Seasfire return for more dive adventure!

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Mont Kiara International Schools’ Seasfire organisation return for more dive adventure to experience in the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park with our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

This is the scuba diving crews’ 3rd consecutive year, with similar faces (and new!) visiting for their annual trip to our Gaya Island beach house. Educating on marine conservation is the priority of their program, and comes so natural because all participants complete a PADI course, all of which have skills to encourage student divers to gain a deeper appreciation for the local marine environment. Those new to the crew begin their dive adventure on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and returning members  continue their dive education to qualify as PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and PADI Rescue Divers! They are also the first Seasfire crew to enjoy our new accommodation facilities – the Downbelow Adventure Lodge, located above our HQ in KK Times Square on the mainland.

Get more details on group travel for your schools and universities needs when you contact us at our Downbelow Travel Centre.

First Aid and CPR qualification needs no diving experience!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 08:00 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers

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On the Emergency First Response (EFR) course, Along teaches 2 student divers Jed and Amanda basic skills to gain the First Aid and CPR qualification, which needs no diving experience!

Not many people realise that enrolling on a basic First Aid and CPR course requires no experience whatsoever! These skills are useful for any and all situations, and are necessary for all divers from the level of PADI Rescue Diver and higher, to be qualified as.

There’s a lot of exciting attractions in Sabah, and Kota Kinabalu alone, so Jed and Amy could give many reasons for why it would be wise they possess basic first aid knowledge. We can already think of one such adventure travelling, which is very popular amongst our clients  – climbing Mount Kinabalu! Private mountain guides of Kinabalu National Park, like dive Instructors, are qualified to assist their climbers with basic first aid!

When teaching many PADI dive courses and programs at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park, our dedicated Instructors will reference climbing to Low’s Peak and the via Ferrata challenge to many diving situations. Not forgetting to clearly inform the golden rule of diving and mountain climbing! No climbing for 18 hours after enjoying multiple dives!

Get more details on the EFR course we can qualify you in just one day! Contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a suitable itinerary with the best of Sabah’s attractions!

Downbelow Captain Is Now A Qualified Emergency First Responder

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 @ 09:00 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers


At Downbelow, we are committed to giving our best to our guests, program course participants and professional course students.

It does not end there. Everyone who works at Downbelow has the opportunity to improve themselves especially their professional careers. We continually support and encourage our staff to use the facilities and expertise that is available to them at our PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre.

So we are proud that our boat captain Cindy heeded the call and completed his Rescue & EFR courses recently.

As a boat captain and being around divers most of the time in his line of duty, Cindy has taken a big step in emergency preparedness and feels confident that he can provide care should an emergency situation arise.

Find out more about our Rescue Diver course or Emergency First Response (EFR). You can also call us to enquire about these courses.

PADI OWSI Along teaches the Emergency First Response!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 @ 12:10 Emergency First Response, News


One of our full time PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors conducts the Emergency First Response course for some of our PADI Divemaster Trainees on the deck of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Borneo!

Emergency First Response will teach the boys how to handle emergency situations so that in the unlikely event of and incident they are ready to act.

Through preparation and risk assessment the potential of a problem arising can be hugely reduced. The PADI Divemaster Trainees taking part in the Emergency First Response Course before their PADI Rescue Diver course. To complete the PADI Rescue Diver Course one must have completed the Emergency First Response Course within the past 24 months. These courses also integrate very well together which integrates perfectly !

Contact one of our helpful and experienced Head Office staff to arrange a scuba diving course or a dry course, such as the Emergency First Response!

Two PADI Instructors teach Rebecca the Emergency First Response course!

Monday, March 10th, 2014 @ 16:44 Emergency First Response, News

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Vic, one of our full time PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDT) teaches the Emergency First Response (EFR) course to his student Rebecca at our Gaya Island premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house!

Martin, our MSDT intern, is also assisting Vic on the course for his own teaching experience, having recently completed the PADI Instructor Development course, he continues assisting and being exposed to real courses in real time.

Rebecca will learn the differences in delivering First Aid and CPR to an adult, a child and an infant, and the value of being certified as an Emergency First Responder. Martin and Vic combine their teaching experience to educate Rebecca thoroughly during the 1-day course and she will use her knowledge in scuba diving situations during the PADI Rescue Diver course she is also completing concurrently with the EFR.

To follow in Rebecca’s footsteps in continuing your scuba diving education, contact one of our helpful staff in our KK Times Square Head Office to discuss a suitable program to develop your own dive education!

Rebecca completes the PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 @ 10:01 Emergency First Response, News, Rescue Divers


Our full time PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Vic, teaches the PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response to his student diver Rebecca on a beautiful sunny day at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC beach house!

The PADI Rescue Diver course introduces recreational divers to help other divers in various emergency situations, and of course do so safely.
Vic is assisted by Martin, one of our MSDT interns, who is grateful for as much experience to observe our PADI Instructors in the conduct of various PADI courses and programs.

Rebecca is a fast learner, so she had some time to explore some of the reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park on the last day of her program with us!

Contact any of our friendly and helpful Head Office staff for further information on a suitable schedule for your dive education!

Learn The PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) In A Day

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 @ 17:52 Courses, Emergency First Response, News


A warm day on the island at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, just perfect for Downbelow dive instructor Wellson as he conducts the PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) Course with his student Isaac.

The course is actually a ‘dry’ course, so it can also be conducted at our offices in KK Times Square in Kota Kinabalu.

Anyone can join this course, divers and non-divers alike. Many have found the EFR program to be an important skill to know in life. They have taken a significant step in emergency preparedness, and feel confident that they can provide care should an emergency situation arise.

The course duration is 1 full day and incorporates two primary components. Read more about the course on the program page. You can also contact us for any enquiries.

Learn Life-Saving Skills Through the EFR Course in KK

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 @ 12:25 Emergency First Response, News


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.

Borneo – Perfect Place for Diver Training

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 @ 11:35 Emergency First Response, News, Speciality Instructor


The above picture shows our island-based “classroom” where we conducted our professional training last week at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre. Actually this is just like any typical day at our dive centre.

On the left is one of our recent successful PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) graduates Vui How taking his Nitrox Speciality Instructor course with PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann.

The Nitrox Specialty course is PADI’s most popular specialty course as scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time, resulting in more time to spend underwater.

On the right is PADI Divemaster candidate Hannah Earp, who was undergoing Emergency First Responder (EFR) training with PADI IDC Staff Instructor Strike.

With a view of the jetty and the nice blue water in front of the dive centre, it is quite a mesmerizing scene that makes it a wonderful place to train.

Fancy having a course here? Check out our range of scuba diving courses that are available for anyone, from a non-diver to an already qualifed diver.

Our dive centre is not confined to diving courses only. We are also able to host groups for adventure training, team building or just holiday fun.

Do contact us if you have any enquiries.

July IDC Borneo Candidates Completes EFRI Course

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 @ 09:35 EFR Instructor, Emergency First Response, News


The July PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Candidates are taking their lessons day by day and they are doing an awesome job!

A few days ago they completed the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) Course at Downbelow’s head office in KK Times Square Kota Kinabalu Sabah. As with the other classes, everybody had fun while developing their instructional abilities to teach the skills to others.

The course covers specific goals and performance requirements for the Primary Care, Secondary Care and Care for Children courses, along with instruction on how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training, and the role of the instructor in the learning environment.

Apart from that, the course also teaches the candidates how to motivate students, evaluate student knowledge, present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students’ hands-on skills practice sessions, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience.

While on the subject, if you would like to learn and be ready for any emergency situation, consider attending our PADI Emergency First Response (EFR) Course. It is a dry course and no prior qualification is required.

Find out more or contact us for details.