First Pakistani female scuba-diving instructor breaking stereotypes

Rosheen Khan is Pakistan’s first female scuba-diving instructor. (Photo courtesy: Dawn)

Rosheen Khan, also known as ‘Mermaid of Churna Island’, has become the first and the only female scuba-diving instructor in Pakistan.

According to a newspaper report, Khan’s passion for scuba diving started during her teenage years when she worked at the Karachi Scuba Diving Center where she met her boss and instructor Yousuf Ali who later taught her how to scuba dive. A 20-minute documentary ‘Limitless’, that highlights Khan’s journey, was screened in Karachi on Saturday.

The documentary by Nameera Ahmed, a Pakistani-based director and producer, was made with the motive of breaking stereotypes in Pakistan and to encourage women to face their challenges and move on. During a discussion with the audience after the screening of the film, Rosheen recalled the start of her journey with Yousuf Ali.

No swimming experience

“He at first wanted to know if I am sure I wanted to do it, I didn’t even know how to swim then. But after giving me some basic training, he took me 60 feet down. It was an amazing experience for me. I didn’t want to come back up,” during a discussion with the audience after the screening of the film,” she was quoted as saying.

Not everyone was able to accept Khan’s accomplishment. She faced many challenges with people who did not feel confident enough to dive with her. Her family, too, did not approve of her working in a place where the majority were men.

Khan currently teaches scuba-diving internationally.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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