Armed Forces Resettlement & Enhanced Learning Credits Diving Course Provider

ELCAS - Enhanced Learning Credits for HM Armed Forces

Enhanced Learning Credits in Sabah, Borneo - ELCAS

What is ELCAS

Enchanced Learning Credits Administration Service

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is a recognized ELC education provider.

Just another day at the office - ELCAS in Sabah, Borneo, MalaysiaELCAS is the British Ministry of Defense’s (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme, which promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the British Armed Forces.

The ELC scheme gives financial support to HM Forces personnel for higher-level education by way of a single, up-front payment, once per year for 3 years.

The funds, for overseas pursuits, are only available to Armed Forces personnel for higher-level learning that results in an internationally recognized qualification equivalent to a NVQ Level 3 or above qualification on the NQF in England and Wales, or Level 6 and above qualification on the SCQF in Scotland.

* NQF – National Qualifications Framework / * SCQF – Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework

Downbelow offers PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor courses that are ELCAS approved courses qualifying for ELC scheme funding.

Become a Scuba Instructor and teach the art of diving - ELCAS courses in Sabah, Borneo, MalaysiaThe ELC scheme is a reward scheme for British military personnel, based on strict entry criteria, and is available in 2 tiers:

  • Lower Tier, for 4 years or more of eligible service and claims up to £ 1,000,
  • Upper Tier for 8 years or more of eligible service and claims up to £ 2,000;

Subject to meeting all the criteria, British Armed Forces personal can claim ELC funds in 3 separate financial years, which need not be consecutive. Claims can be made either whilst in service, or for up to 10 years after.

A Career in Diving

Many divers who love being in the water want to do it for a living. And why not?

Taking the step from recreational to professional diving is hard work, but a most rewarding career move for British Military personnel to consider.

The dive industry features millions of active divers, with thousands of training facilities worldwide, with hundreds and thousands of new divers wanting to qualify every year.

As a Scuba Instructor you can work at a dive centre, on yachts and various exotic destinations anywhere around the world.

You can also lead and plan dives for individuals and groups and be an underwater guide. Most importantly you can train other divers up to the level of Divemaster.

Train for your next career in paradise - ELCAS in Sabah, Borneo

Why choose Downbelow?

World Class Facilities in an Unbeatable Location

Where better to qualify and get experience for your future career than in tropical Sabah, Borneo with lots of sun, sea and vibrant life – above and below the water?

Being a mere 2 hour flight from South East Asia’s biggest cities, you will have the unique opportunity to work with a diverse client base and gain experience working with a range of experience levels of people from all over Asia and Europe.

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, where you will spend most of your training time, is situated on an island in a marine park just 10 minutes from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu, which is home to our offices and classrooms.

The beach house dive centre offers shore & jetty dives and over 40 other dive sites mere minutes away within the park, which makes our dive centre very popular with British Military groups and Armed Forces whom we regularly host.

Read more about our 5 Star facilities and discover Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

As a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you are involved in conducting, organizing and assisting the IDC and Instructor Specialty courses. ELCAS - Borneo, Sabah


We dive every day, because we can.

Here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah it’s always hot, and we consider the water cold when it drop to 28°C.

Being below the monsoon belt we are rarely bothered by the rain, and when it does pour it does so for a few hours per day only.

Even so, it almost never stops us from diving.

Value For Money

Because of the comparatively lower cost of operating here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, we are able to offer value for money courses whilst maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety.

Discover more about our Equipment & Safety.

It's true - diving IS fun! ELCAS - Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

International Staff Team

The team in charge of training you for your career in diving is headed by Downbelow’s owners – British Expats Richard, who is our the resident PADI Course Director, and Joanne, PADI Master Instructor.

They have a wealth of instructor and diving experience, and – regularly hosting groups from various branches of the British Military – are well versed in hosting and training the British Armed Forces.

They have been organizing and conducting LC Adventure Training for HM Forces since 2004.

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Approved Coures

Our ELCAS Provider ID is 3745 and the approved courses we offer are:

  • PADI Advanced to Open Water Scuba Instructor (Code: AOWIDC02)
  • PADI Divemaster to Open Water Scuba Instructor (Code: DMIDCIE01)
  • PADI Divemaster to PADI Instructor with EFR Instructor & Instructor Speciality (Code: DMIDCIESPE)
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (Code: IDCIE01)

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Sunny location on Gaya island in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Learn to Dive with PADI Scuba diving courses for divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Borneo.
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