Archive for August, 2014

Experience first time diving with our professional team!

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 @ 08:00 Discover Scuba Diving, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Tim, a PADI IDCS Instructor and a member of our Go PRO team, conducts the PADI Discover Scuba Diving for our clients in the shallow bay in front of our Dive Centre facility.

Danny, one of our PADI Divemaster Trainees is assisting Tim’s student divers to adjust their dive equipment so that their experience is as comfortable as possible! The customer service that Danny practices is part of his Go PRO internship training and necessary for him to observe Tim’s skills in supervision to develop his own.

Tim, just like our other PADI Instructors, will mentor Danny during his 1-year program to achieve the PADI Divemaster rating, and provide our high standard in quality dive training for him to become a confident dive leader!

Let our dedicated and professional team introduce you to the amazing world of scuba diving at our Gaya Island beach house in Sabah!

Whether it’s your very first time or if you want to become a professional diver yourself, a friendly and helpful member of our Head Office will cater a program just for you!

PADI Instructors continue living the diving dream!

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 @ 04:00 News

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PADI Instructors of our island staff team are continuing their diving dream at our Gaya Island beach house. Even after 6 weeks of conducting PADI courses and programs to adventure groups of UK-based students, they can’t get enough!

PADI Instructors, Pablo, Along, Tim and Welson have all been happily busy teaching our regular clients from all over the world to explore the underwater beauty of Sabah’s diverse coral life.

Some of our clients participated in our 1-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, whilst others certified in the entry-level PADI Open Water Diver course or continued their education to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver!

Our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is brimming with our clients’ excitement as they experience the dive lifestyle of their recreational underwater adventures and it’s our responsibility to continue their passion!

Get in touch with one of our helpful and experienced Head Office staff to organize an individually catered program for you to live the dive lifestyle as we do in exotic Sabah, Borneo!

Our travel consultants experience Sandakan!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 14:15 News

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Sandakan is a region on the east coast of Sabah, known as a haven for endemic Borneo wildlife, and accessible for experience by the public.

Our four lucky travel consultants, Joey, Stephanie, Lulu and Jane will be experiencing the incredible natural beauty Sabah has to offer, on a trip to visit the various attractions our travel packages include!

One such activity they will participate in is to witness the conservation efforts of the Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The population of the endemic sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), or ‘honey bear’ as it’s sometimes known as, is of a vulnerable status, and the ladies will appreciate the responsible tourism practiced through efforts to rehabilitate the bears.

The trip is fully sponsored by our company, in which the ladies are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge on the services of our trusted partners and apply their valuable firsthand experience to our clients’ adventures in Sabah!

Get more details on the travel packages we have to visit Sandakan and other parts of Sabah, and our helpful and friendly Head Office staff will create a personalized itinerary to meet your holiday needs!

Real PADI Rescue Diver scenarios at Gaya Island!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 08:30 News

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Master Instructor Paul teaches the PADI Rescue Diver course for two of our international clients with the assistance of Go Pro interns Andy and Cindy!

During the course, Paul will introduce his students to the well being of other divers, which builds on the self-rescue skills from previous PADI courses.

His certified assistants are preparing themselves for our upcoming Instructor Development Course (IDC), so the exposure to Paul’s instructional methods are valuable for their professional training to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

As a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, our full time team of PADI Instructors is dedicated to dive education for all levels of PADI courses and programs to promote confidence in divers’ abilities.

Contact our Head Office for an itinerary to start diving, or continue your dive adventure, at our paradise Gaya Island beach house!

Capture the diversity of TAR Park!

Friday, August 29th, 2014 @ 16:00 News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Kota Kinabalu and Sabah has been experiencing seasonal rainstorms for several weeks, however it does not deter our island activities, especially with our scuba diving programs! Seasonal rainstorms keep the country green and the air fresh, showers begin around 3-4pm daily and last a few hours. Bright blue skies then return the following morning !

Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann is an avid underwater photographer and joins the leisure dive boat to check out the conditions our diving clients experience.

Photography is an excellent dive activity and most popular with all marine enthusiasts, not just divers! It’s difficult to explain the sights to loved ones at home and much more effective to capture it in a photo or video.

Our Dive Centre facility on Gaya Island offers a range of underwater cameras to rent to our clients for their activity, and they’re quite popular so do arrange ahead of time with our Head Office staff to update our island staff team to set one aside. One of our experienced and professional PADI Instructors’ will also show you the settings to get the most out of your rental equipment!

Get in touch to explore the incredible biodiversity of the underwater rainforests of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on one of our island activities!

More cake in the office!

Friday, August 29th, 2014 @ 08:30 News

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It’s just cake after cake consumed at our Head Office in KK Times Square! But it’s just a lot of birthdays recently, and it’s our Dive Shop Supervisor Karen’s turn!

After many weeks of deliberation over flavour (Durian was requested, but denied!), frosting, thickness and so much more to cake-ology, Karen decided on caramel! It was delicious, enjoyed very much by all and the blue-coloured sponge didn’t put anyone off at all!

Happy birthday to our lovely, Karen!

Visit our Dive Shop to get the rundown of products we stock for your next adventure, speak to our Travel Consultants about a package to explore Sabah and get information on the best bakery in town for cakes!

Along keeps his student diving!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 @ 14:30 News, Rescue Divers

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At our Gaya Island beach house in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, PADI Instructor Along continues his student divers’ education from the PADI Open Water Diver to the PADI Rescue Diver!

Our international client doesn’t hesitate to learn more about scuba diving as he qualifies in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, straight after the 3-day PADI Open Water. Along conducted 5 adventure dives within the PADI Advanced Open Water, 2 of them were deep and underwater navigation and core curriculum requirements. The reason being is that, the student diver will then be qualified to dive to 30 metres, so must be fairly confident underwater!

Along will continue his students’ dive experiences to become a PADI Rescue Diver, as well as an Emergency First Responder. It will surely be fantastic fun on these courses thanks to Along’s enthusiasm to inspire his student diver to progress his dive education!

Get more details on how we can help you to continue your dive education at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre with one of our experienced PADI Instructors!

Downbelow Head Office remember MH17

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 @ 09:00 News

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On the 22nd August 2014, the remains of the Malaysian victims’ of MH17 are returned to Malaysian soil, and in their memory our Head Office staff observe a minutes’ silence.

Malaysian nationals have kept one another strong through the difficult times with their relentless support; an attribute our operational staff understands all too well when it comes to excellent customer service.

Testing challenges like this will only make Malaysia the stronger for it, so onwards and upwards to show how beautiful and special this jewel in the South China Sea is!

Contact our Head Office to explore the wondrous tropics of Sabah and discover the incredible Malaysian charm on the island of Borneo!

PADI awards us with ‘Outstanding Contribution to Diver Acquisition’!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 09:06 News

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PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager Johnny Chew visits us at our Head Office in KK Times Square, to present a prestigious award in recognition of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Diver Acquisition’ in 2013!

Our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre experienced a fantastic year in 2013 for dive education, and it’s only getting better and better this year!

It is always an honor to receive an award for our passion and dedication to uphold the integrity of the dive industry and our goal is to reach new heights of our high standards of quality dive training.

Being acknowledged by PADI Asia Pacific is so supportive, and we congratulate both our Head Office and our Gaya Island staff team for their commitment.

Experience our award-winning quality dive training from an entry-level recreational course all the way through to professional dive training! Contact our Head Office to arrange an itinerary suited to your dive lifestyle inn Borneo!

We’re in the Undersea Journal!

Monday, August 25th, 2014 @ 17:11 News

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We’re delighted to find an article by Project AWARE Foundations’ Hannah Pragnell-Raasch on our marine conservation efforts in the latest edition of the PADI Undersea Journal!

Our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann took this photo, which was used for the article, and it shows our Go PRO internship candidates working together to remove an illegal ‘ghost net’ from further damaging the delicate coral reef ecosystem.

The article raises public awareness of the biggest plight to our marine environment in the local area, which is marine debris. Marine debris can be anything from hundreds of metres of illegally dumped fishing net to plastic products, and is a ‘silent killer’ to our seas and oceans.

We are dedicated supporters to the Project AWARE movement, frequently contributing to our shared mission to protect the environment.

Adventure groups visiting our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre volunteer their efforts to achieve a unique experience to learn more about our tropical environment. Get in touch with our Head Office for more details on how to contribute with us!

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