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.
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
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.