Local Sabah University experience SCUBA for marine tourism!

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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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For 1 exciting day, 30 local students from Politeknik Sandakan on the eastern coast of Sabah, visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to learn the value of the marine environment!

Everyone got involved in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving and snorkelling programs to witness the beautiful underwater world to gain a deeper appreciation to protect our delicate coral reefs and the marine life that inhabit.

The participants are studying to enter the tourism industry in their future, and one of their subject modules is marine tourism, for which Sabah is well known.

The group were incredibly lucky to have witnessed a juvenile Whale Shark migrating through the TAR marine park at a dive site nearby to our dive centre! An experience no one could ever forget!

All over Sabah, there are many operators within tourism who conduct their business practices with responsible ecotourism, such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabiliation Centre. The tourism industry must act together to make a difference, and continue inspiring the future of our tourism industry, just as we have more than happily done for our Politeknik Sandakan group of students!

For more information, contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ Sabah Travel Centre to discuss a suitable itinerary for your group to visit Sabah and appreciate its natural beauty!

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