Ariffin Aris is now a certified Scuba Diving International Instructor

25 Jul

2Q2012 has been an exciting quarter for me, Ariffin Aris Visuals and Dive Culture, hence I’ve been away from Happy Hippie Avenue. Even though these two companies are relatively small, I had to bring in some of the corporate values I’ve learnt into AAV & DC. It makes Ipin nervous sometimes whenever he sees that light bulb blinking on my head. Besides multiplying our revenue and nett profit, another area we have to multiply each year is our skills and development. I am proud that Ipin is now a certified Scuba Diving International Instructor! Congratulations Ipin!

Scuba Diving International

Scuba Diving International (SDI) is a Recreational Scuba Training and Certification agency. It is similar to what most of you know of PADI. I was certified by PADI for my Open Water and Advanced course. Learn about the difference between SDI and PADI here. Unfortunately I haven’t been diving since I conceived my 2nd child and therefore I’m looking forward to Ipin’s 1st Open Water Certification, which he will be conducting in September. Confined water will be held in Klang Valley area while leisure dive will be in Pulau Tioman. For those of you who are interested to join, do email me at for more details. Since my two kiddos will be joining the fun, I would encourage the Mommas who have been thinking of taking their Scuba Diving license to take the plunge. Bring your hubbies, kids and maids along and I’m sure it’d be an exciting experience 🙂

Ariffin Aris Visuals also has been island hopping to about 12 islands around Malaysia to be exact for our clients all in 2Q2012. My favorite is definitely Pulau Mabul in Sabah. Check out the breathtaking photos below.

The famous look-out point at Bohey Dulang aka Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sabah

Don’t you just love the blue water? Make sure you are motivated enough to climb this hill for 20 – 30 minutes to reach the top.

Common Seahorse in Sabah by Ariffin Aris

Since the Pygmy seahorse is on average 2cm in height, we had to use a special magnifier lens which is Subsee +10 to get a better result. Click here to find out more about Subsee magnifier +5 and +10 for your macro subjects.

Pygmy Seahorse in Pulau Mabul, Sabah by Ariffin Aris

I love the sea turtle there. There are a plenty and friendly too. You just feel like swimming with them like on Nemo movie but hey, you are not allowed to do that, ok?!

Green Turtle in Pulau Mabul, Sabah by Ariffin Aris

You can find schools of turtles and lion fish too here in Sabah. Just beware and don’t get too close to the lion fish as they are poisonous!

Lionfish in Pulau Mabul, Sabah by Ariffin Aris

This is how a beautiful squid looks like in Sabah before it lands onto your plate as Sambal Sotong with your favorite Nasi Lemak.

Squid in Pulau Mabul, Sabah by Ariffin Aris

This is rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of cuttlefish mating within a few seconds only.

Mating Cuttlefish in Pulau Mabul, Sabah by Ariffin Aris

So, which of the photos above is your favorite and postcard material? If any of you are interested to learn more about underwater photography with Ariffin Aris, you may sign-up for an Introduction to Underwater Photography course which will be held on October 6, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. This is a one full-day course endorsed by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and open to all with underwater housing and any digital camera. Hope to see you Self-Confessed-Underwater-Breathing-Addicts!


One Response to “Ariffin Aris is now a certified Scuba Diving International Instructor”


  1. Dive Culture’s 1st Batch of Open-Water Scuba-diving Students « Happy Hippie Avenue - December 13, 2012

    […] to get your open-water scuba diving license under SDI or even learn underwater photography. Read here about Ipin’s scuba-diving instructorship by SDI or some of his underwater photography activities […]

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