Ever since my first dive in 2006, I have been intrigued by the psychology of scuba diving. I am interested in exploring our existing understanding and talking to divers and professionals about their experiences. I help divers to understand what drives our behaviour so that we can make our own choices about what we do, be aware of our contexts and stay in control of our actions.
I trained as a Divemaster 2012-13, in Scottish seas and lochs, and continued to assist and guide most weekends. I qualified as a PADI Open Water Instructor / Specialty Instructor in April 2015, gaining Master Scuba Diver Trainer by early 2016 and since then taught over 150 certifications. I trained as a PADI Staff Instructor in May 2016, and have assisted on Instructor Development Courses.
In 2015-2017, I worked as part of a co-operative running Deep Blue Scuba, and was responsible for organising the centre’s training schedule to ensure delivery of PADI courses all year round. Currently a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, I have experience of teaching and guiding in cold water, low-visibility conditions.
I wrote PADI Psychological Diver, a distinctive specialty to help divers understand behaviour and become more aware divers. I recently spoke to PADI about using psychology in diving, and you can read the interview here .