Monthly Archives: May 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

The PADI Instructor Development Course for April 2017 at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventure had been a memorable one and a success as well. Our candidates did a great job in achieving 100% pass for both the course and the PADI Instructor Examination, thus realising their dreams of becoming PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. After their success the candidates are confident with us and with themselves, so they decided to expand their knowledge and signed up in the PADI Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow!

Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

PADI Platinum Course Director and Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures’ Managing Director Richard Swann conducts the training along with our Go PRO team to the candidates. Throughout the internship, they will further their education with five or more specialty instructor levels. And at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, they will have an opportunity to teach students of their own after certifying as PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers. Among the courses that the candidates will undergo are Deep Dive Specialty, Oxygen Provider Specialty, Wreck Diver Specialty, Nitrox Specialty and more.

Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

As a PADI Instructor, progressively you will develop a passion and interest in specific specialty areas that scuba diving offers. By enrolling in the PADI Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow, you get to share these interests with your students and in turn teach your favourite subjects while enjoying diving more.

Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

Being a Specialty Instructor means you will have a well-balanced and fulfilling dive career as you are able to conduct a variety of courses to your students, and certifying them as PADI Master Scuba Divers. Moreover, you can increase your marketability as a PADI Professional and have higher opportunity when seeking employment once you are a Specialty Instructor. Hence, you will have a working life that is fun, rewarding and satisfying in the long run.

Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

During the PADI Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow, you will learn valuable skills and benefit from additional experience gained while training with PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann. Our Go PRO team will also give their full support all through the training and we have ample facilities that are purpose-built for our candidates.

Specialty Instructor Training at Downbelow

So what are you waiting for? Change your life and Go PRO with us today! To know more about our Go PRO Courses and how to enrol, you can contact our dedicated team at +6012 866 1935 / info@DownbelowAdventures.com and they will provide you with full details within 24 hours.

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April 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Hi everyone! In this post, get to know more about Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures and read about our activities in the April 2017 Monthly Newsletter. We have gathered a selection of special happenings for your reading pleasure as well as to showcase the beauty of Sabah and give you an insight on us as a company. This month, the PADI Instructor Development Course for April 2017 kickstarts at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, our second Expedition Borneo group from Denmark arrives to explore Sabah Borneo, Downbelow’s Managing Director Richard was interviewed by students from University of Malaysia Sabah and many more exciting news!

To download the newsletter, click here. For further info, you can contact us at +6012 866 1935 or email us at info@DownbelowAdventures.com.

April 2017 Monthly Newsletter

April 2017 Monthly Newsletter

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Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures have always been very passionate about scuba diving in Sabah, Borneo. Some of the best dive sites in the world are located here and we have great pleasure in showing our guests the beautiful marine environment of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park at our Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island and Manukan Island. So when Sabah Parks proposed for Downbelow Adventures to prepare and sink a ship for the purpose of it to be a dive attraction and artificial reef, we were honoured and ecstatic about the project! The name of the ship is KM Kuraman, and here is what happened behind the sinking of KM Kuraman.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The Beginning

In November 2016, Downbelow Adventures’ Managing Director and resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann together with Downbelow Staff Team met with Sabah Parks and Maritim Malaysia to discuss the project at Sepanggar Naval Base, where KM Kuraman is. Richard and the team conducted a survey of the ship, and was able to learn about its interesting history from Maritim Malaysia.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The History of KM Kuraman

The origins of KM Kuraman is that the British built a 103ft long patrol craft that served for almost 50 years with the Malaysian Navy under the name KD Renchong. The ship was then transferred over to Maritim Malaysia where it was renamed KM Kuraman, a name of an island located near Labuan. KM Kuraman served for another five years, then eventually decommissioned in 2015.

Downbelow Team Prepares KM Kuraman for Sinking

After conducting the survey, Richard and the team started planning on executing the sinking of KM Kuraman. Every task was decided after careful consideration and assessment of the ship; preparing KM Kuraman by 17 November 2016 at Sepanggar Naval Base was very crucial. Once Richard had delivered the outline of the project to the team and explained their roles, they then began to work.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The first thing to do was to clear the ship inside and out to allow other work to be done, as well as bearing in mind of the environmental impacts of the project. Negative impacts are to be minimised and avoided, so Richard and the team were very attentive towards the matter when they removed unnecessary objects from KM Kuraman.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Using their extensive dive knowledge, our team of PADI instructors guided by Richard designed the Wreck Penetration Layout of KM Kuraman as soon as it had been cleared. Divers safety is paramount, thus with their existing experience they are able to carry out the task while also gaining new ones in this valuable learning process.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

The aim was to make KM Kuraman sink in an upright direction. Richard and the team then cut holes in the ship that were strategically placed in order to ensure it sinks according to plan. The task was performed safely under the supervision of Richard.

Behind the Sinking of KM Kuraman

Everyone worked very hard behind the sinking of KM Kuraman, and prepared it to their best ability and knowledge as the project was central to the future of scuba diving in Sabah, Borneo. Stay tuned to our blog for the next feature of KM Kuraman!

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