Scuba Divers in North-East England completing PADI Psychological Diver

Scuba Divers in North-East England completing PADI Psychological Diver

There is something I find fundamentally terrifying about teaching this course! Although the course is about theories of human psychology, it connects deeply to people’s real experiences as divers. In writing PADI Psychological Diver, every part has some connection to my own experiences as a diver. The concepts and case studies then link to the […]

Why seeking psychological services is not like calling the coastguard.

Why seeking psychological services is not like calling the coastguard.

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?

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?

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 […]