Nouf Alosaimi-Scuba Diving Instructor from Saudi Arabia
As Saudi Arabia made a huge step forward by allowing women to drive, I wanted to talk to a female instructor living and teaching scuba diving in Saudi Arabia. I met Nouf through the FB group Girls That Scuba and was happy to know her story. A Saudi girl living her dream – scuba diving and inspiring women in a reserved community to challenge their comfort zone, I had to get to know her better. Read on to learn more about Nouf and Pink Bubbles and get in touch with her if you are in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and want to start your own journey in the silent world
1 How long have you been diving?
2 What is your favorite type of diving and why?
Deep and drift drop off dives Deep : the deeper I go below the surfer the deeper i connect with myself and I feel calmer
Drift : I enjoy going with the current plus the fact that i start from a point and end in other point give my the opportunity to cover as much as i can from the reef.
3 Favorite dive sites around the world? What is still on your bucket list?
My favorite dive site is Ras Mohammed national park in South Sinai, The Sardin run and a Darwin arch at the Galapagos where you see a lot of hammerhead sharks.
4 What is the most magical dive that you will never forget?
Each dive is special but the latest epic dive was a dive with a close friend of mine who is also a diver we it was a drift dive with a speed boat at Jackson reef in Tiran island , Sharm El Sheikh. The sea was calm and Crystal blue we saw a cuple of dolphines at the surface, two turtles and at the end of the dive we saw a majestic whale shark swimming just right to us it was like the icing on cake.
5 How has diving empowered you as a woman?
Diving taught me how to be capable to handle and deal with difficulties in life and to be very keen to get my goals and to learn more and be active in my society and to encourage other women to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.
6 What does your gear look like on an average dive?
Normal gear i like to be light and free sometimes i take a mash bag in case i found any trash underwater
7 Coming from Saudi Arabia, how was your decision to make diving your career accepted?
I am not the only female instructor in Saudi Arabia but may be the only who left the corporate life behind and focused only on diving and made it my main job, i believe that every person should do what she or he loves and is passionate about regardless what the community thinks because it’s my life and i want to live it to fullest
8 What is Pink Bubbles and how this initiative helps to empower women in Saudi Arabia and GCC?
I started Pink Bubbles in 2013 targeting the female divers and non-divers to encourage them to start scuba diving and also to spread marine and shark awareness, plus organizing diving trips to Egypt.
9 What are your diving related goals for the next years?
I live my life day by day and all I want is to dive more and meet new people
10 What is your advice to anyone considering to start diving but having some fears?
We all fear the the unknown and we all were beginners at once. The first step is always the hardest but if i can do it you can do the rest!