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Become a yoga teacher
‘If you’re deeply passionate about the benefits that yoga delivers both mentally and physically and wish to become a fully certified yoga teacher, your first step is to enroll into a 200-hour (Level 1) yoga teacher training programme. Make sure the teacher training is registered with Yoga Alliance and taught with both a Western and Eastern background to absorb the philosophy and anatomy/biomechanics at the same time. Make sure to build up your technique at least six months prior to joining the training so you’ll be physically prepared. My recommendation is to practise in the discipline of yoga you like and to really focus on this one style. The personality of the teacher is what attracts the students in the long run, so don’t stress about passing the exam with flying colors. Rather, teach in your own authentic voice, personality and spirit in how you would handle a class. Authenticity and integrity really does keep students coming back to your classes. Afterwards a teacher can advance into a 300-hour programme or continue their education with shorter workshops, intensives and teacher trainings if they wish. I am holding an upcoming collaborative 200-hour Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, taught by senior expert teacher, David Magone from Boston from Friday August 8 to 31.’
Noura El-Imam, founder of Yogalates Bliss, www.yogalatesblissindubai.com.

Use your DSLR properly
Got yourself a fancy camera but aren’t quite sure how to use it? Pink Pepper Photography is hosting a series of five-day courses with photographer Ian Hardie to help you get the best from your equipment and take quality photos. The course covers everything from exposure and aperture to composition techniques, white balance to post-production skills.’
Dhs1,000 (adults), Dhs800 (under 18s). Course runs July 6-Thu 10; July 13-17; July 20-24 from 9.30am-12.30pm or 7pm-10pm. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.pinkpepperuae.com (04 434 0437).

Become a lifeguard
‘To be a lifeguard you must first attend an NPLQ course (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) and meet certain criteria. You must be able to swim a minimum of 50m and learn the correct rescue techniques. Don’t worry, these will be taught to you on the course; knowledge of first aid is beneficial, but not compulsory. The role of the lifeguard ranges from risk assessments, bather supervision, first aid and customer service. If you are friendly, enjoy swimming (there is a chance you may have to jump in the pool) and like to help people, then maybe you would suit this career path. Once you have passed the course you will be presented with your colours, the red and yellow uniform, and will have opened up many doors in the future.’
Georgina Goddard, Hamilton Aquatics. Various locations including Dubai British School, The Springs, www.hamiltonaqauticsdubai.com (04 450 8832).

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