Seasfire return for more dive adventure!

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Mont Kiara International Schools’ Seasfire organisation return for more dive adventure to experience in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park with our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

This is the scuba diving crews’ 3rd consecutive year, with similar faces (and new!) visiting for their annual trip to our Gaya Island beach house. Educating on marine conservation is the priority of their program, and comes so natural because all participants complete a PADI course, all of which have skills to encourage student divers to gain a deeper appreciation for the local marine environment. Those new to the crew begin their dive adventure on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and returning members  continue their dive education to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and PADI Rescue Divers! They are also the first Seasfire crew to enjoy our new accommodation facilities – the Downbelow Adventure Lodge, located above our HQ in KK Times Square on the mainland.

Get more details on group travel for your schools and universities needs when you contact us at our Downbelow Travel Centre.

Luxury diving holiday: Only in Sabah with Dive Downbelow!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 @ 08:00 Advanced Open Water Course, Diving Kota Kinabalu, Diving Sabah, News

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For many visitors to Borneo, their perfect idea of a luxury diving holiday would be only in Sabah, and with Dive Downbelow!

Sabah Travel Centre expert Joey has created a superb luxury dive package for our two clients, Ramon and Suzanne from Holland.

Any diver will tell you (even if they’ve never been!) the diving on the east coast of Sabah is some of the worlds’ best diving destinations that must be experienced if visiting Sabah!

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort will be greeting the lovely couple to their paradise in the Celebes Sea, but before they do depart Kota Kinabalu for their next epic dive adventure, Joey has suggested for them to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park!

There will be some amazing reefs with incredible critters and pelagics they won’t want to miss when diving the world-famous Sipadan Island, and our island staff team of PADI Instructors possess the experience to prepare them for the local dive techniques practised in Sabah.

For more information on luxury dive travel in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, contact our HQ to create a suitable package! Why not make it a ‘hat trick’? A scuba diving course, luxury dive travel and Sabah’s toughest challenge: climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Diving with the fun-loving students of SEASFiRE!


It’s been non-stop fun at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, as a group of fun-loving students of the SEASFiRE organization from Mont Kiara International School Kuala Lumpur visit for a scuba diving adventure!

This is their second year in a row, and many participants from the previous year returned with new members joining, to learn about the marine environment, its conservation and further their PADI dive education with our team of dedicated PADI Instructors! There are a variety of recreational dive courses being conducted by several of our Instructors, who are also of varied PADI professional levels. The list of courses being taught is the Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Digital Underwater Photography Specialty, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and PADI Rescue Diver.

There wasn’t a dull moment as our Downbelow team educated our friends of the SEASFiRE team to explore the beautiful coral reefs of Sabah, Borneo! Get in touch with our Head Office to arrange a visit for your own group of adventurers’! We offer years’ of experience in adventure training and team building activities to tailor a suitable program for any size group!

Our interns get real dive experience in teaching!

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 @ 09:00 Advanced Open Water Course, News, Open Water Course


Go PRO interns Polly and Ian have really made us proud as they grasp so enthusiastically their teaching experiences at our Gaya Island paradise beach house!

Polly conducts the PADI Open Water Diver whilst Ian teaches the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and our clients have enjoyed each and every dive with the two PADI Instructors!

Their professional internship program includes the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. To attain the professional level the candidates are to complete five PADI Specialties chosen between themselves and our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, who is also Managing Director at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

During their 1-month internship program, teaching experience is offered and this is such valuable benefit for the Go PRO interns. It is especially so because the instructional experience is under the guidance of Richard who is dedicated to imparting his vast knowledge of the dive industry to improve our candidates.

Get in touch with our Head Office to ask for more details on our fully inclusive Go PRO internship programs we offer. We can arrange an itinerary to suit your needs to become a Go PRO diver when you visit tropical Borneo!

Certify as PADI Advanced Open Water diver, and try mountain climbing too, with our flexible programs!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 @ 14:16 Advanced Open Water Course, News


One of our PADI Instructors, Pablo, is sharing his knowledge and passion of scuba diving with his PADI Advanced Open Water student.

Qualifying as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver requires five open water training dives to be completed and a review of knowledge development correlating to those dives must be discussed between instructor and student. Two of these dives are mandatory to achieve certification, which are the deep dive and the underwater navigation dive. The combination of these disciplines will prepare the student diver for future dives to depths of up to 30 metres because this is the maximum depth set by PADI standards for recreational divers certified as PADI Advanced Open Water diver.

Pablo and his student complete these two dives, after a quick review of scuba diving skills and academic knowledge acquired from the entry-level PADI Open Water course.

The following day, Pablo won’t be teaching his student because she will be climbing to the summit of Mount Kinabalu instead! She’ll be back the following day to continue her PADI Advanced Open Water course though!

Many of our clients travel from far and wide to visit Borneo and want to try everything with the time available. Our programs are tailored to suit our clients’ goals for their holiday adventures in Sabah and our customer service is top priority to cater an itinerary for your activities. Your necessities, such as accommodation and transport are arranged for your convenience.

Get in touch with one of our helpful and experienced Head Office staff at KK Times Square to discuss a suitable program that satisfies your needs to create the perfect trip!

Explore your diving interests with the PADI Advanced Open Water course!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 @ 09:35 Advanced Open Water Course, News


The PADI Advanced Open Water course is a fantastic way of continuing your scuba diving education!

There are plenty of PADI Specialties to choose from to experience a variety of scuba diving disciplines, such as underwater photography, enriched air diving, wreck diving, night diving and the list goes on!

One of our PADI Instructors, Pablo, is teaching the PADI Advanced Open Water course to two local clients who want to develop their passion of scuba diving.

A requirement of the course is to successfully complete skills of the deep dive and the underwater navigation dive.

Before conducting the deep dive, Pablo will assess the dive conditions as well as his students’ abilities. With his sound judgement, as expected of all professional divers, he will evaluate his students’ skill performance after a thorough briefing of what will be expected once at depth. Deep dives involve more considerations, so students must plan the dive conservatively, bearing in mind air consumption and possible physiological effects.

Dive planning is a skill mastered in the PADI Open Water course because it is a skill that must be done before every single dive! As for the underwater navigation dive the value of learning the skills involved are to instil in divers’ the confidence and independence to navigate along a reef for efficient dive planning. Knowing the bearings of, for example a shipwreck, divers are able to dive directly to the point of interest on that reef.

A PADI Advanced Open Water course consists of another three dives, of which the student may elect the scuba diving discipline they would like to experience.

One of our experienced PADI Instructors will also discuss with you the options that are best suited to the local dive practices within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Contact one of our friendly and helpful staff at our KK Times Square Head Office to peruse the choices of your PADI Advanced Open Water course!

Professional Intern Gains Experience As Downbelow Guest Completes PADI Advanced Open Water in Borneo

Friday, December 27th, 2013 @ 08:30 Advanced Open Water Course, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Downbelow dive instructor Victorley aka Big Vic is pleased to congratulate his student Chung for completing the PADI Advanced Open Water course with Downbelow.

The Advanced Open Water course is a natural progression from the PADI Open Water course and offers new experiences, new skills and lots of diving all under the direct supervision of your instructor, you don’t have to “feel” at an advanced level to embark on this new level of diving.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah provides an ideal venue for the course, with wreck, reefs and lots of critters to explore.

Assisting Big Vic is Danielle, who is on her professional internship with Downbelow where she is currently completing the PADI Divemaster program and later on, for the PADI Instructor Development Course early 2014.

She is getting valuable experience as she witnesses how in real life a PADI Instructor will teach the PADI System of diver education.

Good job everyone!

Improving Diving Knowledge While Working in Borneo

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 @ 10:43 Advanced Open Water Course, News


At Downbelow it’s all about diving and personal development. We put our confidence in anyone who wants to improve themselves and further their education.

That is one of the benefits of working with Downbelow. Our staff can take the opportunity that is presented to them, just like our boat captain Cindy Valton George who has joined our guests in completing the PADI Advanced Open Water Course on his days off.

The course itself was conducted by Downbelow Instructor Azmil Aminud aka Mel who worked his way up (well actually down if you think about it physically). Previously he was also our boat captain and look at him now, confidently introducing our guests to the wonderful world of diving as a fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Keep it up Cindy!

Dive in Borneo – rain or shine!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 @ 12:28 Advanced Open Water Course, News


Good thing about diving is usually the rain will not disrupt your diving plans!

Our guests at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre braved the tropical rain but still enjoyed their dives while taking the PADI Advanced Open Water & PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Scuba Course.

PADI’s Advanced Open Water Diver program fine tunes your dive skills and allows you to explore some of diving’s top adventures. This course attracts divers with varied amounts of experience from those who have just gained their Open Water Certification to those who have been diving for some years.

The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Scuba Course lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air – meaning more time underwater.

All of these courses take place at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, so you are not stuck in the classroom or boat for the day – learn in Paradise!

Miss scuba diving? Then come and dive with us – rain or shine!

Downbelow Staff Completes Advanced Open Water Course in Borneo

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 @ 17:37 Advanced Open Water Course, News


Well done to Rudy (Downbelow Tourist Drivers) & Irfan (Downbelow Shop Assistant) for completing their Advanced Openwater course. They completed their PADI Open Water in March and now they have advanced their dive knowledge and learnt new skills with this latest certification.

Actually you can complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Course anytime as long as you have completed the PADI Open Water Course. You don’t have to “feel” at an advanced level to embark on this new level of diving.

The PADI Advanced Open Water offers new experiences, new skills and lots of diving all under the direct supervision of your instructor.

Find out more about our PADI Advanced Open Water package and you may contact us if you are interested in our PADI Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water 5 day dive course bundle.

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