Archive for April, 2014

Downbelow & Hyatt Regency KK Comes Together for Nature

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 @ 09:47 Conservation, News


The marine animals around the city of Kota Kinabalu get to breathe a little easier, for the weekend at least, when Dive Downbelow and Hyatt Regency of Kota Kinabalu came together and cleaned the beach of Gaya Island. The two organisations came together for an independent Project AWARE Ocean Clean-up and Mangrove Planting Day.

The day started with Downbelow Managing Director and Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann welcoming the 26-strong staff from Hyatt to Downbelow’s PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre followed by a briefing and presentation on the importance of mangroves. Richard also outlined why marine debris must be removed and how it should be done.

When the briefing was over, everyone enthusiastically got into the act of cleaning the beach in front of our dive centre including the tricky rocky areas.

The clean-up lasted until noon when everyone was treated to a delicious lunch.

After a good short rest, everyone got into the mood of working for nature again but this time it was mangrove planting time with the help of Sabah Parks. Just like coral reefs, mangrove plants are productive ecosystems that provide beneficial services both to the marine environment and people.

Needless to say this was as important as the clean-up itself and everyone had a go at planting the mangrove saplings.

The day ended with the official weigh-in of the trash collected being announced at 347kg! This was a non-profit day, with both companies supporting the cause to generate a donation of RM1,250.00 (AUD 416.00).

The day did not end there as we also found time to shoot some very cool pictures for the Hyatt photo competition (#InAHyattWorld) in the hope the team from Hyatt KK can win a 5k donation to be given out for local Sabah charities.

With that we ended our conservation day. So a huge thanks to Hyatt Regency KK and everyone who took part in this successful conservation awareness fund raising day.

Rescue Diver Course is an Awesome Course with Important Objectives

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 @ 15:43 News, Rescue Divers


Downbelow instructor Mohd Fauzi a.k.a. Pablo had a fun day teaching the Rescue Diver course to his students Paul & Nathaniel on a fine day in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is awesome fun for everyone involved, including the instructor! However the course objectives are really important as it teaches the participants to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers.

This is done via the following course 3 day program outlines;

  • Self-rescue and diver stress.
  • Emergency management and equipment.
  • Panicked diver response.
  • In-water rescue breathing protocols.
  • Egress (exits).
  • Dive accident scenarios.

Find out more about the course on the PADI Rescue Diver Course page.

Interested in PADI Rescue Diver? How about Go PRO? Our friendly staff will suggest an itinerary to suit your individual needs for your scuba diving goals. All you need to do is to call 088 – 488 997 or email

Success Story of our Local Internship Program

Monday, April 28th, 2014 @ 14:17 News, Professional Diving Internships


What a day it is for Tharmizi a.k.a. Timmy who received his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certificate and card! It is official then, Timmy is now a professional dive instructor and is currently living the diving dream with Downbelow’s GoPro team, headed by PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann.

Timmy completed the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) with seven other candidates last February and all of them passed their PADI Instructor Examination, keeping Downbelow’s amazing 100% passing rate intact.

Downbelow conducts the IDC course over a period of 1 month just before the IE so that our candidates are fully prepared for the exams. For Timmy though his journey started more than a year before when he joined us as a trainee in our “Work for a Career” program. The course prepares and nurtures its trainee to become confident and qualified PADI Divemasters through multiple courses, workshops and also assisting and observing our dive instructors handle actual guests at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

After qualifiying as a PADI Divemaster, the IDC course takes the certified diver to another level. Completing the IDC and passing the IE, the candidates are then fully qualified to teach PADI courses from Discover Scuba Divers to PADI Divemasters.

So congratulations to Timmy – you are one of our top success stories from our local internship program!

If you would like to join our local internship program do contact us at Downbelow today. We will be happy to guide you to achieve your dream!

Career in Scuba Diving – Open Opportunities For Local Sabahans to Grab

Friday, April 25th, 2014 @ 16:22 News

Dive trainees in KK

One of the programs that we are most proud of coming out of Downbelow is our “Work for a Career” program where we give local Sabahans the chance to pursue their passion and dream to work in the scuba diving industry.

We started this program because we know there are many aspiring locals who love the ocean and dream of working outdoor but do not know where or how to start chasing their dream, either because of financial difficulties or being rejected by dive centres because of zero experience.

Our year-long program fills this gap as we accept anyone including those without any diving experience. As long as they have the desire to learn and are willing to put in the hours required they will have no problem to one day to live their diving dream.

Our local trainees are taught every aspect of the diving operational industry and having our own dive centre, it is a perfect opportunity for our trainees to learn what is happening on a daily basis. Throughout their course, they will build on their confidence, character, strength and of course, product knowledge.

The photo above shows one of our trainee busy preparing the tanks for our PADI Discover Scuba Diving guests to use on their dives. The hard work (and exercise!) that they put in today, will benefit them once they are fully-grown dive professionals.

Do you have a passion for diving? Maybe you are the adventurous type who will not be able to sit behind the desk?

Well contact us today to find out how you can enroll into our “Work for a Career” program. Our experienced Go Pro team led by PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann will ensure that you will have the best of fun while you’re here. Oh there’s the small thing called learning too – don’t worry, you will forget that you are actually learning!

PADI Divemaster Interns Tested on Their Problem-Solving Skills

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 @ 16:00 News, Professional Diving Internships


Our PADI Divemasters interns Rhys and Amylia underwent the equipment exchange training with Downbelow instructor and Go Pro team member Lawrencius Jaulit aka Timtam as part of their internship course.

This necessary component of the Divemaster course is a unique training excercise where the students will call upon their creative problem-solving skills and sound judgement, which will be benificial once they are working as professionals in the scuba diving industry. As they carry out exchanging their masks, fins and BCD underwater they may come across problems and as they solve these obstacles, points are then scored.

To be a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor calls for a lot of responsibility, but if you ask any professional diver it’s the most exciting job they have ever experienced!

Want to be a PADI Divemaster just like our Rhys & Amylia? Get in touch with us at Downbelow, where our helpful staff will provide more information on our different internship programs!

Harrison Completes his PADI Divemaster Course with Downbelow

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 @ 16:26 News, Professional Diving Internships


Congratulations to Harrison who has completed his PADI Divemaster course with Go Pro team member and PADI Master Instructor Paul Jones.

Being a Master Instructor means Paul has a wealth of experience which he shared with Harrison. This has undoubtedly helped him tremendously in completing the course.

Now as a certified PADI Divemaster, Harrison will be able to act as a certified instructional assistant to PADI Instructors at any PADI Dive Centre in the world.

Among the tasks for Divemasters include to plan, organize and lead dives and also supervise participants in PADI experience programs for uncertified divers.

Do contact our head office for further information on our Go PRO internship programs and together we can hatch a plan for you to live your diving dream!

Downbelow Staff & Trainees Are Always Ready to help Mother Nature

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 @ 13:53 Conservation, News

trainees picks up fishing net

Downbelow is at war against illegal fishing nets found within Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) and that is why we have removed over 100 ghostnets from TARP for the past few years.

We always stress on the importance of keeping our environment clean and spread the message of conservation not only to our staff and trainees but to our guests as well.

We hope the love for nature can be instilled in everyone we meet and by the examples that we’ve shown.

So we were really happy to know that our instructor Mohd Fauzi a.k.a. Pablo together local trainee Kerry removed a small ghostnet that they found on their fun dive on their day off. Even though the net was small it still caught a few crabs and fishes. The boys did a great job in saving them though!

This shows that whatever you do or wherever you are, there’s always time to do something to help Mother Nature when help is needed. If you’re diving and stumble upon any discarded nets, do report them to your guides or to the local authorities as they can do countless damage if they are left in the ocean.

To our boys Pablo and Kerry, well done!

Pleased to have chosen Downbelow!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 @ 13:47 Guestbook

Hi Joey,

Thank you for organising my recent scuba diver course. I am pleased that I have finally completed it and that I chose Dive Down Below KK to teach me. Please pass on my gratitude to Along. He is a very patient and fun instructor. I would recommend Dive Down Below to my friends in future.

Thanks again,
Kind regards.

Platinum CD Richard congratulates Rene for certifying as PADI IDC Staff Instructor!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 @ 17:10 News


Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann presents Rene with his PADI IDC Staff Instructor certificate at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

As a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Rene is qualified to assist a Course Director in conducting the PADI Instructor Development Course and independently teach and qualify PADI Assistant Instructors too! He will, as most Go PRO divers do, find career fulfilment in continuing his professional education to share his experience with future dive educators!

For more information on the various professional scuba diving internship programs we offer, contact our Head Office in KK Times Square. Discuss in more detail on a suitable itinerary with one of our experienced and helpful staff, and we will arrange a program for you to accomplish your goals and live your diving dream as soon as you decide to Go PRO!

PADI OWSI Along teaches the Emergency First Response!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 @ 12:10 Emergency First Response, News


One of our full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors conducts the Emergency First Response course for some of our PADI Divemaster Trainees on the deck of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Borneo!

Emergency First Response will teach the boys how to handle emergency situations so that in the unlikely event of and incident they are ready to act.

Through preparation and risk assessment the potential of a problem arising can be hugely reduced. The PADI Divemaster Trainees taking part in the Emergency First Response Course before their PADI Rescue Diver course. To complete the PADI Rescue Diver Course one must have completed the Emergency First Response Course within the past 24 months. These courses also integrate very well together which integrates perfectly !

Contact one of our helpful and experienced Head Office staff to arrange a scuba diving course or a dry course, such as the Emergency First Response!