PADI Open Water Diver course

PADI Open Water Diver course student, Dr. Maxine Joseph undergoing her training with our PADI Instructor, Irwan Ismail. She has done well with her knowledge review and confined water session. She is ready for her PADI Open Water examination this Feb 20th in Tioman Island. Best of success. Make us proud and welcome to Sorte Met Stella Scuba family.

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Remove the fish hook from the grouper’s pectoral fins

After spotting a grouper with a hook caught at its pectoral fins, our PADI Instructor decided to help the little guy out and manages to remove it during his dawn dive in Tioman last Saturday. You’re free now buddy. Enjoy your freedom.

DSMB’s, or Delayed Surface Marker Buoys

DSMB’s, or Delayed Surface Marker Buoys, are a diver’s best friend. Used for communication with surface crews or boats while the diver is still at depth.

They can be used to signal the need for a boat pick up, as a distress signal, a marker of a location (maybe of that sunken treasure you found?), or to indicate the need for additional air on long decompression stops.

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GoPro Hero tips: Red filters

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This video is to show you the importance of having a red filter during your dives if you are using GoPro Hero. Red filters compensate for the lack of red light in underwater scenes (since red is the first colour to be lost when descending in water).

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Lets try Discovery Scuba Diving with us!

Who should try this experience?

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

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You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:

  • Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
  • Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
  • Have fun swimming around and exploring.
  • Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Diving courses

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At Sorte Met Stella scuba divers we provide all level of PADI courses from Discovery Scuba Diving to professional level, PADI Divemaster. Below is the diving courses rate:

Discovery Scuba Diving

Who should try this experience?
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

Course Requirement: No license or experience required
Course Duration: About 2 hours
Weekdays: RM150
Sat & Sun: RM200


Junior Open Water / Open Water Course

Sorte Met Stella Scuba Divers offers PADI open water certification. You’ll do five pool confined water and four open water dives at any of the Island within Malaysia (depending on number of pax and location) under the supervision of a certified PADI Dive Instructor.

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Course Pre-requisites: Able to swim 200m, water-tread for 10 mins
Age Requirement: 10 years or older
Course Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Course Fees: RM1,150 (Excluding Accommodation Package)

Package includes:

  • Full diving equipment rental (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, weights, belt & scuba tank)
  • Qualified PADI Diving instructor to conduct all classroom, confined water & open water sessions
  • Course materials (Open water manual & dive recreation planner)
  • Dive log book
  • Certification & registration fees upon completion of course

 Advanced Open Water Course

PADI’s Advanced Open Water Course introduces divers to a totally different kind of diving experience. Divers are required to complete five different Adventure dives while increasing your confidence and building your scuba skills so you can be more comfortable in the water.

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Below is a list of Adventures dives that you will do:

  • Deep Diving
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Wreck Diving
  • Night Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Fish ID
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Course Pre-requisites: Open Water Certification
Age Requirement: 15 yrs old or 12 years old for junior diver
Course Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Course Fees: RM1,000 (Excluding Accommodation Package)


Emergency First Responder

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment.

All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

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EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors.

The following EFR courses are based on internationally recognised medical guidelines for emergency care.

Course Duration: 1 Day
Course Fees: RM550


 Rescue Course

If you are interested to learn how to handle problems while diving, Rescue Course is what you need. At Sorte Met Stella Scuba Divers, our PADI Instructor will teach you on how to handle and manage problems both on land and underwater, as well as how to perform life saving techniques.

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This is both a demanding and rewarding course and some of the skills learnt are self rescue, recognising and managing stress in other divers, emergency management and equipment, rescuing panicked divers and rescuing unresponsive divers.

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Students are required to complete 5 theory sessions, 1 Confined Water session.

Course Pre-requisites: Active Emergency First Responder, Advanced Open Water Certification
Age Requirement: 12 years old (Junior) or older
Course Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Course Fees: RM1,000


PADI Divemaster

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Course Prerequisites: PADI Rescue Diver & Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid)
Age Requirement: 18 years old
Course Duration: 20-30 days
Course Fees: Call or email for Information

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialised skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.

Emergency First Responder (EFR) Course

IMG_0618Congratulation to Yip Ai Ling of being a certified Emergency First Responder (EFR)! I am so proud of you buddy! Lets dive!

For courses, do drop us an email at sortemetstella@gmail.com or call us at 0122141979 (Irwan, PADI Instructor)


As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency

First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies — not just in the diving world, but in your every day IMG_0619world with your family, friends, neighbours and coworkers too.

In the event of an emergency — take an Emergency First Response course. The Emergency First Response courses encompass:
• CPR courses for adults, children and infants
• First aid for adults, children and infants
• Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
• Emergency Oxygen Provider course

The wonders of Brunei’s macros has to offer

By Irwan Ismail @ Sorte Diver (PADI Instructor)

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Me with PADI Divemaster Hafiz (left), embarking on a journey to Brunei from Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, April 26: During our trip to Brunei on April 11th, we were impressed with the macros marine life. Though, the initial idea was to explore the four wrecks which is the Cement, American, Australian and the Blue water wrecks or famously known as the “Big Four”.

It begin in 2013 during the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE), my dive buddy, Hafiz Azzad Zubir, a PADI Divemaster and I decided on exploring Brunei dive sites. I took the leisure package and he took the Wreck specialty course package.

Steven Ng from Oceanic Quest, Brunei.
Steven Ng from Oceanic Quest, Brunei.

So we meet up with Steven Ng (left), the managing director of Oceanic Quest, a 5-star PADI Dive Centre during the expo to arrange for the logistics.

On April 11th, we took the first flight out, Malaysian Airlines (flight MH 730) to Brunei. Upon arriving there we were greeted by two Oceanic Quest crew who is very friendly and helpful. It took us about 20 minutes drive to the dive centre.

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Entrance to the dive centre.
Dive Centre Facade

Upon arriving to the dive centre, we were greeted by the friendly Oceanic Quest crew, felt more like a family. First day is more light and easy, sorting out the diving gears and cameras.

Me with Divemaster Ali Umasangadji (right), the best top macro spotter.
Me with Divemaster Ali Umasangadji (right), the best top macro spotter.

There, we met Divemaster Ali Umasangadji (left), one of the best spotter in the world, who is one of the few people who started muck diving in Lembeh, Indonesia. Exchanging notes and experience, he has taught me a lot about marine life macros habitat. Wish I could stay longer to learn more, but another trip to Brunei is already in my mind.

After few days diving in Brunei, I dare say that Brunei has a grade A macros, equivalent those find in Anilao and Lembeh.

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Always setup your equipment a day before you dive. Check and double checks especially on the o-rings. You don't want a leaking camera spoil your trip.
Always setup your equipment a day before you dive. Check and double checks especially on the o-rings. You don’t want a leaking camera spoil your trip.

Below are some of the images I took during the 4-days trip. All of the photos was taken using the Canon G12, Single Sea&Sea YS-D1 strobe and Subsee +10 lens:

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Four Lobed Porcelain Crab on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Four Lobed Porcelain Crab on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Four Lobed Porcelain Crab on a soft coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Yet to be indentified, most likely a shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Sawblade shrimp on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Sawblade shrimp on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Sawblade shrimp on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Nudibranch: Asean Bornella. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Porcelain crab. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Sea Pen shrimp on a sea pen coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Nudibranch: Chromodoris. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Nudibranch on a leaf fish. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Leopard anemone shrimp. I manage to capture one of the rarest shrimp in the world according to Ali Umasangadji. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Nudibranch: Doriprismatica atromarginata. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Nudibranch: Hypselodoris bullockii. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Goby fish on a whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Goby fish on whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Goby fish on whip coral. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Emperor shrimp on sea cucumber. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Cowry. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Cowry. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
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Bruce’s Hinge-beak shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail

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Bruce's Hinge Beak Shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
Bruce’s Hinge Beak Shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
Leopard Anemone Shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail
Leopard Anemone Shrimp. – Picture by Irwan Ismail

Also, I have made a short video of the macro life there as well, enjoy.

April 14, 2014, we took the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 731 and headed home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Next Brunei trip is already in discussion.

Why PADI

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Why is PADI Different?

PADI certification cards are the most respected and sought after scuba credentials in the worldPADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI scuba certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.

With more than 133,500 PADI Professionals and more than 6,000 PADI Dive Shops and Resorts operating in more than 180 countries and territories, you will likely find a PADI Scuba Instructor who can speak your language and offer you a comfortable learning experience. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in at least 26 languages.

See why more people choose PADI over any other scuba diving training organisation:

Educational Difference

PADI’s Scuba diving educational manuals have helped millions of people learn scubaChoosing scuba education is a personal experience. You want to feel comfortable with your scuba instructor and their philosophy of teaching. PADI scuba lessons and continuing diver education courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Scuba Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills.

Educational MaterialsYou pick up key information as well as helpful tips by interacting with PADI educational materials – online scuba programs manuals, videos, workbooks, multimedia discs, etc. Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind.

Learn at your scuba diving at your own speed with PADIPerformance-Based LearningThis means that you progress as you demonstrate that you have mastered specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. Your scuba instructor is there to help you meet these requirements, regardless of how quickly or slowly you master them. You must earn your PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.

Continuing Diver EducationThe fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver who dives regularly is fueled by improving your scuba skills through continued education. You’ll find more than 25 PADI specialty courses like wreck diving and night diving to help build your knowledge and skills while pursuing your Master Scuba Diver rating. Plus, you can live the scuba diving lifestyle by becoming a scuba instructor. Experience the joy of a fulfilling scuba career as you expand your scuba diving experience.

Educational Standards

Certified PADI scuba divers exploring a coral reef in Cozumel, MexicoAll PADI programs, entry-level through scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm that their courses met PADI’s high standards as well as the divers’ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity. PADI’s commitment to a quality assurance process helps continually improve customer satisfaction.

Professional Quality

Learn to scuba dive with your friends!

Just as scuba divers must earn PADI certifications, PADI Scuba Instructors must complete a development program that sets the industry standard for scuba instructor training. Each new PADI Scuba Instructor demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the PADI System and the ability to conduct PADI programs by meeting specific criteria. Before earning the PADI Scuba Instructor rating, all candidates are evaluated by a select group of PADI-employed Instructor Examiners. This ensures that the evaluation process is objective, fair and consistent worldwide. This is just one of the ways PADI training stands above others in the industry.

Continued Adventures with the Scuba Diving Lifestyle

Your underwater adventures begin in your entry-level course and grow as you explore new dive sites, use new scuba gear and try different types of diving, like night diving or wreck diving. Providing the education, equipment and experiences you want and need, your PADI Dive Shop or Resort supports your diving and helps you truly live the scuba diving lifestyle.

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You can tap into more than 25 specialty diver courses that allow you to focus on your areas of interest. You can progress up through PADI Rescue Diver on to PADI Divemaster and put your scuba skills to use assisting other divers, or aim for the elite PADI Master Scuba Diver level – diving’s ultimate non professional level scuba diver rating. The PADI System of diver education allows you to continue your dive education for a lifetime – even after you become a PADI Scuba Instructor – a vocation or avocation that provides a fulfillment few careers can match.

PADI Diving Society

As a PADI Diver, you become part of the larger PADI community. In many parts of the world, you can join the PADI Diving Society, an organization made up of dive enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. The PADI Diving Society keeps members informed on the latest developments in dive news, technology and training and offers members savings and incentives on all of the things you need to stay active and involved in diving – including dive travel, equipment and training.

My PADI Online Scuba Community

This online scuba community is built just for anyone interested in scuba diving. Through it, you tap into the experiences of other divers around the world, share your personal dive experiences, track your dive education and maintain records of your scuba equipment purchases.

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Environmental Responsibility

The worldwide PADI organization is committed to preserving the aquatic environment for future generations. PADI courses encompass Project AWARE’s environmental awareness and protection philosophy. Throughout every PADI scuba course, you’ll learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in conservation efforts. As a PADI Diver, you join millions of others to form a growing force that can and does make a difference in the effort to preserve the underwater world.

PADI Worldwide Group and Affiliates

PADI Americas officeNo matter where you are in the world, PADI is there to support you. The PADI Worldwide group includes seven service offices, some of which are wholly owned subsidiaries. Others are licensees. PADI Worldwide manages the long range planning and global marketing for the organization, while the officers, managers and staff at each PADI Office conduct the day-to-day business activities that support PADI programs and provide services to PADI Members. PADI Members influence corporate decisions by sharing their opinions through advisory boards, one-on-one contact, group meetings, member seminars and responding to surveys sent out by PADI Worldwide or PADI Offices.

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