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!
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.
All young adventurers’ have differing interests, just as adults do, and our personalised program provides our island campers with a unique education on the natural biodiversity to be found in Borneo.
The first group, endearingly named ‘Pisang’ (‘banana’ in Malay), have arrived at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for a few nights of camping to explore the adventure activities available, such as kayaking, snorkelling and jungle trekking. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for many of our adventurers’, is to gain the PADI Open Water Diver qualification under the supervision of our team of PADI Instructors too!
Their safety during their experience with our operations is of our highest priority, not only because they are our clients, but because they are also of a young age (15-17 years), so their judgment is not as developed as that of an adult. It is the duty of our PADI professionals to ensure their diver training and other island activities are conducted with the highest standard of safety regulations.
Professional scuba diving internship candidates are encouraged by our Go PRO team to assist as much as possible, in an effort to heighten their awareness of safety, and build their confidence as a leader!
For more information on group travel programs we offer to explore Sabah, contact our Sabah Travel Centre.
Wildlife spotting in Sabah is exceptional on the eastern coast of the state, and is an experience always best in the wild!
Downbelow’s Expedition Borneo program, for our adventurers’ who have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu not even a week ago, is a 30-day experience program in which time they will gain an appreciation for the natural beauty in Sabah, Borneo. Ecotourism is our chosen form of responsible travel and tours, and each of the adventure activities of our Expedition Borneo program, are conducted with this as a priority for our clients to appreciate their global footprint is reduced as much as possible!
Along the Kinabatangan River, participants have the opportunity to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, and if they are incredibly lucky there are Bornean pygmy elephants (though a very slim chance, because of their low population!)
Boats used for the river cruises do not have a roof, so when Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice delivers the presentation on their wildlife safari activity, they are encouraged to visit our KK Dive Shop (only next door!). They are advised to invest in a rashguard in particular, which they can use for ALL of their activities – from learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to climbing Mount Kinabalu!
Get more information on a program we can personalise for your travelling adventure group to explore Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!
Recent adventure group of 20+ participants on our 30-day Expedition Borneo program were more than ready to start their climb from Timpohon Gate to Lows Peak!
It’s a great deal easier to put into perspective of how challenging climbing Mount Kinabalu is, when climbers are informed on what to expect.
Our Sabah Travel Centre offer clients as much advice as possible, so they successfully reach the summit of Sabah’s iconic landmark at 4,095 metres.
Climbing guests appreciate very much a video of the arduous climb created by our Sabah Travel Centre and Kota Kinabalu Dive Shop using a GoPro Hero camera. It illustrates the differences of environment from kilometere to kilometre; some of the way the trail are man-made stairs accompanied by railings, or large rocks and boulders, which are sturdy, or steep inclines (the last kilometre of the mountain) where ropes are needed to assist climbing (and are provided!)
Expedition Borneo groups are always successful in reaching the summit and back in Kota Kinabalu the following day for another adventure activity, such as learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course, because we give more than enough preparation!
Get more details on including a 2D1N standard climbing Mount Kinabalu package with a personalised itinerary of the Expedition Borneo program when you get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre!
Everytime Mont Kiara International School students of SEASFiRE visit, our Downbelow crew has such amazing fun!
The group of young marine enthusiasts’ previously visited our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre a year ago, and we are delighted they return to continue their dive adventures…and with new SEASFiRE members joining too!
Newest participants learn the sport of scuba diving on the PADI Open Water Diver course, and conducting their course are PADI Instructors Mel, Along and Pablo. The experienced three will also include the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty to allow their students to exercise their new dive skills and demonstrate care for the environment.
Students qualified as Open Water Divers the year before, continue their dive education on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course taught by our resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann.
As an elite member of PADI, Instructor Trainer Richard knows all too well the value of continuing dive education to improve diver confidence! Combined with the Advanced Open Water course, the lucky students learn the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty, which is a great passion of Richard’s, and no doubt he will share his years of experience to inspire them to keep diving!
A few members, who certified as Advanced Open Water Divers the previous year, now qualify as PADI Rescue Divers with dedicated PADI Instructor Vic and logged in several fun dives afterwards visiting a handful of the 49 dive sites available in the protected marine park!
Spontaneously, during a dive to complete the PADI Digital Underwater Photography skills, the eager students helped their Instructor Richard and his certified PADI professional assistants to free a patch of fragile coral in the shallow zone of the reef from an illegally discarded fishing net.
Both SEASFiRE and Downbelow teams are passionate about conservation, and wholly support the Project AWARE movement to protect and preserve the underwater marine world by educating through unique learning experiences!
We can hardly wait for another year to dive together again!