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New ‘Prevent Panic In Scuba Diving’ Online Course Unveiled

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 or check out the short video below.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.