Boy Scouts Singapore Troop learn SCUBA at Downbelow!

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At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, a very special event took place – Boy Scouts Singapore Troop learn SCUBA for the first time at our Gaya Island beach house!

While learning to scuba dive during the day on our PADI Open Water Diver course, the 12 Boy Scouts enjoyed camping overnight at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre too. Camping where their many island activities will be conducted means they make the most of their time to complete as many new skills as they can for merit badges (and they completed many!), such as a beach clean with our island staff team of PADI professionals to learn about marine conservation. Some will enjoy snorkelling, as will their 4 Boy Scout leaders (also their adult chaperones on their trip), and everyone will have the chance to experience the worlds’ longest island-to-island zipline!

Most important with group travel is safety, especially when the group participants are young. Contact our experienced Downbelow Travel Centre experts on an itinerary suitable for a group of younger travellers to experience Sabah, Borneo.

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At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures’ premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, we’re always ‘keeping it real safe’ for group travel!

Large groups of adventurers’ from schools and universities, from all the world, visit our Gaya Island beach house for adventure travel to learn more about Sabah, Borneo.

Camps International UK is one of our largest groups (numbering in the hundreds!) and they are also very young (pre-teen ages), which means our operations have a lot of responsibility to supervise their adventure activities. One of their activities is the opportunity to qualify as PADI Open Water Divers, and they also experience other island fun, such as snorkelling, kayaking and jungle trekking too!

Contact us at our Downbelow HQ for our experts to create a suitable itinerary for your group to see the very best of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah!

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In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, it’s one of the saddest and ugliest sights when there is rubbish strewn all over such a beautiful paradise as our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, TAR marine park, but campers attack marine debris with Downbelow!

 For a once-in-a-lifetime summer holiday experience in a 1-month adventure around Borneo, Camps International groups of students travel the exotic island in the South China Sea to learn more about the efforts of protecting and preserving its irreplaceable resource: nature!

From learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle trekking and beach clean ups, all participants of the 12 groups in the next 10 weeks, gain a much deeper appreciation for the importance of caring for our environment.

Beach clean ups are especially effective, as the physical effort of collecting even what seems a very small amount impresses on the young adventurers’ to contribute their future efforts to correctly dispose litter! It’s especially effective on our groups as they have experienced the beautiful marine environment on SCUBA, and many are also newly qualified divers, which makes them Project AWARE ambassadors!

Get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre experts who will arrange a suitable program for your travelling group to contribute to the conservation of Sabah, Borneo!

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Supporting the efforts to protect our local marine biodiversity is why adventure travel groups choose TARP for their unique educational program!

General Operations Manager, Paul Jones, of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre conducts a welcome briefing for our recent group of international school students who arrive all the way from Dubai.

Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park is the perfect location for receiving a unique perspective on marine conservation, as their island activity is based on familiarising themselves with nature. Not just the natural beauty of it, but also any environmental damage. Fortunately, we can see a positive difference from the effects of various conservation programs conducted by local environmental authorities and other parties! Our own dive operations for example, contribute in the form of our fun ‘Coral For Life’ program!

Participants on groups from schools and universities will return to Sabah once again to experience more of the ecotourism that preserves and protects, such as the conservation projects conducted in Kinabalu National Park – home of the famous Mount Kinabalu!

For more information on what other eco-friendly travels and tours our Sabah Travel Centre can offer, contact one of our friendly and experienced members of staff for a personalised itinerary to combine it all in one amazing adventure!

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The second wave of international school students is eager to become marine activists, now that the 50-strong group has experienced the positive impact of their contribution to environmental conservation on a day of snorkel safari at our Gaya Island beach house!

On Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will host their 1-day snorkel safari activity, with our dedicated and full-time PADI Instructors conducting the program.

The objective is for our young adventurers’ to expand their knowledge base on environmental conservation by experiencing positive contribution in the paradise setting of our tropical marine environment!
During each session of snorkeling, our young adventurers’ are encouraged by their PADI Instructor guide to assist in the collection of marine debris, particularly plastic waste!

After 2 sessions of snorkeling at different coral reefs and a hearty buffet-style lunch, our island staff team organizes a beach clean-up project of our Gaya Island shoreline.

Underwater clean-ups and beach clean-ups are our most popular conservation projects, because in a large group there’s fun camaraderie to motivate one another, and there’s no minimum requirement to participate (volunteers needn’t be a certified diver!)

As part of our commitment to the Project AWARE movement, the unique education our 50 students receive will raise their awareness about the plights that negatively impact the marine environment and the benefits of protecting it!

Get more details on how to join the Project AWARE movement of marine enthusiasts when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ! One of our experienced travel experts will create a detailed itinerary to include a uniquely tailored educational program to learn more about marine conservation!    

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