What is fitness?

Being fit to scuba dive is not just physical

  • Emotional Fitness

    Diving can be relaxing & even therapeutic. But it has it's challenges: human stuff like anxiety & fear can be an issue sometimes. Being emotionally fit to manage stress, respond to social and communication issues helps.

  • Physical Fitness

    Sometimes diving involves rolling out of a hammock into the water. Other times it is harder than that. One of the leading causes of death in scuba divers is poor cardiac health and fitness. Being fit enough for the conditions you are diving is important.

  • Mental Fitness

    There's lots to learn in scuba diving, it's one of the attractions! Being able to remember and perform skills as a diver helps us to stay safe. We also benefit from mental processes to solve problems and handle stress.

How can we help you?

Courses & Services

"Mental health or stress is an issue ...

... and I want to get back in the water"

Taking a break from diving due to depression, anxiety or stress is a good idea in some cases, but can be frustrating when you know how diving makes you feel. If mental health concerns are getting in the way of your diving, or your diving doctor is concerned about your fitness to dive, you may want to consider psychological support. Services are confidential and recognised by major UK insurers.
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"I was involved in a diving incident...

... and experiencing psychological issues"

Diving incidents like drowning, decompression injury, being lost at sea, can be traumatic physically and mentally. Following medical assessment and treatment, if you find that distress, flashbacks/nightmares or anxiety in diving is not subsiding, then psychological treatment may be indicated. However, most psychologists (like non-diving medical doctors) have little understanding of diving or recompression. A diving psychologist specialises in issues affecting scuba divers, can understand what happened to you, as well as
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"Diving or training is making ...

... me feel stressed, anxious, nervous ...

Are you finding that you panic repeatedly? Or can't feel good when you dive any more because you are stressed about something? Perhaps a difficult experience or historic event like surviving a drowing is a barrier to diving? There may be a range of reasons why you've gotten stuck with this issue. Find out what is happening and ways to change it.
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"I'm ok, just love scuba diving ...

... and looking for interesting stuff"

Check out our courses about the psychology of scuba diving or learning "invisible skills" like mental rehearsal.
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"I'm interested in learning new ...

... skills to enhance my diving"

Diving is such a mental sport, but training doesn't include very much on what to do with your mind underwater. If you are looking for a set of skills that can help you deal with thoughts and handle your reactions to what is happening, check out ScubaFlex. It follows an evidence-based approach to help people improve performance in various sports.
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Reviews

What divers say about our courses

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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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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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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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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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