Boy Scouts Singapore Troop learn SCUBA at Downbelow!

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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.

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For the 4th year in a row, we’ve experienced a ‘Seasfire’ at Gaya Island again!

The Seasfire organisation from Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur is a crew of adventure enthusiasts who specifically visit Sabah and Kota Kinabalu to experience scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park under the supervision of our operations. Schools and universities, such as those students in Seasfire, frequently visit our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to experience diving for the first time or continue their dive adventure. But also other adventure activities that can only be found in Sabah, Borneo!

Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for a personalised itinerary to learn SCUBA and other Sabah adventure travels!

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Corporate trips are great team-building activities, such as the group of 22 from Shanghai, China, who are colleagues learning to SCUBA in Sabah with our dive operations!

The 22 colleagues work together at Xi Shen International Legal Department in Shanghai, and they chose Sabah and Downbelow as their travel destination for their corporate trip. Adventure activities our Sabah Travel Centre experts felt the group would really enjoy the most is island fun at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre and a day trip to visit Klias River to spot proboscis monkeys and fireflies!

Lots of pre-travel preparation advice through e-mail and phone correspondence gave our group all they needed to know about Sabah, Borneo, before they left China for Kota Kinabalu.

Contact us with preferences of your own Sabah adventure for our travel experts to create a program to suit your travelling group!

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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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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.

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In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, it’s one of the saddest and ugliest sights when there is rubbish strewn all over such a beautiful paradise as our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, TAR marine park, but campers attack marine debris with Downbelow!

 For a once-in-a-lifetime summer holiday experience in a 1-month adventure around Borneo, Camps International groups of students travel the exotic island in the South China Sea to learn more about the efforts of protecting and preserving its irreplaceable resource: nature!

From learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to, snorkelling, kayaking, jungle trekking and beach clean ups, all participants of the 12 groups in the next 10 weeks, gain a much deeper appreciation for the importance of caring for our environment.

Beach clean ups are especially effective, as the physical effort of collecting even what seems a very small amount impresses on the young adventurers’ to contribute their future efforts to correctly dispose litter! It’s especially effective on our groups as they have experienced the beautiful marine environment on SCUBA, and many are also newly qualified divers, which makes them Project AWARE ambassadors!

Get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre experts who will arrange a suitable program for your travelling group to contribute to the conservation of Sabah, Borneo!

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Group travel at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre where Downbelow PADI Instructors welcome Expedition Borneo group C is a regular event our dive operations look forward to!

Expedition Borneo is a 30-day program to include the very best attractions around Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, one of which is a day trip to explore Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park!

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.

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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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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!

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