Four PADI Divemasters ready for the IDC!

Friday, May 29th, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, IDC, News, Professional Diving Internships

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At our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, four PADI Divemasters are ready for the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann has mentored Go PRO interns, Julia, Steph, Bob and Jason, to qualify in the first professional level in the PADI diver system of education under our highly successful and attractive Go PRO internship programs.

The foursome are also enrolling on the next step of their professional diver education to certify as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, after completing our Go PRO teams’ award winning IDC and passing the PADI Instructor Examination too!

Go PRO advisors based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ needed to arrange their internships specifically to suit their goals, which means more than the minimum duration of 1 month. All candidates take advantage of other benefits we offer on the internships, particularly the special discounts when purchasing any dive equipment from our Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop and programs from our Sabah Travel Centre. One of our most popular amongst interns is our 2D1N standard mountain climbing package to reach Mount Kinabalu’s Lows Peak!

Get more details on our Go PRO internship programs to qualify as a professional diver in Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Go PRO advisors!

‘Game enough’ to reach Lows’ Peak for our clients!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 @ 08:00 Climb Mt Kinabalu, News, Sabah Travel Centre

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Sabah Travel Centre Manager Mag and senior travel expert Lulu show they’re ‘game enough’ to reach Low’s Peak for our clients!

Sponsored by Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, the ladies completed our very popular 2D1N standard mountain climbing program to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095.2 metres!

It’s an astounding achievement for anyone to do this, and it’s believed to be one of the toughest challenges in all of Sabah – physically, mentally, emotionally.

When communicating with our travel experts on preparing for the itinerary, we offer plenty of advice, such as partaking in some exercise for a few months (or at least a few weeks) prior to climbing. This is why its important for our team to climb regularly in order to have firsthand and up to date experience to share with their clients to benefit their success in reaching Low’s Peak!

For more information on our 2D1N package, or any of our other programs to explore the World Heritage Site, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

Suunto dive team visit Downbelow’s operations!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News

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It’s very exciting to welcome the Suunto dive team to visit our Downbelow operations, at both our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre and the Dive Shop based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

Downbelow’s Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, discusses with Suunto representatives Timo from Finland, as well as LC and Shia from Kuala Lumpur about the popularity of Suunto amongst our local scuba diving community in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah.

Even more exciting topics of discussion are the future dive products Suunto are planning and the ways to promote them, as well as the presence of the highly reputable brand in our new premises! The space of our current retail space is recognised as the largest Dive Shop in Malaysia, and that record will be broken soon (by none other than ourselves!) with the opening of our new HQ very soon!

Many of our professional scuba diving internship candidates, enrolling to qualify as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, invest in the Suunto dive brand from our shop to ensure they meet the standards of diver safety for their student divers, as well as for themselves. And they will find any Suunto product reliable throughout their professional dive training on our award-winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), and for many years to come in their instructional careers too!

For more information on the Suunto dive brand products we stock at our KK Dive Shop, contact our experienced and helpful Supervisor Karen!

Another adventure travel group on Expedition Borneo!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Danish Adventure Group, Groups & Schools, News

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Our 30 day Expedition Borneo program welcomes its 3rd group of the year in 2015. The adventure travel group are touring all over Kota Kinabalu and Sabah under our care and supervision!

Their first activity with our operations is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife safari, with the chance to spot rare and endemic Bornean animals, such as the pygmy elephant, orang utan, proboscis monkeys!

Each and every activity has so much to educate the young adventurers’ about the cultural traditions of Sabah and Borneo; and of even more value, partner operators are also responsible corporate citizens just like us at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures.

A couple of the other adventure activities they will experience include, climbing to Lows Peak summit of Mount Kinabalu on our popular 2D1N standard climbing package and learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park! Marine conservation will be an element of their unique educational program they will receive when camping overnight at our island beach house, to gain an appreciation and respect for our natural environment.

For more information on other educational programs we can arrange for group adventure travel, contact our Sabah Travel Centre, where our experts have years of experience in creating bespoke itineraries for our clients!

Pro divers remove another Ghost Net in TARP!

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To prevent anymore damage to our underwater environment of coral reefs, a team of pro divers remove another Ghost Net in TARP!

Some of the professional divers have many years of experience in this particular field of marine conservation, such as resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann. For more than a decade, Richard has mentored hundreds of divers to achieve their professional goals and live the diver lifestyle as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! One of his many passions is to inspire those professional divers, as well as recreational divers and the general public, about the value of protecting and preserving our marine environment.

Recently, we have noticed strong current on and off at certain dive sites within the marine park, and through the years of experience Richard has with net removals, his dive safety briefing emphasised buddy teams and communication.

The team finished their taxing underwater task, and would gladly volunteer over and over again for the benefit of protecting the fragile coral reef!

As with all Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures conservation programs, ‘Ghost Net’ removals are fully sponsored by our operations with logistics and manpower, for which the efforts are regarded invaluable for the sake of our marine life and their habitat.

For information on getting involved in a marine conservation program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre!

Downbelow team organise an underwater proposal!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Kota Kinabalu, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures staff team organise and underwater proposal for good friends Navin and Felisih!

It was a complete surprise for Felisih, as Navin requested for our team to keep it a secret from her – the plan ‘went off without a hitch’, and of course she accepted his proposal!

The story goes: Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, created a story about a ‘Malaysian Ringfish’…get it!?
So, Richard and our dedicated and experienced PADI Instructors, as well as Navin and another friend Calvin (BOTH Instructors too!), guide the unsuspecting Felisih to a hidden ‘treasure box’, which contained the surprise wedding band and a note of sentiment. After inspecting the box for an unusually long time, Navin instructed his beau to open the box finally…before all divers ran out of bottom time!

It was a wonderful day of long-time friends scuba diving, and Richard cooked his special ‘Buried Chicken’ recipe, which was so delicious it was inhaled by both the island staff team and the ladies of Downbelow’s Sabah Travel Centre!

The lovely couple will need to think of something truly amazing that will beat such an awesome proposal as this…maybe climbing Mount Kinabalu…or our very exciting ‘Going Global’ trips, which is currently in its early stages of planning, but it’s happening very soon!

Get in touch with our travel experts to find out more about our near future developments for travel and tours packages to explore beyond Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

The new Downbelow is breaking through!

Monday, May 11th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News, Sabah Travel Centre

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The new Downbelow is breaking through…on its new premises!

Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures’ new and improved Sabah Travel Centre and Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop is physically starting to shape into our vision.

We simply can’t wait to start filling the place with our own unique and colourful character that is just so…Downbelow!

The hole in the wall is just the beginning; a few of our island staff team took a few hours to hammer the wall down completely, and now it opens up our travel centre that much more…on the first floor, that is!

Oh, yes! Downbelow’s Kota Kinabalu HQ will be more than the ONE floor of offices, which our current premises is at the moment. So, there’s a…’kitten out of the bag’ for you all! There’s going be 2 floors…at least!

Get more information about the Big ‘Downbelow’ Bang when you follow our facebook and twitter updates, on which we are very active on! Very active – as in, on a daily, hourly basis!

‘Work For a Career’ PADI Divemasters aiming for IDC!

Friday, May 8th, 2015 @ 08:00 News, Professional Diving Internships

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Downbelow’s ‘Work For a Career’ PADI Divemasters are already aiming for the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!

As our newest Divemaster trainees, Nunuk and Clarence, are taking the opportunity to qualify as professional divers in our Downbelow-created local Go PRO internship program called ‘Work For a Career’. In 1 year, trainees need to prove themselves to be a valuable member of our dive operations island staff team.

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann takes over their diver education from when they reach the PADI Divemaster-level, and mentors them to reach for the next level: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

From the PADI Open Water Diver course, all the way to the PADI Divemaster, our KK Dive Shop will provide them with the educational materials they need to succeed.

They’ve still got a while to go, as they have only just begun their program, and we will remain supportive to maintain their positive attitude!

Find out more when you get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre/Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop at our HQ, and begin an exciting career in the professional scuba diving industry!

Downbelow are expanding…and all under ONE roof!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 @ 08:00 Dive Shop, News

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We’re so excited to announce, that Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures are expanding, and the entire ‘umbrella’ of our operations will be all under ONE roof!

Managing Director Richard Swann (also our resident Platinum PADI Course Director) delivers an exciting presentation on our new offices in Kota Kinabalu to the senior staff and management of all our departments!

These plans have been years in the making, and everyone is on board with plenty of ideas to make our work above and beyond the amazing experience that it has afforded our dedicated staff team.

For the next month or so, our social media platforms will be almost inundated with news and updates of the progress of our new office base. For now, we don’t want to spoilt the surprise by letting the ‘cat out of the bag’, but our facilities will include more than just expanding our Sabah Travel Centre offices and Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop!

For more information on Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures programs we offer visitors to Sabah, contact our travel experts to create a memorable Borneo adventure suited to you!

Platinum PADI Course Director goes diving with Go PRO interns!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 @ 08:00 Courses, Divemaster, News, Professional Diving Internships

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Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures resident Platinum PADI Course Director, Richard Swann, goes diving with Go PRO interns in the TAR marine park, Kota Kinabalu!

Our Go PRO interns receive a ‘Master Class’ in dive guiding to improve their awareness of our local environment and exercise their own sound judgment. There are a variety of environmental conditions that can effect a single dive, such as water visibility, temperature, current, and others. Richard encourages our interns to engage themselves in any opportunity at our dive operations that they may improve their dive leadership abilities.

Julia, from the US, is learning very quickly through the many scenarios to experience the dive lifestyle: from deploying a surface marker buoy with a dive reel to offering a student diver recommendations on dive equipment and/or dive travel; drawing on her own experience.

Our Go PRO interns will be completing the PADI Divemaster first and practising those skills they learn in that course as much as possible, before their next step: PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).

Downbelow’s Go PRO team will be starting their next award-winning PADI IDC on May 26th to prepare the candidates for the next Kota Kinabalu PADI Instructor Examination (IE) on June 11th-12th!

For more information on how to enrol, contact one of our helpful and experienced Go PRO advisors based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

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