Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Training Aids in the PADI IDC

What is a training aid? In the context of PADI Instructor Development Course, we encourage its use particularly during Knowledge Development sessions. We will do a role play of dive students not understanding questions or topics from various dive courses and use the training aids in the PADI IDC. Here are images of our IDC candidates doing a wonderful job during their Instructor Development Course.

Training Aids in the PADI IDC

Giant RDP tables or digital ERDP projected on screen assists students to understand better and also to point out errors.

Instructor candidates use training aids in the PADI IDC so that it helps make the information being explained to be more understandable to future “students”. Items used must clearly benefit learning and can include just about anything. However they do need to connect the topic to the real world of diving in a meaningful way.

Training Aids in the PADI IDC

Dive equipment that will be used on your course can make a great training aid in class. So when students experience using it for the first time in water they have a good level of understanding of how it will work.

The PADI App, dive equipment, videos, pictures, books are among the PADI materials that make great aids. There are many non dive related items such as ping pong ball and golf ball which can assist demonstrating buoyancy or a human shaped sponge which can help explain nitrogen absorption that also make great aids which benefit learning.

Training Aids in the PADI IDC

PADI Materials make great aids as long as you interact with your students in a meaningful way!

To know more about our professional Go Pro courses, contact us at +6012 866 1935 or email us at info@DownbelowAdventures.com. You can even get in touch with our Go Pro team via our live chat here.

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January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course

The first IDC of the year has officially began at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures. The January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course kicks off with our two resident PADI Course Directors Richard Swann and Mohd Fauzi @ Pablo along with our dedicated and professional Go Pro Team. We welcome Ei Leen, Ross, Shukree and Martin as our Go Pro Candidates and we are sure they will all have a memorable and special journey here at Downbelow PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre.

January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course

Go Pro Candidates Ei Leen & Martin at Downbelow Dive Shop

In the IDC, the E’s counselling workshop is held at our very own Downbelow Dive Shop so our Go Pro candidates are able to gain real world experience with Platinum Course Director Richard Swann and the Go Pro team.

January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course

Confined Water Training with PADI Course Director Mohd Fauzi @ Pablo

Our candidates Ei Leen, Ross, Shukree and Martin receive both Confined Water and Confined Open Water experience with our two resident PADI Course Directors, giving them the very best preparation once they become PADI Instructors.

January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course

Purpose Build Classroom at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures

The candidates then receives training for Open Water Presentations. First they will learn theory on how to conduct them in our purpose build classroom at our head quarters, then they will get to try for themselves at our Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres Gaya Island and Manukan Island.

January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course

Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Stay tuned for the development of our candidates’ journey in the January 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course here on our blog.

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Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

The world heritage site of Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo is one of the states most popular nature attractions and a must visit location. Not just once but time and time again. At any opportunity Richard and I will visit for a day trip or overnight stay.

Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

We adore Kinabalu Park’s cooler fresh air (about 25 degrees during the day and 16 degrees at night). We are Birding enthusiasts and Kinabalu National Park is a birders paradise. There is a very interesting canopy walk 45m above the jungle forest floor and stunning waterfalls for hiking enthusiasts. Visitors can soak in the hot water springs and discover unusual plant and animal life. Kinabalu National Park is also home to the tallest mountain in Malaysia – Mount Kinabalu.

Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

Kinabalu National Park is so diverse, not just in fauna and flora, but also in ways to explore it. Anything is possible – from a short day trip to spending 3 days or more.  Established as a state national park in 1964 before the droves of tourists began to visit. Restrictions were put in place, which kept general visitation to only some parts and routes, which to this day has kept human activities in the area to a minimum, while still offering the visitor plenty to see.

Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

In December 2000, Kinabalu National Park was designated as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its “outstanding universal values” and one of the most important biological sites in the world.

We at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures offer Kinabalu National Park packages, which include accommodation in the park itself. There are a variety of accommodation options. We can tailor your Kinabalu Park program with accommodation that suits your needs and style.

Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

Our personal favourite accommodation in Kinabalu National Park is Kinabalu Lodge (images of the lodge are featured in this blog). A premier chalet with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, lounge, TV area, stunning balconies with views of Mt Kinabalu and a sunken fireplace. Kinabalu Lodge is a hidden gem within the park. We are Birding enthusiasts so we are often asked to organise and conduct specialised Birding itineraries and Kinabalu Lodge in Kinabalu National Park never fails to disappoint.

Kinabalu National Park Sabah Borneo

Contact us at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures to arrange your holiday to Kinabalu National Park, your trekking adventure and your specialised Birding Tour.

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December 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Hi everyone! In this post, get to know Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures and read about our activities in the December 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, it had been very eventful and lively as Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is now a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC), visits from lovely people at our head quarters during this festive season, Downbelow guests from Qatar enjoying their Kinabalu Park Day Trip with us, Richard cooks turkey for the whole team, Borneo Pygmy Elephants make an appearance in Kinabatangan River, the staff attends the Diving Resort Travel Expo (DRT) in Hong Kong with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges 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.

December 2017 Monthly Newsletter

December 2017 Monthly Newsletter

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Interesting Life of a PADI Instructor

My career as a PADI Instructor has always been a colourful one with lots of diversity to keep me interested on an almost daily basis. It’s very true to say if you “turn your passion into your profession, you will never have to work a day in your life”. So I am very fortunate to live the interesting life of a PADI Instructor.

Interesting Life of a PADI Instructor

Fun in the pool at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Manukan Island

These days as Managing Director of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures I am quite busy with various aspects of my company responsibilities. But I am still an active PADI PRO as this is my true passion.

Although currently I mostly teach PADI Divemaster Course and PADI IDC levels, it is still great fun when I get the rare opportunity to introduce new divers to our wonderful underwater world with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.

Interesting Life of a PADI Instructor

Discover Scuba Diving program at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

I recently had the pleasure of taking two junior family members on their first Scuba experience from our Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre located in the SSL Resort Manukan Island TARP. I am not sure who had the most fun, me or them!

After years of being a PADI Instructor, I still love teaching. If you wish to share the joy of scuba diving with the world and are passionate about the ocean, transform your life and enrol in our upcoming PADI Instructor Development Course beginning this 12th of January 2018. Contact us at +6012 866 1935 or info@DownbelowAdventures.com for more details.

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Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

The Longest River in Sabah & Malaysia

A Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari is a must when visiting Sabah. The Kinabatangan River is home to some of the most varied and easily accessible wildlife in all of South East Asia. The Kinabatangan is Sabah‘s longest river and the second longest in the whole of Malaysia. Rising from the eastern Witta Range of Sabah, the Kinabatangan River begins its 350 mile (563km) north-easterly course towards the Sulu Sea. About 20 oxbow lakes form part of the lower regions of the river. Created over time and separated from the main river as erosion and deposits of soil changed the river’s course, oxbow lakes are paradise for bird watchers.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

River People, or Orang Sungei, live in small settlements spread out along the river. It’s fascinating to see their self sufficient, peaceful homes fully operational, making a living through fishing the lakes and rivers and farming vegetables on its banks. They use the forests of the Kinabatangan as a source of building material, firewood food and medicine.

Ten Different Primates in One Location (11 including you)

WWF (formerly known as World Wildlife Fund and one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations) states that this area is one of only two known places on earth where 10 primate species can be found. Some of these include orang utan, proboscis monkey, macaques, maroon langur and Bornean gibbon, most of which are endemic to Borneo.

Bird lovers will find the bird watching incredible. All eight of Borneo’s hornbill species are seen regularly. Occasionally, 2 species of the gorgeous pitas can be spotted too, as well as the storm stork and the bizarre oriental darter also known as the snake bird. Of the 200 other species of birds recorded in the area, 8 of these are on Malaysia’s threatened bird species list.

The Lower Kinabatangan is also home to Bornean pygmy elephants, which are a recently discovered species and endemic to this region.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

Planning a Visit to Kinabatangan River?

Most of the wildlife lodges are concentrated around the Sukau area, which is very accessible and offers a wide range of facilities, here our partner is Sukau Rainforest Lodge, an award winning premium lodge with very comfortable accommodation & great food. We also like to travel slightly off the beaten track we have two wonderful lodges located in Kampung Bilit, a tiny village with about 150 inhabitants. The lodges offer very comfortable and clean accommodation and are considered a mid-range option. Bilit village is quiet with very little disturbance made to the surrounding forest and unlike Sukau you don’t have lodge after lodge along the river-bank. The staff at the lodges are mostly from Kampung Bilit and the guides are extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife, plants and medicine, always ensuring that you are well informed on the diverse ecosystem that surrounds you. Last but not least is our preferred choice in Abai. A little further up-stream, again very quiet. Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort offers very comfortable accommodation in an ideal location.

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Safari

A recommended length of stay for a Kinabatangan River wildlife safari is 2 nights / 3 days. During this time you’re offered various riverboat safari trips all of about 2 hours duration, jungle night walks or night safari riverboat trips. Also offered within the package is a 3 hour hike, to one of the Oxbow Lakes. Our Kinabatangan River wildlife safari can can also be combined with trips to Turtle Island, Gomantong Caves, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and Labuk Bay.

On a recent 3D/2N visit to Bilit Adventure Lodge, our mid range partner we saw the following: Silvered Langur (adults and juveniles), Long Tail and Pig Tail Macaques, Proboscis monkeys (adults and juveniles), Orang Utan (mothers and babies) Saltwater Crocodiles, Bearded Pigs, Rhinoceros, Wrinkled and Asian Black Hornbills, Giant Moths, Lantern Bugs, Leaf Insects, Frogs, Scorpions, Field Millipedes and last but not least the Bornean Pygmy Elephants. On our birds-spotted list we’ve noted Scarlet Rumped Trogon, Garnet Pitta, White Rumped Shama, Dollorbird, Stork Billed and Blue Eared Kingfisher, Storm Stork, Jerdon’s Baza, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Darter, Woodpeckers, Purple Heron and Egrets.

Contact our specialist team at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures to tailor your perfect Kinabatangan River wildlife safari.

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