Archive for May, 2014

Local Sabahan Trainee Assisting Our Dive Instructor In The PADI Open Water

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 @ 08:00 News


Downbelow instructor Pablo teaching the world’s most popular scuba course, the PADI Open Water Course to our guests at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

On hand to assist him is this time is our “Work for a Career” trainee Mac. The program is community-driven where we give local boys a platform for them to chase their diving dream and start their journey to become a professional in the bubbling scuba diving industry.

Within his 1-year contract, Mac is given the opportunity to begin and progress his dive education up to the first professional scuba diving rating PADI Divemaster! Pablo started his professional dive career through the program too, and like him, Mac may reach to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and will guide others like him a year from now!

Keep it up Mac!

Are you a Sabahan and wish to work as a dive instructor? Email us and we’ll help you with your dream.

Becoming an Elite Instructor with Downbelow In Just A Few Years

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 @ 08:00 News, Professional Diving Internships

Borneo elite scuba diving instructor

Nothing makes us prouder than seeing our team mate grow professionally!

Downbelow Staff Instructor Timtam received a pleasant surprise and a reminder of how much he has grown in his career with the “Elite Instructor Award” from PADI.

The award is to acknowledge him certifying more than a 100 divers for the year 2013 and indeed it is quite a milestone achievement.

Timtam first joined Downbelow back in 2009 with a year-long PADI Divemaster internship called “Work for a Career” program. After being certified as a Divemaster he then joined our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) to become an instructor and today, he is already an IDC Staff Instructor.

We are happy that he is living his diving dream with Downbelow.

Congratulations Timtam!

Fine Tune Your Diving Skills with the Advanced Open Water in Borneo

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 @ 08:00 News

DK Open Water

Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann goes through the Advanced Open Water Course knowledge reviews with some of our Danish Adventurers as they continue their diving education in sunny Sabah Borneo.

This course opens up new possibilities for the divers as their diving skills are fine-tuned which allows them to explore some of diving’s top adventures. Anyone who has completed the PADI Open Water Course can enrol on this course immediately as you don’t need to have any minimum number of required dives.

The advanced course covers underwater phenomena, diving procedures, the diving environment and deep diving procedures. It consists of 2 Core and 3 Electives dives. The 2 core dives are Navigation and Deep dive and the Elective dives are Fish Identification, Search & Recovery, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy or any selected by the Instructor and participant.

Choosing the location to complete this course is important too and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which is located just in front of our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre provides an ideal venue for the course, with wreck, reefs and lots of critters to explore.

Have you completed the PADI Open Water and wish to learn more scuba diving skills? Send us an email today and complete the PADI Advanced Open Water with us – we’re located just 10 minutes away from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

Grab Downbelow’s Stay and Dive Package Promotion Today

Monday, May 26th, 2014 @ 08:10 News


What will you be doing next year? Too far away? What about next month or even next week?

If you haven’t made plans to go and experience an awesome sight such as the photo above then it will be the same daily routine for you, be it your work or staying at home!

You don’t dive? Don’t worry! Downbelow has a special “Stay and Dive” promotion for our guests wishing to learn diving. The package includes a 4-day PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course, 5 nights accommodation and breakfast daily. You can find out more information about the promotion here.

All of our diving lessons are conducted in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a protected marine park in Kota Kinabalu that is ideally suited to beginner divers and more experienced divers alike providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats. Just a few minutes speedboat ride away also within the marine park are some 49 open water dive sites.

Send us an email today to start your journey into the world of awesome diving!

Learn Scuba Diving by Completing the PADI Open Water Course

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 @ 08:10 News

Learn Diving in Borneo

It was a perfect day in the bay – warm weather with calm seas and they are just right as IDC Staff Instructor Tim started the day’s PADI Open Water Course with Sally and Scott.

For those who wants to learn to dive, the PADI Open Water Course structured diving lessons is the way to go. This course is not only our most popular course but the most popular Scuba Course in the world. It’s the first level of PADI Certification and as a certified PADI Open Water Diver they can dive with a buddy independent of a professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

To ensure our guests get the very best of attention from our instructors, we conduct our courses in small groups. Safety is also paramount, that is why we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and follow British HSE guidelines.

You too can learn to dive in just a matter of days. Read more about the PADI Open Water Course and email us for further enquiries.

Avillion Layang Layang Promotion

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 @ 17:41 Promotions

Layang Layang Island Dive Resort Sabah, Borneo

Enjoy a diving holiday like no other to Layang Layang Island, located 300km northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo. The one island one resort experience is located on the edge of an atoll that rises from the depths of 2000m and has 13 dive sites, offering an awesome diving experience, non crowed and super friendly.

The resort are currently running a promotion for Malaysian residents which is real value-for-money as the 2nd diver will only pay 50% of the published rates!

The package includes;

  • 7 Night Twin Share accommodation at Avillion Layang Layang
  • 3 dives daily
  • 5 meals a day
  • Tank, weight & weight belts

Package excludes

  • Return flight (BKI/LAC/BKI) @ RM 960 per person

Terms & Conditions

  • Min 7 nights stay and 2 to go
  • Malaysian residents
  • Stay Period: 6-13 & 18-25 July / 05-12 & 22-29 Aug 2014
  • Booking period, immediate
  • 50% off applicable for 2nd diver
  • 30% non refundable deposit upon confirmation
  • Full payment 6 weeks prior to arrival

Contact us to get more information about this promotion or about Avillion Layang Layang.

Sisters Complete PADI Junior Open Water in Borneo

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 @ 16:49 Junior Open Water, News

Young Divers in Borneo

Diving is an enjoyable activity that even the young ones can enjoy too.

Pablo had the privilege of certifying two young divers Calypso and Romilly from the Cox family.

They completed the Junior Open Water course with Downbelow with full moral support from their father Marc and brother Atticus, who joined them on their dives!

The training for the Junior Open Water program is the same as the Open Water Course however once certified, the child can only dive with a certified adult diver to a maximum depth of 12 meters until the age of 15 years when the certification can be upgraded at no extra cost.

Congratulations to the “scuba diving” Cox family. Now they can dive together anywhere around the world!

New Adventurers Landed in Sabah Borneo For An Experience of a Lifetime

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 @ 10:21 Danish Adventure Group, News


This week we welcomed another group of young European adventurers to the land below the wind!

For the next 30 days they will get to enjoy a variety of adventures and awesome experience that only Sabah Borneo can give.

Included in their itineraries will be staying on a tropical island for a week while learning to dive, climbing to the roof of Borneo that is Mount Kinabalu, cruise along Malaysia’s second longest river, tackle the white water rapids and trail in remote jungle using historical routes used by villagers to get to the market before there were roads and cars.

Through all of these they will get to know Sabah a little deeper but most important of all, they will get to know themselves, their strength and their potential!

Once again, welcome to Sabah!

IDC Asia May 2014 Officially Starts

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 @ 14:41 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships


The latest PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Asia for the year 2014 officially started this weekend with classroom sessions held at our head office in KK Times Square, Sabah Borneo.

Future dive instructors this time around are Outi, Catherine, Herman, Ian, Missy, Andy, Sandra, Carlos & Polly! Also joining in the fun this time is the returning Vui How who is taking the PADI Staff Instructor course.

Everyone at Downbelow wishes them all the best and do enjoy your educational journey!

As usual, we will be updating developments from the candidates right here on this blog.

Do you want to join our next PADI IDC? Our courses are in high demand and places are limited so do contact us early to avoid disappointments.

If you haven’t done so already, bookmark our site or connect with us on Facebook to keep up to date with our news and schedule.

Depressed to Leave After A Wonderful 2 Weeks

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 @ 11:42 Guestbook

Hi Sarah-Jane

I hope you are well.

Nicola and I wanted to send you a quick email to stay a massive thank you for all that you did for us leading up to and during our holiday. We both had one of the best holidays that we can remember and found it very depressing to leave after a wonderful 2 weeks.

The help you provided from the very first email (over 6 months ago) through what must have felt like a never ending stream of emails and questions ensured our minds were as relaxed as they could be when we landed in Borneo for the first time. Your continued dedication to ensuring that our trip went as smoothly as possible with the phone calls informing us of timings and arrangements was also a lovely touch and very welcome from us both.

We would also like you to thank all other people that we meet, and those we didn’t meet, who made our holiday so memorable. Our thanks go to the mini-bus drivers; the chefs of the meals whilst snorkelling, at Turtle Island and the Bilit Adventure Lodge; the cleaners who ensured the places we went were ready for us; the friendliness of the rangers who weren’t directly assigned to usl and of course to the guides we spent time with – Mell and the others whilst snorkelling, Francis during the National Park Trip, “Jack” out at Turtle Island and Connor at the Bilit Lodge.

All the guides made the trip even more memorable with their friendly, approachable nature, humour and of course very knowledgeable information that they informed to us during the trips.

The holiday was truly memorable, thank you once again, and if i hear of any friends of mine who are planning a trip to Borneo, I will be sure to provide DDB and your contact as an excellent company and contact to plan a trip with.

Anthony and Nicola