the reality is that not every man can lead such a lifestyle and not every man can become a scuba diver.
Karachi Scuba Diving Center was established in the year 1989; it was pioneering effort By Yousuf Ali the first “PADI Master Instructor” and Mechanical Engineer from Karachi Pakistan. The KSDC Non-Profitable-Organization (NPO) to organize and promote Swimming, lifesaving, Skin Diving and Scuba Diving, through training programs to provide a complete range of instructions for all people of Pakistan. The aim was to increase Awareness, Responsibility and Education among the people who in the course of time will understand the importance of protecting our beaches, marine life and environment, by providing training programs and important data to, Universities, Schools, Social Clubs and NGO’s.
The objective of the first Diving school (KSDC) was to teach and promote Scuba Diving, Skin diving through the curriculum of PADI_USA which is based in Santa Ana California and the largest Professional Association maintained the highest standards for the safety and professionalism around the world.
KSDC hope that over a period of time people will realize the importance of protecting our beaches, marine life and environment. Making documentaries on Environmental awareness, Protection of Marine life, Pollution, and safety on Beaches
Scuba Diving is a healthy sport, and not only sports but also it is of its own science. It enlightens people to respect and protect our fragile environment, educate people on, water-safety, beach rescue, oceans, and its currents, beautiful fauna and flora. This sport also edify us about the underwater world, eye catching coral reefs, colourful tropical fishes and chunky underwater-forest beyond our imagination.
Scuba Diving is a remarkable Sport
It teaches self-confidence to the meek and humility to the bold, initiative to the withdrawn and philosophy to all
1.) It teaches us to take infinite pains and build characters, determination and cool judgment
2.) Mention should be made of the camaraderie in the diving sorority.
3.) Diving provides an adventure that binds its devotee together by a common sense of responsibility for each other’s safety.
4.) It brings out the finest qualities in person and results in the most enduring friendship.
Scuba Diving is Fun Diving, thanks to the technology in today’s world a child of 8 years of age Girl/Boy can learn to Scuba dive and have fun, The positive thing in this sport is, that it is a family sport, even grand mama can join the class and enjoy as much as her granddaughter.
Yousuf Ali (PADI Master Instructor)
Yousuf Ali (PADI Master Instructor)
Being a marine engineer working for Ministry of Electricity and Water Dubai UAE, as a Power Station Superintendent decided to take up a new water sports “Scuba Diving” as a hobby, the first breath underwater and I was hooked for life having qualified as a “PADI Open Water diver” in 1979.
Carried on education and Graduated as a Professional “Gold Scuba Diving Instructor” with ten (7) Specialties, from PADI College San Diego, California in 1982.
1. Management Operations
2. Under-water photographer
3. Search and Recovery Diver
4. Deep diver
5. Rescue Diver (Trained by Padi & Cost Guard San Diego California.
6. Research diver, worked with Dr. Kobayashi. (Institute of Oceanography California).
7. Equipment specialist (Factory trained by US Diver, Scuba-pro, Sea-Quest, Mares, Italy).
Along with the following courses: -
• Basic life support by American Red Cross (Instructor)
• Multimedia standard First Aid By American Red Cross (Instructor)
• Advanced Lifesaving and Water Safety by American Red Cross
• Medic First Aid (Instructor)
• IDC-I Staff instructor
He has trained more than 3000 students throughout the world.
Become a member of “PADI Master Instructor Review Committee” Santa Ana, California, USA.
Acquired “Rescue Diving Instructor” status, trained by Coast Guard San Diego California.
Being Rescue Diver Instructor he was privileged to trained Dubai Police, the first “Frogman team” in the gulf.
Worked with Dr. J Kobiachi at Script Institute of Oceanography, California.
Explored the Pakistan coast line and organized Seminar at the motel in Gawader (2003) inviting all the scientist from Karachi University, NIO, Sindh Wild Life, WWF-Pak, sending the message to Islamabad not to pollute Gawader as they did in Karachi Port.
Completed Project # 50037401 “Listing Changes in Biodiversity of rocky Coast of Buleji cove and sandy beach of turtle nesting ground Hawks Bay” Sponsored by WWF-Pakistan 2005
Successfully completed Expedition trip to Jiwani and Astola Island Balochistan (Feb. 2006)
Has been interviewed by all leading TV Channels in Pakistan as well as by CNN, BBC, APS.
Karachi Scuba Diving Center (KSDC) employed a Graduate female in 2004 from a remote village of Balochistan for the office work. Soon I saw the hidden talent in the girl and I decided to provide her all means to learning opportunities to help climbing the pyramid of success. Today she is known Mermaid of Churna Island. 10 years of hard work, she has become “The Rosheen Khan the first Pakistani female (PADI IDC Staff Instructor)” and a Law Graduate,. Besides training her I also taught over 3,000 Scuba diving courses to other diving students throughout the world during the period 1982 till today.
Karachi has not been on world map as far as Scuba Diving was concerned, I moved in from Dubai in 1989 where I was running “Dubai Diving Center” at Jumeira Beach Road Dubai UAE.
The Karachi, being my home town even though this port city and Ex. Capital of Pakistan, faces difficult time during military dictator’s regime, offers various type of scuba diving. Our coral reef is our heritage which we have adapted in the year 2006 and since that we have been looking after the marine environment keeping the reef protected by educating community,
Rosheen Khan (PADI IDC Staff Instructor)
Rosheen is Pakistan’s first ever female “PADI IDC Staff Instructor” from PADI California, USA and a Law Graduate, S. M. Law College, Karachi.
2009, Rosheen received extensive training and become Pakistan’s First female Scuba Diving Instructor with 9 Specialties Instructor rating: -
1. Deep Diver Ins.
2. Multilevel Diver Ins.
3. U/W Navigator Ins.
4. E. A.N. Nitrox Ins.
5. Emergency First Response Ins.
6. Oxygen Provider Ins.
7. Coral Reef Conservation Ins.
8. Project Aware Ins.
9. Night Diver Ins.
Completed Research Project:-WWF-PAK # 50037401
Project Argus # 2006/10
2014 Rosheen achieved the prestigious statue of “PADI IDC Staff instructor” and become again Pakistan’s First female PADI IDC Staff instructor
Successfully completed Expedition trip to Jiwani and Astola Island Balochistan (Feb. 2006)
Has been interviewed by all leading TV Channels in Pakistan as well as by CNN, BBC, and APS.
Being “Scuba Instructor” she has the privilege and responsibility of introducing community to the exciting world of SCUBA DIVING and MARINE CONSERVATION.
Currently she worked with University of Brigham UK and the Ministry of Museum And heritage Qatar for Archaeological Survey of the Southern & Northern Waters of Emirates of Qatar (2013)
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Completed Research Project sponsored by WWF- Pakistan, title âList changes in Bio-diversity of Rocky coast of Buleji Cove And Sandy Beach of Turtle nesting ground, Hawks Bayâ. Project report was submitted on May 15th 2006.
Marine environment and biodiversity conservation is an identified target area in the National Conservation Strategy (NCS). The coastal and near-shore waters are experiencing all sorts of natural and anthropogenic threats. With continued Coastal development and new urbanization plans, there is a need to undertake a base line survey of the coastal amenities, even more crucial. Coastal industrial units such as thermal and atomic power plants that produce electricity, use seawater from the coast, as a coolant and the same is discharged and drained into the sea. This water is several degrees higher in temperatures than the ambient seawater environment. Higher than ambient seawater temperature pose a threat to the fauna of the area and it may cause changes to the population structure of marine fauna and flora. Corals are sessile organisms and hence are affected most by the coastal environmental degradation. Therefore monitoring changes in the coral reef ecosystem will reflect the degree of environmental degradation. The main objective of the proposed project is to monitor the sub-tidal area around Churna Island and near Hub river delta, and assess distribution and abundance of organisms around this area. Data obtained from this area will improve our knowledge on the effects and response of the resident organisms to the changes imposed by the coastal pollution.
People have always been fascinated by life that exits beneath the waves; SCUBA (Self Containing Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving has become a standard technique that is currently used worldwide as a relatively inexpensive research tool for the study and monitoring of marine life. SCUBA diving enlightens people to respect and protect our fragile coastal and marine ecosystems, it creates awareness and provides for a better understanding on the coastal phenomena's and features, such as ebb and flow of tides, long shore currents, rip currents, coastal erosion and accretion. But most of all Scuba diving provides an excellent opportunity to observe exotic marine fauna and flora in their natural habitat and to monitor faunal changes that may occur due to abnormal condition such as water temperature, pH, organic enrichment, untreated industrial effluent discharge into the coastal areas that would alter the faunal assemblages over a period of time.Download Full Report Read Full Report
Marine Life Conservation Project (MLCP) 2008 A long awaiting project needed badly for conservation of our marine life. This three years project â??Project Argusâ? with the few we have completed in the last five years covering the coast of Pakistan has given us a base line to understand the existing marine life of this area and its gloomy deteriorate environmental condition beneath the sea leading towards major change in the structure of the rapidly expending coral reefs and associated fauna and flora of the propose â??Underwater National Parkâ? in order to conserve our heritage to benefit future coming generation.Download Full Report Read Full Report
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Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it’s probably easier than you imagine — especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. PADI entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
How long does it take to become a certified SCUBA diver?
PADI courses are performance based, which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge. Because some learn faster than others.
Do I have to be physically fit to SCUBA dive?
Before getting certified, you should be in good physical health. If you are not sure that you’re fit enough, see your doctor.
Do I have to be able to swim?
You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer, but you do need to be a basic swimmer. SCUBA diving certification course includes a swim test that you must pass. If you can’t swim, sign up for lessons.
I have a certain Medical Condition does this mean that I cannot dive?
It depends on what kind of medical condition it is. Consult a doctor before signing up because you will be required to fill in documents that will require you to explain your medical conditions and may require a doctor’s certificate to prove that you are medically fit.
What age I can participate in scuba diving activities?
There are programs bubble maker and seal team available for younger children (8 to 10 years) they learn in the swimming pool only. Anyone 15 years or older can become an Open Water Diver. Children between the ages of 10 and 15 can receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification. At the age of 15 they can upgrade to a regular Open Water Diver certification
What do we use in SCUBA tank?
Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. The air in a SCUBA tank is like the air you’re breathing but is also filtered to remove impurities.
How long does an air tank last?
Since people breathe at different rates and as you go deeper you consume air faster, there isn’t any one answer. Because of this, divers carry a gauge that lets them know how much air is left in the tank. However, divers in calm, warm water from 5-10 metres/15-30 feet can spend about one hour underwater with an average tank.
My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won’t they hurt when I SCUBA dive?
Your ears hurt because of the water pressure on your eardrum. In your SCUBA course, you’ll learn simple techniques to equalize your ear spaces to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane.
In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Should I be concerned about marine animals?
Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting if provoked, but you can avoid these by not touching them. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks and therefore shark attacks are rare.
Is SCUBA diving dangerous?
Scuba diving is as safe nowadays that kids age 8 learn to scuba dive in the safe confines of a swimming pool. and enjoys this fun adventure with family and friends.
KARACHI SCUBA DIVING CENTER
Yousuf Ali Director Operation & Master Instructor (PADI) Ca.
US Marine Researcher
C-32, Suit# 07, 9th Street Badar Commercial Area
Phase V, Ext. D.H.A Karachi -75500
021-35340595 & 35340528.
0300-219-0304 & 0303-215-1634.