Ghostpipe Fish Spotted Under The Jetty in Borneo

Ghostpipe fish located in Borneo MalaysiaOur PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates had a nice surprise when they spotted the rarely seen Ghostpipe Fish right under the jetty outside our beach house.

At first our resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann took a photo from the jetty using his iPhone, even though the fish was visible in the photo he couldn’t resist to go in the waters and take a closer shot.

It was beautiful and worth the trouble!

During last years IDC our candidates went diving with Whalesharks just off our jetty, previous to that the candidates spotted Blacktip Reef sharks during one of their training dives. Seeing this Ghostpipe Fish is nonetheless special too and a good omen for the current PADI IDC candidates.

Nature always has something special in store for our PADI IDC candidates.

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Borneo is underway

PADI IDC Borneo Started

The official PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Borneo is in progress!

Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann has started with the orientation & officially welcomes Nadine, Nordin, Stefan, Sam & our own Downbelow staff member Pablo to the program. We also have Jonny & Rene taking their PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses.

One of the wonderful things about the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the global variety of nationalities taking part. For this month, we have candidates from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany and our very own Malaysia.

We wish you all the best of success from the Downbelow Go-Pro Instructor Development team and all our staff.

Obviously you cannot join the current PADI IDC but there is always the next one! Contact us for details on how you can join the next PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in May !

Newly Qualified PADI Divemaster Mel’s First Task

Scuba Refresher Course in KK, Borneo

Our boat captain Mel wasted no time in putting his new dive skills to use after successfully becoming a PADI Divemaster a few days ago.

Over the weekend he used his newly acquired skills as a PADI Divemaster by conducting the PADI Scuba Review & Refresher Program with Downbelow’s guest Laura.

The waters just outside our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre are an ideal location for divers who have not been in the water for some time and wish to brush up on their diving knowledge in a safe environment.

Are you itching to go diving again? Do you want to brush up your skills and knowledge before going into the deep ocean?

Then spend a day with us and enjoy our Scuba Review program. Contact us for more information!

New PADI Divemasters – Jason and Azmi

New divemasters from Downbelow Borneo

A big congratulations to our students, Jason from Australia and Azmi from West Malaysia for qualifying as PADI Divemasters over the weekend.

They have completed their first step in becoming a professional in the world of SCUBA diving. A special mention to their respective qualifying instructors too, Paul for Jason and Wellson for Azmi.

Well done guys! Next stop – PADI IDC!

Interested to see the endless possibilities in the world of professional diving? Contact us now and let us help on becoming a fully certified PADI Divemaster.

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor Course in Kota Kinabalu Has Started

PADI IDC Staff Instructor in Borneo, Asia

Downbelow’s PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course has kicked off last Friday with Rene & Jonny completing their pre-course training so they are ready to experience the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) from a different perspective in a few days time.

Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann started early to prepare these candidates ahead of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).

To become a qualified PADI IDC Staff Instructor, candidates are trained in conducting, organizing and assisting the IDC and Instructor Specialty courses.

Upon completion of this course, they will be able to independently teach the PADI Assistant Instructor course as well as assist on the PADI Instructor Development Course.

So keep watching this space for updates on the progress of both the PADI IDC & PADI IDC Staff participants.

Do you want to be involved with teaching and sharing your knowledge with up-and-coming PADI leaders? Then you too can become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

Contact us to know how.

Captain Mel Now A PADI Divemaster

Captain Mel from Downbelow now fully certified PADI Divemaster

The management team from Downbelow always encourage their staff to improve themselves and also to take advantage of having PADI professionals as their colleagues to improve their diving skills.

Our latest staff member who took this advice and took a step up the ladder in his diving carear is our Captain Mel who is now a certified PADI Divemaster.

His instructor and mentor, resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann said he put in a lot of work, so he should be proud of his achievement.

He is not resting on his laurels though, now he is aiming to join the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) in May 2013.

Do you want to join him as well and become a PADI professional?

Contact us to find out more.

Downbelow HQ Family Completed PADI Discover Scuba Diving

HQ Office Joins The Island Team For A Day of Diving

It was a happy day for the Downbelow family as three of the guys from the HQ office joined the island crew for a day of diving.

Jeffrey (Marketing & I.T. Executive), Rudy (Senior Tour Bus Driver) and Irfan (Admin Assistant) were introduced to the world of scuba diving through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme, a course which is aimed at those who have never dived before.

Richard Swann (resident PADI Course Director and Downbelow’s Managing Director) then assigned Captain Mel, who is currently completing his PADI Divemaster course, to conduct the day’s programme under the supervision of Liz (PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer).

By the end of day the guys completed three dives, with the last dive at Sapi Shore where they got to see majestic marine creatures just a few minutes boat ride away from their office!

Now the guys from the head office understand why the crew at the island always have a big wide smile on their face, their “office” is a tropical paradise!

Are you interested to see our heavenly island-based office? Then dive with us!

Never dived before? Don’t worry, PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving program will give you the experience of a lifetime!

Contact us for more details!

La Vern University CA Visit Downbelow 5* IDC Dive Centre

Downbelow team with the students from La

Downbelow said farewell to our latest university group from the USA.

The budding biologists studying for their degrees at the La Vern University, California have spent the last couple of weeks in Sabah taking in the sights and sounds of one of the most diverse tropical regions on the planet.

The group led by Jeffery Burkhart (PhD) enjoyed a few days with the crew at Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre where they were shown the best the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park can offer.

The highlight of their time in the island was the sighting of a school of Blacktip Reef Sharks in the open water – yes we have sharks here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

All participants were taken good care of by the Downbelow crew and obviously everyone had a ball.

Thank you Professor Jeff and the rest of the gang, we wish you a safe journey home and we are looking forward to your next visit.

Local Divemaster Interns and Downbelow Crew complete PADI Advanced Open Water Course

boat captain completes padi advanced open water course

Two of our local PADI Divemaster interns along with our boat captain recently completed their PADI Advanced Open Water Course with Downbelow.

So congratulations to Morin, Suhaimi and Along (boat captain) for a job well done. Also a pat on the back to their qualifying instructor, Liz who is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Their next course is one of the most important ones, PADI Rescue Diver! This is where a diver will look beyond themselves and consider the safety of other divers.

Interested in our PADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Rescue Diver courses? Contact us to see how to you can complete them in our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

Corporate Incentive Group enjoy Team Building Activities – Kota Kinabalu

Corporate Incentive Team Building program

Our beach house was filled with sounds of laughter with a carnival-like atmosphere were felt as we hosted a large group from West Malaysia for their Corporate Incentive Team Building Program.

The group made up of 39 staff from the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre came to Kota Kinabalu to celebrate 20 years of business.

Among the activities they participated in were PADI Discover Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Island Hopping programs within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu. View  more photos in our photo collections page.

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre plays host to individuals and groups for adventure training, team building or PADI Courses and holiday fun, so spend a day (or a few days) with us for fun-filled activities and events.

Just contact us or visit our travel centre.