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At Home in Sabah, Borneo

Joanne & RichardMany years ago when British expats Richard and Joanne visited Sabah, Borneo for the first time, they quickly realised that this land is much more than a biological melting pot.

They recognised the potential for travelers, sports enthusiasts, adventure training, team buildings events, and most importantly, SCUBA diving development.

Eager to replicate the success of their UK company, Downbelow Dive Centre, they came to establish themselves in Sabah, Malaysia and started on the adventure of introducing this fascinating place to clients.

Starting anew…

Widely traveled for work and play, Richard & Joanne are a highly qualified PADI Course Director & PADI Master Instructor respectively, with more than 20 speciality instructor qualifications, including ReBreather & TecRec, between them.

In the late 90’s the couple was taking corporate groups to America, Africa, Nepal and Asia, which is how they ended up in Borneo, where they found some of the world’s best SCUBA diving, coastline, tropical islands and ocean.

Instead of taking groups from the UK to exotic destinations such as Borneo, the couple decided in 2004 that Downbelow UK would move and bring people to them instead.

In 2005 Downbelow re-located to Sabah.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn. Bhd.

Since then Downbelow have built up an outstanding team of 30 people to deliver safe, enjoyable programs & holidays to exceed their clients’ expectations.

The status of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre awarded to Downbelow in 2009, catapulted them to the highest level in professional diver training.

Downbelow decided to offer local people a professional career path within the PADI system of education, and embarked on a local internship program, which offers training financial sponsorship to candidates.

Successful candidates are offered employment with the company and provides locals with a career opportunity, which might otherwise be out of reach.

It also has the result of having instructor team for the company by the company, trained to Downbelow’s high standards.

Go Pro With Downbelow

Downbelow’s popular internship program has since been opened to divers interested in taking their PADI qualification to the professional level and becoming PADI Divemasters or PADI Instructors.

Downbelow offers various internship options in their busy dive centre, for a real world experience that cannot truly be simulated.

Based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo, Downbelow’s dive centre is 10 minutes away by boat on Gaya Island, with their support offices on the mainland in Kota Kinabalu.

PADI Project AWAREThis website contains all the information you will require become a PADI professional with Downbelow.