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.
Camps International adventurers’ are very lucky to enjoy our spacious PADI Dive Centre to study SCUBA skills to qualify as PADI Open Water Divers!
Our Gaya Island beach house in Kota Kinabalu, is a perfect location for groups of students to spend an adventure during their schools’ summer holidays. There’s a variety of fun island activities, of which many have never been experienced by our young adventurers’ and they not only have the chance to do so, but also to gain a lifetime dive certification!
For our dive operations to maintain its high standards in scuba diving training, safety of our participants is made the highest priority throughout all adventure activities – and this gives them the best chance to learn as much as possible about Sabah!
Contact us at our Sabah Travel Centre, for our experts to create an itinerary for your travelling group to explore Borneo!
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!
At Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, our team of PADI Instructors couldn’t maintain its reputation for effective and SAFE diver training for large groups, without splitting them into smaller groups!
Schools and universities from all over the world visit our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre facilities to learn more about Sabah, the ‘Land Below the Wind’. Camps International UK are by far our largest groups, and to manage their diver safety our operations ensure every precaution is taken. Because there are so many participants within the groups, during their PADI Open Water Diver course training, they’re split into smaller groups with a maximum of 4 students to 1 PADI Instructor. This ratio is half that of PADI Standards to conduct the course, but through years of experience as professional divers in the Kota Kinabalu TARP area, our conservative ratio has proved very successful. Students receive more time to master their dive skills, which makes them divers with better judgment of diver safety.
Contact us at our Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures to discuss a suitable itinerary to have a safe Borneo adventure!
No better way for Camps International groups to learn about the environment than getting to know marine life up close in the South China Sea.
The last two groups, ‘Epal’ and ‘Orang Utan’, were really lucky to have witnessed so much marine life when completing one of their adventure activities: the PADI Open Water Diver course! And the best part of it all, is the marine life is in its own natural habitat of the sea! Harmless jellyfish crowded around groups of school students and their Instructors in the shallow waters of the sheltered bay where the young adventurers’ need to complete the performance requirements to qualify in the entry-level course.
Following their skills practise, boat dives are arranged to visit different dive sites to repeat those mastered skills in an open water environment, and it also introduces them to more varied and different marine life.
The objective of their experience is to spark their interest by giving a value to protecting and preserving our environment – simply: to continue enjoying scuba diving, supporting the Project AWARE movement will affect positive change!
Contact us, at Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures for more information on the conservation and outreach programs our Sabah Travel Centre can personalise for groups.
A group of 13 students on BSc and MSc Degrees in Zoology, Marine Biology and Ecology from the University of Cardiff, return to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for the second year running. They are also accompanied by 2 University staff, as the whole group will be learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
Once the 15 have satisfied our team of Instructors, a buoyancy clinic will be conducted for all participating in underwater visual surveys to fine tune their skills. They will be much more confident in their body positioning and breathing to map sections of the reef with as close proximity as possible, without damaging the corals.
Over time, their surveys offer an insight on the health of our local marine environment; for which, we as Project AWARE supporters, find it most valuable to understand what action is needed to protect and preserve our marine environment effectively in future.
In 30 days, extra land day trips can be arranged for any interested participants on our Expedition Borneo program, if they so wish to experience other attractions in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Ziplining, abseiling and wall climbing are activities that our 3rd group of this year have opted for one of their extra day trips to explore more of Kota Kinabalu.
It’s located nearby the Kiulu River, which offers a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, not to mention lots of space for the ‘adult jungle gym’.
From the highest point of the exciting contraption, they are able to see the hills and valleys of the Crocker Range, whilst getting some fitness regimen into their holiday too!
Fitness and exercise is so easily overlooked when travelling, but it’s a great idea to do some just to keep immune levels up to avoid any annoying ailments and health issue. There’s nothing worse than being sick and poorly – it takes the enjoyment out of anything! They wouldn’t even want to catch something as simple as a cold, especially before their PADI Open Water Diver course at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, which will be the following day after their ziplining fun!
For more information on our Expedition Borneo program, or any other travel and tours our Sabah Travel Centre can arrange for you and your travelling group, contact us at our Kota Kinabalu HQ for a personalised itinerary to explore Sabah, Borneo!
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Azhar and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Strike have our adventurers’ familiarise themselves with the general island facilities because they will soon be back for a few nights of camping. They will camp overnight for 5 nights, and learn to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course during their days. The opportunity to qualify in entry-level scuba diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people, and for many of our past Expedition Borneo participants, they return to Sabah for our highly successful Go PRO internship programs.
Scuba diving leaves such a strong impression on our young adventurers’ that a couple even went on to enrol onto our award winning PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) after completing the PADI Divemaster!
Get more details on group travel and recreational or professional scuba diving courses and programs to include in your own personalised program, when you get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre experts in Kota Kinabalu.
From Denmark, the 20-strong group of young adventurers’ will be discovering what makes Sabah a beautiful paradise. The activities they will experience include climbing Mount Kinabalu, qualifying as PADI Open Water Divers or continuing their diver education at our island beach house, white water rafting at the mighty rapids of Padas River, and lots more – all in the name of broadening their minds!
Travelling is ‘good for the soul’, as it provides perspective of different people, cultures, languages, and once the 30-day program is complete, our Expedition Borneo participants are hesitant to leave, but the memories will not be forgotten soon!
We have welcomed back adventurers’ from past groups who return to our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to enrol on Go PRO internship programs to qualify as professional divers on our PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!
Contact our Sabah Travel Centre for more information on all about Sabah, and how we can create the perfect Expedition Borneo program for your group of adventurers’!