Safety is paramount at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre

All Downbelow staff are trained in first aid and CPR with the Emergency First Response qualification, all dive centre teaching staff are updated Emergency First Response Instructors and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructors.

We use specialist equipment of a high quality. We maintain air quality test records & equipment service & inspection records. All equipment is either new or maintained to manufacturer guidelines. Dive centre and dive vessel First Aid & Oxygen Kits meet British HSE & Emergency First Response (EFR) requirements. our communication network includes marine radios, mobile telephones and satellite phones. If you are joining us to complete a PADI GoPro Professional Course or Internship program you will learn and realise the importance of safety, preparation and risk assessment.

Safety Standards & Procedures

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Based on current worldwide accident statistics it is accurate to state that recreational scuba diving is a safe sport. Improvements in equipment, emphasis on proper and thorough training and responsible dive operators have all contributed in minimizing the inherent risks in diving. However the very nature of scuba diving contains the potential risk of injury and as in most other recreational activities that potential risk is occasionally realized and must be prepared for.

At Downbelow we have established extensive safety standards and procedures, which are enforced, regularly monitored, updated and tested. Our training courses adhere to PADI Standards and Procedures and UK HSE guidelines. We believe that through risk assessment, preparation & training we are able to reduce the risk and plan for emergency assistance.

Emergency Planning

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Planning for an emergency is key to minimising risk and saving valuable time. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place on the island so that everyone, if required, knows what to do.  This is to cover any eventuality that might arise. The plan is frequently reviewed and updated and is displayed at our dive centre on Gaya Island. To facilitate rapid response we utilise communication links made possible through marine radios on all our boats and handheld radio communications on land. Thus enabling any member of the team to communicate with the dive centre at all times.

Our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann heads the team at the PADI 5 STAR IDC Centre. A PADI Course Director is the highest level of professional rating in the PADI system of education and to be awarded the Platinum level is indication of our commitment to instructor development. There are currently only 71 Platinum PADI Course Directors worldwide.

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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!

What Makes Downbelow Different ?

  • Customised Itineraries To Save Money & Maximise Time
  • Genuine Focus On Conservation & Outreach Community Programs
  • TWO Full Service Island Based PADI 5 Star IDC Centres – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  • Own and Operate Our Adventure Lodge Accommodation – KK Times Square
  • Fully Comprehensive Quality Control Standards and Procedures
  • TWO Resident PADI Course Directors – In House and Full Time
  • Gained International Awards for Excellence, Education and Experience
  • 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
  • Approved British Ministry of Defence Commercial Dive Centre
  • Company Profits Support Welfare & Marine Conservation