Downbelow Hosts British Armed Forces For Adventurous Training in Borneo

Monday, June 9th, 2014 @ 16:37 British Army Gurkha, News

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For many years now Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures has been hosting the British Armed Forces for their Adventurous Training (AT) and we are very proud to welcome back once again the British Royal Gurkha Rifles to the land below the wind.

Adventurous Training (AT) is actually a valuable addition to formal military training. Through exposure to controlled risks, AT develops an individuals courage, leadership and teamwork. It’s a privilege for us to be involved again and our team really enjoy sharing their skill and professional experience with all of the participants. During this training exercise the Gurkhas will learn to scuba dive by completing the PADI Open Water Course. The ocean is not a familiar environment for the group which makes it a perfect environment for AT and our island-based PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is an ideal location for such events.

Using the country’s natural environment and skills of our international staff team, we run a wide range of programs, activities and courses for many different people. On each you will find high standards of safety, experienced & well qualified staff and flexibility to your needs and to the conditions.

Are you looking for an outdoor and safe environment to conduct training for your corporate group or educational institutions? Then look no other than Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. We specialize in bespoke Adventure Training, taking the brief from the client and formulating itineraries to suit group size and duration.

Email us at info@divedownbelow.com and we can start planning for your next group adventure!

British Gurkha Army Adventure Training in Sabah

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 @ 10:21 British Army Gurkha, News

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Downbelow once again proudly welcome and host the British Army Gurkhas comprising of 30 personnels for their adventure training in the Land Below the Wind.

In a matter of four days, the group went from the bottom of the ocean to the highest point in Borneo.

Their activities included climbing Mt Kinabalu, white water river rafting and of course, scuba diving in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park from our PADI 5-Star Dive Centre in Gaya Island which was the base for the underwater activity.

Downbelow regularly conduct adventure training and team building for groups coming from all over the world, including schools, universities, corporate bodies and armed forces.

Most activities are conducted at our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive & Adventure Centre in Gaya Island.

Check out their photo gallery at the gallery page.

Contact us if you would like to have a customized program for your groups – pick up the phone now!

Adventure Sports Training & Team Building – Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 @ 10:01 British Army Gurkha, Groups & Schools, News

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We were very proud to again host the British Army Adventure Sports Training & Team Building for the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo.

For many years the British Armed Forces have chosen us, Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures, to organize and conduct the adventure training.

Our island based PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is an ideal location for such events.

This group of 40 men took part in various activities, including the PADI Scuba Diver Course, Sea Kayaking, Sailing & Snorkeling.

They enjoyed beach BBQ’s and in the evening painted the town blue in their Dive Downbelow t-shirts (image below).

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An incredible amount fun was had by all and at the same time everyone achieved their qualifications.

We would like to thank the British Army once again for bringing their boys to us.

It’s a great honor for us to organize and conduct such an event and we look forward to the next group.

Using the country’s natural environment and skills of our international staff team, we run a wide range of programs, activities and courses for many different people.

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

On each you will find high standards of safety, experienced & well qualified staff and flexibility to your needs and to the conditions.

We are activity involved in a number of marine and environmental conservation and awareness initiatives and we include these concepts within our programs.

Adventure training complements both individual and collective development and should:

– Planned and executed with proper supervision by qualified staff
– Have well defined objectives, with clear instruction
– Provide mental stimulation by exposure to the perceived element of risk
– Stimulate initiative and teamwork

Throughout our programs participants face personal challenges and as a group work together to achieve a common goal.

Often in alien environments, understanding and camaraderie is key to success.

We specialize in bespoke Adventure Training, taking the brief from the client and formulating itineraries to suit group size and duration.

Adventure Sports Training AT & Team Building - Royal Gurkha Rifles - British Army in Sabah Borneo

 

Adventure Sports Training & Team Building – Royal Gurkha Rifles – British Army in Sabah Borneo

Fame at Last! Nepalese Pop Star Scuba Diving Downbelow

Monday, October 27th, 2008 @ 15:49 British Army Gurkha, Groups & Schools, News

 

Fame at Last !!  Nepalese Pop Star Scuba Diving Downbelow !

I must admit to getting a little star struck when in the presence of celebrities which is why i wasn’t invited to Richard’s day out with Brad Pitt !

One celebrity that i did have the pleasure of meeting though is Deepau Gurung – a famous Nepalese Pop Star, fondly remembered as Poppy.

Poppy is also Corporal within the British Royal Gurkha Regiment. He was a participant with one of our Adventure training groups this year.

The Gurkhas, a British special ops unit that has existed since 1815 are considered to be some of the finest soldiers in the world, as is evidenced by the high regard they are held in for both their fighting skill, and their smartness of turnout on parade.

Today there are 3400 troops within the British Army, they are all gentlemen and we are very honored to be given the opportunity to conduct their Adventure Training.

During Poppys program he completed the PADI Open Water Course. He enjoyed his AT week so much that he then returned with another group for some daily fun diving.

We had dinner with Poopy and the rest of his group at the Moonbell Restaurant in KK and Poppy charmed us with a few tunes and signed his autograph for me (pictured left with Richard) !!

We hope to see Poppy again and wish him and the boys all the best in their careers and happy diving.

Downbelow is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Our international staff provide personal, premier service at our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Dive Centre, where we pride ourselves on small group tuition with extremely high safety standards & procedures.

Do visit us at our Dive Shop & Travel Centre where we offer free wireless Internet and refreshments.

Tel: +6 012 866 1935
Email: dive@divedownbelow.com

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The Gurkhas Downbelow

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 @ 08:49 British Army Gurkha, Groups & Schools, News
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Taking time out from their busy schedule, a group of UK Military personnel came to Mamutik Island for a few days of recreational diving with Downbelow.

It was our pleasure to introduce them to some of the marine life this region has to offer and a good time was had by all.

Many had never dived before and they were fortunate to meet the friendly Green Turtle, mentioned in a previous post.

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Upon surfacing one of the guys proclaimed “thats my first underwater turtle” we returned “you’re our first underwater Gurkha !”

The group have now returned to their posts in various corners of the world. We wish them all the best and hope they return to KK one day in the future.

For more information on diving in Kota Kinabalu please see Scuba Diving – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park or drop us an email.

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