A new online course aimed at helping divers understand panic and reduce risk is now available.
“Prevent Panic in Scuba Diving” is an online course to help divers understand panic and reduce the risks of panic. While diving agencies like PADI, SSI, BSAC etc. have references to panic in their rescue-level courses, and certainly teach the practical skills in helping a panicked diver, taking rescue training is a good idea. This new course goes deeper, though: explaining what panic is and what causes it in scuba divers.
While we can’t fully prevent any human behavior, once we understand what triggers our actions, we realize there are a lot of things we can do to make it less likely to happen.
The course was developed by Dr. Laura Walton, a UK-registered Clinical Psychologist with more than ten years of experience in a range of psychological issues, including panic and anxiety conditions. She’s also a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and has been instructing and guiding divers in the UK since 2012. The course is informed by the combination of these perspectives.
For more info, go to scubapsyche.com or check out the short video below.