Monthly Archives: October 2012

IDC Prep Starts on Halloween. It was a dark and stormy night…

It was a dark and stormy night… No, it wasn’t. It was a bright, sunny day, and not a vampire in sight. We see our PADI CD and his Instructor Development Course candidates in the office though, which is also … Continue reading

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Noah becomes a Divemaster with Downbelow in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Downbelow’s Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and his Go Pro team have been hard at work transitioning recreational divers to the exciting world of professional scuba divers here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Noah, Downbelow’s most recent PADI Divemaster student, … Continue reading

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Zero to Hero Interns Well on their Way

Downbelow’s local Divemaster trainees, Chunky, Pablo & Sanchez, are all well into their 1-year Zero to Hero professional training internship program at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu. Resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann … Continue reading

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Sola Dive 500 Underwater Light Product Review

We’ve received a new shipment of interesting products at our dive shop in Kota Kinabalu. PADI Course Director Richard, who knows his way around light rigs, took one of the exciting products – the Sola Dive 500 – out for … Continue reading

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Local Internship Producing Quality Professionals

“Meet Pablo”, said resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann about a rising star in our midsts, “and keep an eye on him.” Pablo is part of our local internship program, an opportunity Downbelow gives to talented, young locals who show … Continue reading

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Insa Qualifies as PADI Divemaster in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Divemaster Intern Insa, who has been on a Downbelow Go Pro Internship for the past few weeks, have clinched the course and collected her certification. Qualifying instructor, Downbelow’s MD and resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann was on hand. “Insa … Continue reading

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Interns Learn About Project AWARE Events

When Downbelow teamed up with Hyatt Regency Kinabalu for a beach cleanup recently, our interns whole-heartedly jumped in to help out. Many divers are drawn to scuba diving by nature’s underwater beauty. As professional scuba divers it’s the obsession with … Continue reading

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More Group Experience for Pro Diving Interns in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The fantastic bunch of students from the Sandakan Politeknik returned once more to Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This time around the Sandakan Politeknik group included 26 students who all signed … Continue reading

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Pro Intern Teaches Local Intern PADI Rescue Course

Sam has been with Downbelow for nearly a couple of months already, but his work is not done. He originally joined us for the September Instructor Development Course, which he passed with flying colours, and has stayed on to complete … Continue reading

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Pro Interns Get Project AWARE Debris Removal Experience

Our interns were in the water this week helping to restore the marine environment by getting rid of an illegally used net that got snagged on one of the reefs in the TAR Park. Our resident PADI Course Director, Richard … Continue reading

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