Helping Damaged Corals in Borneo to Survive – Coral for Life!


The boys on the island are at it again – saving the lives of corals that will surely perish if neglected.

Downbelow Managing Director and resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann led a small team to re-plant corals on our artificial reef blocks that they skillfully placed on the sea bed some months ago within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, KK Borneo.

The damaged corals were earlier collected by Richard and his team on their numerous dives. Now they are fixed on small cement blocks to keep them steady in an upright position. The students from an international school in KL who were here last week also helped in the process.

On hand to help Richard this time were Vui How, and our local Divemaster trainees Gary and Revor.

Downbelow is fully committed to conservation and this is one of the ways we give back to nature. We also conduct many conservation activities such as illegal net removal, daily beach cleanup and practice responsible tourism.

We hope these corals will live and continue to be a part of the marine ecosystem.

Expedition Borneo October Group Completing PADI Open Water Course in Borneo


Our Expedition Borneo October group is now on the last leg of their adventure series as they settle down for a week on an island paradise in Borneo.

They will be camping at our dive centre on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – TARP in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This island provides an ideal venue for the PADI Open Water Course, with both confined shallow, sandy areas right in front of our PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre which are ideal for skill practice.

The explorers will complete the PADI Open Water Course led by Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his team of dive instructors.

This course is not only our most popular course but the most popular Scuba Course in the world. It’s the first level of PADI Certification and as a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

We cater for groups and individuals wanting to learn how to dive. Just contact us and we’ll help you get your diving done!

Students from International School Help Replant Coral in Borneo

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The students from an international school based in Kuala Lumpur learnt that there’s a lot more to the underwater world than just being a diver and enjoying the sights of the marine world.

Through the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course they now know the important role coral reef has within the marine ecosystem.

This knowledge is vital for divers and marine enthusiasts alike. The students gained an understanding of the current state of the planet’s coral reef systems, factors influencing their health and how they can make a difference.

The session was aptly followed by a coral planting session where the students helped to place damaged coral on cement blocks to be replanted later. These broken corals were already collected by the Downbelow team during their dives and would otherwise have perished.

Downbelow loves conservation and we are not stopping in spreading the message “Coral for Life“!

Downbelow Welcomes Jen to the Nov 2013 PADI IDC Asia


Downbelow resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann welcomes Jen who has joined us this month for her PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) commencing in the first week of November.

Richard along with our awesome GoPro Team, will guide Jen and the rest of the candidates every step of the PADI IDC way to aid their development as instructors.

During the internship the candidates will have ample opportunity to gain lots of real world experience, which will enhance their instructor development nicely.

Have a great time Jen & welcome to Sabah!

Learn Life-Saving Skills Through the EFR Course in KK


PADI Staff Instructor Strike spent the day with Downbelow November PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidate Ruslan Mat Isa brushing up on his Emergency First Response (EFR) skills prior to the start of his IDC.

Emergency First Response (EFR) is the fastest-growing international CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid training organization.

Dedicated to training the lay rescuer, EFR courses encompass adult, child and infant CPR skills, provides AED and First Aid training, and feature an outstanding First Aid at Work component making it a favorite among divers and non divers around the world.

Even though this “dry” course is usually taken to satisfy certain diving program prerequisites, having the skills & knowledge that the course teaches is extremely important in cases of emergency as they truly save lives.

This course takes 1 day without any prior qualification needed.

The course can be conducted at our offices in KK Times Square in Kota Kinabalu or on the island and is suitable for divers and non-divers.

For booking information please contact us.

Expedition Borneo Group Completes Borneo Salt Trail Adventure


Our Expedition Borneo October group can strike off another to-do item from their list of Borneo adventures.

The young adventurers walked for four days as they covered 34KM of serious jungle trekking across mountain peaks, through muddy river valleys and through some dense Borneo Jungle via the Salt Trail.

The above shows the group taking a photo prior to starting their journey!

Next on their list – spending a week on the island at our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre before they head home.

Our Expedition Borneo adventure is a rewarding experience of Sabah and now for our current group island life beckons!

Students of Mont’Kiara International School Scuba Diving Under The Borneo Sun

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Downbelow is hosting another group of enthusiastic students and this time they are students from the Mont’Kiara International KL School Group.

It will be a week of fun as some of the students will take the PADI Open Water course while for those who have already qualified they will continue their education by taking the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

Everyone however will take part in additional peak performance buoyancy training & Coral Reef Conservation that includes a coral planting session.

In all, a great well-balanced educational program with lots of fun all round.

Enjoy the sun and sea everyone!

Local Sabahans Now Qualified PADI Divemasters


Huge congratulations to Ahkmad Pyloom aka Along & Mohd Tharmizi aka Timmy for meeting all the performance requirements to become fully qualified PADI Divemasters.

Both are local Sabahans and we are proud to see how they have developed over the past 1 year of training. Along started as a boat captain with Downbelow while Timmy is a staff trainee.

Downbelow focuses on quality training for both our international clients & local staff team. Resident Platinum PADI CD Richard is proud to be their qualifying instructor & had great fun teaching the course with his colleagues.

Well done Along & Timmy!

Fill your days off with fun – go snorkeling with Downbelow in Borneo


Want to escape from the stress of the office? Why not go snorkeling with Downbelow just outside of Kota Kinabalu! Our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre is just 10 minutes boat ride away so there’s no excuse not to go.

Take heed from the girls from Rasa Ria Resort who spent their day off wisely by checking out the marine life through our snorkeling safari program.

Downbelow has been receiving good support from them and we hope after this fun outing, they will be even more eager to share their experience with their guests and colleagues as well!

What about you? Escape from your stress even just for a day – it will do you good!

Contact us today or check out all of our programs for both divers and non-divers on our website.

Improving Diving Knowledge While Working in Borneo


At Downbelow it’s all about diving and personal development. We put our confidence in anyone who wants to improve themselves and further their education.

That is one of the benefits of working with Downbelow. Our staff can take the opportunity that is presented to them, just like our boat captain Cindy Valton George who has joined our guests in completing the PADI Advanced Open Water Course on his days off.

The course itself was conducted by Downbelow Instructor Azmil Aminud aka Mel who worked his way up (well actually down if you think about it physically). Previously he was also our boat captain and look at him now, confidently introducing our guests to the wonderful world of diving as a fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Keep it up Cindy!