Did you know that you can go diving in Qatar? According to PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), dive sites in Qatar can be found in Mesaieed, Khor Al Udeid (Inland Sea), and various boat wrecks.
Although the underwater sport is male-dominated, it's becoming increasingly popular with women. In Qatar, we reached out to one of the prominent female scuba divers in Qatar to learn more about her love of diving and the scuba diving scene in the country.
Meet Israa Sameer, a Palestinian born and raised in Qatar working as a social media producer and a proud scuba diving instructor.
Israa: I started in 2016, learning diving was a must to finish my capstone about a scuba female instructor, with the years I took more courses till I reach this level.
Israa: Diving started to be a social activity, you would see lots of groups and dive center groups on the beach, there is no big club that gathers all divers but usually, professionals know most of the divers.
I am part of a team that I and my buddy established we have our friends as part of the group and we host students, tourists, and friends who would love to dive or take courses or try diving for the first time.
Israa: Honestly, not many. I’m one of the very few active female divers but the number is increasing every year. However, ladies seem to take the diving course and stop diving after a while.
Israa: GMC reef, and Edd Al-sharqi.
Israa: Diving is one of the best sport to relieve anger and negative energy. And it’s a kind of sport that you can’t imagine what are you going to see in each dive. Plus after each dive, you would feel that you are in a state of extreme happiness.
Israa: Diving with around 600 whale sharks in Al-shaheen field, being in the second biggest gathering in the world
Israa: I do have lots of supporters from the field but the biggest one is my buddy Khalid who keeps pushing me and supports every single idea until I achieve it.
Israa: Yes, in the group we do offer courses, trials, and fun dives.
Israa: Don’t hesitate and try scuba diving! If you have any doubts about diving, those doubts will go away in the first 5 minutes of your first dive as it happened to me in 2016 when I started. Anyone can join diving as long as you're 10 years of age and older.
Israa: I guess Qatar is going on to be one of the known diving spots around the world as it has sea and desert in the same spots, and the whale sharks will play a major role too.
Cover image credit: Israa Sameer
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