About


FIT TO DIVE ltd is a micro-organisation based in the United Kingdom.  Founded by Dr Laura Walton, Clinical Psychologist, it exists to help divers towards physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in diving.  

We offer education and training for divers to share knowledge about niche topics in diver behaviour. Further research on these topics is needed and we seek to address this gap.  For this reason, we reinvest funds raised by courses and training into our research activities - to inform our education aims.   

We also offer a limited, specialist service in Diving Psychology to UK divers.

We intend to create space for divers to talk about things that affect all aspects of diver fitness and wellbeing.  We are also a small community of divers seeking to motivate and inspire each other to be fit-to-dive.

Our Values

  • CURIOSITY - Being open to exploring new perspectives and discovering concepts, knowledge and all kinds of useful stuff.

  • AWARENESS - Being aware of thoughts, feelings and action; bringing conscious attention to what drives what we do as divers.

  • EXPLORATION - Exploring the underwater environment and delving into the world of ideas that may help us there.

  • SAFETY - Sharing information and skills that can help us to protect safety and enable development.

  • CONNECTION - Engaging with environment, connecting to nature and being present with other people and creatures.

  • GROWTH - Adapting to context, overcoming challenges, learning effectively and building behaviours to improve knowledge, skills and experience in diving.

Instructor

Instructor & Course Creator

Dr Laura Walton

Diving since 2007, Laura is an active scuba diver and instructor with range of experience from low visibility, cold water dives to tropical locations and the various challenges different sites offer. Her perspective in training is influenced by 20 years of studying psychology & 7 years as a diving professional. Alongside this she previously co-managed an active dive club and school in Scotland, and has experience of the dive industry and community. Laura holds multiple relevant qualifications including PADI IDC Staff Instructor, DDI Instructor, EFR Instructor & DAN Instructor. With her interest in diving psychology and physiology, she seeks to learn more through research and to share understanding through creation of unique courses that help divers to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit-to-dive.

Reviews

What divers say about our courses

5 star rating

Simply fantastic!

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...

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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!

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5 star rating

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

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 experi...

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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!

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5 star rating

A must do !

Renaat Geldhof

This course is a great opportunity to gain insight and to reflect on the psychological aspects that are at play when diving; it invites you to reflect on our...

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This course is a great opportunity to gain insight and to reflect on the psychological aspects that are at play when diving; it invites you to reflect on our behavior as well as our drivers to "being a diver". I believe it is really complementing the technical / skills based diving course, and therefor a must do to become a more complete diver.

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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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5 star rating

Great Course! Should be Required Content for All Divers!

Richard Tessell

I took this course kinda on a whim -and to fill in the time with some off time after some surgery. I had heard to jabber about the course on some Facebook Sc...

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I took this course kinda on a whim -and to fill in the time with some off time after some surgery. I had heard to jabber about the course on some Facebook Scuba Groups so looked it up. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The content is quite rich and well constructed. Laura Walton has created a well thought out curriculum that is delivered on a modern learning platform that is a delight to use. I really felt that it was a valuable course and gave me some rich insights into my understanding of the mind and many aspects of psychology as they relate to diving - with enough practical takeaways that I can employ on each dive. Most of all, I felt that the real takeaway was the ability to put words to the feels and emotions one has at depth and how those can hamper our ability to get the most enjoyment from this sport. Awesome course, which gave me a lot to think about.

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5 star rating

A fantastic easy to follow and practical guide

Faye Wilde

Just the right level of detail to provide background and theory and some great practical examples of how you yourself can apply this in the real world, with ...

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Just the right level of detail to provide background and theory and some great practical examples of how you yourself can apply this in the real world, with practice sessions to get you started. This is an easy to follow, straightforward guide and an excellent tool; rather like having your own little cheerleader cheering you on, except you can learn to be your own, very effective, cheerleader! Excellent course, thank you, highly recommend divers give it a try.

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5 star rating

So worth it!

Monique Hill

Probably the best put together elearning for diving I've engaged with. Great videos, lots of resources, overall just an absolutely worthwhile course!

Probably the best put together elearning for diving I've engaged with. Great videos, lots of resources, overall just an absolutely worthwhile course!

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