Diving courses


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)

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.

Entrance to the dive centre.
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.

You can join my Facebook page for trips and event here (SORTE MET STELA, SCUBA DIVERS).

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:

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


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.