Planning for a Scuba Diving Career

Are you planning to become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor? Then you are in the right place to learn more on how to achieve your dream of becoming a PADI Instructor and live the PADI dream. Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures is a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Centre (CDC), the elite of PADI Dive Centres and we have developed a reputation for excellence, earning a plethora of PADI & industry awards.

Professional PADI Dive Instructors in Sabah Borneo by Down Below Adventures

Our goal is not just to certify you as a PADI Instructor at the end of the PADI Instructor Development Course, but also to help you be fully prepared for the real world of professional scuba diver training and at the same time to give you the best chances of employment, anywhere in the world. As you would expect from a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre, we have good network contacts who are often looking for employees; and to date, newly qualified instructors looking for their career in scuba diving have found employment.

We conduct five IDCs throughout the year so check out our annual IDC schedule.  We are the only dive centre in Sabah to boast two PADI Course Directors. Our Platinum PADI Course Director is British born Richard Swann who is also our company Managing Director. With over 20 years of experience in the scuba diving industry, Richard was awarded PADI’s Platinum Course Director status and was one of only 71 Course Directors worldwide to earn this level of recognition last year. Our second resident PADI Course Director is Fauzi (aka Pablo). He is a local Sabahan and highly respected instructor trainer. Read more about Richard Swann our Platinum PADI Course Director & his professional instructor team.

One of the huge advantages of choosing to do your PADI IDC with us is the small class size that we guarantee. Since the whole course is focused on practicing your teaching techniques both in the classroom and in the water, a small group means that you will get more practice. We have a 100% pass rate for both our IDC course and the IE (PADI Instructor Examination).  We support you all the way and if we feel that you need extra support to be successful in the IE, we will advise and work with you to ensure you are well prepared; which is why our success rate is very high!


Down Below Adventures' beach house and jetty in Pulau Gaya, Sabah, Borneo for Scuba Diving

We operate two PADI 5 Star CDC in the marine park. The first known as the Beach House is located on Gaya Island located just 10 minutes boat ride from KK. We are the only operator here – away from the crowds. Our second dive centre is located on Manukan Island, 10 minutes speedboat ride from KK and within the resort. The advantage to you as a Go Pro candidate is that you will get to experience two very different dive centres during your program which is beneficial to your training and career in the industry. Take a look at our Platinum PADI Course Directors FB wall and you can get a good idea of what we are up to in paradise. We are renowned for providing an exceptional standard of training.

Our FAQ page features a list of frequently asked questions. Hopefully, you will find all your questions answered here.

Contact us now to book your PADI IDC and get ready to jump-start your PADI Instructor career on the beautiful island of Borneo!

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