Living Like Dive Downbelow on Expedition Singapore!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 @ 18:23 News

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At DownBelow we have a strong company culture. It’s pretty simple: we live life to the full, we are adventurous and we like to WOW people. We like to WOW our clients and one another. So when Richard & Joanne announced that they were going to take the long term staff team of DownBelow to Singapore for a 5 Star weekend experience of culture & WOW experiences it ticked all the boxes!

Our 16 strong team include members from the admin dept, dive shop specialists, travel consultants, travel centre managers, PADI instructors, & directors.

Flying Silk Air, staying at the Grand Park City Hall, going to the theatre for the international Mamma Mia Tour, amphibious city & river cruise, Singapore Slings at world famous Raffles Hotel, Marina Bay Sands and lots of gourmet food & beverages are all part of the itinerary for the awesome team at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures this weekend!

Climbing Mount Kinabalu on Mark’s bucket list – done!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News

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Our client Mark Rudes from the States achieved one of the activities on his ‘bucket list’ when experiencing our Standard 2D1N Climb Mount Kinabalu package!

The ultimate goal for many of our clients, many who visit Sabah to attempt the challenge of climbing the iconic landmark Mount Kinabalu, is to reach the Low’s Peak summit at 4,095 metres! An itinerary of one of our climbing programs is individually catered to clients by our experienced team of Sabah travel experts. All packages to climb the summit trail include transport logistics between Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu National Park HQ, climbing permit, insurance and a private mountain guide.

Independent traveller Mark witnessed the Sabah sunrise from, quite possibly the best viewpoint in all of Sabah – Low’s Peak summit!

Mark descended part of the way via Ferrata, an adrenalin-pumping mountain climbing activity ‘Walk the Torq’. After some balancing beams and zip-line crossings, Mark continued down to the starting point of Timpohon Gate to be greeted by one of our drivers to be transferred to Kota Kinabalu.

For more information about climbing Mount Kinabalu and to experience other attractions of Kinabalu National Park, contact our Head Office to discuss your Borneo adventure!

Gaya Island setting for our adventurers’ to learn about conservation!

Friday, November 21st, 2014 @ 08:00 Conservation, Groups & Schools, News, Wild Borneo Expeditions

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Another adventure group of international school students visit our premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

The group of 50-strong marine enthusiasts explores the warm waters of the South China Sea through our snorkel safari island activity! The students are always under the supervision of our PADI professionals who will guide them on each session of snorkelling at the different snorkelling sites too!

In the afternoon, our island staff team gathered the excitable bunch on the beach in front of our beach house to collect any marine debris found along the Gaya Island shoreline nearby. The practical contribution to marine conservation offers a lasting impression for our young adventurers’ to gain appreciation about the positive impact their selfless volunteering has on our natural environment!

We look forward to their next visit back to Kota Kinabalu, which by that time, a scuba diving activity could be arranged to experience a new adventure!

For more information on programs our Gaya Island facilities offer, contact our Head Office where one of our travel experts will create a suitable itinerary, and for any size group too!

Beautiful dive conditions in the shallow water for November IDC!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 @ 08:00 IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

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The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is incredible fun for both our Go PRO interns and Go PRO team, and even more so when the dive conditions on the surface and underwater are so great!

Not one day on the IDC has been hindered by weather conditions at all, and all participating and tanning very nicely under the Borneo sun during confined water training in front of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Richard Swann, resident Platinum PADI Course Director, is assisted by his Go PRO team and IDC Staff Instructor candidates to evaluate our candidates’ performance to ensure they are qualified to enrol on the next Kota Kinabalu PADI Instructor Examination.

Our IDC interns must achieve passing scores in confined water and open water dive training, a rescue scenario, as well as multiple-choice exams on dive theory and PADI standards. Our dedicated team of Go PRO PADI Instructor Trainers supports the candidates at every stage of their professional development!

Get in touch with a Go PRO advisor at our Head Office to discuss a suitable internship program to begin living the diving dream and certify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in Sabah, Borneo!

Master Instructor Paul refreshes his EFRI teaching skills!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, EFR Instructor, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Our November Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates qualify as Emergency First Response Instructors (EFRI), which is a requirement for our professional interns to be PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSI)!

Paul Jones, our General Operations Manager and Dive Equipment Specialist, conducts the 2-day course at the multimedia classroom facilities in our Kota Kinabalu Times Square Headquarters.

Presentations of the EFRI outlines clearly how to organize and teach all skills of CPR, first aid, and primary and secondary care. The course involves effectively teaching a variety of basic first aid skills, such bandaging, splinting, serious bleeding management, chest compressions, using an automated external defibrillator, and more!

Go PRO internship candidates of our IDC will become more confident with each EFR course they teach in their future career! This course is very popular because it isn’t a requirement to be a diver, or even have any previous experience, so the range of audience is – everyone!

For more information on how to learn or teach others valuable basic first aid skills, contact our Head Office and discuss a suitable itinerary.

Weekly meetings on product updates!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 @ 08:00 News

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Keeping up with the tourism industry is non-stop and our travel experts conduct a weekly meeting to keep updated on products for our clients to experience an unforgettable Sabah holiday!

Open communication is really important for team building and the ladies at our Head Office are always encouraged to offer their input to improve our hospitality services. Our clients find, upon the first point of contact, that our Downbelow team are committed to creating thoroughly planned itineraries filled with the best of Sabah’s attractions! Holiday activities range from scuba diving at world class Sipadan Island to visiting the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to learn about conservation efforts!

Contact our Head Office and discuss a suitable program for yourself, your family, or your travelling group, to explore the best of Sabah, Borneo!

Borneo history along the Salt Trails jungle trek!

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, News

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The Salt Trails, or ‘Laluan Garam’ in Malay, is a route historically used by merchants to reach marketplaces far from their village settlements to trade their goods for salt, which is needed for food preservation.

On our 30-day Expedition Borneo! program, our second Danish adventure group complete the jungle trekking experience in 4 days and 3 nights to learn more about Sabah’s rich history and culture!

Along the route, our adventurers’ will cross rivers, walk suspension bridges and admire views of rolling green hills…during the day! Evenings are spent at villages to rest overnight for the following days’ trek. Local residents offer their wonderfully warm hospitality to welcome their international guests by introducing traditional entertainment and a banquet of delicious local dishes for dinner too!

Our travel experts will organize a suitable Expedition Borneo! program for any size adventure group to explore the amazing attractions of Sabah when you contact our Head Office in Kota Kinabalu!

Our November IDC begins with an orientation!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

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For the group of 7 candidates enrolled on our November Instructor Development Course (IDC), resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann conducts the orientation at our HQ’s multimedia classroom facilities!

Up until the day before the PADI Instructor Examination (IE), our candidates will need to fulfil the performance requirements to pass the IDC. Our Go PRO team of PADI Instructor Trainers will provide the counselling necessary for our Go PRO interns to prepare for the IE on the 18th and 19th of November!

Richard and the Go PRO team will be assisted and observed by our IDC Staff Instructor interns who are continuing their professional dive education to share their own instructional experiences for the benefit of the future generation of dive educators!

The atmosphere of the IDC is buzzing with all the different candidates, and our Go PRO team are confident the positivity will keep our interns spirits positive to successfully achieve their shared goal to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

Contact our Head Office for more information on becoming a professional dive instructor at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Borneo!

Experienced instructors continue their professional education!

Friday, November 14th, 2014 @ 08:00 Courses, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships, Staff Instructor

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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers Mel, Pablo and Polly extend their vast knowledge and experience to our November Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates!

Our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann will be mentoring the three instructors to qualify as PADI IDC Staff Instructors. Their professional training is conducted concurrently with the IDC because the performance requirement to certify as an IDC Staff Instructor is audit an entire IDC!

Before the course orientation, Richard will deliver presentations on the psychology of counseling and the role of a Staff Instructor on an IDC.

It’s very fulfilling for seasoned Instructors, such as the candidates themselves, to provide valuable guidance to the next generation of instructors, and improve their own instructional skills in the process!

Get in touch with our Head Office, where one of our helpful members staff will offer their expertise in tailoring one of our highly popular and successful Go PRO internship programs to include a professional dive course!

Time for wild rapids on Padas River!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, News

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Another amazing activity for our October adventure group of 10 from Denmark – it’s white water rafting at Padas River!

On the international scale of river difficulty, Padas River is one of the most extreme at a grade IV to V, which requires advanced to expert skills for quick maneuvering! The Danes are well taken care of though, always under the experienced supervision of the river guides.

Travelling there is by train and not just any train – the North Borneo Railway! Historically used for exporting goods, such as tobacco, tapioca and silk, to Kota Kinabalu port (then Jesselton!)

The tracks are still open to preserve the rich history of Sabah, and it’s lovely for visitors to see the tropical countryside pass by too!

It’s a fantastic 1-day land trip that our clients enjoy thoroughly, and a memory our adventure group won’t forget soon!

Contact a member of our Head Office staff for more details on the various land trips our travel experts can combine with your Sabah travels for an unforgettable holiday!

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