Downbelow headline local Sabah newspaper!

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Downbelow headline local newspaper, after Resident Platinum PADI Course Director and Downbelow’s Managing Director Richard Swann got a shot of a long-awaited Whale Shark in the TAR marine park!

During a visit from a group of Politeknik Sandakan students, many participants witnessed the first migration of Whale Shark through the local Kota Kinabalu waters! It was a juvenile, but that doesn’t mean to say it was small, far from it – Whale Sharks are an amazing sight for the very reason that they are the largest fish in the world!

As quickly as he could, Richard managed to get a few shots of the ‘big fish’ to show our Politeknik Sandakan students whilst they watched the animal swim around and under the Downbelow speedboat they were aboard.

Wildlife spotting means just that – not touching! It’s important to display appropriate interaction with any animal, whether underwater or terrestrial land, which is the very focus of the article for which one of Richard’s photos goes with.

In dive briefings, our PADI Instructors will always remind clients on the environmentally-responsible behaviour towards marine life, and we commend the writer and newspaper for spreading awareness on the importance of our local community to gain such appreciation.

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for the chance to spot wildlife (underwater or on land!), for you and/or your travelling group in Sabah, Borneo!

Downbelow teach SCUBA to the future of Sabah’s tourism industry!

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Our Downbelow premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre operations were honoured to host a whole day for our 30 friends visiting from Politeknik Sandakan!

The students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Project AWARE mission through their experience of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program and Snorkel Safari. Nothing beats experiencing the reality of scuba diving, and inspiring others to become Project AWARE supporters themselves!

It seemed to be kismet when a whale shark was spotted swimming within the confines of the TAR marine park, and several of the students (who were snorkelling, as a matter of fact) were lucky enough to see it up close from one of our dive boats!

We only wish for the students of Politeknik Sandakan to continue visiting us on the regular basis that they are doing to always remember how important the contribution to our marine environment is for the future of Sabah’s tourism industry.

Sabah Travel Centre experts at our Kota Kinabalu HQ are experienced in creating itineraries to suit the educational mission. Get in touch if your group would like our experts to create terrestrial-based programs – such as jungle trekking the Salt Trails or climbing Mount Kinabalu!

Sandakan Politeknik Returns to Downbelow for Visit

Downbelow and the students from the Sandakan Politeknik, Oct 2012, Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu

We had a fun Friday at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island in Kota Kinabalu, because our good friends from Sandakan Politeknik returned for another visit.

The great bunch of students from the polytechnic visits us regularly as part of their Tourist Management studies.

This time around their group of 26 invaded our otherwise serene corner of Gaya island for a day of PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs, plus the ecologically valuable AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course.

Downbelow includes environmental components in all group programs, but it’s extra important for Tourism Management students to know that without sustainable practices, tourism attractions may well disappear.

“We host many groups,” said Downbelow’s resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann, “but we are particularly fond of these fantastic, enthusiastic students.”

“They are the future of our industry,” he added, “and we really can’t wait for the next visit.”

Find out more about our Group programs or contact us for a tailored solution to your group activity needs.

Politeknik Sandakan Water Safety & Life Saving Certification

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 @ 10:08 Groups & Schools, News, Sandakan Polytechnic

Politeknik Sandakan joins us for a week of learning and fun

Today we were joined by a very excited crowd of students from the Sandakan Polytechnic who will be with us for the next week learning a whole host of skills.

We hosted the Politeknik Sandakan last year and everyone had so much fun while learning, that we’re very excited to have them here at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre again.

The group this time is organised by the Corporate Industrial Services and Employment Unit.

In total, the students will take part in 22 Emergency First Response courses, 19 PADI Open Water Courses, 4 PADI Advanced Open Water Courses and 4 PADI Rescue Diver Courses.

Clearly resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his Go Pro Team of instructors will have their hands full, but if last year’s group is anything to go by, it’s going to be a fun learning experience for everyone involved.