PADI IDC Candidates Get Swimming to End Finning

Finathon IDC Candidates with resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann in the white tshirt with Finn, the Project AWARE mascot.

We have a packed PADI Instructor Development Course starting on 8 Nov and the schedule leading up to it is tough, but when a Finathon needs swimming you have to make do.

Downbelow’s Finathon held in Kota Kinabalu yesterday, was the first of it’s kind in Asia.

A swimming marathon, designed to help raise funds and awareness of the plight of sharks and their hastening demise at the hands of shark finners.

Our soon-to-be PADI Instructors are in Downbelow’s shark-loving hands, so we wanted to expose them to what your love for sharks inspire you to do.

Part of the IDC is proving your watermanship, which happens to include a 800m swim.

Coincidentally the Finathon was 1km, so resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann figured he could kills 2 birds with one stone.

So it was then that our IDC candidates joined 20 other participants and got involved with our Finathon, which was a raging success.

Not only did we get great coverage for the plight of sharks, but we also managed to raise RM 14,700, of which 100% is going to Project AWARE to aide them in their fight for global legislation that will help protect sharks.

People’s support and participation was encouraging and we have already secured a pledge for the funding of our next Finathon.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, our IDC candidate will return to the classroom for some IDC prep, before the start of their big professional scuba diving course.


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