope that the federal laws will be amended as soon as possible so that we can stop the killing immediately!

Make Your Diving Dreams Come True via the IDC Asia with Downbelow

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 @ 09:58 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships


The Downbelow August PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates are getting a little extra practice before next month’s IDC by taking a day of confined water presentation prep with IDC Staff Instructor Paul Jones at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

Do you dream of becoming a professional PADI dive instructor?

There is still time to join our next course with Downbelow resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann and his GoPro Team so if you are a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) & are looking to become a fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor do contact us A.S.A.P. as within just a few weeks your dreams can come true.

Contact us for details!

Enjoyable Non-Diver Activities in Borneo

Monday, August 26th, 2013 @ 12:02 News

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You don’t have to be a diver to enjoy Gaya Island and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. There are plenty of activities available that show you beautiful coral reefs, tropical fish, sheltered ocean lagoons and primary rainforest.

Whether a friends & family day trip, group or school adventure, honeymoon or holiday, time and time again our guests tell us how wonderful it is to spend the day together on such a lovely tropical island where everyone can enjoy their activity at the same location away from the crowds.

You can pick and choose from guided snorkelling safaris, trekking or sea-kayaking. You can even do all of them all in a single day.

Our guests pictured above choose to spent their day under the sun with a multi-activity program that includes a snorkelling, trekking and kayaking with IDC Staff Instructor Strike.

Find out what else you can do on our tropical island! Contact us if you have any enquiries.

Deep Diving Workshop in Borneo for our Divemaster Interns

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:51 Divemaster, News


Our Borneo internship program yesterday brought our Divemaster interns to a deep dive workshop with PADI IDC Staff Instructor Liz Street in the calm waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah.

Experience in deep diving and learning the techniques involved is a must before the candidates can complete their course. This is because when they finally work as fully-fledged Divemasters, they will themselves sooner or later be assisting an instructor who will be teaching student the PADI Deep Diver elective dive or speciality course.

To conduct these dives safely, you need the right skills and the right knowledge and our interns experience plenty of that!

Also participating in the workshop is our latest PADI IDC candidate Kaman Ng who is gaining some additional experience before the IDC starts at the end of the month.

Well done everyone!

Dates for PADI IDC 2014 in Borneo

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 @ 13:14 News


We are happy to announce that we have received confirmation for the dates of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) & PADI Instructor Exam (IE) for the year 2014.

So for those who are planning to complete their PADI IDC with Downbelow next year, please refer to the published dates to be found on Our Next IDC Course page.

Anyone who is dreaming of becoming a diving instructor are invited to join the IDC subject to meeting certain pre-requisites. It is designed to develop a well-rounded diving educator who can work anywhere in the world.

You will gain knowledge in areas as diverse as risk management, teaching children, hands-on experience of the business of diving, and PADI standards & procedures.

Upon successful completion of the PADI Instructor Exam you will be a certified PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor!

PADI IDC’s with Downbelow are held at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah Borneo.

Should you have any enquiries please contact us, either through email, phone or meet us in our office in KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

New Divemaster Morin Briefs Our Fun Divers in Gaya Island Borneo

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 @ 11:25 Divemaster, News


Our local PADI Divemaster intern Morin, who successfully completed his one year PADI Divemaster internship last week looks very confident and ready as he gives our fun divers their briefing on a beautiful sunny day in Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

With dedication and professional training from qualified instructor trainers, you really can bring out the hidden skills and potential from anyone willing to put in the effort, and Morin a fantastic example of the system at work!

If you ever dreamt of becoming a professional in the diving industry but you don’t feel like you have it in you, let us help you out. Join our diving professional internship and you will soon find the real you.

Contact us for more info or you can drop by at our office and talk to us directly. Don’t worry – we are friendly :)

To Morin – well done and keep it up!