Posted 6th December, 2015
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This is my second visit to Downbelow and it won’t be my last. I have spent the last two months taking the Divemaster and Instructor Development Course and was thoroughly prepared for the Instructor Examination. My time at Downbelow has been challenging and extremely rewarding. The staff is extremely professional and I received prompt responses to all my inquiries and questions. The instructors on Gaya Island are the most professional and knowledgeable people I have ever met in my diving experience. They are genuinely helpful and friendly and do their best every step of the way. They are confident, capable and care for every diver. Richard has done an amazing job in imparting his love for diving and his passion for preserving the environment. This place will always have a special place in my heart. If you are in KK, you definitely should stop by Downbelow!

Michael Maresca
Class of November 2015 IDC

Posted 5th December, 2015
padi instructor development course, idc, padi ie, instructor examination, professional scuba diving training, go pro internship, downbelow marine and wildlife adventures, sabah, borneo, kota kinabalu,

Super professional!

I did my IDC (instructor development course) here and was taught by the most professional and fun staff! I even decided to stay on to do more specialties because of how much I am learning. They really take you into their care and make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. Would recommend to anyone who wants a fun diving experience!

Sarah Khursheed
Class of November 2015 IDC

Posted 3rd December, 2015
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Amazing IDC and IE Experience!!!

I did the IDC and IE this November with Downbelow and it was the most amazing experience. The Great organization and professionalism helped us to focus on our IDC without any others preoccupations.
First, the accommodation is amazing, with all the facilities just at 3 min from the Lodge, transportation from the lodge to the Island and the classroom was just at the other door.
Richard Swann, Platinum Course Director was there for us every day. He was such a great mentor as well as all the staff (Pablo, Tim, Mel, Chrizz…). We were 6 candidates, but the course was so personalized for each of us. And we all passed the IE easily.
Thank you! Downbelow for this amazing and rewarding experience.

Imane Courti
Class of November 2015 IDC

Posted 27th November, 2015
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Amazing experience.

I spent about a month doing my IDC internship here and I couldn’t be more satisfied. The dive center takes care all the logistics, so you don’t have to. Daily pickup and return to the hotel at the end of the day. Lunch and snacks were provided on the island so all you have to do is dive and have fun. The staff were really friendly and knowledgeable. It was an amazing experience, i’d love to go back sometime.

Alexandros Adrahtas
Class of September 2015 IDC

Posted 25th November, 2015
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Quality operation.

I was doing my IDC here. Often I heard story about Downbelow High Standards make me want to learn from the best. Finally meet this famous ‘Richard and the Boys’ make me want to stay here.. I felt like family not a guess.. They’re encourages and very hardworking though still have time to cheer you up. I’ve seen a Dive operation before cause I work in Dive Industry and nothing like this. Realy Inspired watching how professional they work. In fact made me want to be one of them. I’m not saying others not good. But this is what I see. Committed in what they’re doing.. And much more I can writes but my son is crying. The best you can have.!! Thank you for the memories, looking forward to meet all you guys again…

Mohd Akmal
Class of September 2015 IDC

Posted 20th November, 2015
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Look no further for an amazing dive experience!!

If you want to experience a happy enjoyable diving experience look no further! I am proud to say that I chose DDB to complete my Divemaster training back in July and I loved it so much and felt confident in myself and the training that I went back to complete my IDC+IE in the September…successfully! The passion and enthusiasm Richard and his whole team have for diving and conservation shows everyday you arrive on the island….the island and dive centre located on Gaya Island is beautiful and facilities provided unbeatable. Not to forget their dive shop in Kota Kinabalu either, they have a wide variety of dive equipment on sale or you can pop in and speak to the girls about diving or other trips on offer! If you’re considering progressing your dive career and decide to do your IDC the classroom facilities are great. You can see what they are like if you check out their Facebook page where you’ll see some pictures of our IDC. But not matter what level of diving you are, whether you want to try diving for the first time or go pro speak to Dive Downbelow / Downbelow Marine and Wildlife adventures!!

Leanne Henstock

Class of September 2015 IDC


Posted 6th July, 2015
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Great internship

I did one month internship with Downbelow to become a dive instructor. We were trained in a friendly manner and professionally to reach standards higher than the final exam by their team. The calm bay in front of the dive center provided ideal conditions for the training. As a consequence, we all succeed! I also really appreciated their efforts to take care for our underwater environment. Thank you for the nice stay and experience!

Melanie Bon

Class of June 2015 IDC

Posted 6th July, 2015
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First class internship

Went with Downbelow after a lot of research to do D.M. followed by I.D.C. course 2 months of really great education. So well organized, staff absoultly great, first class sevice all the way so glad I went with them. I will return next year for sure. Acommadation very nice and clean, great to be staying there with all the other interns so learning made a bit easier, which I needed. I also went white water rafting so good. After I.D.C. I went to Sipadan WOW one of the best dive sites in the world, I can see why. I was looking this up my self, I mentioned this to one of the staff who got intoutch with the office, who in turn got me a better price than I could get myself online, and in a better place to stay. They sorted everything out from pick ups drop offs tickets ect, So a big thanks to you guys and girls at Downbelow you made my courses and adventures so much more fun and stress free, I cant thank you enough for all your help and advise. Anyone thinking of Borneo go via Downbelow!


Class of June 2015 IDC

Posted 22nd June, 2015
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Excellent Divemaster internship

 I just finished a 1 month divemaster internship with Downbelow. I had such a great time overthere. I finished all the exams and practical assigments after about 2 weeks which let me heaps of time for real work experience. They put you in real work situations such as assisting DSD, open water and guiding…..All the staff is so friendly on the island. After a couple of days, you feel like you know everybody already. The scenery is beautiful and I never got tired of looking at the view on the island. Usually I’m an ‘island’ person but this time I really appreciated spending days on the island diving and then heading back to he city every night. Kota Kinabalu is a great city with so much choice when it comes to food. It’s nice to have both ‘island’ during the day and city in the evenings with everything that you might need. I also really appreciated having my own room in the same hotel than the other trainees. It was great for socializing…..and knocking on someone’s door when you have ‘physics’ questions before the exam : ) The hotel I was staying was nice and clean. My room was quite big with air con and I had everything I needed.

I had a great experience and I would recommand it to anyone who is searching for a very professional training in a friendly environnement. Thanks for the experience guys!!

Angelique Cammarata

Class of May 2015 Divemaster

Posted 3rd February, 2015

One stop shop for marine and wildlife adventure

I spent a month with Dive DownBelow studying to be a PADI Open Water Instructor. Downbelow was recommended by a friend who studied with them back in 2013 and I can see why! Great location (near markets, shops and cafes), professional staff and a fun experience all round. The whole experience was streamlined from day one – transport by car and boat, accommodation, lunches and equipment rental. I’m keen to continue my study and become a IDC staff and will be returning to Downbelow 🙂 If you’re thinking of going for a holiday in Borneo or want to take the next step in your diving certification then make sure you contact the team at Downbelow… Even before I returned to Australia I had been offered work as dive instructor by two dive shops 🙂

Carl Charter

Class of November 2014 IDC

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