End of summer with Camps International!

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 @ 08:00 Camps International, Groups & Schools, News, Open Water Course

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Time has flown by so quick – finally it’s the end of summer with Camps International!

Downbelow’s island staff team always prefer the lively atmosphere travelling groups, like schools and universities, create at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Its also great for our independent  travellers who still experience excellent customer service yet feel the great vibe of summer fun!

A total of 12 groups (ranging between 20-49 participants each group) learnt more about Sabah, about why and how we contribute to protect the beautiful nature in Sabah through the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver!

We’re already looking forward to the next summer, when the groups will grow, which means there’s a good chance our Downbelow operations will grow too!

Contact us, so our Sabah Travel Centre experts can create a program for your adventure travel group to explore Sabah, Borneo.

A summer of camping at Downbelow!

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So far, there has been a total of 6 groups from Camps International UK visiting for a summer of camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

Groups, ‘Pisang’, ‘Tembikai’, ‘Nanas’, ‘Penyu’, ‘Mangga’, ‘Tarsier’, and now ‘Monyet’ have recently arrived in Kota Kinabalu for their 1-month Borneo adventure, to spend a few nights camping at our paradise island beach house.

The groups will experience the same activities, starting with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of scuba diving on our popular PADI Discover Scuba Diving program! Many of the participants are more than willing to continue their diver education, so their time spent camping on the island gives them the opportunity to gain a qualification in recreational diving: PADI Open Water Diver!

Learning about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment is one of the many responsibilities PADI Instructors dedicate themselves to – one our adventurers’ become inspired to adopt for themselves.

To experience a Borneo adventure with a difference in gaining a deeper appreciation for conservation, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a similar program unique to your travelling group.

Camps adventurers’ learn diver safety.

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Adventurers’ from Camps International learn about diver safety on their PADI Open Water Diver course while camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

Groups ‘Tembikai’ and ‘Nanas’, respectively ‘watermelon’ and ‘pineapple’ translated to Malay, have completed their experience program at our paradise island beach house and left with a valuable lesson in conservation.

During their time of island camping, they experienced our popular ‘Try Dive’ program to discover the underwater marine life and their habitat of coral reef. When our team deliver the dive safety briefing for the first confined water dive session, participants are introduced to the basics of scuba diving and how to help protect the marine envrionment even as soon as their first experience. In all diver training, students will be assessed on their buoyancy, which can have a distinct effect on the health of our marine environment.

Beach clean ups are frequently organised during the summer months when our groups of Camps International visit because it’s also the monsoon season. As Project AWARE ambassadors, our team of PADI professionals inspire our groups to contribute in their future daily lives too!

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for more details on unique educational programs we can personalise for your group, and to include environmental conservation.

Camps International: Summer of SCUBA!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 @ 08:00 Camps International, News, Open Water Course

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It’s a summer of SCUBA with Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for adventurers’ from Camps International UK!

For the next 6 weeks, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will be welcoming 12 groups of youths from various schools and colleges in the UK to gain a deeper appreciation of the marine environment.

Our first group are named ‘Pisang’, which means ‘banana’ in Malay, and the groups arriving after will also be given an equally endearing Malaysian name. Each group will number between roughly 20-40 participants, and our island staff team will be supervising all of their island activities, such as jungle trekking, snorkelling and kayaking. All participants are also given an opportunity to earn the PADI Open Water Diver qualification too! These once-in-a-lifetime experiences offer our Camps International groups a unique education about protecting and preserving our natural world, as each aspect of their island fun revolves around ecotourismThey will also explore other attractions of Sabah with the same company policies that demonstrate environmental friendliness & awareness.

For more information on experiencing a unique educational program through the awesome attractions in Borneo, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts.

Summer at Downbelow means: PADI Open Water groups!

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Once again it’s summer, and at Downbelow that means our island staff team will be providing logistics for our mass PADI Open Water Diver students at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

We’ve got group after group of students from various schools and colleges in the UK arriving at our paradise island beach house for the next 10 weeks with an opportunity to qualify as PADI Open Water divers under the instruction and supervision of our PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Each group will number between 20-45 students, and there will be 12 groups, which equals to an approximate number of +500 participants altogether! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the students on these groups, who will never have tried scuba diving before, and will be given this opportunity to  gain an internationally-recognized certification!

Schools and universities frequently visit our Downbelow operations to gain a unique education through a variety of adventure activities our Sabah Travel Centre incorporate into a suitable program. Other attractions, such as exploring Mount Alab or Mount Trus Madi, is also an option for our participants to witness more of the natural biodiversity that can be found.

For more information on our different programs for group travel, such as Expedition Borneo, contact our travel experts based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

Another group are here to experience wild Borneo!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 @ 14:00 Camps International, News

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For the past few weeks this summer, 330+ Camps International adventurers’ from the UK have visited our Gaya Island beach house to experience the various activities we offer and learn about the natural biodiversity of our tropical paradise!

Now we have the final wave of enthusiastic adventurers’ camping at our Dive Centre and learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course. For those who are looking to qualify it will take the usual 3-4 days to complete. For anyone who certified elsewhere before, they can continue their dive education to achieve the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

We will also be conducting non-diving activities (snorkeling, kayaking, jungle trekking) for those of the adventure group who would like to enjoy paradise in other ways.

Not only are these activities fun, but also knowledge of the natural environment is learnt and the students might not realize they’re learning because the practical-based nature of their education is non-traditional. One of our experienced PADI Instructors will deliver a presentation on Coral Reef Conservation and they will integrate their own experiences so the students can relate to the information. They will be invited to get involved in a beach clean project our island staff team organizes before they depart, so their newfound knowledge supports a perspective of environmental care!

For a Borneo holiday with a difference to unique learning, get in touch with our Head Office to arrange a suitable program to explore the beauty of Sabah!

Paradise will miss our latest adventure group!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 @ 13:00 Camps International, News

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It’s been a memorable time for our latest adventure group from Camps International, who have competed their island camping activities to learn more about our tropical environment!

The group has achieved so much, with some learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course, others continued their dive education to certify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and others discovered the beauty of Sabah through snorkeling, kayaking and jungle trekking activities!

One of our PADI Instructors delivered a presentation on the benefits of Coral Reef Conservation, to inspire non-divers of the adventure group to contribute efforts to protect our environment.

To promote an understanding of the damaging effects of plastic to our marine environment, our island staff team organizes a beach clean event before the group departs to further enhance their unique outdoor-based learning.

With our years’ of experience coordinating adventure training and team-building activities, arrange an unforgettable holiday in Sabah with one of our Head Office staff to discover Borneo!

Gap Year adventure group had a blast on Gaya Island!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 @ 09:23 Camps International, News

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Groups of UK-based Gap Year adventurers’ from Camps International have been visiting our Gaya Island paradise, and our staff team says farewell to this summers’ 8th group of nature enthusiasts’!

For the last few days, the group have enjoyed the exciting island activities to learn more about our marine environment and inspire them to contribute to its’ conservation.

Many qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver during their stay camping at our purpose-built tents of our beach house, and non-divers discovered Borneo’s wild nature through other activities we offer, such as snorkeling, kayaking and jungle trekking along the trails around Gaya Island!

We are passionate and dedicated to offering a unique education to our adventure groups through these activities, as well as by organizing conservation projects such as cleaning marine debris from beaches and one of our experienced PADI Instructors conducts the PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty presentation.

A passion focused on delivering the best of Sabah’s marine and wildlife adventures makes our adventure group programs a memorable time in Borneo! Contact our Head Office for further details for a personalized itinerary for small or large groups to learn about exotic Borneo!

Another group of UK adventurers’ on their Gap Year!

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 @ 13:00 Camps International, News

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Arriving at Gaya Island is the 9th group of UK-based Camps International Gap Year adventurers’ who will be camping at our beach house for awesome adventure activities and an opportunity to learn more about nature!

Borneo offers incredible endemic species of wildlife to inspire our young adventurers’ to learn more about nature and the ways an individual can contribute to preserving a beautiful paradise.

For the next few days, our experienced team of PADI Instructors will teach the PADI Open Water Diver course. Any members of the group who are already a certified diver can continue their dive education to the next level and qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and for non-divers, there is snorkeling, kayaking and jungle trekking to experience. All dive training and activities are conducted with the highest standards of safety, as this is our top priority!

To inspire our adventurers’ furthermore, one of our passionate and dedicated Instructors will deliver the Coral Reef Conservation Course. This will also provide value to their beach cleaning conservation project our island staff team organize before they depart.

Create a memorable Borneo adventure with our assistance, for the unique education we offer focusing on environmental conservation! Get in touch with our Head Office, where one of our members of staff will arrange a suitable itinerary to cater to small or large groups!

As group season continues, more Gap Year adventurers’ camp at Gaya Island!

Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ 09:00 Camps International, News

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Adventure can be found at Gaya Island for our 8th group of UK-based Gap Year adventurers’ from Camps International, and they’re so lucky that we have a variety of fun island activities to offer them!

So what are their exciting options?

Everyone is invited to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver, and for anyone already certified they can continue their dive education by completing the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or enjoy guided leisure diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Non-diving activities are also offered, such as snorkeling, kayaking and jungle trekking.

All island activities will teach the Gap Year students more about our natural environment and the importance of preserving its biodiversity, which is our dedicated mission as PADI professionals. One of our experienced PADI Instructors delivers the PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty presentation to engage our adventurers’ in a lively and open discussion to inspire positive action to protect the environment.

Get in touch with our Head Office to outline a suitable itinerary with one of our members of staff and learn more about Borneo’s nature and have an adventure too!

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