Monthly Archives: November 2012

First Student Qualified by New PADI OWSI

Bernard, one of Downbelow’s Pro Interns and recent Nov IDC graduate, has just received his confirmation email from PADI and immediately sprung into action. He put to good use all that hard work and effort he had put into becoming … Continue reading

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Going Wreck Diving with New Nitrox Speciality Instructors

Fresh from our November Instructor Development Course here in Sabah, Malaysia, our newly qualified PADI Instructors and PADI IDC Staff Instructors are back at it, gaining more qualifications. Yesterday, Richard, Downbelow’s resident PADI Course Director, did the Nitrox Speciality Instructor Course with … Continue reading

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Interns Join Downbelow’s Net Removal Crew

Our resident PADI Course Director Richard and PADI IDC Staff Instructor was out diving a virtually forgotten dive site this weekend and made an unpleasant discovery. The site, which Richard hasn’t visited in near 5 years, was chocked  by a … Continue reading

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Success at Downbelow’s PADI IDC in Sabah, Malaysia

Yesterday saw the second day of the Downbelow’s PADI Instructor Exam wrap up, thereby concluding a very successful November PADI Instructor Development Course in Sabah, Malaysia. All of our IDC candidates passed with flying colours. 6 brand new PADI Open … Continue reading

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PADI Instructor Exam in Kota Kinabalu – Day 1 Success

Our Instructor Development Course finished up last night, leaving the candidates as developed as they can be before the start of today’s big PADI Instructor Exam. The big smiles and confidence beaming from the candidates hid any nervousness if they … Continue reading

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IE is around the corner, but first: O2 Speciality Instructor

Our November IDC in Malaysia is nearly over, with only the Instructor Exam, starting tomorrow, standing in the way of our candidates on the Go Pro life. In the meantime, the weekend saw the candidates achieve another milestone. On Sunday … Continue reading

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Fresh New IDC Staff Instructors Qualify in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

As our November Instructor Development Course enters the final stretch, we get to celebrate related achievements in advance. 2 of our international interns, Ollie and Sam, plus 1 homegrown staff, Wellson Lorons, have all completed their courses and qualified as … Continue reading

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Recognition Of Outstanding Contribution To Instructor Development

Downbelow today proudly received an award from PADI Asia Pacific for “Recognition Of Outstanding Contribution To Instructor Development”. The surprise award was hand delivered by PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager Johnny Chew who dropped in for a visit at our … Continue reading

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Fin-omenal Finathon Fruition

The anti-shark finning fund raiser we held recently, which was Asia’s first Finathon and also doubled as the watermanship test for our IDC candidates, was a resounding success. Now, a week later, having counted every single penny and traced where it came … Continue reading

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November 2012 Instructor Development Underway in Sabah

Our November Instructor Development Course is now in full swing at Downbelow’s PADI 5-star IDC Dive Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Richard Swann, Downbelow’s resident PADI Course Director, was , of course, on hand to welcome this eclectic group of … Continue reading

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