We bid a fond farewell to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Roy from Hong Kong last week.
Roy, who was a PADI Divemaster back then, joined us for a 1 Month IDC Internship last month.
He became part of the family here at Downbelow as his developed his skills, gained crucial knowledge and increased his insight into the operations of a busy dive centre.
Spending pretty much every day at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Roy also dived to his heart content. Our intern do, after all, get unlimited diving during their internships with us.
Roy, a native Chinese speaker, had the added challenge of a language barrier, but through the hard work and dedication of both Roy and Downbelow’s ace Go Pro Team, his success was assured and his triumph all the sweeter.
Resident Course Director Richard Swann took Roy under his wing and successfully guided him through the completion of an EFR Childcare Upgrade, EFR Instructor course, O² Provider course, O² Speciality Instructor course and, finally, the Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
Roy leaves us as a well-rounded, fully qualified, ready-to-work PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and we look forward to hearing about his success in the industry.
As we wish him luck, we hope to see you back in Sabah again soon! Good luck, Roy!
Sabah, Borneo: After blood, sweat and a significant amount of salt water tears, our two former IDC candidates have persevered and came out the victors in the PADI Instructor Examination that came to its conclusion today near our offices in Sabah, Borneo.
Both Roy and Paul worked hard to get their PADI OWSI qualification and all the hard work paid off in spades when they passed their Instructor Exams.
A big congratulations are in order, so CONGRATULATIONS, boys, you did us proud!
With the September PADI IDC Instructor Development Course now laid to rest, we look forward to the next IDC, which will start in November this year.
We have also already confirmed our 4 IDC sessions for the whole of 2012, so zip on over to our Next IDC Page to get a handle on when next you can do the IDC with us, join an IDC Internship in Sabah or come and sit for the Instructor Exam.
Don’t forget our range of Professional Diving Internships, ranging in duration from 1 to 6 months, which can be tailored to suit your needs an schedule.
Contact us for more information and be successful like Paul and Roy. Live the diving dream – Go Pro with Downbelow!
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for organizing the internship and understanding my circumstances at the beginning which may have caused you some inconvenience. I was always well impressed with your kindness, friendly manner and patience
However, the credits should be given to whole Downbelow staff for their professionalism!
Bus drivers who smiled at us every morning and never complained even we were late some time (4 internship guys you know.. :)), well organized and high standard internship programs with awesome (and crazy.. :)) instructors, very high customer services with a very friendly approaches to all the guests…
Anyway, my one month internship could not have been any better than this, I have fully enjoyed the every single day and wish I could stay there longer to take part for the IDC with my buddies Paul and Roy.
But I know they are in good hands and I am sure they will succeed their exams to become awesome instructors.
Now I am back on land, I feel weird to not hear any waves or feel the island breeze, not even being in the water at all during the whole day! I miss every part of the island life, but I hope to see you guys in the near future again.
The Emergency First Response EFR Course enables divemasters to be prepared when they are first to arrive on the scene of an accident.
It equips them with the knowledge to save lives and stabalise victims until trained medical person arrive.
As part of his Divemaster Internship, our Divemaster Intern Nigel took the EFR with our PADI Instructor Roy, to give him the confidence to deal with whatever eventuality may present itself during his professional diving career.
For more information on the Emergency First Response EFR course, which is suitable for divers and non-divers, have a look at the Downbelow EFR page.
Last week our newest local Divemaster intern Victor had an off day, but he enjoys working so much, he was back a the dive centre to gain more experience.
Victor is part of our successful local divemaster internship program and have only recently gained his PADI Open Water Scuba qualification under our resident PADI Course Director, so he still has a long road ahead of him.
It seems, however, that’s he is keen to run this road quickly, because during his recent off day he came in to get more experience and he bravely attempted to give his first test presentation to the Downbelow staff.
With eagerness like this young Victor seems to be heading down the road to success. We wish him all the best and will keep a keen eye on his progress.