Psychology for Scuba Divers

elearning for PADI Psychological Diver | taught by Dr Laura Walton
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Kevin Coffey

Simply fantastic!

It's hard to summarize all of the incredibly useful parts of this course, so let me just say that it was fascinating and well-executed and has given me a lot to think about that will make me a better diver. Can't recommend this course enough!

Faye Wilde

Informative and insightful, a really interesting course

This is a great way to learn more about what we do as divers and why. The course offers some great insight into our thought processes, actions and reactions. The application of various psychological theories to our diving world makes this relevant...

Derek Moore

It is all in your mind or soul.

If you have ever wondered why people learn differently to others or act differently to the varying teachings in diving, then this course will explain it all. It opens your mind to a different pathway of thinking and teaching. It won’t make you ...

Kevin Coffey

It's hard to summarize all of the incredibly useful parts of this course, so let me just say that it was fascinating and well-executed and has given me a lot to think about that will make me a better diver. Can't recommend this course enough!

Faye Wilde

This is a great way to learn more about what we do as divers and why. The course offers some great insight into our thought processes, actions and reactions. The application of various psychological theories to our diving world makes this relevant...

Derek Moore

If you have ever wondered why people learn differently to others or act differently to the varying teachings in diving, then this course will explain it all. It opens your mind to a different pathway of thinking and teaching. It won’t make you ...

Nicki Maglione

I've really enjoyed studying this course. It's taken me probably a month to complete the e-learning doing about 3-4 hours of study (about 2 sections) a week. It's drawn on a lot of concepts I've come across previously in my academic psychology st...

David Liew

I’m a novice to psychology but the course’s structure and content was easy to follow.

Emma Harris

Kerry Morgan

Laura's course Psychology for Scuba Divers is great for not only the new diver who is experiencing this amazing world for the first time but also for the experienced diver who might have had a stressful situation cause them to re think how they co...

Jennelle Dupuy

I really enjoyed this course. I learned (or re-learned) lots about how our brains work, both above & below the water. I learned about stress, how it affects our learning, more on the mechanics of how it affects us physically & in our dec...

Rachel Collington

Very informative course that really helps you appreciate how and why people behave as they do in certain situations. Also very interesting to understand how we learn as individuals and how we feed off each other in groups. Requires concentratio...

Natasja Zoon

This was such a great course to follow. It gave me a good insight in my own past behavior and will help me in the future. Moreover I think it will be very useful once I start to help out instructors with courses and any other activity I will perfo...

Darco Azarmaneche

Thank you Dr. Laura Walton for a very nice introduction into the psychology. We had a lot of videos, testimonials from divers, very good study cases and comments from you Laura, honestly, because we wrotte a lot ;O) The course is really well d...

Wayne Budgen

I was unprepared for the depth and breadth of work that Laura has put into this course. The educational resources were very good, the online learning platform was conducive to a good learning environment, and the content was very interesting and ...

Isabelle Derouet

So far i find it is well presented, clear and interactvie. I really enjoyed part 4 which is directly related to diving. I also preferred longer quizes.

Emma Pickering

I saw this course advertised on social media, and it immediately got my attention as I enjoy psychology. From the onset, I couldn't tear myself away from the course. I have enjoyed it from start to finish; every video, worksheet and discussion ...

Natalka MacKay

I looked forward to every chapter of this course! So many useful and practical applications for all scuba divers of all levels. You learn so much about why we do what we do, what affects our decisions and why our reactions to certain situations ...

Kerrie Eade

I have really enjoyed working through the eLearning - I've spotted how to apply it to my own diving as well as my own teaching and made notes of the salient points - I can't wait for my next course to start applying them now! I'm very much lookin...

Katarina Martin

I thought the amount of detail each subject went into was brilliant. Reading other peoples experiences and discussions really helped me in grasping the concept of each topic. A really well thought out course.

Valeria Lo Bue

Rolf Hakenes

An excellent course presenting the important psychological aspects and influencing factors on diving. In my opinion this should be considered much more in diving training as it is done today, because especially diving tends to produce many situat...

Harvey Sinclair

Laura's material is new knowledge about our love for diving. She goes into why we do what we do, what drives us, what we can do to better ourselves. This not a lesson in the science of psychology, but a field in itself connected to our needs an...

SEBASTIEN BOUTHILLETTE

I love this course. I wish it was part of the normal offering of all diving agency. It is well put together and if you do the exercises and actually reflect on and apply what is in the course, it is very helpful in bringing your diving to the next...

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.



If you would like to know more about courses and services please get in touch with me at laura@scubapsyche.com 

You may also visit www.scubapsyche.com


Psychology for Scuba Divers | Behaviour and Emotion in Diving


We spend a lot of time and effort getting to know the equipment we use in scuba diving.  

What about that one complex and irreplaceable piece of kit? YOU! 

This is a course full of theory and references to psychological sciences, with summaries of research in dive psychology. Psych. 101 for divers! You will learn about psychology and how to apply this understanding to your diving and dive training.


PLEASE NOTE:  PADI Psychological Diver is a Distinctive Specialty course, approved by PADI.  Psychology for Scuba Divers is the elearning for PADI Psychological Diver is created and owned by the specialty author, and is NOT a PADI elearning product.  

Course Contents

34 Videos
7 Quizzes
7 Surveys
55 Texts
15 PDFs
8 Disqus
7 Audios
14.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

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