Scuba Diving

/Scuba Diving

Borneo offers world class scuba diving for recreational divers along the south and east coast off Semporna and Sandakan. Also world class scuba diving courses with Dive Downbelow in the TAR Park, offshore Kota Kinabalu.

Health & Safety Standards for Adventure Activities

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn Bhd have been selected by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a Commercial MoD Approved Centre (ComMAC) for the delivery of scuba diving and adventure training services to their personnel. There are only 10 such centres globally and only 3 located outside of the Europe. We are the only centre in South East Asia to receive this certification for our Health & Safety Standards for Adventure Activities.

For us to achieve this high-level of authorisation, two Adventure Training Officers by order of the Defence Safety Authority (DSA) and answerable to the Secretary of State must fly out to our location for a 3 day Audit of our Health & Safety Standards and Procedures annually. In addition we must conduct quarterly air purification checks by qualified personnel and our compressed air must meet the BS EN12021:2014 standard each time. Additionally our compressed air must be tested annually at an ISO17025 approved lab (USA) or UKAS lab in the UK.

What does this mean for you?

Whether you use our company for diving or non diving related activities and services, you can rest assured that we have the Health & Safety Standards and Procedures in place to conduct adventurous activities which have been scrutinised and assessed by qualified inspectors. The following areas of our business were audited. We have attached a copy of our current certificate.

Assessment & Evidence

The audit purpose is to provide evidence for compliance with current regulations. Evidence will be collected through interviews, examination of documents and observation of activities under the following sections.

Section 1 – Management (Does the contractor have a suitably qualifies and experienced management team)

Section 2 – Diving Safety Management System (DSMS) Records (Does the DSMS reflect all activities undertaken by the diving contractor?)

Section 3 – Documentation (Is all relevant documentation held and up to date?)

Section 4 – Health and Safety (Do all components of the H&S system comply with current regulation?)

Section 5 – Diving Equipment (is the equipment maintained IAW the PMS and recorded in the equipment logs by qualified maintainer?)

Section 6 – Breathing Air Charging Arrangements (Is the maintenance carried out in accordance with the PMS and is all maintenance and used correctly recorded?)
Portable Air Purity Tester (FACT AIR 2235 or Equivalent)
Portable Compressors & Fixed Air Charging System

Section 7 – Diving boats (is the maintenance carried out in accordance with the PMS and is all maintenance and usage correctly recorded?)

Section 8 – Ancillary Equipment (is the maintenance conducted IAW the manufacturer’s instructions / PMS and is all maintenance and usage recorded?)
Under Water Swim Suit (UWSS) Drysuit.
Depth Gauges / Computers
Medical equipment set
VHF Radios

Section 9 – Diving Project (Practical) to be completed by the DST (AT)

Section 10 – Diving Team Qualifications and Currency (Are the divers suitably qualified and experienced to conduct their role safely?)

More information on our safety procedures can be found on our dedicated website.

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Best Stay and Scuba Dive in Kota Kinabalu

A holiday package specially designed as an exciting tropical island escapade, the best Stay and Scuba Dive in Kota Kinabalu program is one of our highly recommended package to visitors of Sabah, Borneo. The comprehensive and affordable program offers luxury for less, combining 3 nights stay at the deluxe Manukan Island Resort and 3 days of scuba diving at Downbelow PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Centre. One of the program’s unique highlight is that it is conducted in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located right at Kota Kinabalu City’s doorstep.

About Manukan Island Resort

A gem within the park, the Manukan Island Resort is the perfect place to stay during scuba diving activities. You will experience a relaxing environment away from the crowds, resort facilities and amenities, panoramic ocean views of the South China Sea, and ample time to enjoy sunsets, cocktails as well as beach walks. There are two types of accommodation to chose from. They are Beach Suite Chalet and Hill Side Villa. Each are nestled in lush greenery – private and rustically luxurious. All comfortable rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and private bathrooms. The resort caters to families as well, and you can opt for interconnecting rooms as well as extra beds for children. In our program, the accommodation is inclusive of daily breakfast at the resort.

Best Stay and Scuba Dive in Kota Kinabalu

Rest And Relax At A Luxurious Island Resort

Downbelow PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Centre

Situated within the confines of Manukan Island Resort, our Downbelow PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Centre operates daily scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Offering maximum convenience to guests, the dive centre is only a few minutes walk from the island accommodation. As for the beautiful dive sites in the marine park, they are easily accessible by boat and reachable only within minutes. This advantage is great for scuba divers who wishes to spend more time underwater and less time on boats. The 4D3N best stay and scuba dive in Kota Kinabalu comprehensive program also includes equipment rental (excluding dive computer), three days scuba diving with a maximum of 9 dives, all jetty and national park fees, and return boat transfers on arrival and departure day. At all times, you are safe in the hands of our professional dive centre team. We maintain a low diver-to-dive-guide ratio ensuring new divers are well looked after and experienced divers can enjoy the dive to the full.

Best Stay and Scuba Dive in Kota Kinabalu

Beautiful Dive Sites Only Minutes Away In TARP

If the best Stay and Scuba Dive in Kota Kinabalu program is what you wish to experience here in Sabah Borneo, then we have great news for you! We are currently having an online booking promotion for this package. Book the program online and enjoy 35% off on holiday packages at Manukan Island Resort. There are no booking fees, no bank fees and the simple feature lets you reserve your place only with a few clicks. Take this opportunity and make your booking here. Or if you wish to get in touch with our Travel Centre team, you may contact them at +6012 866 1935 or [email protected]

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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor – 16 Day Course

Are you looking for something extraordinary, to do something others can only dream of, to help people transform their lives, to open doors you didn’t even know existed?

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor (AI) course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

We offer this program over a period of 16 Days to the already qualified PADI Divemaster with a minimum of 100 logged dives. Or if you prefer we offer the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course as part of a one month program for those people that want to gain more experience within a PADI dive centre.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.
The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes. You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro dive jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification and become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key. Our PADI eLearning portal provides come excellent pre-course training.

What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by successfully presenting confined and open water teaching presentations and knowledge development presentations. You will learn how to demonstrate and evaluate dive skills. Your watermanship & dive theory ability is assessed and fine tuned. You will have plenty of training and practice time to achieve a passing score in these areas.

PADI Platinum Course Director Richard and the Downbelow Go PRO team will help you to develop a clear understanding of the PADI Philosophy of Continuing Education and the full range of PADI programs. We will show you how to take advantage of the teaching materials and tools, including digital products that are available to you as a PADI Instructor.

Teaching is an easy and exhilarating experience once you’ve understood the basic teaching methods and how to fully use the PADI system! The programs are performance based; feedback and encouragement for your improvement is guaranteed throughout the course to inform you of your progress and level of proficiency.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

What You Can Teach

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

The Scuba Gear You UsePADI CDC LOGO
We encourage all PADI professionals to own their own dive equipment.

The Learning Materials You Need
The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:
• PADI’s Guide to Teaching
• Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)

• Lesson planning slates for confined and open water

• Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
• Specialty Course Instructor Manual Prerequisites

To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must
• Be Certified Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster or equivalents.
You MUST be able to show proof all previous qualifications in the form of a bonafide qualification card.
• Be Certified as an Open Water Diver for at least 6 months.
• First Aid & CPR training completed within the last 24 months (PADI Emergency First Response is recommended)
• Diving Medical Statement signed and dated by a physician and within the last 12 months prior to the PADI IE
• Logged at least 60 open water scuba dives.
• Experience in deep, night & navigation diving.
If you do not meet any of the above mentioned pre-requisites please talk to us. We can tailor the program to suit your requirement and goals.

Your Next Adventure

You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio. Our 16 day PADI Instructor Development Course includes the Emergency First Response Instructor Course for FREE.

You can save money by booking your PADI Instructor Development Course ONLINE.

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Useful Information for Snorkelling and Scuba Diving 

We have put together some useful information for snorkelling and scuba diving. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just offshore the city is a fantastic location for snorkelling & scuba diving day trips for beginners and experienced water enthusiasts.

However not all day trips are the same, in fact there are some pretty major differences that you should be aware of before parting with your hard earned dollars.

Useful Information for Snorkelling and Scuba Diving 

We Pride Ourselves In Customised Small Group Activities

Snorkelling & scuba diving day trips range in price between MYR 200.00 and MYR 450.00 per person per day and fall into three categories.

  1. Do It Yourself (D.I.Y): You need to buy your own jetty ticket and permit to enter the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, rent or take along your own equipment, use the public water taxi’s and snorkel from the public beaches. D.I.Y options are not usually suitable for scuba divers.
  2. Day Tour Operators (D.T.O): Here you can join a daily trip organised by operators based on the mainland of Kota Kinabalu. You will need to find your way to the mainland jetty, from there you will join the operators boat for the day. Usually included in the package are the jetty fees, permit fees, equipment rental and a local set lunch at one of the public cafe’s on the public island.
  3. Specialised Programs: There are only two companies, one of which is Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn Bhd offering specialised snorkelling & scuba diving programs from within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park itself. By joining one of these programs you will be collected from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and join a personalised program away from the crowds. Your jetty fees, permit fees, equipment, professionally qualified guide will be included in the program.

Options 1 & 2 are the cheaper options and do not provide you with the best experience of the underwater world. If you decide on a D.I.Y package you will be limited to crowed public beaches where the coral has been damaged beyond recognition from the endless amount of tourists climbing over it. Option 2, joining a day tour operator limits your opportunity to see the best sites on the day. You will be one of many clients on the boat and everyone will have different levels of experience, divers and snorkelers will be mixed together, beginners mixed with more advanced divers on the same dive site.

Things You Need To Know About Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

At Downbelow We Have Small Groups on Different Boats to Maximise Your Experience

Surprisingly, operators are un-regulated in Sabah in terms of the qualification required to take people snorkelling and scuba diving which means you will likely be with a guide that does not hold any professional qualification to take you into the water and does not understand the ocean well enough to know where to take you to see the best marine life.

By joining a specialised snorkelling safari or scuba diving program with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures. You are giving yourself the best opportunity to see the best coral sites within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and since you are probably only visiting once or twice in a lifetime it is surely worth the extra few dollars. Our programs are specialised which means they are conducted by professionally qualified guides who will ensure your safety and enjoyment. We know which coral sites are performing well on the day and since we do not mix different levels of experience and we do not mix people on different activities, your experience is not compromised. During your surface interval you return to one of our private PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Centres, either on Gaya Island or Manukan Island away from the crowds on the public beaches used by the D.I.Y & D.T.O’s.

Useful Information for Snorkelling and Scuba Diving 

Between Activities We Return To Our Private PADI 5* Dive Centres. Away From The Crowds.

Another important factor is safety. Cheaper packages have to cut the cost somewhere and its usually on maintenance, equipment testing, air filters for tanks and servicing. All these are hidden from you, you don’t know if your equipment has been sanitised, you don’t know if the air filter on the compressor is regularity changed and you don’t see the service history of your equipment. At Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures we have qualified professionals in charge of our equipment maintenance and we do not compromise to save money.

Our specialised programs are designed and managed by our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann, PADI Course Director Pablo and their team of PADI professionals. Our wealth of experience ensures that you have the best experience during your snorkelling and scuba diving program. To book your snorkelling & scuba diving specialised program contact us or book online.

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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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Get Fit Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb

Considering whether to climb Mount Kinabalu whilst traveling Sabah, Borneo?

Wondering how challenging is the Mount Kinabalu Climb and how fit you need to be. You do not need to be super fit to climb Mount Kinabalu but you do need to be in good physical condition.

Get Fit Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb

Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu is a tough physical challenge but not a technical climb as such. The average climber ascends from the starting point of Timpohon Gate within Kinabalu Park to Panalaban (aka Laban Rata), located a.s.l 3,333m in approximatley 4 – 6 hours. Our good friend Ravi Tharumalingam two time Mt Everest submitter recommends taking your time and aiming for a minimum 6 hour ascent time to reduce the effects of altitude sickness which can effect some people at this elevation.

Unrelenting large, seemingly endless rock steps form the well trodden path. The route is 99% uphill and the secret to a successfully climb is to take it slowly, unless you’re competing in the annual Kinabalu Climbathon, climbing Mt. Kinabalu is not a competition.

Rest huts are located along the route at 1KM intervals, equipped with squat toilets and untreated water they provide a seating area and an opportunity to discuss with other climbers the climbing experience.

The benefits of packing light for your Mt. Kinabalu climb becomes evident soon after you start your climb when everything starts to feel 10kg heavier than when you packed. Refer to our Preparation & FAQ page for a suggested packing list. Porters are available and can be requested upon booking, extra fees apply.

Clouds will begin to close in and more often than not it will begin raining around 12 noon and usually disperse around 5pm just in time for sunset.

Get Fit Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb

Once you arrive at the Panalaban plateau you will find your basic accommodation. There are three huts to accommodate climbers, Laban Rata Resthouse, Pendant Hut and Lamaing Hut. All provide dormitory accommodation. Laban Rata & Pendant Hut also have private rooms available. If the weather has heated the water its slightly warmer than freezing cold, but don’t expect any luxuries at the overnight rest stop.

Temperatures at Laban Rata are 6 – 10°C at night, plummeting further to 2°C at the summit with wind chill sometimes subtracting yet another few degrees from that.

The summit ascent starts at 2.30am and this is when a good torchlight is required. The final ascent from Laban Rata passing through the final check point in the dark is gruelling, steep slopes and some ropes to assist pave the route. If it’s a clear night, do take a moment to enjoy the night sky, with no light pollution its breathtaking.

Most people take around 2-3 hours to reach Mount Kinabalu’s summit from the Panalaban plateau, the objective is to arrive just before sunrise. If your ascent the day prior was quick then your guide may suggest you begin later than 2:30 am to avoid a long wait at the summit. The views at the top are spectacular. It can be extremely cold up there, especially since you may be sweating from the physical excursion then waiting in surrounding temperatures of 2°C for the sun to rise so make sure you take dry warm clothes. Due to the mountains close proximity to the equator Mt Kinabalu is not snow capped, so the mountains granite surface is visible year round. Take  a moment to appreciate the mountains beauty, you might even see hardcore paragliders going for an alternative descent.

Get Fit Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb

Once sunrise is over and you have absorbed enough of the views then its time to begin the descent. If you are climbing with the optional Via Ferrata activities then you will descend via a different route which will involve ropes & bridges, if you are descending via the standard route, you will follow the same route as the ascent. Irrespective your decent from Panalaban follows the same route as the ascent.

The descent, including breakfast at Laban Rata, will take 5 – 9 hours depending on your pace. People often report the descent being more challenging than the ascent due to the unrelenting use of your knee joints and pressure on your shins & surrounding muscles. Our advice is to take your time and enjoy the entire experience.

Once you reach Timpohon Gate (the starting & ending point) our guide will show you where to find the park shuttle bus which will bring you 5.5km down the windy roads back to the Balsam Cafe where you will meet our team to bring you back to Kota Kinabalu, unless you wish to remain another night at Kinabalu Park or Poring Hot Springs in the various lodges available.

How should i prepare to climb Mt Kinabalu

• A good amount of outdoor cardiovascular exercise (power walking, cycling, running, mountain biking etc) and getting out for long days in the hills whenever possible is great preparation for your climb.
• We recommend all climbers take cardiovascular sports at least twice a week, with each session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration at a medium intensity.
• Fitness training should begin 2-3 months leading up to your trip, this way you should be well prepared.

We have a number of Mount Kinabalu climbing packages available to suit your budget and requirement. Contact Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures for more information.

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Success PADI Instructor Development Course

Congratulations to our November / December candidates for successfully completing our PADI Instructor Development Course and becoming PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. You are now at a super exciting point of your scuba diving career where you have a world of opportunities to choose from. Where in the world do you want to work? Previous candidates of Downbelow are located all over the globe. Check out the PADI employment board to see what jobs are on offer and begin living your dream!

Success PADI Instructor Development Course

Not Yet A PADI Instructor?

Join us for our next PADI IDC. Attitude & teamwork are the keys to success during your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). The IDC is great fun as well as a rewarding and unforgettable experience where you meet people that will likely become lifelong friends.

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard & Pablo PADI Course Director together with our Downbelow Go PRO team will help you develop a clear understanding of the PADI philosophy of continuing education and the full range of PADI programs. We will show you how to take advantage of the teaching materials and tools, including digital products that are available to you as a PADI Instructor.

Teaching is an easy and exhilarating experience once you’ve understood the basic teaching methods and how to fully use the PADI system. The programs are performance based; feedback and encouragement for your improvement is guaranteed throughout the course to inform you of your progress and level of proficiency.

Our modern classroom facilities located at our head office are used for the PADI Instructor Development Course presentations by PADI Course Directors Richard & Pablo and their Go PRO team as well as the IDC candidates. Knowledge development presentation on topics such as dive theory, builds on the candidates knowledge base and is essential to teaching students.

Theory workshops will take place in the classroom, however we encourage candidates to study independently on their own time too. There are valuable benefits to staying in our adventure lodge during the IDC so you can spend evenings in study groups and practicing presentations in our purpose built facilities. This also develops a great team spirit and bond.

Success PADI Instructor Development Course

Our PADI Instructor Development Course – IDC Package Includes Three Instructor Courses

• PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
• PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
• Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI).

If you already have any of these qualifications, we can tailor your training accordingly.

Once all three courses are successfully completed, you will be prepared for the PADI Instructor Examination (IE), which is a 2 day standardized, objective evaluation conducted by PADI Instructor Examiners from PADI Asia Pacific. We conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) 5 times every year directly before the PADI IE.

This way our candidates knowledge and skills are fresh and fully prepared for the PADI IE evaluation. To find out more about Downbelow’s next IDC in Asia, check out our PADI Instructor Development Courses IDC schedule page. Visit our FAQ page for lots of answers to your questions.

What can I do after I become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor?

You can enroll in our PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation course where you will be taught five additional PADI Specialty Instructor Courses and gain valuable teaching experience.

Not yet a PADI Divemaster? It’s no problem. You can join us at any diver level and we will design a program for you that incorporates all required prerequisite courses before the IDC.

Contact us at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures to learn more about our internship options.

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Awarded PADI Career Development Centre

Everyone at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures S/B is feeling very proud right now on receiving the news that PADI have awarded us the prestigious distinction of PADI Career Development Centre, moving us into the highest level of educational professionalism in our industry.

Awarded PADI Career Development Centre

We are also very touched by all the amazing comments on facebook from so many clients & friends. Downbelow began life as a small two person UK dive centre almost two decades ago. Since then we have developed into a respected company with more than forty employees. With exemplary work & environmental ethics, Downbelow has become a way of life. Our team play a huge role in what makes Downbelow very special, our joint commitment to learn, to educate and to share great experiences is what keeps us motivated, dynamic and full of energy. We provide careers and opportunity for all that work within the company and everyone that chooses to educate themselves through us and its fantastic to gain such prestigious recognition for our efforts.

How to Become a PADI Scuba Instructor 

Our two resident PADI Course Directors & GoPro Team not only prepare people to be successful in becoming future PADI instructors, we are providing employees for our growing industry and creating ambassadors for our sport, oceans, outdoor and diving lifestyle.

Our next PADI Instructor Development Course begins 29th January 2018. Come and join us in the knowledge that you have chosen a PADI Career Development Centre to start your career in scuba diving. We remain 100% commited to creating life changing opportunities for professionals in the dive industry.

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Stay and Dive or Snorkel Kota Kinabalu

Check out our new video posted on our Youtube channel! This amazing tropical island paradise is located just at Kota Kinabalu City’s doorstep. In this video, we take you on a journey of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures‘ Stay And Dive or Snorkel Kota Kinabalu program in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. At Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre Manukan Island which is just a few minutes away from the city centre, witness the stunning underwater world of TARP and get a look into the luxurious Manukan Island Resort. Get a gist of our wonderful island activities you can participate in during the day as well as what you can experience at night. Resort facilities, two PADI Course Directors and a team of professionals, 50 dive sites accessible within minutes, beach dining, live entertainment and more – the program offers the perfect experience for those wishing for a Borneo holiday.

For bookings and enquiries, contact us at +6012 866 1935 or email us at [email protected] Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel!


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Our Plastic World

Plastic is entering our environment at an unbelievably alarming rate way beyond the what the planet can absorb it. There can be no argument that this is a global issue that has spiralled out of control creating our plastic world.

Our Plastic World

At Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures we are faced with the ever growing quite frankly impossible challenge to keep our beaches, bays & waterways clean for tourists to visit, we assist the local authorities daily but the trash just keeps coming and it is not only in the ocean.  Land fills are bursting at the seems and recycling is a vain attempt to try to control the problem its even now entered our own food chain.. yes we are eating it!

I often hear visitors complaining that more is not done.. they blame local governments, other tourists and the local people but they seldom look at themselves!

Our company is very conscious of plastic usage and we try to reduce waste as a policy where possible.  We spend countless hours cleaning beaches, diving for debris and also remove discarded fishing nets whenever discovered all at our own cost, we conduct regular Project Aware events to increase local awareness. As a PADI Instructor Development Centre we regularly incorporate these environmental issues into our education programs from entry level all they way to PADI Instructor Development and scuba diving internships. 

Our Plastic World

However our efforts will be in vain if mankind as a whole does not change. Every time we use plastic we all contribute to this global disaster we all need to care more and adjust the way we live!

Politicians are so afraid of voters not appreciating the unpopular decisions that have to be made they end up not making the changes that are so desperately needed at all so Its time the public stand up and back those tough choices regardless of political party preferences before its to late.

Manufacturers are also often so afraid of cheaper competition they take the easy “single use plastic” option so again consumers need to support companies that do take the lead even if it costs a little more in the short term we will for sure all see the benefit in the long term. Downbelow also faces stiff competition in our field that does not take on the financial burden of a conservation but as the Managing Director of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures and a Platinum PADI Course Director I take the stand and hope this is noticed by our clientele.

Our Plastic World

Manufacturers must also give consumers more choices as its practically impossible to shop without coming home with bags full of unwanted plastic but we can start by shopping wisely, use reusable bags, if you want a takeaway use your own containers, buy liquids in glass bottles or better still reusable ones, shop in markets where fresh produce has not been pre packed.. the list is endless but with thoughtful consideration we can all make a huge difference quickly.

The cynics may say I am only concerned because we work in the ocean environment and I am directly financially affected but I cannot describe the heartache myself and my colleagues feel when we find so many animals needlessly perishing due to discarded trash along with the natural beauty of the environment tarnished by debris.

Some creatures ingest and some are just trapped in the ever growing mountains of debris that is entering the oceans every second and it is not going away. Soon there will be more debris in our seas than fish and that is a fact we will all have to live with so next time you consider complaining or blaming others for trash on beaches or in the water you wish to swim in ask yourself how much have you contributed to this huge global epidemic!

Our Plastic World

We must all quite simply care more from manufacturers to politicians and act but most of all the general public must accept the tough choices in our ever changing world and make lifestyle changes.

For further reading, find more information about our environmental efforts and ways in which you can contribute to your own lifestyle.

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