Work Experience to PADI Open Water!

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I was at the Downbelow Dive Centre which is in Gaya Island for four days because I was taking my PADI Open Water Course. I got to learn most of the underwater skills and some skills on the sea surface. There are five confined waters and four open water dives. I got to learned the skills during the confined waters and used up some of the skills during the dives. As I learned the most important rule when going on a dive is we must breath slowly, deeply and never hold our breath and equalise each meter or few feet if we don’t we will feel discomfort in the ear, sinuses and other air spaces in our body parts. When going on a dive we must dive with a buddy to help us if we have problem underwater, during on the sea surface or out of air in our cylinder. The part that I like the most is learning to control buoyancy inside the water. It is fun to learn because we can float underwater but for the first few times I can’t really buoy myself because I still can’t really control my body movements underwater. Besides doing confined water and open water dives, there is also exams on the paper. I did it and now I’m an Open Water diver. I am looking forward to do more dives in the future because life in the underwater is so amazing and beautiful. Thank you, Downbelow!

Heather Zeta Ludi

Downbelow experience in Sabah’s tourism industry!

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On Tuesday, 17th of November 2015. I learned about the marketing for Downbelow with Elizabeth. She explained to me what does she do everyday and how does it work. She taught me how to promote Downbelow in the websites that she posts everyday. After that, I counted the stocks for the t-shirts.

On Wednesday, 18th of November 2015. I counted the stocks at the storage to see if there is still enough food, beverages and also other materials for the office, lodge and the beach house at the island. After that, I filed up the papers and I got to learn how to aluminate the papers. Then, I got to learn how to order stocks from other company and fax them the list of items that is needed from them. Besides that, I also got to learn how to make transfer list.

On Thursday, 19th of November 2015. I went to the island with my mentor, Sarah. We went there to dive and it is called Discovery Scuba Diving. It was quite scary because it is my first time to dive in the ocean. During briefing I was already scared because I thought I couldn’t do all the skills inside the water. After the briefing and change into our wet suits, we went inside the water to test the skills that was told by the instructor. I failed doing it few times and finally I manage to do it even though there are problems in the beginning. Then, we went back to the beach house to rest for a while and then we continue the second session open water discovery 1. We went down from the jetty and I have to jump using giant stride. At first I was panic when I jumped from the jetty because my mask slipped out from my face. But then luckily I was all right. So we went down deeper we dived at the beach shore reef. It was nice and many fishes there. I was scared so I keep on holding the instructor so that I feel safe. After diving for half an hour we went up to the surface and take lunch. After lunch, we continue for the second dive in married reef. We went there by a speedboat. When we reached there I have to dive from the boat. I was also scared but I did it. Then, we went down in there I saw many types of fishes and I saw a moray eel too. I didn’t know the name of the fishes but it so colorful and so beautiful. I finally got to see a clownfish and its own coral where it stays. We went on, then for the first time I saw a school of fishes swimming and I got more excited. I was hoping to see a turtle but I didn’t. Half an hour later we went up back to the surface. I was shocked we were some where far from the place we went down. Few minutes later the boat came and fetch us. We went back to the island then change into dry clothes. I received a certificate from the instructor. I felt so happy and it was very fun to dive. I hope I can go diving again and this time I hope I can see a turtle.

That’s my report for today.

Heather Zeta Ludi

Downbelow Work Experience Memoirs!

Hello, my name is Heather Zeta Ludi. I am fifteen years old and I am schooling at SM St Joseph Papar. Now it is the school’s holiday for two months. There is nothing to do in this month of November besides going out with my family or friends and going for my usual sports training. So, I decided to find a job to fill my leisure times and getting some experiences on how working really is.

My father got a job for me at Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu Times Square. After my father told me about the news that I am going to be working. I was very excited about it but at the same time feeling lazy as well. Finally I got to overcome the feeling of laziness and packed my stuffs to stay with my father.

On Monday, 9th of November 2015, was my first day of internship at Downbelow. I was introduced to each staff there by one of the staff there too which is my mentor and I also met the director After that, I began doing the works that I was asked to do.

First of all, I was asked to follow one of the staff to check on the stocks for the office, lodge, and beach house at the island. I learned that it is important to check all the stocks because everyday the stocks are subtracting and new stocks are coming. So it is a must to write down the number of things or food and beverages left and which is need to be added some more. Besides that, I also did some counting one the books stocks and filed up the papers.

The next day, on Tuesday 10th of November 2015. I did the same work as I did on the first day but only filing up the papers because I haven’t done doing it and there are few more files that I haven’t finish filing. I only took half a day to work because it is the Indian’s public holiday, which is Deepavali.

On Wednesday, 11th of November 2015. I filed up the papers that I haven’t finished doing yet. After that, I counted the masks, gloves, and hoods to make sure that the number of the equipment are the same as it is stated on the paper. Then, I learned about the fishes, sea slugs, and coral reefs. I got to know that there are seven types of Clownfish and I was a little curious about it. I looked at the commercial playing on the screen at the diving shop. So I asked many questions from my mentor. She answered my questions and I was amazed and can’t wait to dive at the island. I also got to know what is the full name for PADI.

On Thursday, 12th of November 2015. I read more about the marine biology. Then, my mentor explained to me about the gears and suits that is being use by the divers inside the sea. After that, my mentor demonstrates to me how to put on the diving equipment and what is the use of the equipment. I also learned how to attach broken straps to the underwater watches. Lastly, I combined the registration forms for the divers and also counted the stocks for the underwater torch or headlamps.


Heather Zeta Ludi

Boy Scouts ‘troop’ to Downbelow!

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American Boy Scouts Singapore Troop visit Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for a week of scuba diving!

Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, are 12 American Boy Scouts between 10-15 years old with their 4 chaperoning adults who are also their Scout Leaders. Before transferring to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a few nights of outdoor camping, the troop spend one night in our Downbelow Adventure Lodge located above our HQ, so when organising their many activities it’s effortless! The troop participate in a multi-activity program at our Gaya Island base camp, in which some qualify as PADI Junior Open Water Divers and others experience our daily leisure dive program and Snorkel Safari, and everyone will try the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline too! Whatever activity it is, they all witness how beautiful both the terrestrial and underwater world can be in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. To gain additional Scout Merit Badges they will learn other adventure skills, such as building a campfire and using it to cook!

Get more information on travel programs our Downbelow Sabah Travel Centre experts create for you to achieve your adventure travel goals in Sabah, Borneo.

Family of PADI Open Water Divers!

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Boulanger family of PADI Open Water Divers are learning the skills of SCUBA together under the supervision of our PADI Instructor Timmy!

We always see parents and their children bonding during any of the many PADI scuba courses or programs, and it’s rewarding just to see the transformation of the individual students as well as the family unit. Having scuba diving in common is very special because there’s so many different interests within the dive community, just as family members themselves are unique. And their travelling choices will be influenced by their newfound shared skill and passion, and while in Sabah the Coulanger family are considering a few days of diving at Sipadan Island. They will more likely choose those tour operators with a corporate responsibility to protect the environment because divers are instantly supporters of the Project AWARE movement!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver pre-requisites and a suitable itinerary for your family to learn SCUBA with us in Sabah!

A summer of camping at Downbelow!

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So far, there has been a total of 6 groups from Camps International UK visiting for a summer of camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

Groups, ‘Pisang’, ‘Tembikai’, ‘Nanas’, ‘Penyu’, ‘Mangga’, ‘Tarsier’, and now ‘Monyet’ have recently arrived in Kota Kinabalu for their 1-month Borneo adventure, to spend a few nights camping at our paradise island beach house.

The groups will experience the same activities, starting with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of scuba diving on our popular PADI Discover Scuba Diving program! Many of the participants are more than willing to continue their diver education, so their time spent camping on the island gives them the opportunity to gain a qualification in recreational diving: PADI Open Water Diver!

Learning about the importance of protecting and preserving our environment is one of the many responsibilities PADI Instructors dedicate themselves to – one our adventurers’ become inspired to adopt for themselves.

To experience a Borneo adventure with a difference in gaining a deeper appreciation for conservation, contact our Sabah Travel Centre experts to create a similar program unique to your travelling group.

Camps adventurers’ learn diver safety.


Adventurers’ from Camps International learn about diver safety on their PADI Open Water Diver course while camping at Downbelow’s premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu!

Groups ‘Tembikai’ and ‘Nanas’, respectively ‘watermelon’ and ‘pineapple’ translated to Malay, have completed their experience program at our paradise island beach house and left with a valuable lesson in conservation.

During their time of island camping, they experienced our popular ‘Try Dive’ program to discover the underwater marine life and their habitat of coral reef. When our team deliver the dive safety briefing for the first confined water dive session, participants are introduced to the basics of scuba diving and how to help protect the marine envrionment even as soon as their first experience. In all diver training, students will be assessed on their buoyancy, which can have a distinct effect on the health of our marine environment.

Beach clean ups are frequently organised during the summer months when our groups of Camps International visit because it’s also the monsoon season. As Project AWARE ambassadors, our team of PADI professionals inspire our groups to contribute in their future daily lives too!

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for more details on unique educational programs we can personalise for your group, and to include environmental conservation.

Summer at Downbelow means: PADI Open Water groups!

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Once again it’s summer, and at Downbelow that means our island staff team will be providing logistics for our mass PADI Open Water Diver students at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

We’ve got group after group of students from various schools and colleges in the UK arriving at our paradise island beach house for the next 10 weeks with an opportunity to qualify as PADI Open Water divers under the instruction and supervision of our PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Each group will number between 20-45 students, and there will be 12 groups, which equals to an approximate number of +500 participants altogether! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the students on these groups, who will never have tried scuba diving before, and will be given this opportunity to  gain an internationally-recognized certification!

Schools and universities frequently visit our Downbelow operations to gain a unique education through a variety of adventure activities our Sabah Travel Centre incorporate into a suitable program. Other attractions, such as exploring Mount Alab or Mount Trus Madi, is also an option for our participants to witness more of the natural biodiversity that can be found.

For more information on our different programs for group travel, such as Expedition Borneo, contact our travel experts based at our Kota Kinabalu HQ!

Adventure group learns to SCUBA while camping in paradise!

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (specifically, Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park) offers our adventure group the opportunity to learn SCUBA while camping in paradise!

An endless list of adventure activities can be found in Sabah, and our adventurers’ have just started their 30-day ‘Expedition Borneo’ program that we designed for them. This makes their experience in Sabah a unique one, in which they get to experience the very best of beautiful Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

Within the first 48 hours of their arrival in KK, the group of 20 participants transfer to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in TAR marine park to begin their first adventure. They will be staying at our beach house in a very spacious camping tent for 6 days and 5 nights, which is the perfect platform for them to acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of our local natural environment.

Our PADI Instructor team will guide them through their dive education, and whether their goal is: to qualify in the entry-level PADI Open Water Diver course, or continue their diver education to certify as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or in PADI Specialties, our team will conduct all activities with their safety in mind always!

After they depart, the adventure continues to see more of Sabah, such as jungle trekking the historic Salt Trails, climbing Mount Kinabalu’s Low’s Peak summit trail and other once-in-a-lifetime activities!

Contact one of our Sabah Travel Centre staff to create a detailed itinerary that is personalised to you and your group travelling Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

Our Sabah travel experts share their own experience!

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Knowledge is fundamental for our Sabah travel experts to create an itinerary for their clients to experience an amazing adventure whilst their travelling Sabah!

Travel expert Lulu sits down with her client, Torbern from Sweden, to discuss a suitable itinerary to include adventure activities that would interest him, and he’s particularly keen on acquiring a divers’ license.

Our Downbelow operations consists of a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre based on Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, where daily dive packages and dive instruction of all levels are conducted!

Lulu offers Torbern our 1-day snorkel safari program to explore the marine environment, and another 1-day program to experience SCUBA on our popular 1-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program. Lulu recently completed her PADI Open Water Diver qualification, and since, has become more confident with creating dive packages for our clients! With her valuable firsthand experience, Lulu advises Torbern to participate in the DSD program, because he can decide after the morning session if he would like to upgrade to qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver himself!

Contact us, or visit our Travel Centre, to create a program to add to your Sabah adventure! Our travel experts are experts, because they travel!