Second group of students learn about our marine world!

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The second wave of international school students is eager to become marine activists, now that the 50-strong group has experienced the positive impact of their contribution to environmental conservation on a day of snorkel safari at our Gaya Island beach house!

On Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will host their 1-day snorkel safari activity, with our dedicated and full-time PADI Instructors conducting the program.

The objective is for our young adventurers’ to expand their knowledge base on environmental conservation by experiencing positive contribution in the paradise setting of our tropical marine environment!
During each session of snorkeling, our young adventurers’ are encouraged by their PADI Instructor guide to assist in the collection of marine debris, particularly plastic waste!

After 2 sessions of snorkeling at different coral reefs and a hearty buffet-style lunch, our island staff team organizes a beach clean-up project of our Gaya Island shoreline.

Underwater clean-ups and beach clean-ups are our most popular conservation projects, because in a large group there’s fun camaraderie to motivate one another, and there’s no minimum requirement to participate (volunteers needn’t be a certified diver!)

As part of our commitment to the Project AWARE movement, the unique education our 50 students receive will raise their awareness about the plights that negatively impact the marine environment and the benefits of protecting it!

Get more details on how to join the Project AWARE movement of marine enthusiasts when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ! One of our experienced travel experts will create a detailed itinerary to include a uniquely tailored educational program to learn more about marine conservation!    

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Exploring and learning about the marine environment in Sabah has been an incredibly valuable experience for our 43-strong group of international school students who spent a night camping at our Gaya Island beach house too!

A dedicated PADI Instructor from our full-time team will present the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course to discuss the benefits of protecting our marine environment. This is followed by an organized beach clean-up to collect marine debris from the islands’ beaches and experience actively participating in a conservation project!

Marine debris is the biggest hazard to the environmental health of our local area, and integrating active volunteering opportunities for the students to participate offers a unique learning perspective.

The adventurers’ walk along tended jungle trails in the rainforests of Gaya Island to explore the terrestrial life that can be found, such as macaques and hornbills.

For the second day of their program, our popular snorkel safari program is conducted for the students to then explore the marine environment and the colourful shallow reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park. Each session, the group will be visiting a different snorkel site for a varied day, and their PADI professional guides will encourage them to collect any marine debris they may find whilst snorkelling too.

For more information on a program to include unique education for an adventure group, small or large, contact our Head Office to discuss a suitable itinerary with an emphasis on responsible tourism!

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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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