Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Honored by Project AWARE to recognize our efforts!

To commemorate our conservation efforts, Project AWARE awards our team and our partner Hyatt Regency with a poster, which is now framed and hanging on a wall in our Headquarters in Kota Kinabalu!

Our premier Gaya Island beach house hosted a day of island activities for 26 members of staff from the high-end hotel Hyatt Regency under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI professionals. In aid of raising public awareness towards World Ocean Day, we organized a session of beach cleaning along the shore and an educational afternoon of mangrove panting to focus on the main hazards to the marine and terrestrial ecology and the benefits of protecting and preserving nature.

Our premier Gaya Island beach house hosted a day of island activities for 26 members of staff from the high-end hotel Hyatt Regency!

All participants determinedly collected marine debris in the morning to amass 347kg of it! After lunch, the nature enthusiasts’ learned about mangrove planting. One of many reasons mangroves are an essential ecosystem for us to protect is that they supply nutrients to juvenile species of marine life that shelter in its roots.

Arrange a day of volunteering when you contact one of our Head Office members of staff who will create a program for your group, small or large, to discover the natural biodiversity of Borneo!

Honored by Project AWARE to recognize our efforts!2016-01-22T08:52:05+08:00

New Go PRO intern receives PADI Divemaster CrewPak!

We welcome Maria Skoura, our latest Go PRO internship candidate, who will be completing the PADI Divemaster and the Instructor Development Course (IDC) at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!

Maria will be joined by more Go PRO interns who will be arriving at a later date to take the next step in their dive education to begin a career as a dive professional. Travel Centre Manager Alice provides Maria with the PADI Divemaster CrewPak filled with PADI educational materials to begin studying dive theory and PADI Standards in preparation for her dive training.

Maria will be met by our friendly and helpful team of PADI professionals and one of our experienced members of the Go PRO team will be mentoring her throughout.

Our internship programs includes, transportation logistics from a city centre hotel accommodation to the marina, where one of our fast speedboats wait to transfer clients to our Gaya Island beach house in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. There, Maria will be met by our friendly and helpful team of PADI professionals and one of our experienced members of the Go PRO team will be mentoring her throughout her PADI Divemaster course.

Contact our Head Office for more information on the many other benefits of our Go PRO internship programs to begin living your diving dream in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

New Go PRO intern receives PADI Divemaster CrewPak!2018-02-03T00:58:56+08:00

Go PRO interns learn how to administer emergency oxygen!

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty is highly educational for divers who are eager to learn more about SAFE diving and our recent IE candidates are qualifying in the Instructor-level! Go PRO interns Cindy, Andy and John learn how to conduct the course efficiently by using the tools of the PADI system of dive education.

Non-divers can qualify in Emergency First Response, as well as the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course, as the skills of both programs are closely related.

Once certified in the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty, students are knowledgeable in the different methods of administering oxygen according to the seriousness of the emergency situation. For example, a non-breathing patient will need the appropriate face mask to deliver both 100% oxygen and allow the oxygen provider to efficiently deliver rescue breaths.

Non-divers can qualify in Emergency First Response, as well as the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course, as the skills of both programs are closely related. Get in touch with our Head Office for one of our helpful and experienced members of staff to give you more details on PADI programs and courses our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre can offer you!

Go PRO interns learn how to administer emergency oxygen!2016-01-22T09:23:44+08:00

Island staff rescues TAR Park from ‘ghost net’!

A ‘ghost net’ is defined, as a discarded fishing net that continues to fish, and the effects are so destructive to the marine ecosystem.

During a fun dive at one of our favourite reefs in the TAR Park, two of our PADI professionals came across an enormous illegal fishing net smothering fragile corals and entangling marine life. The following morning, a team of certified divers of our island staff returned to the area to remove it.

For the past decade, our team has recovered over 100 illegal fishing nets in the parameters of TAR Park!

It is a passionate common cause amongst divers to preserve and protect the marine environment and our island staff feels particularly protective of the local environment. For the past decade, our team has recovered over 100 illegal fishing nets in the parameters of TAR Park, and whenever possible Go PRO internship candidates as well as our local Go PRO interns will participate for the practical experience of conservation, which is one of many duties expected of the PADI professional.

Contact our Head Office for more information on how to volunteer your efforts toward the conservation of our natural world!

Island staff rescues TAR Park from ‘ghost net’!2016-01-23T04:30:04+08:00

Danny Boy and Jason practice their equipment exchange

We see local and international Go PRO interns build friendships so easily at our beach house on Gaya Island because, as much as possible, they complete their professional dive training together!

For part of the waterskills development, an exercise in exchange of equipment with a dive buddy must be achieved with a minimum score of 3, which means they cannot surface.

Danny is our local intern and Jason is our most recent international intern, and both are dedicated to achieving their PADI Divemaster qualification. For part of the waterskills development, an exercise in exchange of equipment with a dive buddy must be achieved with a minimum score of 3, which means they cannot surface. This skill developed their problem solving skills whilst underwater.

They will pass successfully if they display those qualities expected of a PADI professional: support one another, use their sound judgment, and be prudent. They don’t need to exchange their weights or their wetsuits…but that’s their call! Contact a member of our Head Office for more details on our Go PRO internship programs! Our experts will create an itinerary to suit your needs to live your diving dream in Borneo!

Danny Boy and Jason practice their equipment exchange2016-01-23T04:44:01+08:00

A beautiful Borneo day for the PADI Instructor Examination!

Congratulations to Go PRO candidates of our September PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) who successfully completed their PADI Instructor Examination (IE)! Our Gaya Island 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, located in the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, hosted the event for the 2nd day of in-water evaluations for the prospective PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Congratulations to Go PRO interns Andy, Cindy and John for completing the IDC and IE, and we wish them the best of success as they live the dive lifestyle!

PADI IE examiner Daniel Macherel offered the candidates his experienced guidance on their future within the dive industry, and as with any PADI dive education, continuing that education is most crucial for the professional! Once again, our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann and all at Downbelow offer their congratulations to Go PRO interns Andy, Cindy and John for completing the IDC and IE, and we wish them the best of success as they live the dive lifestyle!

Get more information on our Go PRO internship program when you contact one of our experienced and helpful members of staff at our Head Office. Our experts will arrange an itinerary to suit your individual needs to Go PRO in Borneo with us!

A beautiful Borneo day for the PADI Instructor Examination!2016-01-26T02:10:09+08:00

Learning to Go PRO is all about other divers’ safety!

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Mel teaches the PADI Rescue Diver course to our latest Go PRO intern Jason, and it’s ‘perfect’ weather conditions to learn!

Problems caused by diver error or poor judgment is exacerbated from poor dive conditions. Kota Kinabalu experienced some seasonal wind recently, which creates surge and waves on the waters’ surface. Problems can be avoided with the proper precautions of a prudent dive professional though. Jason will be developing his skills during the PADI Rescue Diver course, so that when he eventually qualifies as a PADI Divemaster, he will confidently assess and resolve a situation.

Local Go Pro intern Danny has already completed his PADI Rescue Diver course and assists Mel for role-play scenarios!

Local Go Pro intern Danny has already completed his PADI Rescue Diver course and assists Mel for role-play scenarios, and it’s an opportunity for he and Jason to build a friendship too!

Get more details on the PADI Rescue Diver course when you contact one of our members of staff at our Head Office, who will integrate your dive education in a suitable Go PRO internship program and live the dive lifestyle in Borneo!

Learning to Go PRO is all about other divers’ safety!2018-02-03T00:58:56+08:00

Celebrate Miss Scuba International and experience the world famous Sipadan Island!

In conjunction with the upcoming Miss Scuba International Finals on November 28th, with our trusted partners on Sabah’s East Coast, we are offering a promotional package to stay at the luxury facilities and experience world-class diving!

The island is a getaway paradise for both the avid diver, as well as for non-divers alike! Both resorts’ offer a view of the world famous Sipadan Island!

Mabul Island is located in the waters of the Celebes Sea and home to 3 luxury resorts, several backpacker accommodations, as well as a large fishing village. Sipadan Mabul Resort is on the south-east side of Mabul Island consisting of wooden chalets amongst coconut groves right next to the white sandy beaches. Mabul Water Bungalows is another luxury resort with chalets and villas built to float above the water.

The island is a getaway paradise for both the avid diver, as well as for non-divers alike! Both resorts’ offer a view of the world famous Sipadan Island, which is only a 15-minute boat ride away, and facilities include services of a health spa, satellite TV in air-conditioned rooms, en-suite bathroom with hot showers, and full-board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at an open-air pavilion. Scuba diving is second to none, with 1 day at Sipadan a guarantee, and there are plenty of dive sites at the islands Mabul and Kapalai, such as Froggie’s Lair, Lobster Wall and Mid Reef to name a few! There are a variety of island activities for non-divers to experience, such as snorkeling and kayaking!

This promotion is a minimum of 6 Days and 5 Nights at either one of these two luxury resorts, with 1 show/dinner ticket for the Miss Scuba International Finals on November 28th 2014 at the Magellan Sutera Grand Ballroom in Kota Kinabalu! Not only that, we are including 1 night at the Magellan Sutera Resort to continue your experience of luxury!

6 Days 5 Nights at Sipadan Mabul Resort (Standalone chalet)

MYR 3,132.00 Per Diver
MYR 2,449.00 Per Non-Diver

6 Days 5 Nights at Mabul Water Bungalow

MYR 4,430.00 Per Diver
MYR 3,111.00 Per Non-Diver

The travel dates are from 23rd November 2014 to 28th November 2014.

Booking period is until November 17th and is subject to availability, so contact our Head Office for more details and our travel experts will organise your luxury Sabah holiday!

Celebrate Miss Scuba International and experience the world famous Sipadan Island!2016-01-26T02:18:03+08:00

Basic first aid skills are needed to Go PRO!

PADI professionals must have basic first aid skills because they are responsible for the safety of others, so it’s a requirement when qualifying in the first professional level in the system of PADI dive education.

One of our Go PRO internship candidates is completing a 1-month program to achieve the PADI Divemaster certification at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, and to begin with, Jason will need to be certified as PADI Rescue Diver and in Emergency First Response.

The knowledge from the course will benefit his understanding of the skills in the PADI Rescue Diver course, which his PADI Instructor Mel will be conducting concurrently.

The Emergency First Response course is an internationally recognized qualification of basic first aid, and Jason will finish the performance requirements of primary and secondary care for both adults and children. The knowledge from the course will benefit his understanding of the skills in the PADI Rescue Diver course, which his PADI Instructor Mel will be conducting concurrently.

For further details on how our PADI professionals can help you to Go PRO in Borneo, contact our Head Office! We will arrange a professional dive internship program suited to your individual needs.

Basic first aid skills are needed to Go PRO!2016-01-26T02:32:19+08:00

‘Big Mac’ briefs the first session of snorkelling!

One of our local Go PRO interns, ‘Big Mac’, conducts our 1-day snorkel safari program for one of our clients and delivers a briefing for the first session in the morning with an emphasis on conservation!

‘Big Mac’ has completed his PADI Divemaster course under our ‘Work for a Career’ program for the opportunity to work in the dive industry. He has learnt a great deal from the experience of our Go PRO team and his PADI professional colleagues, all of who are our full time island staff members. Conservation is a passionate mission of our Dive Centre operations and is a daily effort of everyone’s involvement.

His experience also makes it effortlessly natural for him to brief his client on the environmental contribution they will volunteer during their day.

The years’ experience ‘Big Mac’ has acquired working with us has raised his awareness on the benefits of conservation. His experience also makes it effortlessly natural for him to brief his client on the environmental contribution they will volunteer during their day. Our snorkel safari program is very popular at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, so we decided to incorporate the collecting of marine debris as part of the snorkelling activity. ‘Big Mac’ will encourage his client to collect any marine debris they may come across in the sea, which he will keep in mesh bags gifted by Project AWARE for our commitment!

Get in touch with our Head Office for a detailed itinerary of an individually catered snorkel safari program with our PADI professionals and contribute to protecting our natural environment at the same time as enjoying it!

‘Big Mac’ briefs the first session of snorkelling!2018-02-03T00:58:56+08:00