Open Water Course A Hit In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Open Water Course A Hit At Our PADI 5-Star Dive Centre

Do you know that the Open Water Course is the most popular dive course in the world?

It is hard to deny this – just look at the picture above of students who signed up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course at our PADI 5-Star Dive Center at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

It’s the first level of PADI Certification and it gives the diver the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

So after getting their certification, they would have learnt the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.

The good news is,virtually anyone can sign up for this course, as long as that person is in good health and fit to dive.

With our experienced and qualified PADI instructors and low student-teacher ratio, you will discover new adventures underneath the waves in no time.

Contact Downbelow today and let us help you get on the right track in embracing the diving lifestyle.

Awesome Images of Corals from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu Borneo

Corals with vibrant colors from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park as captured by Downbelow team.

The above picture of coral reefs were taken in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu by our resident PADI Course Director Richard.

The vibrant colors can leave you speechless and even this was taken on a bad visibility day!

It is hard to believe that these corals are located just minutes away from a busy and bustling city of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia.

And even closer to these corals is our PADI 5-Star Dive & Adventure Centre where we launch our daily scuba diving trips from.

Captured scenery like the one above however does not compare to being there yourself and being surrounded by colourful corals and beautiful marine life.

Talk to our friendly travel consultants today and find out how we can help you get closer to beautiful underwater nature.

High Tides at PADI 5 Star IDC Centre, Kota Kinabalu

High Tide at Downbelow's Dive Centre helps the unloading faster!

If you ask any of the Downbelow staff at our dive centre which tide is the best tide, they will probably answer the high tide on a busy day!

The picture above that our resident PADI Course Director Richard took will tell you why this is so.

It really makes the job of unloading the boats much faster as they can skip the jetty altogether and land straight next to the beach.

Hopefully Richard and the rest of the crew can use the extra energy to enjoy the scenery more while working, as there is so much to enjoy there.

Have you been to our beautiful award-winning PADI 5 Star Dive Centre? We are only 10 minutes speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu.

Our dive centre is located between the blue ocean and the rainforest so there is so much to do underwater or on land.

It also came out on top of Trip Advisor’s “Things To Do in Kota Kinabalu” as voted by our visitors.

Drop us a line or visit our Travel Centre in KK Times Square to book a trip and spend a day with us at our dive center.

Underwater Photography Briefing

Underwater Photography Briefing Part of Master Scuba Diver Trainer Go Pro Internship with Dive Downbelow

Our intern Jonny Kealy looks confident and happy as he delivers a great Underwater Photography Speciality Dive briefing under the watchful eye of resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann.

This drill is part of his Master Scuba Diver Trainer Internship that he is currently taking at Dive Downbelow.

To become an MSDT the candidate must have at least five PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications of which, Underwater Photography can be one of them.

Besides Underwater Photography, there are many more PADI Speciality Scuba Diving course that are available for any inspiring MSDT candidate.

As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer you can teach people the entire course pre-requsite to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver which is the highest non professional level in the PADI System of education. PADI Rescue Diver plus 5 PADI Speciality Courses we have listed our most popular ones that are well suited to our environment.

Learn more about our MSD course where you can acquire new experiences and reach the highest non-professional PADI rating in recreational diving.

Contact us and let us help you take your first step to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver or if you are going the professional route a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Downbelow’s Passion For Marine Conservation is Acknowledged

Another successful beach-up event

2012 has been a year full of challenges and hard work in terms of our commitment to protect and preserve the environment around us.

Downbelow is serious and passionate about the health of the marine life and it shows through the various activities that we have organized throughout this year.

Just like the years before, we continued with our regular beach clean-up events and also the removal of illegal fishing nets within the protected area of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

All visiting Gap Year plus School and University Groups to our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, receive at least 1 day of conservation awareness activities as our resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann along with the team will not pass the chance to share the importance of marine conservation.

This has greatly helped with our AWARE shark petition signatures. So far we have gathered 1,685 signatures.

Our continued efforts this year culminated with Downbelow successfully hosting at our dive centre the Project Aware Finathon, a 1 KM swim to raise awareness on the unsustainable practice of shark finning.

Downbelows Finaton was the first Finathon held in Kota Kinabalu and also Asia. Downbelow received a letter of support from Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture.

From this event alone, we managed to raise more than RM15,000.00 for Project Aware which is equivalent to USD 5,000 in today’s exchange rate. Much needed funds help fight for legislation to control shark finning.

In December 2012, our effort has been recognized by the Project AWARE Foundation as Downbelow was chosen as a Featured Member. With this recognition, our efforts are highlighted on the Project AWARE’s website to divers across the world.

We are happy and proud to receive this honour however the work is not done yet. We will continue with our effort and hopefully, many more will join in the fight for the environment.

You can see the pictures from our event on our Project AWARE Clean-Ups Gallery page.

Do contact us and find out how you can help make a difference in the world. We have so much planned for 2013 !

Suunto Zoop Dive Course Discount Special

Suunto Zoop - Zoop Your Diving Experience

Complete a PADI Scuba Diving Course with Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu, and get a whopping 39% discount on the awesome Suunto Zoop Diver Computer.

Available from Downbelow’s Dive Shop in Kota Kinabalu, the unbelievably low priced Zoop is available at just RM 575 – a 39% saving – if you complete a course with us!

Is the Zoop for Me?

Suunto Zoop

Suunto Zoop is an easy-to-use, great value dive computer for recreational divers.

Yes, the Suunto Zoop is a great choice for your first dive computer, but advanced features like full decompression capabilities and nitrox mode means it will be with you to give you years of serious fun.

Main Features

  • Easy to use with super-bright phosphorescent LCD display
  • Air and Nitrox modes for a range of dive situations
  • Continuous decompression with the Suunto RGBM algorithm
  • Built-in dive planner for planning upcoming dives
  • Optional computer interface for detailed graphical logbooks and dive data analysis
  • Wrist (standard version) or console-mountable (optional)
  • Available in yellow or orange

What else can the Zoop do for me?

Good Buy!

Effortless operation

Easy-to-use push buttons, a straightforward menu structure, and a super-bright phosphorescent LCD display make Suunto Zoop really simple to operate. You can wear Suunto Zoop as a wrist unit, or mount it on one of Suunto’s Combo consoles.

Multi-mode versatility

With its two dive modes – Air and Nitrox – Suunto Zoop is a versatile computer. It can be programmed for nitrox mixtures of 21% to 50% oxygen and adjusted for oxygen partial pressure of between 1.2 and 1.6 bar.

Flexible decompression

Using the Suunto RGBM algorithm, Suunto Zoop enables continuous decompression for optimal ascent time. Both ascent rate and available no-decompression time are displayed graphically with clear color-coded indicators. Visual and audible alarms are given whenever necessary and you can also enable maximum depth and dive time alarms.

Plan and review

You can test upcoming dives and view no-decompression time data for different depths before getting in the water with the built-in dive planner. When the dive is over, use optional Suunto DM4 software to transfer your dive data to your computer for further analysis and to maintain a detailed logbook featuring graphical representation of all your dives.

Contact Us Today to Book your PADI Course!

To qualify for this great-priced offer, simply email us or visit us in KK Times Square, and sign up for a PADI Scuba Diving Course at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

Consider Yourself Zooped

Shark Sanctuary In The Pacific Just Got Bigger

Cook Islands announces shark sanctuary, which created the largest in the world combined with the neighbouring islands' similar move.

Christmas came early this year for the sharks with the news that Cook Islands declared their 1.9 million km² exclusive economic zone as a shark sanctuary.

Combined with their island neighbors’ earlier similar declaration, the total sanctuary area in the Pacific Ocean now totaled to 6.7 million km², nearly the size of Australia.

This move makes it illegal to fish for sharks, sale or possession of shark products. A timely move for the endangered species.

All of us at Downbelow are overjoyed on hearing this news as we are deeply committed and passionate about marine conservation and total well-being of our environment.

We are proud to involve ourselves with Project AWARE Foundation causes. We try to get as many individuals involved in our aim to spread awareness through regularly conducted clean-up events.

Contact us to know more about our conservation activities or how to get involved.

We welcome anyone, individuals, groups or companies.

Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin Spotted in the TAR Park, Kota Kinabalu

Downbelow team and students met a pod of dolphins yesterday.

Yesterday was an exceptionally great day for us as we stumbled upon a pod of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins.

It is known that these type of dolphins pass by the islands at this time of the year so it was a real pleasure meeting them.

The dolphins yesterday hung around for a while much to the enjoyment of our students and trainers. Even our resident PADI Course Director Richard jumped into the water to have a look closer at them from below.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is blessed with a wide variety of marine animals and, as this event showed, even the dolphins enjoy the waters here.

You too can enjoy the warm waters and beautiful scenery here as we offer dive trips to Gaya Island and also Sabah’s west coast.

Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center is located in the vicinity of the park and it is indeed a perfect spot to empower yourself with diving skills as you will train and dive in a beautiful marine paradise.

Check out our list of courses or our travel packages.

You can also contact us should you require any assistance.

Regular Servicing Keeps The Doctor Away

Downbelow are serious about equipment safety to ensure that everyone can dive safely.

This is what keeps our equipment in pristine condition!

Regular servicing of our regulators and equipment ensures that they are always in peak condition to deliver optimal performance when used by our guests and staff.

Equipment Manager, Wellson Lorons, recently started training newly qualified Divemaster Pablo in the fine arts of equipment servicing at our award-winning PADI 5 Star Dive Centre.

We strictly adhere to manufacturers’ recommended service schedules for all our equipment, because at Downbelow safety is paramount.

Find out more about Downbelow’s dive equipment and safety.

Dive with the dive centre that takes safety seriously. Contact us for more information