CD Richard gets his awesome shots with his awesome buoyancy skills!

delicate coral

PADI Instructor Vui How caught our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard taking a shot of some delicate coral during a pleasure dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

Many divers continue their dive experiences for the beautiful marine life and our PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course is very popular amongst new divers wanting to record their memories. Divers must appreciate that beautiful images are due to the photographers’ buoyancy skills.

To address both buoyancy and photography skills, we have introduced a recent promotion combining the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course.

The two scuba diving skills are integrated to emphasise the relationship between photography and buoyancy control!

Contact us when you have decided to continue your dive education and explore your scuba diving interests! One of our experienced Head Office staff team will organise a program to suit your goals for a memorable Borneo holiday!

PADI Divemaster intern Majda practices briefing to real divers!


Mentor and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Tim, gives Majda his full attention to assess her briefing of scuba skills to our local PADI Divemaster Trainee McCartney.

A scuba review is a program for refreshing scuba diving skills for those who have not been diving for a few months and it’s very popular at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house on Gaya Island!

McCartney is currently undertaking our ‘Work for a Career’ program and over the duration of 1 year, McCartney is given the opportunity to qualify as PADI Divemaster and a career in the scuba diving industry.

He has completed his PADI Open Water Diver course and Majda conducting the PADI Scuba Review program will benefit McCartney in future, particularly when assisting on PADI courses and programs during his own PADI Divemaster course!

A career in the scuba diving industry is amazing, as is learning to scuba dive, and when you would like to experience the Go PRO lifestyle for yourself, contact one of our friendly and experienced Head Office staff to arrange a flexible program to suit your individual needs to Go PRO!

Clients from the visiting MV Deutschland go fun diving at our Gaya Island 5 Star IDC beach house!

MV Deutschland

This morning we welcomed more clients from the visiting MV Deutschland cruise ship who want to check out the beautiful tropical reefs of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park!

We prioritise a high standard on customer service, which is why many of our clients are so satisfied with the experience we provide them! And an emphasis on safety, which is our top priority, is evident throughout every activity conducted at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre.

For our guests from the MV Deutschland, we are conducting a day of snorkelling and leisure diving and our programs are flexible so it is suited to their holiday needs.

Contact us at our head Office in KK Times Square, where one of our friendly and experienced team will arrange an itinerary of activities that interest you to create your holiday in Sabah!

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Tim assesses PADI Divemaster intern Madja’s mapping skills.

As part of the PADI Divemaster course there are practical skills to be completed, and one of which is a mapping project. Tim, one of our full time PADI IDC Staff Instructors assigns his PADI Divemaster student Madja the task of mapping a reef in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Dive professionals must be confident with a dive site, as it is a part of their duty to be knowledgeable of the underwater environment when guiding divers.
Tim will brief Madja on how to survey an open water site and with reference to such information as depths, hazards, entry and exit points.

Unlimited scuba diving is a part of Madja’s Go PRO internship program, as it is with all our Go PRO packages, and she will learn through our PADI Instructors’ experience of the coral reefs and also apply her newly acquired mapping skills!

Contact one of our Head Office team in KK Times Square to discuss your flexible itinerary for your own Go PRO internship program to start living your diving dream!

Our Expedition Borneo group is briefed on how to prepare for their Mount Kinabalu climb!


Our first Expedition Borneo group has arrived in tropical Sabah, Borneo and without wasting any time, Downbelow Marketing Director Joanne, delivers a presentation on what to expect from their mountain climbing activity to reach the Low’s Peak of Mount Kinabalu!

The itinerary of Downbelow’s adventure groups are organised thoroughly to provide security for our visitors, as well as an unforgettable holiday in Borneo!
Many attractions are offered, so our program is a 1-month trip to explore fully the natural biodiversity and cultures of Sabah!

For the climb to Mount Kinabalu’s summit, our adventurers’ will be escorted by Kinabalu Park mountain guides who lead for health and safety reasons, and they are happy to share with climbers’ their vast knowledge of Kinabalu Park.

Our Danish group always note the incredible biodiversity within Kinabalu Park and all visitors share this opinion! Kinabalu Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, and the first in Malaysia, as there are so many endemic species to be found only within the confines of the protected area!

If you would like to experience Sabah in an all in one package with fellow adventures contact us for information on our Expedition Borneo adventure!

Go PRO intern Madja assists on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program!


Our latest Go PRO intern Madja is progressing amazingly on her PADI Divemaster internship program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Madja experiences the role of certified assistant on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program and learns the skills of supervision through real diving with real clients. Of course Madja is briefed on her role as a certified assistant to the PADI Instructor and how she will conduct herself during in-water activities.

Our internship programs provide the opportunity for Go PRO interns to learn through experience and observation of the operations at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house.

Dive operators value an employee with extensive background experience in real scuba diving circumstances and on our internship programs the course training is only a part of it.

Madja is not only provided her dive education as far as her PADI course, but also the real dive lifestyle! She is also free to focus on her Go PRO dive education as her necessities are addressed, such as accommodation and transport logistics between her accommodation in KK City Centre and Gaya Island! Even more of an attractive inclusion, is the unlimited diving to take advantage of, as we conduct three dives daily, every single day, from our Gaya Island beach house!

Contact one of our friendly and helpful staff at our Head Office in KK Times Square to discuss how we can make your Go PRO internship program flexible for your individual needs to get you living your diving dream!

PADI Master Instructor Paul educates our clients on shark conservation!


Paul is a PADI Master Instructor and Operations Manager of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, and is conducting the PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty course for our two clients!

Paul, as all PADI professionals, is committed to spreading the awareness of the various threats that cause the declining population of sharks. His students will appreciate how the threats, such as agricultural practices, contribute to the pollution of the environment and the imbalance the marine life will experience as a result.

Sharks are a vital part of our marine ecosystem, but are also a very controversial animal. However, their supposed fearsome reputation is the lack of public awareness.

Paul finds satisfaction with informing his students of the dangers of shark extinction, not only to marine life, but the harmful effects to people, not to mention the bleak future as a scuba diving professional!

Contact one of our friendly and experienced team at our Head Office in KK Times Square to arrange a program or course to discover your underwater environment and how you can help!

PADI award Course Director Richard Swann with the prestigious Platinum level for third consecutive year!


For the third consecutive year resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann is awarded the Platinum level for his contribution to professional scuba diving. The entire team are extremely proud, its a joint effort to achieve this level. This year only 66 PADI Course Directors worldwide achieved Platinum so Richard is one of only a select few.

Our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, based on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, is where our PADI Instructor level courses are conducted. Our fully equipped custom built head office multi media classroom also plays a big role in our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and we run five every year to coincide with the Kota Kinabalu Instructor Examination (IE) schedule.

Within PADI Asia Pacific, Downbelow have built a steady reputation for high standards of safety in course training and activities and excellent customer service.
We are regularly awarded by PADI for outstanding contribution to instructor development, however it is recognized because of the real passion and commitment of our entire staff team.

Congratulations to resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann and to the Downbelow staff team!

Get in contact with one of our Head Office staff team to discuss how we can demonstrate our commitment to creating your rewarding instructor development training package in Borneo!

Continue your Go PRO education and enrol on the PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Instructor Course!


The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) program is a fun PADI Instructor-level course of continuing education! Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann conducts the PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course for his four PADI Instructor students!

PADI Instructors have a good understanding of marine biology as it is a part of the dive professionals’ duty to be informed on aquatic life, and its’ only natural to be passionate in sharing knowledge.

The PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Instructor course is developed in partnership with Project AWARE as the course philosophy and goals are to educate and spread a public awareness of factors that threaten our underwater world, and measures to preserve and protect.

One of the requirements to qualify as PADI MSDT is to complete five PADI Specialty Instructor courses of which the students elect. Richard’s students’ will not only complete the PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Instructor course, but another four specialty instructor courses!

Get in contact with one of our friendly and helpful Head Office team to discuss our many packages we offer to continue your education to perfect your Go PRO scuba diving career!

Crew of the visiting ‘Starcruise’ go diving and snorkelling at our Gaya Island beach house!


Timmy, one of our full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, conducts a day of leisure diving and snorkelling for our visiting friends from the ‘Starcruise’!

Our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre conducts three dives daily. And that’s everyday of the year!

Certified divers and snorkellers are briefed on each of their activity sessions during their day with us. Each briefing will consist of safety procedures of course, but what interests marine enthusiasts’ most is the typical aquatic life that they will be able to spot during the dive or snorkel session!

Our PADI professionals of our island team are highly experienced underwater guides with extensive knowledge of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park coral reefs and their inhabitants.

Visit us at our Gaya Island beach house to discover the beautiful aquatic world with our enthusiastic island team! Contact one of our experienced and friendly Head Office staff team to organise an activity at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to complete your exciting Borneo adventure!