Hang out at Mount Kinabalu on the worlds’ highest via Ferrata!

Monday, February 16th, 2015 @ 11:33 Climb Mt Kinabalu, Enriched Air Nitrox, News

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Many of our clients opt to hang out at Mount Kinabalu, especially because there’s a chance to complete the worlds’ highest via Ferrata at 3,776m altitude!

Recently, our client from Canada, Peter Martinello completed the climb Mount Kinabalu challenge on our 3D2N standard climbing package that our Sabah Travel Centre personalised to cater to Peter’s specific needs.

He spent 2 nights at Pendant Hut, which is the accommodation used for those participants wishing to descend from Low’s Peak via Ferrata, and the extra first night really helped him to acclimatise to the difference in atmosphere.

Peter prepared himself well with the advice our helpful travel experts offered him to successfully complete his goals – and he was very happy with himself to have finished the Guinness World Record, advanced via Ferrata Low’s Peak circuit!

Peter also qualified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver, under the tutelage of one of our dedicated and full time PADI Instructors, at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre before his climb. The dive theory concerned with gas narcosis is related to the effects of altitude sickness, which Peter didn’t experience at all during his itinerary because he acclimatised to the altitude at the Laban Rata Plateau during his extra night (amongst other forms of preparation).

For more information, about visiting our Dive Centre to experience island activities, or how to prepare for climbing Mount Kinabalu, contact our HQ to create an itinerary just for your convenient Sabah travels!

Marine, wildlife and adventure packages: Explore Sabah, Borneo!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Kota Kinabalu, Enriched Air Nitrox, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Explore Sabah, Borneo for a personalised holiday on our many marine, wildlife and adventure packages, like Richard’s old friend Jason is doing!

Jason visits our 5 Star Dive Centre to qualify as PADI Enriched Air Diver, and his Instructor is his old friend Richard Swann. As a Platinum PADI Course Director, elite Instructor Trainer, Richard has a lot of dive experience to share with Jason!

As he completes his course, Jason also explores the TAR marine park with some leisure dives, making for an exciting start to his Sabah adventure.

Wildlife spotting cannot be missed when visiting Borneo, and there’s so many endemic and rare animals in Sabah itself. Jason will fly to Sandakan town, on Sabah’s east coast, and be transferred to the Kinabatangan River for some peace and relaxation while getting closer to nature in Bilit Village. A good camera is highly suggested to capture the numerous hornbills guests spot during the morning and early evening river cruises.

For the next Sabah adventure (but probably not the last), Jason is white water rafting at the mighty rapids of Padas River! Hoping it’s terrible weather on that day…because it makes the rapids wilder!

For more information on how our Kota Kinabalu HQ Sabah Travel Centre experts can arrange a suitable adventure package for you, get in touch.

Combine various day trips, overnight stays, luxury accommodation or budget backpackers, we have the expertise to personalise your Borneo holiday!

Complete PADI Enriched Air Specialty and keep diving!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 @ 11:39 Enriched Air Nitrox, News

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Our PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Pablo is teaching PADI Enriched Air Specialty and the PADI Advanced Open Water course too!

His clients are already certified divers, but they are building their scuba diving knowledge by continuing their education and they will discover their scuba diving horizons expand!

The PADI Enriched Air Specialty program is a valuable qualification for those recreational divers who would like to dive to deep depths for a chance to explore a shipwreck or possibly extend their bottom time to take the perfect picture.

It is a very user-friendly course and introduces the benefits of owning a dive computer, which adjusts the limits according to oxygen content very easily.

It is required by PADI standards to use a dive computer on the PADI Enriched Air Specialty course and at Downbelow’s beach house, for our clients’ convenience, we have scuba diving computers available for rent.

The PADI Advanced Open Water course may be integrated with the PADI Enriched Air Specialty course to enhance the students’ dive education. Two scuba diving disciplines, deep and underwater navigation, are compulsory to certify as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, but five dives must be completed altogether to qualify. The other three dives are elected through a discussion between the PADI Instructor and their student.

What PADI Specialties will keep you diving?

There is an extensive list of scuba diving disciplines that may interest you, which you have the option to combine with the PADI Advanced Open Water course, or participate in the PADI Specialty as a stand-alone course.

Contact one of our very friendly and experienced staff at our Head Office in KK Times Square to discuss your goals to create a scuba diving adventure! Or better yet, visit us at our Head Office to plan your itinerary, and then take a look around our dive shop for some new equipment to prepare for your dive travels in the future!

KK Dive Club Member Completes PADI Enriched Air Nitrox in Borneo

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 @ 10:47 Enriched Air Nitrox, News

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Hezry, one of our KK Dive Club members, started his New Year 2014 by taking the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Now he is all set for some awesome wreck diving!

What about you? You should set as a new year’s resolution, to do something meaningful in your spare time & achieve a PADI qualificaction in whatever it is that interests you.

You can also take advantage of being a member of our KK Dive Club where you will enjoy special discounts on selected dive equipment from our dive shop and also on selected dive courses.

To find out more about our KK Dive Club, visit our dive shop or email us today!

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