PREVENT PANIC

in Scuba Diving | taught by Dr Laura Walton
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Julia Hakenes

Thanks, Laura!!!

In this course you learn a lot about the connection between your body and your mind and how things might add up to experiencing panic. But not only this theoretical knowledge is taught in an excellent way, you also get useful practical tips and ex...

Aaron Yates

Excellent Course!

This course is good for divers who have experienced panic and those who have not. It brings to light the process at work in a panicking diver and actions that can be taken to remove or control the panic. As the course points out being “Fit” to div...

Faye Wilde

Insightful and relevant, a must do course for all divers!

Lots to relate to here and a great overall look at the way panic manifests itself and how to manage it. This is relevant to all divers irrespective of experience and has some very important lessons and tools. All divers should take this course!

Julia Hakenes

In this course you learn a lot about the connection between your body and your mind and how things might add up to experiencing panic. But not only this theoretical knowledge is taught in an excellent way, you also get useful practical tips and ex...

Aaron Yates

This course is good for divers who have experienced panic and those who have not. It brings to light the process at work in a panicking diver and actions that can be taken to remove or control the panic. As the course points out being “Fit” to div...

Faye Wilde

Lots to relate to here and a great overall look at the way panic manifests itself and how to manage it. This is relevant to all divers irrespective of experience and has some very important lessons and tools. All divers should take this course!

Dr Laura Walton
Dr Laura Walton
PADI IDC Staff Instructor & Clinical Psychologist

About the Instructor


A Psychologist and Scuba Diving Instructor fascinated by the psychology of scuba diving.  I help scuba divers to understand why we do what we do underwater.  I share knowledge and practices that divers can use to bring awareness to our behaviour and make conscious changes to our actions.

Think like a Diver; Dive Aware.




Scuba Divers DO Panic

Divers panic, or sometimes get very close.  In a panic state, people are unable to think clearly and lose control of what they are doing.  Panic is an unpleasant state on the surface but, underwater it can also be dangerous.  

Divers don't talk about panic.  The image you have in your mind of a "scuba diver" is probably not someone thrashing about in an uncontrolled state of panic.  So, if it has happened to you, you most likely wanted to move on quite quickly and find a way to make it not happen again.  

When diver's do talk about panic, we often get hooked on a single point of fault: usually either there was a kit issue (when often there wasn't) OR there was something wrong with the diver (i.e. they were anxious, did something stupid) etc.  And the conclusion is simple - "don't panic next time".  

The trouble is, you knew that already.  It is not as if you intended to panic the first time - it was horrible, of course you would not have done that if you had a choice! 

To stop it happening again, you need to know why it happened in the first place. Work out the cause of the problem and do something to fix it.  Otherwise, you can find yourself stuck. But, with few people really understanding what panic is, you may be struggling to find that explanation.  

The diving agencies like PADI, SSI, BSAC etc. have some reference to panic in the rescue level courses, and certainly for the practical skills in helping a panic diver, taking rescue training is a good idea.  But this course will teach you about what panic is and what causes it.  We look at the psychological and physiological experience of panic.  That means it is useful for any diver who is concerned about panic, and also works well as an addition to rescue diver training.

It may be that you are an instructor, and you've seen your students panic, which is a difficult experience.  You want to know how to prevent this from happening with your future students, and want to build your awareness.  

Or perhaps you want to become a better diver by taking further training, but have experienced panic on a course as a barrier to learning.  

Stress is part of diving, not only is it unavoidable, it is the stresses and rising to the challenges that help us to learn.  We can't remove stress entirely.  Instead we learn the skills we need to respond effectively to the stress.


IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot fully prevent any human behaviour but, once we understand what triggers our actions, we realise there are a lot of things we can do to make it less likely to happen.

This course helps you, as a scuba diver, to understand panic, become aware of the factors that lead to panic in diving, so that you are more able to take actions that reduce the risk.

As part of this course you will receive a downloadable worksheet to help make sense of stressful experiences you encounter in your diving, and to guide you to take useful actions.



By the way, I am building this course because I meet so many people who have concerns about panicking underwater, and I know that psychology can help us to understand and prevent panic.  As a psychologist I have lots of experience of helping people overcome panic, in fact I even lectured on the topic at the University of Edinburgh.  I regularly help non-divers to overcome panic and phobia in everyday life, and I know this is something that can be useful to divers.

But, I need your help!  This is the first ever course to help scuba divers deal with panic. If you know a diver that could benefit, please share! I really think it is important that people have access to this information, because "don't panic" is useless advice.


Course Contents

31 Videos
25 Quizzes
8 Surveys
1 Multimedia
42 Texts
11 PDFs
6 Audios
1 Presentation
7.0 hrs

Course Curriculum