PADI IDC April 2018 at Downbelow Adventures

Mon April 23rd 2018
PADI IDC April 2018 at Downbelow Adventures

PADI IDC April 2018 at Downbelow Adventures

The journey to becoming PADI professionals has began yet again at Downbelow PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre! The April 2018 PADI Instructor Development Course kicks off with our two resident PADI Course Directors Richard Swann and Mohd Fauzi @ Pablo along with our dedicated and professional Go Pro Team. We welcome Craig Smith, Szabolcs Matko, John Nolan, Michael Steven Lewis and Matt Dix as our Go Pro Candidates.

PADI IDC April 2018 at Downbelow Adventures

Classroom Session at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures purpose-built classroom

Throughout the IDC, the candidates will stay at our purpose-build accommodation Downbelow Adventure Lodge, which is located just next to our head office. Classroom sessions are held at the Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures head office in KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu and island training will be conducted at our full facility Downbelow PADI 5 Star CDC Dive Centres in TARP.

PADI IDC April 2018 at Downbelow Adventures

Rescue Workshop and 24 Skills Demonstration Workshop

Join Our Award-Winning PADI Instructor Development Course!

Thu October 26th 2017
Join Our Award Winning PADI Instructor Development Course

Join Our Award Winning PADI Instructor Development Course!

The time has come again – we are accepting Go PRO candidates to join our PADI IDC Instructor Development Course in the November 2017 intake! The course begins on the 22nd November 2017 and directly following the IDC, the PADI IE Instructor Examination will be held on the 4th and 5th December 2017 in Kota Kinabalu.

Expect tons of fun and professional training from our two resident Course Directors and the Downbelow Go PRO team in our award winning program. You will train at both of our busy PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres on Gaya Island and Manukan Island in TARP where candidates gain real-world experiences in real-world environment! Our HQ is located only minutes away from our dive centres. Our purpose-built classroom, accommodation and dive shop are also situated at the same area to ensure a hassle-free and comfortable training experience for our candidates so they can focus more on the course itself! Visit our website and chat with our Go PRO team to know more about IDC and how you can register! But you better hurry, spaces are filling up fast!


Pre-IDC Confined Water Presentation Workshop at Downbelow

Sat June 10th 2017

Before the official start of the PADI Instructor Development Course at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann dedicated a day in the pool at Manukan Island to introduce our June 2017 internship candidates to confined water presentation! The workshop serves as an orientation, providing our candidates a relaxed practice session as there will be no evaluation for them.

With this activity, Richard will give valuable feedbacks and offer advice to the candidates that will come in handy when IDC begins because by then they will be fully prepared for the course and eventually be successful in completing it! One of the benefits of the IDC program at Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventure is the additional time offered to the candidates to gain experience and practice during free time in the internship.

Follow the journey of our awesome interns here!

Join our June 2017 PADI Instructor Development Course!

Wed May 31st 2017

Join our June 2017 PADI Instructor Development Course

Are you ready to Go PRO? Come and join the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre where our dedicated Go PRO team are ready to assist you, and our resident PADI Platinum Course Director Richard Swann will give his 100% support to make sure you succeed!

Training to become a PADI professional with us means you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – candidates will develop their skills in a pool or open water environment during the confined water training sessions! This widens your experience and knowledge for the real world, and is very useful as well as beneficial during employment.

Give presentation in our in-house modern classrooms, enjoy comfortable stays throughout the PADI IDC in our purpose-built accommodation, and have the 4Es Counselling Workshop at our very own Downbelow Dive Shop – all situated at the same location!

Our next PADI IDC begins on 10 June, 2017. There’s still time to sign up! Wait no more, be a PADI pro and live the dream just like us! Contact us at +6012 866 1935 / to book a place today!

IDC Course Asia is BACK!

Sat May 13th 2017

IDC Course Asia is back

Greetings everyone! It has been a while but IDC Course Asia is BACK and do we have news for you. The past years have been an awesome ride – 100% success rates for all our PADI IDC candidates, inspiring stories of ordinary people becoming zero to hero in our Go PRO courses, our resident PADI Platinum Course Director has received the PADI Elite Instructor Award every year since and plenty more exciting happenings!

We now have two PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres, one on Gaya Island and the other on Manukan Island, both located in the beautiful Borneo tropical marine park at TARP. As you can guess, activities of our Go PRO team have certainly broadened, with Richard guiding and training them with in-depth and diverse dive knowledge every day. The team even sank a ship! There will be more on that topic soon!

So stay tuned as we provide you with great news and announcements about Dive Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres!

Start teaching boat safety rules ASAP!

Fri October 31st 2014


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Young marine enthusiasts from SEASFiRE and Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island as part of their continuing dive education adventure!

When a student diver enters into the world of scuba diving, their earliest experience of anything to do with SCUBA will usually be learning about basic dive skills from their PADI Instructor.

In the very beginning of a PADI Open Water Diver course, skills are conducted in shallow confined water environments to assess diver comfort and master skills before attempting them in open water depths. There’s no need for a boat at that point, however it’s great experience for the student to have practical experience of exiting and entering a dive boat to instill the good value of following boat safety procedures.

During the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), such knowledge and understanding of SAFE diving is a reflection of the candidates’ professionalism.

The outline of each PADI course or program that focuses on SCUBA includes performance requirements to make it a habit of following SAFE diving, but this doesn’t mean that a boat is necessary to certify a student diver.

Because many dive operations rely on dive boat facilities to conduct popular and interesting outbound trips, a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor will find it beneficial for their student divers confidence to prepare them for their future dive adventures.

Get in contact with our Head Office travel experts for more information on the IDC to become a PADI Instructor! They are experienced in organizing itineraries for you to Go PRO in Borneo under our convenient professional dive internship program!


SEASFiRE continue their dive adventure!

Wed October 29th 2014


SEASFiRE visit our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre for the second year in a row to learn all about marine conservation whilst having scuba diving fun on PADI courses with our PADI Instructors!

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann conducts the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course combined with the Digital Underwater Photography Specialty. Our local Go PRO internship candidates assist their mentor Richard, so they may gain valuable ‘real diving’ experience and practice their skills of underwater supervision and control.

Our international Go PRO candidates, all of who are enrolled on our next Instructor Development Course (IDC), assist PADI Instructors Vic, Mel, Along and Pablo on their PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver courses. Observing our experienced team of PADI Instructors in their element is part of their professional dive training. Interns enrolled on our IDC will refine their own instructional skills in preparation for their PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Even after they successfully qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the candidates will improve their teaching methods, and the best route is continuing their professional dive education!

Many of our successful IDC candidates go on to enrol on our very popular PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Go PRO internship program! Contact our Head Office, where one of our helpful and experienced members of staff will create a detailed itinerary for you to be a Go PRO diver in Borneo!


Racing ahead in our Go PRO career!

Mon October 27th 2014


PADI Instructor Mel is setting his sights on completing the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating, and he needs a couple more PADI Specialty Instructor qualifications to apply for the certification.

Resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann has mentored our entire staff team of PADI professionals in various levels of professional dive training because he’s passionate about continuing dive education!

Mel learnt to conduct the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course for his ‘student diver’, Mac, and the dives performance requirements were mastered by both student and Instructor.

Mac is also gaining a lot of experience by participating as a student diver. Recently completing his PADI Divemaster course, Mac’s qualified to enrol on the Instructor Development Course (IDC), and observing the high standard of supervision and control his colleague Mel and his mentor Richard demonstrate, is valuable knowledge for the next step in his professional diving career!

Downbelow’s Go PRO team encourages all divers, recreational and professional, to never stop learning! Build on your dive skills to Go PRO with the guidance of our PADI professional staff of our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island in Sabah, Borneo!

Certifying independent divers!

Wed October 22nd 2014


If a student diver asks an Instructor, ‘Why do I have to do this?’ The shortest answer is, that they must be independent!

PADI Standards are studied in-depth during the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and our Go PRO team of PADI Instructor Trainers will counsel our candidates to use their tools of instruction with efficiency.

As does the recreational student diver learn to become an independent diver, candidates of professional diving courses are developed to be independent dive educators!

The PADI Standards and Procedures are found in the PADI Instructor Manual, which is referred to for clarity before conducting PADI courses and programs. In time and with practice, conducting the entire PADI Open Water Diver course for example, will become second nature to the PADI Instructor! Experience teaching is the best dive training, which is why our Go PRO internship programs are so successful. In the minimum duration of 1-month, an internship offers the varied spectrum of the dive lifestyle that can be experienced in the professional diving industry.

Contact the travel experts at our HQ, who will arrange a personalized itinerary customized to your own needs to Go PRO in Sabah, Borneo with the guidance of our Go PRO team at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island!


Have your students live the diving dream too!

Mon October 20th 2014


Living the diving dream for our Go PRO internship candidates is experienced everyday on their program of professional dive training at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, as well as our recreational divers!

Whenever possible, our clients are invited to participate in various aspects of the Go PRO dive lifestyle.

Currently, an adventure group from Denmark are camping and learning to dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course under the high standard of quality dive safety and supervision of our team of PADI Instructors.

Throughout their program, the unique education our facility provides aims to inspire others to actively protect our marine environment. Our Go PRO interns will assist the groups’ schedule of island activities and through observation will witness the exciting evolution of non-divers becoming environmental ambassadors!

Conservation is a passion all professional divers share and one of the most rewarding benefits of living the diving dream.

For more information on becoming a Go PRO diver, contact our Head Office, where a member of our staff will create a suitable professional internship program and experience marine conservation in Sabah, Borneo!