Posted on April 11, 2015

Student Activities Department Aquatic Section at Qatar University (QU) hosted a sports open day on April 9 at the organization’s Aquatic Center in cooperation with QU Security and Safety Section, Lekhwiya Qatar, Qatar Coast Guard, Poseidon Dive Center, Dive Raid Qatar, Qatar Sub, and VLCC Wellness Qatar. Themed “Discover Scuba Diving”, the event which is organized for the first time at QU, drew 300 participants, including 150 students across QU colleges.

It also included training for children 8 years and above conducted by members from Poseidon Dive Center. The event aimed to orient QU community members on scuba diving activities at QU as well as the equipment and diving techniques. It was also an opportunity to build community awareness on scuba diving in Qatar in keeping with the country’s growing sports culture and its commitment to advancing awareness on the marine environment and its importance to the country’s development.

The event’s program included 8 booths from QU scuba diving team, QU Security and Safety Section, Lekhwiya Qatar, Qatar Coast Guard, Poseidon Dive Center, Dive Raid Qatar, Qatar Sub, and VLCC Wellness Qatar, showcasing scuba diving tools and equipment; sessions on scuba diving, and on sport and nutrition presented by scuba diving teams from QU and Lekhwiya Qatar, and VLCC Wellness Qatar members, among others.

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Activities featured performances by Qatar Coast Guard and Lekhwiya such as paramotor, motorcycle and aquatic scooter shows. Other areas of focus were interaction of the diver-robot with the underwater environment and its core role in search and rescue operations, surface-supplied diving equipment, underwater landfall and communication, and the oxygen therapy chamber.

Commenting on the event, QU Associate VP for Student Life and Services Mr Abdulla Al-Shandoor Al-Yafei said: “This event emphasizes Qatar University’s goal in advancing the role of sports in students’ life. It is one of the many outreach and community service activities conducted by the department to draw QU members and the wider community into the national dialogue on preserving the underwater environment. The scuba diving is a growing sport activity in Qatar, and we are pleased to conduct a program that will build  awareness of it not only being a fun activity but one that contributes to national development initiatives on the environment.”

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