‘Fins up’ to Camps International PADI Open Water Divers!

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A big round of ‘fins up’ to Camps International PADI Open Water Divers who experienced scuba diving on our PADI Discover Scuba Diving program and continued on to qualify in the first recreational level of the PADI system of diver education!

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Along is having so much fun himself, that his students are inspired to chase the diving dream as their Instructor did to continue their diver education…and adventure!

The sense of achievement (and elation that comes with) from qualifying as Open Water, has created newfound passion for our adventurers’. This is exactly our intentions – to inspire a deeper appreciation for our natural environment through the unique experience of scuba diving!

Our Sabah Travel Centre created an educational program for our groups to better understand the benefits of protecting and preserving our marine environment. PADI professionals have a duty to educate their student divers to care for the environment, and it’s always best to start contributing in their own local area. With each group, afternoon sessions of beach clean-ups are organised between the campers and our island staff team to collect as much marine debris from the shorelines to dispose of properly.

Get more details on unique educational programs for groups or professional scuba diving internships when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu.

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Groups of Camps International adventurers’ arrive at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to receive a unique education, such as the benefit of protecting and preserving mangrove forests!

The 2nd group (‘Tembikai’ – watermelon in Malay) and the 3rd group (‘Nanas’ – pineapple in Malay) have just completed their camping experience under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI professionals!

In the space of a week, the two groups camped at the island (at separate times), and all participants tried the exciting sport of scuba diving for the first time ever! Their adventure program includes exploring Sabah through various activities, one of them being the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water diver.

For those who, for any reason, do not wish to continue their diver education to certify, they may go kayaking – a very leisurely activity, in which one of our dedicated and experienced PADI guides will lead a small ‘fleet’ of kayakers to the mangrove forest in TAR marine park.

There’s plenty of nature all around – hornbills, macaques, and maybe jungle pigs if they’re lucky! They’re free to ask more questions of their guides’ insightful information on the local environment!

The groups leaving with a positive impression of Sabah is great, but leaving with such a deep appreciation of the environment to be inspired to contribute in future is the goal of our unique education program!

Get more details when you contact our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu, who will create a program to suit your group travel needs to learn more about Borneo!

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From Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), a total of 20 students are welcomed by Downbelow Managing Director Richard Swann and the island staff team of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre!

The Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park will be our ‘playground’ for a day, as the university students participate in our PADI Scuba Diver Try Dive program.

To begin their morning, they will focus on completing the skills they need to master, such as regulator recovery and mask clearing. Two of the students are certified divers and will be joining the group to offer support so they pass the skills progress to the open water dive!

One of the members, Awang, is one of our Sabah Travel Centre ex-staff and has completed work experience too. At Downbelow, we offer opportunities for our local community to gain the necessary experience that is so valuable when working in such a fast-paced industry as tourism. Awang, as well as his 19 peers of the UMS group, gain a deeper appreciation for protecting and preserving our marine environment for the future of our tourism industry to thrive!

Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for a detailed itinerary of an experience program through our various island activities, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, island jungle trekking or kayaking, for your group to learn more about our natural biodiversity in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

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