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Instructor Development Course Photos

Our Instructor Development Courses (IDC) conducted at our award winning PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu, propel recreational divers into the realm of professional divers.  Professional divers belong to that special breed of person who loves scuba diving so much they do it for a living.

Under full time resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann and his GoPro Team of Master Instructors and Staff Instructors we conduct five IDC’s Instructor Development Courses in Sabah, Malaysia every year.  If you are interested to join our future IDCs, consult our Next IDC Page. In the meantime, in the photos below you can see what IDC candidates who came before got up to during their IDCs and internships and how much fun they had during their Downbelow’s PADI IDCs in Sabah Malaysia.

PADI IDC September 2017

September 2017 IDC

IDC with Resident PADI Platinum Course Director!
Ben, Zach, Noel and Tom are our Go PRO Candidates for the September 2017 PADI IDC
PADI IDC June 2017

June 2017 IDC

Transform Your Life!
June 2017 IDC

A big welcome to our June 2017 PADI IDC candidates Rebecca, Fiona, Stuart and Brenon!

PADI IDC April 2017

April 2017 IDC

Journey to Becoming Pro!
April 2017 IDC

Alexander, Jason, Christopher, Rico, Liz and Jack are our candidates for April 2017!

Instructor Development Course February 2017

February 2017 IDC

Ready to Live The Dream!
February 2017 IDC

Graham, Jonathan & Sanjay trains to become a PADI instructor at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

November 2016 IDC

The Journey Begins!
November 2016 IDC

Good luck to our awesome candidates Simon, Maddy, Wayne, Alex, Victor and Lulu!

PADI IDC September 2016

September 2016 IDC

Go PRO at Downbelow!
September 2016 IDC

Matt, Kalani, Sabrina, Beini, Jin, Zhang, Megan & Sam are our interns for the PADI IDC September 2016!

PADI IDC May 2016

May 2016 IDC

IDC Fun at Downbelow !
May 2016 IDC

Adam, Taz, Zach and Clarence strive to become Pro divers as they enrolled in our May 2016 IDC!

PADI IDC March 2016

March 2016 IDC

The Journey Begins!
March 2016 IDC

Images of Downbelow’s award winning PADI Instructor Development Course.

February 2016 IDC

Ready for IDC!
February 2016 IDC

An exciting time again as the PADI IDC for February 2016 makes it way here at Downbelow! Watch their journey as they live the dream here in this album!

November 2015 IDC

November 2015 IDC

Another 100% Success Story at Downbelow!
November 2015 IDC

Preparing for the 25th – 26th November Kota Kinabalu PADI Instructor Examination (IE) are our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) candidates: Jed, Imane, Sarah, Ian, Circus and Michael!

PADI IDC September 2015

September 2015 IDC

New Instructors, Courtesy of Downbelow!
September 2015 IDC

Our Downbelow’s award winning PADI Instructor Development Course this September 2015 is experienced by Akmal, Oliver, Chris, Leanne, Alex and Kelvin! From Hong Kong to New York, the group are from a variety of different countries, cultures and lifestyles.

PADI IDC June 2015

June 2015 IDC

Living The Dream!
June 2015 IDC

IDC Candidates Steph, Melanie, Tatiana, Julia, Robert, Bob, Jason and Janine prepare themselves for the PADI Instructor Examination!

PADI IDC February 2015

February 2015 IDC

On to becoming PROs!
February 2015 IDC

Our candidates developing in the IDC to prepare for the PADI IE. Francisco from Portugal, Hutch from Canada, Sam from Switzerland, Wong Si Peng and Aisyah from Malaysia, Patrik from Sweden, Abdullah from Libya, and our two local Sabahan ‘Work For a Career’ Trainees Azhar and Kerry!

November 2014 IDC

All set for IDC!
November 2014 IDC

The Go PRO team wish a warm welcome to: Maria Skoura from Greece, August Wagner from Sweden, Pavel Kopun from Czech Republic, Carl Charter from Australia, Dominik Hellweg from Germany, Raymond Fleetwood from Switzerland and Amy Nixon from the UK!

PADI IDC September 2014

September 2014 IDC

From Zero to HERO!
September 2014 IDC

The Downbelow September 2014 PADI IDC with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann & our awesome GoPro IDC Staff team is underway. The best of success to participants Andy, John & our very own Cindy.

PADI IDC May 2014

May 2014 IDC

New Instructors Courtesy of Downbelow!
May 2014 IDC

We wish the best of success to our crazy participants Missy, Ian, Andy, Carlos, Catherine, Polly, Herman, Outi & Sandra. We are also delighted to be joined again by Mr. How who is taking the PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course in conjunction with this IDC.

PADI IDC January 2014

January 2014 IDC

IDC with Resident Platinum PADI Course Director!
January 2014 IDC

Enjoy the photos of the first PADI Instructor Development Course for the year 2014 with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann leading his team of IDC Staff Instructors as they guide and mentor the new batch of IDC candidates.

PADI IDC November 2013

November 2013 IDC

Live The Diving Dream!
November 2013 IDC

This is our 5th IDC program of the year & the last one scheduled for 2013.
Best wishes to Jen, Along, Ruslan & Thibaut. Do enjoy your course guys its gonna be special!

September 2013 IDC

September 2013 IDC

It is September and Downbelow is conducting another PADI IDC headed by Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann assisted by IDC Staff Instructors Paul, Liz, Tim & Strike. So all of our best wishes to all our IDC candidates Sam, Hannah, Roberto & Kaman.

July 2013 IDC

July 2013 IDC

Due to popular demand, we scheduled an additional PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam to this years schedule!
The candidates for July 2013 are Karen, Chris, Martin, Debra, Linda, Andy & Liz. Live the dream guys & girls – enjoy your IDC!

May 2013 IDC

May 2013 IDC

Its PADI IDC time again and this months candidates are Holly, Beth, Frances, Mike, Charlie, Vui How and Mel. Mel is part of the Downbelow family. Vui How owns a dive centre in Semporna and Holly, Beth, Frances, Mike Charlie are all Brits !

February 2013 IDC

February 2013 IDC

On board for the course this time are Nadine, Nordin, Stefan, Sam & our own Pablo to the program. We also have Jonny & Rene taking their IDC Staff courses. The program was completed on Valentine’s Day and everyone completed the program happily.

November 2012 IDC

November 2012 IDC

Richard Swann, Downbelow’s resident PADI Course Director welcomed candidates Alex from Italy, Meredith USA, Bernard Belgium, Pablo & Luke Germany & Lok from Hong Kong. We also had Sam from UK, Oliver from Holland & Wellson from Malaysia taking their IDC Staff Instructor Program.

September 2012 IDC

September 2012 IDC

Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann presented the course orientation backed up by veteran Downbelow Instructors Alvin ‘Bob’ Young and Paul Jones who gave supporting presentations. The September PADI IDC went off without a hitch here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

May 2012 IDC

May 2012 IDC

The May 2012 Instructor Development Course was very successful, with our candidates working hard. The Downbelow Go PRO Team focused on preparing our participants for the Instructor Exam that took place immediately after the IDC.

February 2012 IDC

February 2012 IDC

Whilst in the water, all our Instructor Development Course candidates got to dive with whale sharks that visited Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The whale sharks were around all day that day and all our professional interns, the 16 guests on the island that and our staff got diving with the while sharks.

January 2012 IDC

January 2012 IDC

The Downbelow Go Pro Team kick off the year with a personalized Instructor Development Course for Matt & Kyla from Adelaide. They have worked very hard this month managing to complete the Divemaster program and gain valuable experience of the dive industry.

November 2011 IDC

November 2011 IDC

Pictures from our November 2011 Instructor Development Course IDC that took place on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

September 2011 IDC

September 2011 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course September 2011.

June 2011 IDC

June 2011 IDC

Pictures of the Instructor Development Course June 2011

March 2011 IDC

March 2011 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course March 2011.

October 2010 IDC

October 2010 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course October 2010.

September 2010 IDC

September 2010 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course September 2010.

November 2009 IDC

November 2009 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course November 2009.

March 2009 IDC

March 2009 IDC

Pictures from the Instructor Development Course March 2009.

September 2007 IDC

September 2007 IDC

Pictures of the Instructor Development Course September 2007.

March 2006 IDC

March 2006 IDC

Pictures of the Instructor Development Course March 2006.

November 2005 IDC

November 2005 IDC

Pictures of the Instructor Development Course November 2005.

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