For Scuba Divers

Psychology can help in your scuba diving experiences. Explore the information, courses & training below to find out how.

Recent Posts

Why seeking psychological services is not like calling the coastguard.

Why seeking psychological services is not like calling the coastguard.

4th September 2019

A metaphor about psychological support We can imagine that going through life is like sailing your own boat across the ocean. We all have different boats, some are faster, some slower. Some are power boats and others sail with the wind.  But most importantly we all have different directions that we want to go in, […]

What are psychological skills and how can they be useful in diving?

What are psychological skills and how can they be useful in diving?

21st May 2018

The aeroplane accelerated along the runway and as it lifted off I heard “we are going to die, we are all going to die!”.  Nobody had said anything, everything was fine.  The sudden appearance of this phrase in my head is what is known as an “intrusive thought”.  The mind wants to protect us from […]

What can psychology do for divers?

What can psychology do for divers?

7th January 2018

Like any extreme environment, being underwater has a profound effect on how we behave and think.  Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour, often described as both an art and a science, it provides insights into why we do what we do.  But what can psychology do for scuba divers? “There is magic […]

Testimonials

PADI Psychological Diver

What did you learn from this course and how will you use this when you dive in future?

“To face your fears, learn about why something might be happening, work to resolve it.  I have become able to look to re-booking the drysuit course as I have become more aware of my fears and worries to overcome them”

Has this course changed how you think of yourself as a diver?​

“Yes, it has encouraged me to practice at becoming a better diver.”

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Psychological Diver

What did you learn from this course?

“Methods of dealing and controlling emotions, reading situations, being true to yourself and listening to your gut, understanding that a level of anxiousness is good.

Stepping outside your comfort zone and encouraging others to do so but knowing your limits. Differences between fear and happiness, and the similarities, ways of controlling emotions or turning situations around.

Controlling anxiety and tunnel vision people before panic sets in.

The course has made me more understanding of other divers but also given me tools to be more self assured when required. In future I will trust in my abilities more, “telling myself” I can do something when worried about an issue an experienced or dealt with before. Believing in myself and abilities.

​Fantastic course   : ) “

PADI Divemaster

PADI Psychological Diver

“Helpful and interesting! I learned greater awareness of, and capacity to reflect on, own and others behaviour when diving. To be aware of and notice variations between people, or in self at different times, rather than assuming own experience is the norm.   In future I feel able to reflect on my own reactions and motivations and thereby have the opportunity to do things differently;  also to support others better through stress when they need it.  The course changed how I think about myself as a diver with reactions, feelings etc as something that can be worked on and changed, rather than just how things are. It was also useful to get prompts to think about goals, rather than just doing another dive.”

PADI Rescue Diver