Downbelow experience in Sabah’s tourism industry!

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On Tuesday, 17th of November 2015. I learned about the marketing for Downbelow with Elizabeth. She explained to me what does she do everyday and how does it work. She taught me how to promote Downbelow in the websites that she posts everyday. After that, I counted the stocks for the t-shirts.

On Wednesday, 18th of November 2015. I counted the stocks at the storage to see if there is still enough food, beverages and also other materials for the office, lodge and the beach house at the island. After that, I filed up the papers and I got to learn how to aluminate the papers. Then, I got to learn how to order stocks from other company and fax them the list of items that is needed from them. Besides that, I also got to learn how to make transfer list.

On Thursday, 19th of November 2015. I went to the island with my mentor, Sarah. We went there to dive and it is called Discovery Scuba Diving. It was quite scary because it is my first time to dive in the ocean. During briefing I was already scared because I thought I couldn’t do all the skills inside the water. After the briefing and change into our wet suits, we went inside the water to test the skills that was told by the instructor. I failed doing it few times and finally I manage to do it even though there are problems in the beginning. Then, we went back to the beach house to rest for a while and then we continue the second session open water discovery 1. We went down from the jetty and I have to jump using giant stride. At first I was panic when I jumped from the jetty because my mask slipped out from my face. But then luckily I was all right. So we went down deeper we dived at the beach shore reef. It was nice and many fishes there. I was scared so I keep on holding the instructor so that I feel safe. After diving for half an hour we went up to the surface and take lunch. After lunch, we continue for the second dive in married reef. We went there by a speedboat. When we reached there I have to dive from the boat. I was also scared but I did it. Then, we went down in there I saw many types of fishes and I saw a moray eel too. I didn’t know the name of the fishes but it so colorful and so beautiful. I finally got to see a clownfish and its own coral where it stays. We went on, then for the first time I saw a school of fishes swimming and I got more excited. I was hoping to see a turtle but I didn’t. Half an hour later we went up back to the surface. I was shocked we were some where far from the place we went down. Few minutes later the boat came and fetch us. We went back to the island then change into dry clothes. I received a certificate from the instructor. I felt so happy and it was very fun to dive. I hope I can go diving again and this time I hope I can see a turtle.

That’s my report for today.

Heather Zeta Ludi

Downbelow Work Experience Memoirs!

Hello, my name is Heather Zeta Ludi. I am fifteen years old and I am schooling at SM St Joseph Papar. Now it is the school’s holiday for two months. There is nothing to do in this month of November besides going out with my family or friends and going for my usual sports training. So, I decided to find a job to fill my leisure times and getting some experiences on how working really is.

My father got a job for me at Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu Times Square. After my father told me about the news that I am going to be working. I was very excited about it but at the same time feeling lazy as well. Finally I got to overcome the feeling of laziness and packed my stuffs to stay with my father.

On Monday, 9th of November 2015, was my first day of internship at Downbelow. I was introduced to each staff there by one of the staff there too which is my mentor and I also met the director After that, I began doing the works that I was asked to do.

First of all, I was asked to follow one of the staff to check on the stocks for the office, lodge, and beach house at the island. I learned that it is important to check all the stocks because everyday the stocks are subtracting and new stocks are coming. So it is a must to write down the number of things or food and beverages left and which is need to be added some more. Besides that, I also did some counting one the books stocks and filed up the papers.

The next day, on Tuesday 10th of November 2015. I did the same work as I did on the first day but only filing up the papers because I haven’t done doing it and there are few more files that I haven’t finish filing. I only took half a day to work because it is the Indian’s public holiday, which is Deepavali.

On Wednesday, 11th of November 2015. I filed up the papers that I haven’t finished doing yet. After that, I counted the masks, gloves, and hoods to make sure that the number of the equipment are the same as it is stated on the paper. Then, I learned about the fishes, sea slugs, and coral reefs. I got to know that there are seven types of Clownfish and I was a little curious about it. I looked at the commercial playing on the screen at the diving shop. So I asked many questions from my mentor. She answered my questions and I was amazed and can’t wait to dive at the island. I also got to know what is the full name for PADI.

On Thursday, 12th of November 2015. I read more about the marine biology. Then, my mentor explained to me about the gears and suits that is being use by the divers inside the sea. After that, my mentor demonstrates to me how to put on the diving equipment and what is the use of the equipment. I also learned how to attach broken straps to the underwater watches. Lastly, I combined the registration forms for the divers and also counted the stocks for the underwater torch or headlamps.


Heather Zeta Ludi

‘Sleepover-ready’ at Downbelow Adventure Lodge Dormitory Accommodation !

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 @ 08:00 Downbelow Adventure Lodge, Groups & Schools, News

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It’s ‘sleepover-ready’ at Downbelow Adventure Lodge for dormitory accommodation and there are 3 dormitory-style rooms available to cater to our travelling groups on their many expeditions around Sabah, Borneo!

‘Kinabatangan’, ‘Sepilok’ and ‘Coral’ are their respective names and are able to comfortably accommodate 12 pax per dormitory room. They were purposely designed with our many travelling groups that visit our operations each year, which are usually student groups from schools and universities all over the world – from the UK to Dubai to Australia! Group adventure travel is fast becoming a popular choice of travelling because of the ‘community’ atmosphere, and the friendships created from the shared travel experience!

Get more information on our Downbelow Adventure Lodge page on Facebook, and contact us for a personalised itinerary with a night or two in between your Sabah tours with us.

Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal!

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Celebrating Halloween 2015 with a ‘Ghost Net’ removal was fitting – to show the macabre effects on the local marine environment in TARP from an illegally dumped fishing net!

Soon after the net was found on a dive site, a team of our dedicated and full time professionals and Go PRO interns assembled to remove it, and they did it in a single dive. Internship candidates Mike, Ian, Ashley and Katie valued the experience so much, for the positive contribution towards the Project AWARE movement, and a passion that divers share: marine conservation! It’s been more than 150 net removals in the past decade, all of which have been fully sponsored by our Downbelow operations with necessary dive logistics and the manpower of experienced professional divers, and our support for Sabah’s local environmental authorities to preserve and protect will continue indefinitely!

Get more details on how to get involved in marine conservation projects at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, in Sabah, Borneo!

Simplest decision to Go PRO in Sabah!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 @ 08:00 News, Professional Diving Internships

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It’s the simplest decision to Go PRO in Sabah with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, our Go PRO team, and our island staff team of PADI professionals: support internship candidates 100% on their journeys to achieve their goals to live the diving dream. It’s an unforgettable time in life to be a professional diver, particularly as a full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, and our award winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the route to start the diving dream.

For more information on becoming a ‘Pro Diver’ under our Go PRO internships, contact us for a personalised itinerary suited to your needs.

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.

Product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 @ 08:00 News

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Downbelow’s Managing Director Richard Swann and Downbelow Travel Centre’s senior travel expert Sarah Jane, make decision on their product research for ‘The Downbelow Deli’!

Sarah Jane ‘takes the lead’ on the product research meeting with Richard on how customers will ‘tapau’ (Malay word for ‘takeaway’) without harming the environment. It’s our corporate responsibility as 100% supporters of the Project AWARE movement to encourage the public to reduce their ecological footprint. One that will prove very effective to demonstrate a positive change in our local environment in Kota Kinabalu, would be to reduce plastic waste! So be rest assured, when you come to ‘tapau’ from ‘The Downbelow Deli’ (opening soon!), you’re doing your part for environmental conservation because it’s not plastic.

Contact us for more information on our amazing services for your convenience during your travels in Sabah!

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.

Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Friday, October 16th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News

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The stylish and highly anticipated Rip Curl brand arrives at Downbelow’s KK Dive Shop!

Rip Curl is a favourite brand amongst many of our own staff team, particularly the professional divers of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park. No doubt they will be rushing to check out the variety of hats, rashguards, wetsuits, neoprene jackets, bags, swimwear and countless other products our KK Dive Shop Manager Karen has ordered. Keep updated with our Dive Shop activities, because the range of items will change from time to time, so there’s bound to be something new you haven’t seen.

Visit our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop, located on the Ground Floor of Block F in the KK Times Square complex, to check out our Rip Curl line!

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!

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