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.

First Aid and CPR qualification needs no diving experience!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 08:00 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers

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On the Emergency First Response (EFR) course, Along teaches 2 student divers Jed and Amanda basic skills to gain the First Aid and CPR qualification, which needs no diving experience!

Not many people realise that enrolling on a basic First Aid and CPR course requires no experience whatsoever! These skills are useful for any and all situations, and are necessary for all divers from the level of PADI Rescue Diver and higher, to be qualified as.

There’s a lot of exciting attractions in Sabah, and Kota Kinabalu alone, so Jed and Amy could give many reasons for why it would be wise they possess basic first aid knowledge. We can already think of one such adventure travelling, which is very popular amongst our clients  – climbing Mount Kinabalu! Private mountain guides of Kinabalu National Park, like dive Instructors, are qualified to assist their climbers with basic first aid!

When teaching many PADI dive courses and programs at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park, our dedicated Instructors will reference climbing to Low’s Peak and the via Ferrata challenge to many diving situations. Not forgetting to clearly inform the golden rule of diving and mountain climbing! No climbing for 18 hours after enjoying multiple dives!

Get more details on the EFR course we can qualify you in just one day! Contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a suitable itinerary with the best of Sabah’s attractions!

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!

Along keeps his student diving!

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


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!

Divers Upgraded Their Skills As the Rescue Diver Course is Completed

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 17:26 News, Rescue Divers


Downbelow PADI IDC Staff Instructor Vui How shares his valuable experience to continue our students’ dive adventure! The 4 candidates are took the next step & qualified as PADI Rescue Divers along with completing the Emergency First Response Course.

Azhar, Danny and Adam are 3 of our island staff team and local Go PRO internship candidates. The dedicated boys are in the process of completing our Downbelow-created 1-year program: ‘Work for a Career’ to become a PADI Divemaster!

While James is on his summer holidays from University studies in the UK however his history of dive education started with us about a year ago, as we met James at our Gaya Island beach house, where he smoothly completed his PADI Open Water Diver course!

Our role as PADI Instructors is to inspire our students to continue their education to improve themselves and we’re happy to see the 4 students completing the course without any problem!

Maybe James, Adam, Azhar and Danny will all be in the same Instructor Development Course class in the not too distant future!

Downbelow Captain Is Now A Qualified Emergency First Responder

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 @ 09:00 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers


At Downbelow, we are committed to giving our best to our guests, program course participants and professional course students.

It does not end there. Everyone who works at Downbelow has the opportunity to improve themselves especially their professional careers. We continually support and encourage our staff to use the facilities and expertise that is available to them at our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre.

So we are proud that our boat captain Cindy heeded the call and completed his Rescue & EFR courses recently.

As a boat captain and being around divers most of the time in his line of duty, Cindy has taken a big step in emergency preparedness and feels confident that he can provide care should an emergency situation arise.

Find out more about our Rescue Diver course or Emergency First Response (EFR). You can also call us to enquire about these courses.

Rescue Diver Course is an Awesome Course with Important Objectives

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 @ 15:43 News, Rescue Divers


Downbelow instructor Mohd Fauzi a.k.a. Pablo had a fun day teaching the Rescue Diver course to his students Paul & Nathaniel on a fine day in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is awesome fun for everyone involved, including the instructor! However the course objectives are really important as it teaches the participants to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers.

This is done via the following course 3 day program outlines;

  • Self-rescue and diver stress.
  • Emergency management and equipment.
  • Panicked diver response.
  • In-water rescue breathing protocols.
  • Egress (exits).
  • Dive accident scenarios.

Find out more about the course on the PADI Rescue Diver Course page.

Interested in PADI Rescue Diver? How about Go PRO? Our friendly staff will suggest an itinerary to suit your individual needs for your scuba diving goals. All you need to do is to call 088 – 488 997 or email

Mel teaches our PADI Divemaser Trainees the PADI Rescue Diver course!

Friday, April 11th, 2014 @ 20:30 News, Rescue Divers

Practising diver rescue in Borneo with Downbelow

One of our full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, Mel, is conducting the PADI Rescue Diver course for our PADI Divemaster Trainees at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Mel must demonstrate all rescue skills for the boys and they will also master the skills, as they will implement these throughout their professional dive training, as well as during their instructional scuba diving career.

For further information on the PADI Rescue Diver course, or our professional scuba diving internship programs, contact us at our Head Office in KK Times Square. Our staff will arrange a suitable itinerary for you to successfully live the diving dream at Gaya Island, Borneo!

Rebecca completes the PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 @ 10:01 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers


Our full time PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Vic, teaches the PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response to his student diver Rebecca on a beautiful sunny day at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house!

The PADI Rescue Diver course introduces recreational divers to help other divers in various emergency situations, and of course do so safely.
Vic is assisted by Martin, one of our MSDT interns, who is grateful for as much experience to observe our PADI Instructors in the conduct of various PADI courses and programs.

Rebecca is a fast learner, so she had some time to explore some of the reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on the last day of her program with us!

Contact any of our friendly and helpful Head Office staff for further information on a suitable schedule for your dive education!

Downbelow PADI Instructor Vic and intern Thibaut teach the PADI Rescue Diver course to our new Go PRO interns

Friday, January 10th, 2014 @ 10:38 Divemaster, News, Rescue Divers

dive rescue in action

The PADI Rescue Diver course is when a diver starts learning how to take care of others underwater rather than only himself. Our professional interns Julien and Aloys must complete the PADI Rescue Diver course as a pre-requistite qualification for the PADI Divemaster course.

Thibaut, one of our successful candidates during the November Instructor Development Course teaches his younger brother Aloys the PADI Rescue Diver Course under the watchful eye of Downbelows PADI Instructor Vic who is teaching Go PRO intern Julien. Thibaut’s very recent experience of instructor development training gives him greater insight into the link between a recreational diver course, PADI Rescue Diver, and the professional level of PADI Divemaster.

Throughout the PADI Rescue Diver Course, practical skills are assessed and a student is given a scenario to use their own good judgement to solve a problem either on the surface or underwater. Measures will be taken by Thibaut that the course will be conducted safely; Vic as well as our full time team of PADI Instructors guide and advise him with aspects of logistics and tips for creative scenarios for a fun experience for the PADI Instructor too.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a program many PADI professionals enjoy teaching. The spontaneity of acting certain roles for role-play, when learning or teaching the course, can be very humorous and creates a lively atmosphere with the group. Both Instructors won’t forget to mention however, that the PADI Rescue Diver course begins to develop the techniques of control and supervision which will be assessed during the interns’ Go PRO PADI Divemaster program.

It’s important for Julien and Aloys to have a great time during their Go PRO internship with us at Downbelow!

We commit to providing them with an exciting life experience in Borneo, as well as the highest standard of PADI training at our Gaya Island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.