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Introduction to our Go PRO Courses

At Downbelow we take all diver training very seriously and when it comes to professional courses we have a dedicated team of highly qualified instructors & course directors who teach, guide and offer advice to all candidates. Based on the understanding that every professional level candidate will need to find employment within the dive industry we prepare and train each individual to excel in the scuba diving workplace. Our training facilities at the PADI 5 Star IDC Centre on Gaya Island and KK Times Square on the mainland, are ideally suited to all PADI Courses. It provides year round access to our confined water area directly in front of our dive centre and open water dive sites a giant stride from our jetty or minutes away by speedboat. All our PADI professional courses can be taken as a stand alone course or, for a longer period of time, through Go PRO internships.

This is where your scuba diving dream comes true

Shallow Water Skill Practice in our Lagoon

A professional diving internship as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or beyond is a very rewarding opportunity for scuba divers, with 1 to 3 months to spare who have set a serious goal of becoming a PADI SCUBA diving professional. A full time job in the scuba diving industry may not be your ultimate objective; there are many PADI Pros that work part time or teach only friends or family or simply enjoy the status and benefits.

Whatever your motivation, internships with Downbelow – PADI 5 Star IDC Centre represent excellent value for money and international level quality training. It’s an opportunity to immerse in the business of diving by accelerating development, smoothing out the learning curve and gaining valuable hands-on dive industry experience in a busy premier dive centre. Professional scuba diving internship graduates can hit the ground running, ready for immediate dive job employment in even the busiest of dive centers.

Why choose Downbelow?

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There are several important aspects to consider about a dive internship:

Our dive centre on Gaya Island is a full service beach house dive station with 4 fast, custom-built speedboats, 2 air compressors with NITROX, a certified equipment service center plus equipment to easily handle very large groups. Most of our 49 dive sites are just a few minutes away and our large confined water area is in front of the beach house.

For more on our location, please visit our Dive Centre page.

Our PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre has a great vibe, its always busy and lively with guests. With so much knowledge of the diving industry to absorb at Downbelow as soon as you start your internship you will learn quickly the inner workings of a dive operation and utilise this experience for your future scuba diving career.

Our daily guests range from snorkelers to discover scuba divers and all the way up through the PADI system of educations. This means our GoPro candidates are exposed to a great variety of courses and programs everyday!Our Daily Diving Program consists of 3 Boat Dives a day and we dive inside and offshore of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park to 49 dive sites accessible to us so there is plenty to choose from. Diving in the Park and offshore along the west coast is very good.

Visit our Diver Experiences page for more information.

At Downbelow we have a dedicated full time team of highly trained instructor trainers to guide you and teach your professional level diving courses. Our resident British Platinum PADI Course Director, Richard Swann heads-up the team along with Master Instructors Joanne & Pablo, plus our PADI Staff Instructors Strike, Mel and Cindy. Having a resident PADI Course Director means that he does not split his time between difference dive schools. He is dedicated to our dive centre only so the whole team benefit from his experience and management all year round.

Meet our Go PRO Team

We dive 3 times a day every day and we are also a busy training centre. Our PADI Instructors regularly conduct courses from Open Water all the way up to Divemaster as well as Speciality Courses.

We are the preferred training centre for many Universities who ask us to conduct their Marine & Tropical Ecology Degree Courses. We teach the students the skills they will need to become marine biologists in the field. We conduct Gap Year programs for fun loving students wanting to learn to dive and contribute to marine conservation.

We are passionate about the environment and frequently conduct a number of marine conservation programs including but not limited to – Ghost Net Removals, Beach and Reef Clean Ups, Coral Reef Conservation & Project AWARE’s Finathon.

Our newly established Adventure Lodge accommodation based in KK Times Square offers twin or family rooms with private bathrooms or a unique style of dormitory room with communal bathrooms.

Sabah is a treasure trove for wildlife and adventure lovers and we offer discounted rates for all tours and programs offered by our Travel Centre.

After you become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you can enroll in our Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation course where you will be taught five additional PADI Specialty Instructor Courses. This gives you additional valuable teaching experience as well as enhancing your employability in the dive industry.

Choosing where to complete your professional scuba diving internship is the most important decision of your professional diving career.


It doesn’t get any better than Downbelow!
They planned our entire 2 week stay in Borneo, we didn’t have to lift a finger. We saw everything you can imagine; Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Crocodiles, Horn bills!They know all the best local spots and really take care of you which is so important when traveling somewhere new!
Tamsin & Phil, Independent Travellers
One stop shop for marine and wildlife adventure
I spent a month with Dive DownBelow studying to be a PADI Open Water Instructor. Great location (near markets, shops and cafes), professional staff and a fun experience all round.
Carl Charter, GoPro Intern
A very memorable holiday!
The whole Dive Downbelow team is great and this was a huge contributor to us having a very memorable holiday with you. Thank you for your help all through the trip, and also thank you to Tim who was very professional, patient and made our diving course so enjoyable and successful.
Dmitry & Helen, Independent Travellers

Our Commitment to Conservation!

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During the past 15 years the company has established itself as a leading conservation and education provider locally and on the international platform. At Downbelow we are committed to responsible tourism. We design experiences and provide courses that foster appreciation, awareness and conservation of our environment and development of local people. In the course of this labour of love, our effort has been acknowledged by various publications and awards. To date, Ghost Net Removals, Underwater and Beach Clean Ups, Coral for Life, Tree for Life & Project Aware remain a large focus of our day to day life Downbelow!

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What Makes Downbelow Different ?

  • Full Service Island Based PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  • Own and Operate Our Adventure Lodge Accommodation – KK Times Square
  • Fully Comprehensive Quality Control Standards and Procedures
  • Resident Platinum PADI Course Director – In House and Full Time
  • Gained International Awards for Excellence, Education and Experiences
  • Awarded the PADI Green Star Award for Environmental Practices to Reduce our Environmental Footprint
  • Hassle FREE – airport to airport service all under one company.
  • Dedicated experienced travel consultant for planning your trip, during your trip and post trip support.

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