‘Keeping it real safe’ for group travel at Downbelow!

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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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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!

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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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Sabah’s marine biodiversity is important to the students of Cardiff University who are working towards their tropical ecology degree studies!

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.

For more information on how we can create a personalised itinerary for your educational purposes, contact our Sabah Travel Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

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