Abdullah Interviews Salem Al-Fadalah
Its Saturday, you know what that means, INTERVIEWS.
You know how much I appreciate local talents, this one is a bit different and should be nominated to work with either National Geographic or BBC’s deep sea documentaries. Today’s guest is a dear friend of mine. He has sharp eyes for opportunities, asks why not rather than why, smart, down to earth & most importantly, witty, a friendly trouble maker & surprises guru.
He is the son of Mr.Saleh Yousef Al-Fadalah, one of the highly respected former members of the parliament, vice presidents of that period, 1982.
Salem, back in the university, he was elected as president of the students association. Now, he runs two jobs, one in a local bank, the other being a marketing manager at Bubbles diving centre which I covered before.
Ok so enough of me talking, lets get to it.
Talk about your self, a brief introduction.
My name is Salem Al-Fadalah , im 25 years , I graduated from Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). Right now I work in one of the local banks, corporate finance department. A side to that, I work as a marketing manager at “Bubbles Dive Center” which belongs to my friends and I can never thank them enough for this great opportunity which I can hopefully be of any help.
How’s your childhood like? flashes maybe ?
I think I had a well diversified childhood started from being a very polite kid to a very naughty young boy with my relatives where at the age of 10-16 we used to live in chalet during summer holidays without even going back home for weeks. Age 16-19 I turned to a computer geek and then I got into the university and thats when everything changed. and
I became very active with student activities & elections. Between 2005-2006 I was elected as the president of students association. Since I was a kid I had too many hobbies that I no longer practice except for the love of travel and everything related to the sea.
Fishing, Speargun diving, jet skiing, all water activities and recently Scuba diving. Squash however is my new love that i practice on daily basis, not water related though.
What inspired you to become a diver ?
I alway wanted to try scuba diving but I never had the opprtunity to get into diving class since I was too busy with life’s obligations until one day my colleague asked me to join him and my instant answer was ” HELL YEAH , WHY NOT “ and thats where my starting point was.
First, we finished our swimming pool practice. Then eventually, did the real thing, dive in Oum almaradem island. Thats when I realized that scuba diving was the thing im missing in my life. I started to learn more from the person I call my diving “”GOD FATHER”" Captain Abdulrahman Al-Sarheed who is one of Bubbles owners and he is the one who chose me to be the Marketing Manager.
I also started to read and research. Enrolled myself in an advanced diver course with my GOD FATHER. I aim to be a diving instructor. I, however, refuse to be trained by any other Captain than Abdulrahman.
So your more than just a diver I heard, a photographer maybe ?
Well what attracted me to diving is the idea of being surrounded by danger, challenges and overall craziness all gathered in one place.
I thought diving was dangerous and i was really attracted to it but then i realized thats its a very safe sport that has a handful of saftey stops that will almost eliminate any danger possibility. I realized that there are underwater creatures, magnificent as can be, worth being captured, photographically.
I bought my first underwater camera and started to take some shots, gradually, upgraded my hobby and bought my first underwater video cam. I’m still learning more and more everyday.
What differs your diving centre “Bubbles” from other competitors ?
Bubbles diving center is the newest diving school in Kuwait, Established by Kuwaiti dive lovers whom wish to expand this hobby among all Kuwaitis and also wish to add some luxurious touches to diving experience which might sound as a tough hobby to some people.
We have built a brand new boat that is designed specially for diving. We try to offer the best on board services where we have a staff that is specialized in helping peopl to minimze all the tough prepartions associated with it.
Our dive center offers private lessons where our trainers can train people at their places and do the diving practice at their swimming pools. We also provide female instructors for some people that ask for it. We also have a swimming trainer for those whom wish to learn swimming before diving.
Did it help you in anywa ?
It sure did, it introduced me to great people such as the owners of the dive center in addition to team work which I love the most in every organization, it also keeps introducing me to new people (new students) and I keep gaining experience from our great instructors every day.
Support ? family & friends ?
Hmmm thats a tough question. I never had any objections from my family except for the time I dove with sharks in kuwait scientific center.
This objection I faced came from my father who not only objected but warned me to stop it . I think he gave up by now, he knows how deeply in love I am, stopping it is not an option unfortunately. However, I still sneak behind him with my diving equipment bag whenever i decide to go on diving, HAH!
Throw something for p0ach readers.
A) Thanks to poach for such a wonderful creative idea. Also, thanks for giving us the chance to introduce ourselves to the community.
B) I advise every one to try everything, Never say no. You are going to live once.
C) Diving might sound dangeroud to some people but know this, the possibility of getting injured while dancing is greater than getting injured in Scuba Diving.
D) I hope that I have inspired at least one person to get into Scuba world which is wonderful