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Dive into Sea Sports in Qatar

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Dive into Sea Sports in Qatar
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Freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the diver’s ability to hold their breath until they resurface, rather than using a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.

Freediving activities include traditional fishing techniques, competitive and non-competitive freediving, competitive and non-competitive spearfishing and freediving photography, and snorkeling.

The term ‘freediving’ is often associated with competitive breath-hold diving or competitive apnea. However, while some regard freediving as a specific group of underwater activities, for others it is merely a synonym for breath-hold diving. The activity that attracts the most public attention is the extreme sport of competitive apnea in which competitors attempt to dive to great depths on a single breath.

To know more about this amazing sport, we talked with Qatari Diver, Fahad Mohammed Al-Buenain, who told us about the hidden wonders of the ocean floors and how diving changed his life.

  • Tell us more about what you do?
  • I am a certified freediving instructor, and holder of the national record: 5 minutes 12 seconds breath-hold; 40.3 meters constant weight; and 40 meters variable weight).

  • What are the different styles of diving?
  • Freediving, scuba diving, and technical diving.

  • What particular one interests you the most?
  • Freediving.

  • Are there any diving centers around Qatar that teach you how to dive?
  • Yes, Qatar Diving, at Marriott hotel, Qatar Sub at Souq Wagif, and Pearl diver on Alnasr Street.

  • Where did you learn this sport?
  • I started in Qatar, then developed my techniques and certified in Dahab, Egypt.

  • What are some of the best places to dive and try out different styles of diving around Qatar?
  • Sea line is one of the closest places to start diving as it doesn’t require a boat. But there are many other locations for coral diving, and wreck diving.

  • Did you ever dive outside of Qatar? How was it?
  • Yes, all around. In Egypt, France, Thailand, St Helena in the south Atlantic, the Maldives, and Oman. And they were all very exciting.

  • How can people perform diving safely? Tell us a bit about what you teach.
  • People need to be certified divers as safety plays a vital role in our diving curriculum. We teach many safety techniques in our theory and practical classes.

  • Do you get many people interested in diving?
  • Yes, at least 20. They become interested when they see photos and stories from our diving trips.

  • When is the peak season to practice this sport?
  • When the temperature is mild, between March and May, and between September and November.

  • How do you mentally and physically prepare for a dive?
  • I drink only water on the day and only eat when I’m done with diving. I also practice some relaxation techniques at the beginning of the diving day. My dinner is light the night before.

  • Are there any special summer offers, camps or trainings for new divers?
  • There are plenty in the diving centers mentioned above. I also provide courses and can be reached on falbuenain@icloud.com and 66662292.

  • What do you recommend for those who want to try diving but don’t want to make a commitment towards it? Can people try it out before signing up for classes?

  • They can always start with the basic skills and rent most of their gear, so there isn’t much of an investment until they fall in love with the sport.

Watersports in Qatar

Few people are aware of all the different activities available here in Qatar. When thinking of fun, many will think about malls, cinemas, an occasional visit to the restaurant and the usual stroll down to Katara or the Pearl. But what if we told you that there’s more to it? Despite the hot weather there are great outdoor activities to do right here in Qatar. What are these? Water sports. Or rather, eco adventure trips set by Entalek, a Qatar based company.

Entalek offers a variety of water-based activities ranging from kayaking in the Mangrove Forest, to snorkeling trips where you can enjoy the beauty of Qatar’s alluring coral reefs. You can travel to a whole new world with moonlight kayaking events and African drumming, or experience an overnight camping kayak expedition. Even if you are just a beginner, Entalek offers stand up Paddle SUP boarding lessons. They also offer package adventure holidays, perfect for a family outing or even a school trip, since Entalek also runs outdoor education packages.

If you are wondering about the locations, Entalek’s activities can be found in several places, such as Al Thakira Nature Reserve, Fuwairit and Dhow Harbor on the Corniche. Prices differ based on the activity.

Katara also offers other watersports for people who are looking to have a great time, including water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana rides and more.

Swimming

Summer is here and instead of staying cooped up indoors under the AC, why not enjoy it while it lasts and have a swim on Qatar’s many sunny beaches? Some of our favorite beaches for swimming are:

Fuwairit

This beach affords an unusual sight of eroded hills meeting the water’s edge. The area has a fine sandy bay with coves that make for perfect picnic spots.

Khor Al Adaid

Go to Khor Al Adaid beach and take in the breathtaking combination of desert and sea, with a great view at the top for sightseeing.

Al Ghariya Beach

This beach is now a common weekend getaway for campers. It boasts a beach resort as well as a popular sandy beach to the north. Just the right place for a family vacation!

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