The first post-lockdown dives of summer 2020

The first post-lockdown dives of summer 2020

Knowing (or rather not knowing) the risks around Covid 19 and it’s potential implications for scuba diving, like a lot of divers I’ve been pretty cautious about going out for a dive. So, following all the advice to stay home and protect each other, I focused on my work and offering PADI Psychological Diver online. […]

First podcast interview about dive psychology

First podcast interview about dive psychology

“Are you a scuba diver? Fancy a brew?” was essentially the message I got from Andy. He’d noticed my Instagram name was laura_scubapsychologist and thought we might be interested in talking about the same things. The focus of Andy’s podcast is mental resilience and wellbeing in scuba diving – whether that’s how diving helps us […]

“If Only … “

“If Only … “

Have you been affected by things other divers do? Or forget to do!  Do you make mistakes when diving? I’d be very surprised if you said no.  I know I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a diver, I don’t know a diver who hasn’t!   In reality, most of the time we are lucky.  Whether it’s […]

Officially qualified as EFR Mental Health Awareness Instructor

Officially qualified as EFR Mental Health Awareness Instructor

Today this certificate arrived! The course is well within my qualification as a Clinical Psychologist so, having seen the course, I applied direct to teach it. My experience is in working with mental health in the NHS and private practice, e.g. anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, bipolar and psychosis. But I’ve tended to avoid offering services […]

Doing the PADI Psychological Diver course during lock-down

Doing the PADI Psychological Diver course during lock-down

I wrote PADI Psychological Diver in 2015, and created the elearning in 2016. It’s always been that students take the elearning, and then (to receive the PADI certification) must attend in person for the classroom session or optional dives. The course can be completed “dry”. For years divers have contacted me from all over the […]

Talking about calm breathing live on PADI Facebook

Talking about calm breathing live on PADI Facebook

With Covid-19 measures being put in place in Europe and the UK in late-March, divers are not only cancelling dive plans, we are also getting used to the idea we may be staying home for a while. PADI organised a series of Facebook Live talks for landlocked divers, looking at how what we’ve learned underwater […]

Does self-isolation feel like a never-ending decompression stop?

Does self-isolation feel like a never-ending decompression stop?

A rare guest post, thoughtfully provided by Yvonne Press, Dark Horizon Diving. Yvonne is a TDI Instructor Trainer and Technical Diving Instructor who offers bespoke technical diving and courses in North-East of Bali. Presently following the measures for Covid-19, in this post Yvonne passes the time with a little bit of philosophizing … I regularly […]

Some reasons you want your psychologist diving

Some reasons you want your psychologist diving

There is something I do that I don’t talk about very much, (partly because I’m not allowed to!). I’ve been working with individual divers who have somehow gotten stuck with their scuba diving. For example anxiety or panic at a particular depth, fears or specific phobias and sometimes distressing experiences in diving. Often the issue […]

The Dive Psychology Iceberg

The Dive Psychology Iceberg

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new decade. I’ve had the iceberg metaphor in mind since the end of December. Fueled by the excitement of what is there to explore and the frustration of communicating it sometimes. This post is simply a wander through some of that and a reflection on dive […]

Improve your scuba diving with skills no one can see.

Improve your scuba diving with skills no one can see.

There are lots of things you can do to improve your scuba diving. Finding effective learning environments, diving to gain experience at your current level, dedicated practice, working with an instructor to develop skills and confidence …. all useful things to do. But isn’t it a bit odd that the focus is often on the […]