Course Description

Remember being told to breathe slowly and deeply during your scuba diving training?

But what exactly is a deep breath? Learn about the value of proper breathing for diving and wellbeing.


You will learn:

What is a slow, deep breath?

Why are slow, deep breaths important in scuba diving?

How can we become aware of our breathing habits?

How can we develop proper breathing habits?

PADI IDC Staff Instructor & Clinical Psychologist

Dr Laura Walton

A qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and the British Psychological Society, I have ten years experience of delivering psychological approaches, within the NHS, to support people in significant distress. I have specialist experience of working with people with extreme dysregulation of emotion and psychosis.As a PADI Professional, I volunteer as part of a co-operative to manage an active dive club and school in Scotland. Since July 2015 I have been responsible for organising the centre's training schedule to ensure our delivery PADI courses all year round. Currently a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, I have experience of teaching and guiding in cold water, low-visibility conditions.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Instructions for this In Depth course

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Introduction to Deep Breathing

    • Introduction

    • TALK 1 | Importance: the value of learning about slow, deep breathing

  • 3

    How we breathe

    • DOODLE A | Anatomy of breathing

    • QUIZ 1 | Anatomy of Breathing

    • TALK 2 | Noticing: how we know where we are breathing

  • 4

    Practice Deep Breathing

    • TALK 3 | Skills: how to practice breathing deeply

    • TALK 4 | Practice: the value of practicing

    • TALK 5 | Practice: when to practice

    • AUDIO | Download: Guided diaphragmatic breathing for scuba divers

  • 5

    Deep Breathing in Scuba Diving

    • DOODLE B | Application of slow, deep breathing

    • QUIZ 2 | Application of slow, deep breathing

    • TALK 6 | Key Points

    • Next Course?

  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • Final message

    • What do you think?

    • Before you go...

    • More resources for you

Reviews

5 star rating

Gina Mascord

5 star rating

Learning to (re)breathe

Derrick Picha

I take breathing for granted and don't really think about it. Dr. Walton's 1-hr course reminded me why as a diver it's important to think about breathing and...

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I take breathing for granted and don't really think about it. Dr. Walton's 1-hr course reminded me why as a diver it's important to think about breathing and practice breathing. In this course, she calmly guides you and gives you a simple method to try. My goal is to become an even safer diver and better understand why I do what I do underwater. Dr. Walton helped me to begin unlocking the door to increased awareness. And it all starts with a single breath. /Derrick

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5 star rating

Clear and useful explanation about deep breathing.

Charlotte Woerde

I always thought deep breathing meant a big breath. When I started thinking about it, it just caused stress since my buoyancy and trim would change when taki...

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I always thought deep breathing meant a big breath. When I started thinking about it, it just caused stress since my buoyancy and trim would change when taking a big breath. This course gives a clear explanation about the actual deep breathing and how to practice it in your daily life, so you don't have to worry about it while diving.

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5 star rating

GREAT HELP

steve tye

Very easy to understand, well explained why we need to breath properly and how to to

Very easy to understand, well explained why we need to breath properly and how to to

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5 star rating

Rocio Villanueva

Rocio villanueva

I find this class very helpfully, I highly recommend it to Divers that are Veterans who suffer from PTSD.

I find this class very helpfully, I highly recommend it to Divers that are Veterans who suffer from PTSD.

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5 star rating

Excellent Micro Course

Olivia Cole

I believe this course offers enough information to help any new or experienced diver to revisit the basics. Understanding your breathing not only for diving ...

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I believe this course offers enough information to help any new or experienced diver to revisit the basics. Understanding your breathing not only for diving but for life in general is great to help remain calm in stressful situations. This course though short described breathing anatomy as well as a guided practice for better breathing techniques, if you're looking for a short refresher this course is great.

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5 star rating

Looking forward to ...

Zeke Neville

Looking forward to giving these tips a go on my next immersion and also to sharing with my students to see how they improve too.

Looking forward to giving these tips a go on my next immersion and also to sharing with my students to see how they improve too.

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5 star rating

A course for every diver

Jill Hottel

In it's short format this course tells us how to think (or not!) about our breathing so that we can improve our diving. The course is approachable, and the c...

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In it's short format this course tells us how to think (or not!) about our breathing so that we can improve our diving. The course is approachable, and the content is laid out in a very clear and easy-to-understand format.

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5 star rating

Usefu; introduction to a complex topic

Toby Head

I took this course to decide if I liked the style of learning and presentation before buying the course on Prevent Panic in Diving. I like to the style and w...

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I took this course to decide if I liked the style of learning and presentation before buying the course on Prevent Panic in Diving. I like to the style and way the material is put over (so will be buying the nest course) but also found it incredibly helpful with some tips and hints that I had not considered (e.g. how breathing can affect Trim in the water) - I am a Divemaster and a TDI Extended Range Diver and will apply the things I have learnt through this course to daily as well as diving life. Great course thank you.

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5 star rating

Simple but valuable course

Firas Alragom

In addition to diving, I practice yoga and meditation. In all 3 of these disciplines courses and instructors constantly refer to "taking a deep breath" but I...

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In addition to diving, I practice yoga and meditation. In all 3 of these disciplines courses and instructors constantly refer to "taking a deep breath" but I never came across anyone that taught how to do that in such an easy, understandable and most importantly repeatable manner. The most useful lesson in this course is that "a deep breath is not a big breath". Very simple point yet profound in it's implications. I've always taken big breaths thinking they were deep breaths, in both yoga & meditation this resulted in me trying to overcome the resistance of the rib cage which results in discomfort which doesn't lead to the relaxed state that I want to be in. In diving, this results in my buoyancy fluctuating over a wider range which in turn throws off my trim. I would honestly pay money for this one simple lesson, but that's not to say that the rest of lessons weren't useful. The background information on the basic anatomy of breathing, and the simple wrap up lessons in how deep breath affects our diving mentality and trim were extremely helpful. Overall, this course is simple but extremely valuable. I will be signing up for the other two courses as I can't wait to delve into "psychology for scuba divers" and "prevent panic in scuba panic" both to further my own skills, as well as my daughters (who I'm teaching to snorkel), and my future students hopefully (current going through a Divemaster course, and hopefully in the future an OWSI course).

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5 star rating

Good. Simple. Free.

Daniel Martinez

A great course. It's easy to understand and very accessible to all divers. It doesn't magically make you breath less, what it offers is a simple and effectiv...

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A great course. It's easy to understand and very accessible to all divers. It doesn't magically make you breath less, what it offers is a simple and effective framework to improve your breathing style. On top of that, it's a free course!

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5 star rating

Solid information

Daniel Crisp

As an experienced diver, I have seen my SAC come down as I have gained experience. This course built on previous training, but provided more specific knowle...

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As an experienced diver, I have seen my SAC come down as I have gained experience. This course built on previous training, but provided more specific knowledge and practical exercises to improve my breathing technique.

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5 star rating

Back to basics !

linda martin

I found this Deep Breathing Course extremely useful at looking how essential it is to breathe in the correct manner whilst scuba diving .I recently had a div...

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I found this Deep Breathing Course extremely useful at looking how essential it is to breathe in the correct manner whilst scuba diving .I recently had a dive where my breathing was quicker and was quite shocked at my air consumption and was feeling a little anxious about my next dive the following day . so I revisited this Deep Breathing Course as such to go back to the simple basics which I found very helpful to get my mind and body more relaxed and calm which did help enormously as I am still new to Diving I found Laura's course excellent and would recommend to anybody .

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5 star rating

Very well explain and simple to understand !

juliette Pasta

As a scuba diving instructor, I think breathing is the key to help students to be more confortable underwater. This courses is perfect to going a little deep...

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As a scuba diving instructor, I think breathing is the key to help students to be more confortable underwater. This courses is perfect to going a little deeper in the subject, and very helpful to make this knowledge more accessible and easy to explain. Thank you

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4 star rating

Excellent Delivery

Peter Leposo

Good information delivered in a simple excellent manner.

Good information delivered in a simple excellent manner.

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4 star rating

Appropriate

Rachel Collington

Clear explanations - easy to understand. Wasn't clear about breathing practice as to whether if it should be breathing through the mouth as when diving.

Clear explanations - easy to understand. Wasn't clear about breathing practice as to whether if it should be breathing through the mouth as when diving.

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3 star rating

The course title promises more than it actually provides

Oliver Ohlendorf

As a dive professional I went swiftly through the course and I found that most information is self-evident. The information provided could be aimed at poorly...

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As a dive professional I went swiftly through the course and I found that most information is self-evident. The information provided could be aimed at poorly trained divers. Nevertheless the course itself is put together very neatly.

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