UK & Hong Kong Participants Join Internship in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Leanne (left) and Jake (right) with PADI Course Director Richard (center)

Downbelow’s Gaya island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre – just 10 mins from Kota Kinabalu – is heating up with excited internship activity, in the midst of which we welcome 2 more participants.

Resident PADI Course Director, Richard Swann, welcomed Leanne from the UK and Jake from Hong Kong to Downbelow’s successful professional scuba diver internship program.

Jake joins the Instructor Development Course, prep of which is happening right now, officially starting this Saturday, 4 February.

The course culminates in the PADI Instructor Examination, which takes place on 14 & 15 February here in Kota Kinabalu, under the auspices of PADI Examiners flying in from Sydney, Australia.

In the meantime, Leanne will start on her Divemaster Internship, starting off by qualifying as a PADI Rescue Diver.

After that she will learn the ropes (and how to knot them) under the guidance of Downbelow’s Go Pro Team, with her ultimate goal being PADI Divemaster.

Both Leanne and Jake will learn about the dive industry far beyond just gaining the knowledge of a divemaster and dive instructor.

We dive every day, so they will have ample opportunity to see and get involved in the daily operations of our busy dive centre.

Downbelow trains quality scuba diving professionals who are work-ready and experienced when they complete our internships.

For more information, email us, or get in touch, and Go Pro with Downbelow.


PADI Open Water Diver Course with Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Instructor Roy (2nd from the right) teaches the PADI Open Water Diver course 3 eager new divers.

We’ve been having great weather here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, perfect for spending a few days on Gaya island to learn how to become PADI Open Water divers.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Roy has been busy doing just that over the weekend, teaching the PADI Open Water course to 3 eager students at the Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island, 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu city.

Scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu is easy and fun, as the Tunku Adbul Rahman Park is a short boat ride away from the city.

The PADI Open Water Diver course usually takes 3 or 4 days, which results in a licensed open water diver.

Even for the those who do not have 3 or 4 days, the opportunity exist to learn how to dive in 1 day. The Discover Scuba Diving course allows non-divers to try the PADI way of diving, by learning the required skills and diving under close supervision of an experienced, qualified instructor.

Although the Discover Scuba Diving course doesn’t earn you a license to dive, in some cases it can count as credit toward eventual certification, which makes it perfect as a try dive to see if diving is for you.

For the whole spectrum of PADI courses, from recreational to professional diving, contact Downbelow and let’s go diving.


Our Professional Interns Go Deep with a Deep Dive Scenario

Interns Tiago and Paul on the left with PADI IDC Staff Instructor James on the right

Downbelow’s pro diving interns do it deeper and after mastering the Deep Diving Scenario they do it safer too.

Yesterday, under the vigilant eye of PADI IDC Staff Instructor James, both Tiago and Paul took the depths of the TAR Park waters to practice the Deep Dive Scenario.

Having learned about the appropriate techniques with some on-land rehearsals, the interns took to the waters to set up a descent line with emergency breathing equipment waiting at the 5m depth mark.

With potential eventualities prepared for, they next headed deep down below for a navigation exercise where their knowledge and skills put to the test in a real-world environment.

For Paul, who has already successfully completed the Divemaster course, the exercise brought additional practice and experience for the Instructor Development Course he is joining early next month.

Tiago will soon be sitting for the Divemaster exam, and the Deep Diver Scenario is essential for that.

Our professional interns successfully completed the deep diver scenario and looks forward to the next opportunity to discover and practice more skills from the professional realm of diving.

Intern Sam Joins an Open Water Course for IDC Experience

Intern Sam with a junior guest flanked by Instructor Wellson

Downbelow’s Instructor Wellson recently conducted a Junior Open Water Course for one of our younger guests.

Professional diving intern Sam got onboard to shadow the course and gain experience, which will be a valuable addition to her upcoming IDC.

THe Instructor Development Course, which takes place early next month, is Sam’s ticket to the professional world of scuba diving and will develop her skills to a level fit for a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The PADI Instructor Exam that immediately follows the IDC will ultimately determine Sam’s fate, but with Downbelow’s resident Course Director Richard Swann and his Go Pro Team having a 100% success rate, the future looks bright.

Kinabalu International School Enjoys a Day of Diving

The group from Kinabalu International School enjoying a day with Downbelow

Downbelow’s island crew had a great day of diving yesterday, entertaining a group of 8 from the Kinabalu International School.

Our Instructors Roy and Cyril took good care of the group.

They brought along their own instructor in their group leader, Gareth Pearson, but Downbelow’s instructors took such good care of the group that he got to enjoy a fun dive for a change.

We regularly have fun days out with members from our KK Dive Club, which is open to residents of Sabah.

Divers attached to the Kinabalu International School can get in touch with Gareth Pearson for more info.


Gong Xi Fatt Chai! Happy Year of the Dragon!

Chinese New Year: The Year of the DragonWhether you say Gong Xi Fatt Chai, Gong Hei Fatt Choi or Xīn Nián Kuài Lè, what it boils down to is Happy Chinese New Year!

We wish health and prosperity on one and all during this festive celebration.

We hope you have brilliant celebration to welcome in the Year of the Dragon.

May you and your family prosper and may the dragon inspire you to achieve all your diving goals.

Happy new year!

From all of us at Downbelow
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Divemaster Paul Teams up with Local Intern Hillary for Skin Diving

Local Divemaster Intern Hillary with International Divemaster Paul

International Divemaster Intern Paul made more progress wit his Divemaster course yesterday.

He conducted the PADI Skin Diver program with local Divemaster intern Hillary.

Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island in Kota Kinabalu is currently a hive of activity as intern at various stages of their internships are doing a variety of tasks.

Some of our interns are gearing up for the Instructor Development Course taking place early next month.

In between we’re going about our daily diving business, providing the best facilities for diving in Kota Kinablau, so get in touch and get wet today.

Task Orientated Dive Experience for Interns in Sabah, Borneo

The 3 interns getting ready for their task based diving
What do you do when you’re on an paradise island in the middle of marine park with free, unlimited diving and the need to log more dives?

If you didn’t think “go diving”, you’re may be on the wrong blog.

Of course, that’s the only thing our professional interns thought.

Our Go Pro training team have assigned each of them specific tasks to complete during their dives, which will aid their skill development while they chalk up extra dives to increase their logged dives for certain course requirements.

Because our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Sabah is located on Gaya island, we dive every day, so when when we say you have unlimited diving, you can actually use it.

Our Borneo dive centre is right on the beach, so even when you’re not joining one of our 3 scheduled daily boat dives, there’s always shore diving – simply walk in or take a giant stride from the end of the jetty.

Our interns are all well on their way to becoming professional scuba divers; what are you waiting for?

Go Pro with Downbelow.

Local and International Professional Scuba Diving Internships

Local Intern Clarence on the left, with International Intern Paul centre and IDC Staff Instructor Bob on the right

Professional Divemaster intern and IDC candidate Paul conducted a Discover Scuba Diving program recently at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu.

His student for the session was local intern Clarence and Downbelow’s PADI IDC Staff Instructor Alvin was on hand, overseeing their progress.

Clarence recently joined Downbelow’s local internship program. He signed up for 1 year during which he will undergo professional dive training. He will also get to learn about dive centre operations from the inside out.

Following completion of the year, as a Sabahan, he will be offered the opportunity to join the company permanently as a Divemaster under full contract.

If you are Sabahan and wish to join our sponsored program, or if you are an international visitor and wish to take up a professional internship, get in touch to Go Pro with Downbelow.


Farewell to PADI Open Water Instructor Interns Matt & Kyla

Kyla and Matt, yesterday at the Downbelow PADi 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island

As the day drew to a close yesterday, so did Matt & Kyla’s time with us at the Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island.

The two joined us a month ago for a intensive, customised 1-month internship.

They took on the daunting task of completing the PADI Divemaster course, closely followed by the PADI Instructor Development Course, all within 1 month.

Through sheer determination and the expert guidance of our resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and the Go Pro Team, Matt and Kyla achieved all their objectives successfully.

All that remain is for them to sit for the PADI Instructor Examination, for which they will likely return to Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Until then, thanks to Matt & Kyla for going pro with Downbelow – we look forward to your next visit.