Work Experience to PADI Open Water!

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I was at the Downbelow Dive Centre which is in Gaya Island for four days because I was taking my PADI Open Water Course. I got to learn most of the underwater skills and some skills on the sea surface. There are five confined waters and four open water dives. I got to learned the skills during the confined waters and used up some of the skills during the dives. As I learned the most important rule when going on a dive is we must breath slowly, deeply and never hold our breath and equalise each meter or few feet if we don’t we will feel discomfort in the ear, sinuses and other air spaces in our body parts. When going on a dive we must dive with a buddy to help us if we have problem underwater, during on the sea surface or out of air in our cylinder. The part that I like the most is learning to control buoyancy inside the water. It is fun to learn because we can float underwater but for the first few times I can’t really buoy myself because I still can’t really control my body movements underwater. Besides doing confined water and open water dives, there is also exams on the paper. I did it and now I’m an Open Water diver. I am looking forward to do more dives in the future because life in the underwater is so amazing and beautiful. Thank you, Downbelow!

Heather Zeta Ludi

Boy Scouts ‘troop’ to Downbelow!

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American Boy Scouts Singapore Troop visit Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for a week of scuba diving!

Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, are 12 American Boy Scouts between 10-15 years old with their 4 chaperoning adults who are also their Scout Leaders. Before transferring to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a few nights of outdoor camping, the troop spend one night in our Downbelow Adventure Lodge located above our HQ, so when organising their many activities it’s effortless! The troop participate in a multi-activity program at our Gaya Island base camp, in which some qualify as PADI Junior Open Water Divers and others experience our daily leisure dive program and Snorkel Safari, and everyone will try the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline too! Whatever activity it is, they all witness how beautiful both the terrestrial and underwater world can be in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. To gain additional Scout Merit Badges they will learn other adventure skills, such as building a campfire and using it to cook!

Get more information on travel programs our Downbelow Sabah Travel Centre experts create for you to achieve your adventure travel goals in Sabah, Borneo.

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.

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Learn to Dive in Kota Kinabalu, News, Open Water Course

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Boulanger family of PADI Open Water Divers are learning the skills of SCUBA together under the supervision of our PADI Instructor Timmy!

We always see parents and their children bonding during any of the many PADI scuba courses or programs, and it’s rewarding just to see the transformation of the individual students as well as the family unit. Having scuba diving in common is very special because there’s so many different interests within the dive community, just as family members themselves are unique. And their travelling choices will be influenced by their newfound shared skill and passion, and while in Sabah the Coulanger family are considering a few days of diving at Sipadan Island. They will more likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver pre-requisites and a suitable itinerary for your family to learn SCUBA with us in Sabah!

Adventure group qualify as PADI Open Water Divers!

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Danish adventure group qualify as PADI Open Water Divers, while camping at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

The 10 participants are on our popular 1-month Expedition Borneo program to explore Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and learn about their chosen exotic travel destination through the best attractions. Scuba diving is definitely one of the most amazing activities to experience in Sabah, and there’s a choice of 49 dive sites within Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park to dive!

Climbing Mount Kinabalu, as far as its Laban Rata plateau at 3272.7m, on our Sabah Travel Centre’s 2D1N Climb to Laban Rata program might be one of the most exciting and highly anticipated challenges.

Contact our travel experts for a group travel itinerary to learn about our ‘Land Below the Wind’!

End of summer with Camps International!

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Camps International, Groups & Schools, News, Open Water Course

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Time has flown by so quick – finally it’s the end of summer with Camps International!

Downbelow’s island staff team always prefer the lively atmosphere travelling groups, like schools and universities, create at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Its also great for our independent  travellers who still experience excellent customer service yet feel the great vibe of summer fun!

A total of 12 groups (ranging between 20-49 participants each group) learnt more about Sabah, about why and how we contribute to protect the beautiful nature in Sabah through the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver!

We’re already looking forward to the next summer, when the groups will grow, which means there’s a good chance our Downbelow operations will grow too!

Contact us, so our Sabah Travel Centre experts can create a program for your adventure travel group to explore Sabah, Borneo.

A summer of camping at Downbelow!

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So far, there has been a total of 6 groups from Camps International UK visiting for a summer of camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

Groups, ‘Pisang’, ‘Tembikai’, ‘Nanas’, ‘Penyu’, ‘Mangga’, ‘Tarsier’, and now ‘Monyet’ have recently arrived in Kota Kinabalu for their 1-month Borneo adventure, to spend a few nights camping at our paradise island beach house.

The groups will experience the same activities, starting with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of scuba diving on our popular PADI Discover Scuba Diving program! Many of the participants are more than willing to continue their diver education, so their time spent camping on the island gives them the opportunity to gain a qualification in recreational diving: PADI Open Water Diver!

Learning about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment is one of the many responsibilities PADI Instructors dedicate themselves to – one our adventurers’ become inspired to adopt for themselves.

To experience a Borneo adventure with a difference in gaining a deeper appreciation for conservation, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a similar program unique to your travelling group.

Camps adventurers’ learn diver safety.


Adventurers’ from Camps International learn about diver safety on their PADI Open Water Diver course while camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

Groups ‘Tembikai’ and ‘Nanas’, respectively ‘watermelon’ and ‘pineapple’ translated to Malay, have completed their experience program at our paradise island beach house and left with a valuable lesson in conservation.

During their time of island camping, they experienced our popular ‘Try Dive’ program to discover the underwater marine life and their habitat of coral reef. When our team deliver the dive safety briefing for the first confined water dive session, participants are introduced to the basics of scuba diving and how to help protect the marine envrionment even as soon as their first experience. In all diver training, students will be assessed on their buoyancy, which can have a distinct effect on the health of our marine environment.

Beach clean ups are frequently organised during the summer months when our groups of Camps International visit because it’s also the monsoon season. As Project AWARE ambassadors, our team of PADI professionals inspire our groups to contribute in their future daily lives too!

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for more details on unique educational programs we can personalise for your group, and to include environmental conservation.

Camps International: Summer of SCUBA!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 @ 08:00 Camps International, News, Open Water Course

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It’s a summer of SCUBA with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for adventurers’ from Camps International UK!

For the next 6 weeks, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will be welcoming 12 groups of youths from various schools and colleges in the UK to gain a deeper appreciation of the marine environment.

Our first group are named ‘Pisang’, which means ‘banana’ in Malay, and the groups arriving after will also be given an equally endearing Malaysian name. Each group will number between roughly 20-40 participants, and our island staff team will be supervising all of their island activities, such as jungle trekking, snorkelling and kayaking. All participants are also given an opportunity to earn the PADI Open Water Diver qualification too! These once-in-a-lifetime experiences offer our Camps International groups a unique education about protecting and preserving our natural world, as each aspect of their island fun revolves around ecotourismThey will also explore other attractions of Sabah with the same company policies that demonstrate environmental friendliness & awareness.

For more information on experiencing a unique educational program through the awesome attractions in Borneo, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts.

Summer at Downbelow means: PADI Open Water groups!

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Once again it’s summer, and at Downbelow that means our island staff team will be providing logistics for our mass PADI Open Water Diver students at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

We’ve got group after group of students from various schools and colleges in the UK arriving at our paradise island beach house for the next 10 weeks with an opportunity to qualify as PADI Open Water divers under the instruction and supervision of our PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Each group will number between 20-45 students, and there will be 12 groups, which equals to an approximate number of +500 participants altogether! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the students on these groups, who will never have tried scuba diving before, and will be given this opportunity to  gain an internationally-recognized certification!

Schools and universities frequently visit our Downbelow operations to gain a unique education through a variety of adventure activities our Sabah Travel Centre incorporate into a suitable program. Other attractions, such as exploring Mount Alab or Mount Trus Madi, is also an option for our participants to witness more of the natural biodiversity that can be found.

For more information on our different programs for group travel, such as Expedition Borneo, contact our travel experts based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ!