Learn to dive with Sora Marine Training and discover our blue planet.
Learning to dive can be fun, exhilarating, and a great opportunity to discover a whole new world under the sea – but what can you expect when you are learning? And what can you see and do as a newly qualified Open Water Diver!
First step – sign up! As long as you are over 10 years old and can swim 200m that is all you need to be able to start your journey towards becoming an open water diver.
Next comes the theory. You will get your “crew pack” your open water divers manual, which has all the information about diving safely, using your equipment safely, and how everything works. You’ll answer questions as you go which you will later check your understanding with the instructor. At some point in the course you will also complete an exam – but don’t worry! It’s just to make sure you understand the course and can dive safely!
Then it’s time for pool dives and sea dives, and this is where it starts to get exciting. Hop in the pool with the instructor for a few sessions of a few hours and experience breathing underwater for the first time. Learn new skills and put all the theory into practice. Then finally we head to the beach! Complete the skills you have learnt in the pool in the open ocean and have some fun experiencing the underwater world for the first time.
Congratulations! You are now a certified PADI Open Water Diver! What does that mean and what comes next? You can now dive to 18M deep anywhere in the world! You have all the skills and knowledge you need to go on holiday, rent some equipment with some friends and book on a dive trip. On your new adventures you will discover the wonders of the deep blue sea and the amazing creatures that live beneath the surface. You can dive on holiday or for fun right here in Doha. The opportunities are endless, we can’t wait to introduce you to our amazing blue planet!
It’s the first ever ANOC World Beach Games and it’s happening right here in Qatar!
This October 12th -16th Qatar will be hosting the first ever world beach games and we couldn’t be more excited! The event is due to be a spectacular show of talent demonstrated by athletes from all over the world competing against each other for places on the podium.
There will be over 1,360 athletes flying into Doha to participate in this event which is the first of its kind, making it even more of an achievement for Qatar. The athletes will be competing across 16 different disciplines, 14 of which are beach or water-based activities, including (what we are most excited about) wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Other activities will include kitefoil racing, open water swimming, beach volley ball, beach wrestling, beach tennis, and many others! There will be something for everyone and the timing promises perfect weather to attend these exciting outdoor events, many of which will be held right next door to our very own headquarters at Katara Beach!
You can find out more information on the events and schedule at www.awbgqatar.com and check out their facebook and Instagram for all the latest from participating athletes and news.
Also don’t forget to follow our Instagram and Facebook as we will be live on Instagram attending as many events as we can!
October Half -Term with Sora Marine Training
Surf and Sail Camps
With the summer finally over and everyone getting back into their routines it must be nearly time for another school holiday! Half-term is just around the corner and we are excited to run our usual half-term youth camps with a different twist this time around. Now that the weather is finally improving and summer is well and truly over, we can finally get back to full days on the water. This means that we can run our full five (5) day camps!
This year we will be running 2 camp options
Sora Sailing Camp and Sora Surf and Sail Camp
Both camps will be available with start dates on the 13th, 20th, and 27th of October. The surf and sail camp will include RYA sailing sessions, and the opportunity to wakeboard, wakesurf, and kneeboard behind one of our Mastercraft wake boats. The sailing camp will be a 5 day intensive RYA sailing course allowing the participants to achieve their RYA Youth Stage 1 certificate.
The camps will be available to children ages 8 – 16 for all dates, and the days will run with drop off at 9am and collection by 3pm.
All dates have limited availability so contact us now to book your space on your preferred dates! We can’t wait to see you out on the water!
Please get in touch to book your course.
Did you know we have great facilities for wakeboarding right here in Qatar? Whether you are an experienced rider or have never done any watersports before – We have something to offer for everyone! Want to know a bit more about it? Here’s a few things we often get asked about wakeboarding here in Qatar.
What is wakeboarding?
Wakeboarding is a water-based board sport where the rider holds a handle and is towed either by a boat or by a cable. Then with practice and progression riders can develop to do tricks such as jumps, skills on the surface of the water, and eventually even inversions.
Who can learn how to wakeboard?
We offer wakeboarding for children and adults of all abilities. Our team of expert instructors will be able to take you through all the necessary steps, no matter your age or ability level, to get you up and riding
How can I get started?
Get in contact with us and book a session! All you have to do is show up ready to get wet and have a great time and we do the rest. We provide all the equipment and tuition from our expert team of instructors
Want to see some pro wakeboarders doing their thing? The ANOC World Beach Games is coming up right here in Qatar next month! Keep an eye out for our next post to find out more.
It’s that time of the year again when walking outside is starting to become a pleasant experience again and we can finally get back into the swing of outdoor activities. The best bit of coming out of the summer heat is being able to go sailing again and we can’t wait to have children and adults alike out on the water!
Our free trial sailing sessions which ran on the 31stof August, 7th, and 14thof September were a huge success and we are nearly fully booked for upcoming courses!
Just like last year we’re getting ready to launch our Saturday Youth Sailing Scheme again as of the 21stof September. Before and after our move to Doha Marine Sports Club our sailing programme has been a huge success and we can’t wait to welcome back old students as well as introducing brand new ones to the sport.
Like last year we will have beginner, intermediate, and advanced groups on offer to accommodate all levels. There will also be additional spaces available in our beginner group to allow for more students who are new to sailing to join the fun!
We have limited availability so to avoid missing out contact us now to book your space!
We can’t wait for the season to begin and we hope to see you out on the water!
Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) is an animal shelter and animal rescue organisation that was founded and established in 2004. Run by volunteers, QAWS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals in Qatar. This is no small task to take on but founders Kelly and Janet have worked tirelessly for the last 15 years to keep animals off the street and find new homes in Qatar and overseas. Continue reading “Qatar Animal Welfare Society” →
Come and join Sora Marine Training for your Open Water Diving course during Eid Al-Adha and receive a great discount. Globally recognised PADI qualification allowing you to dive all over the world. Continue reading “Open Water Diving Eid Al-Adha Offer” →
Meet Our Lead Dive Instructor
At Sora Marine Training we pride ourselves in having the very best staff. Our dive team is no exception to this – John Hugh Marshall is simply the best dive instructor in Doha! Continue reading “John Hugh Marshall” →
Come and join us at The Diplomatic Club for unlimited wake boarding or wake surfing from Monday to Thursday subject to availability.
Price QR 1,500 per person for unlimited 1 hour bookings during Ramadan 15th May to 15th June.
Booking can only be taken 1 hour at time and are subject to availability.
Sora Marine Training is delighted to announce that in partnership with The Diplomatic Club we are opening Doha’s premier water-sports facility. Sora Marine Training in conjunction with the Diplomatic club, will provide a one stop shop for all of Doha’s water sports needs.
The idyllic setting of The Diplomatic Club with Sora Marine Training driving the water-sports from the club is set to be Doha’s best water-sports centre. With fully qualified British instructors qualified to RYA and PADI levels sailing, diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, and powerboat training are all available now from the Diplomatic Club.
Sora Marine Training brings a reputation as Doha’s best marine training business and paired with The Diplomatic Club’s long established reputation as the finest club in Qatar we are extremely excited about the future. SMT will be running all courses, water-sports camps, training classes from the Diplomatic Club with immediate effect, we look forward to seeing you at The Diplomatic Club soon.
The Diplomatic Club is Doha’s premier private club, providing its guests with a wide range of high quality facilities from leisure and wellness to dining. Located in West Bay, it provides its guests with an atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment through amenities such as a Recreational facilities, Spa services, Salon for both men and women, 2 gourmet restaurants – Nassayem and Al Sayyad and Banqueting & Catering facilities for both private and corporate events. Now with Sora Marine Training it also boasts the best water sports facilities in Doha.