Become a scuba instructor in Dubai

Time Out talk to Kathleen Russell about what it's like to become a scuba instructor in Dubai and marine life conservation in the UAE

What made you become a diver?
I fell in love with the ocean as a child living on the west coast of Canada and swimming, or shall I say paddling, in cold sea water.

What is the best bit about instructing?
I love to share my passion for the ocean with non-divers who then get certified and share the beauty of the ocean with more people. It’s cyclical.

So the ocean is your office?
Yes, it is, and I have some pretty cool colleagues, namely fish, stingrays, turtles and dugongs.

What do your conservation efforts include?
We gather people to do underwater and beach clean-ups. We do coral reef monitoring in conjunction with Reef Check, and we do talks at schools about our amazing blue planet, all its inhabitants and why it’s important to protect them.

And your mascot?
The Environmental Agency generously loans us Dana the Dugong now and then.

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