Project AWARE goals shared with Cardiff University!

Friday, June 26th, 2015 @ 08:00 Cardiff University, News, Open Water Course

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For the second year in a row, Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures and Cardiff University have shared the same Project AWARE goals of marine conservation!

This June, a group of 15 participants (includes 2 University staff) camp for 12 nights at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in the TAR marine park. For the 12 who are not yet certified divers, they will be taught the PADI Open Water Diver course by our team of PADI Instructors before they continue on to our buoyancy clinic to fine tune their buoyancy. Peak performance buoyancy is essential to the students underwater tasks to conduct their ecological surveys: coral identification, fish sizing and mapping. Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann will oversee the students progress and ensure they receive plenty of practise collecting data and also receive a unique education on marine conservation. Because, after all, these surveys are recorded for the purposes of protecting and preserving marine life and its habitat!

Our Sabah Travel Centre have years of expertise in arranging specialised educational programs, such as Cardiff University’s annual tropical ecology field trip – contact our advisors for more information!

Cardiff University Field Trip to Borneo A Success

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 @ 12:18 Cardiff University, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park


After 2 weeks of learning diving skills, data gathering practise and most of all – having fun – it was time to say goodbye to the students of Cardiff University.

The budding scientists who are studying for their Bachelors, Masters & PH.d Degrees came to us to help them become better divers and learn how to research and collect marine data.

We are happy to report that all of them qualified as divers and also learned underwater buoyancy skills. They were also fortunate to have encountered a turtle and a rare porcupine stingray during one of their transect dives. Another impromptu activity was participating in the removal of an illegally dumped fishing net that was threatening the marine animals & coral reef.

We hope these experiences and events will keep their love for the ocean strong and burning bright.

For us it was a big honour to have the opportunity to share our knowledge with these future marine scientists because the work that they do in the future will be used by world’s policymakers to make decisions that will greatly impact the environment.

We look forward to more university students like them to come over and have fun whilst learning to dive with us & completing their field study. If your school or university is looking for a location to complete a marine-related field trip, then do consider Downbelow in Borneo.

Contact us today and let us know what you need and we will arrange accordingly!

Downbelow 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Borneo Hosting Future Marine Scientists

Friday, June 20th, 2014 @ 08:46 Cardiff University, News


Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island is currently buzzing with future marine scientists as students from the University of Cardiff in the UK are currently immersing themselves in training. As part of their Bachelors, Masters & PH.d Degrees they must go out the field and learn specialised skills they will need later on in their careers as Marine Biologists & Zoologists.

During their two week program with Downbelow Instructors, the students will learn to scuba dive by completing the PADI Open Water Course. We then move on to fine tune their bouyancy skills underwater which is a critical skill required to protect the coral for any underwater evaluation. Coral identification, fish sizing, mapping & underwater surveys are also some of the skills the students must learn during this training program.

Overall this is a very interesting & rewarding program for everyone involved. We love to see the groups enthusiasm for the underwater world. These young individuals are key future ocean & wildlife ambassadors!

Our dive centre is a perfect setting for student groups wishing to complete any marine-related study trips and also at the same time learn scuba diving. With a shallow secluded confined water natural lagoon just in front of our dive centre the students can focus and take their time learning new skills. The island is also located just 10-minutes from the capital city of Sabah Borneo.

Contact us for more information should you have any enquiries on having your group visiting our dive centre.