PADI Instructor and social media influencer

Biography

Born and raised in Dubai – where residents have access to the beautiful sea year-round – Khalid Alrazooqi wasn’t always enamored with the ocean. In 2014, a group of friends asked him to join in a PADI Open Water Diver course, but he was afraid to even think about swimming in the pool due to a near-drowning incident when he was five. “I started to fight my inner soul to change that mindset, taking a swimming lesson first and then the course,” he says. “When I took my first breath underwater, my mind clicked. Scuba diving has permanently shifted my lifestyle – from someone who nearly drowned to a person who can’t stay away from the sea and the underwater life.”

Khalid didn’t stop at Open Water, and has since reached Master Scuba Diver and PADI Divemaster; he now has 14 certifications and plans on going for his PADI Instructor. “Ultimately, I want to encourage our people in UAE to be scuba divers, helping to protect the oceans across the globe from the pollution and other aspects. I also want to work closely with the government in UAE to focus on scuba diving as a diving tourism destination.”

© 2020 Khalid Alrazooqi

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