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Featured Author // August 3, 2019

5 Reasons Your Family Should Get Scuba Certified

We all know how incredible the ocean can be to explore underwater, but wouldn’t it be even more amazing to share these moments with your family? Children as young as 8 years old can be introduced to scuba diving through the PADI Bubblemaker program. While those aged 10 years or older can embark on their PADI Junior Open Water Diver course. It’s never too late to get scuba certified and start living the dream as a scuba family. Not convinced? Check out these 5 reasons why you should get your family certified.

 

Group Dive - Scuba Divers - PADI

 

1. Shared Interest for Exploration

If you’re a parent you would know the struggle of trying to find a weekend family activity that everyone enjoys and agrees on. However, if your family becomes scuba certified you will always have a new dive site to explore, new skills to learn and new marine animals to spot underwater – no two dives are ever the same. Scuba diving is the perfect activity to show your family the beauty of the underwater world, inspire ocean conservation and create memories that will last a lifetime.

2. More Outdoor Family Time

In this day and age, technology has become an integral part of our daily regime (whether we like it or not). From answering emails to playing games, watching YouTube or going on social media, technology is everywhere. Scuba diving allows your family to be immersed in nature and the outdoors, while also eliminating the possibility of anyone being able to check their phones. Who else knows a family member that could do with a scuba diving technology detox?

3. No One Misses Out

If you’re a diver you would already know how hard it is to scuba on a family holiday. From finding spare time outside of activities to organising babysitters or even destination choices – fitting in just one dive can be hard, let alone a few! Instead of watching your family snorkel above you or leaving them on the dive boat, why not show them the oceans beauty from another view? Not only will you be able to experience incredible adventures underwater, but your family will also be bursting with conversation topics for years to come – who doesn’t love a good diving story!

 

Scuba Divers - Underwater - Friends - Pair of Divers

 

4. Easier Holiday Planning

Deciding on what destination you should choose for your next holiday should be exciting not challenging. For some families this decision can erupt in chaos with disagreements over what destination to choose – hot or cold, history or scenery, ocean or no ocean. However, when you share a common interest these discussions become easier and arguments begin to dissipate among family members. With a scuba family your holiday planning becomes simplified to ‘what diving destination do you want to cross off your bucket list? Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia or maybe Egypt?’ Once you have chosen your holiday destination you can then start planning some diving activities that the whole family can enjoy together.

5. Cherished Memories (and Photos) Forever

Are you someone who loves sharing photos on social media or maybe you love putting together a photo album after your holiday? Imagine the phenomenal photos and videos you will be able to capture while diving on a family holiday – we bet none of your friends will have family photos quite like yours! Not only will you have beautiful photos and videos to share from your trip, but you will have many diving stories to share. Diving with your family is an incredible experience that will leave you with many treasured memories (and photos) for years to come.

Want to start living the dream as a scuba family? Learn more about the PADI Open Water Diver course, PADI Bubblemaker Program and the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course today!

 

Source: https://blog.padi.com/2019/06/20/5-reasons-your-family-should-get-scuba-certified/

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Featured Author // June 6, 2019

How to Face your Fears in Scuba Diving

 

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The sea holds many new experiences; these can be both wonderful and terrifying. Even more daunting can be the fears we face within ourselves in learning to dive: failure and rejection are always close when we challenge ourselves. 

But we know a lot about fear and how to face it!

“Feeling the fear and doing it anyway” 

Fear is powerful, but it is transient. It appears from nowhere and disappears when exposed. Fear feeds on doubt and uncertainty. It creates an illusion that it is bigger than it really is. For these reasons, the core principle in overcoming any fear is to face it. But be aware, sometimes fear is a justified warning bell that needs to be heeded. It may be advising you of a real threat. Or perhaps reminding you that you are not prepared, or fit, for the dive. 

Change what you do

Psychological research shows that overcoming fear is not simply about exposing yourself to the source. Getting close to fear is important. Putting yourself in the situation is essential if you want to break the grip of fear. However, to truly go beyond fear, you must change what you do when it shows up.  Instead of avoiding the fear through distraction, numbing or worry, your effort can be used to take actions that make a difference.

Build scuba skills to remove fear

Remove your fears by building scuba skills

If fear thrives on uncertainty, it withers in competence.  Competence comes from learning and practicing skills. If you know you are capable of responding the potential challenges of diving, then there is less reason to fear.  If you fear a leaking mask, the answer is not to dive deeper, blindly fighting fear. Instead the solution would be to seek professional support and work on your mask clearing skills. 

So, be brave, but don’t tough it out when learning 

Draw on your courage in facing fears and you will see the benefits.  But remember, the thinking parts of our brain go offline when we are excessively stressed. To learn skills effectively, we need to stay connected.

If you find yourself overly stressed in training, take a break, ask for more support and additional time. Skills can be broken down into smaller steps.  You can always go back to the swimming pool for practice, to develop confidence and competence. The PADI system of education is built to aid you in this development. 

Feel the fear.  Change what you do. But most of all, learn the skills you need to rise to challenges in your diving and face your fears with confidence. Again, and again, and again.

 

Source: https://www2.padi.com/blog/2019/02/06/how-to-face-your-fears-in-scuba-diving/

AUTHOR BIO:

Dr Laura Walton is a Clinical Psychologist and PADI IDC Staff Instructor with a fascination for the psychology of diving. Visit scubapsyche to learn more about our behaviour as divers.

Featured Author // March 22, 2019

Be Confident, You Can Breathe Underwater!

Do you remember your first dive? Maybe you were excited,nervous, or even a bit scared.  However you felt, it was a new experience for you. Taking the plunge took confidence. As a human, you have always known you are not capable of breathing underwater.  It is a fact.  Humans cannot breathe underwater.  Except, we can and we do!

Scuba divers have the confidence to breathe underwater.  But what is confidence, and can diving really affect it? 

Diving gives you confidence
Diving takes and makes confidence

People often think that to be confident means that you are not afraid.  It doesn’t.  The word “confidence” means “with faith”. So having confidence means to do something with faith in yourself.  Everything you do (and don’t do) has an impact on the image you have of yourself and your abilities.

Learning to scuba dive might have been something you never dreamed you could do!  For you to find that out that it was possible took confidence, because you had to trust your abilities. That one leap into the unknown creates a shift in perspective that can completely change how you see yourself:

“if I can breathe underwater, what else could I do?”

Learning to diving gives you confidence
Scuba diving shatters the limits

People create limits. Some limits are useful, such as maximum depths for specific qualifications and no decompression limits. Or choosing to set personal limits and dive conservatively, which may be helpful to ensure safety.  But some limits are less useful. Psychological limits that are built to protect a person, at one time, later become barriers that get in the way of development.  These barriers are often fixed beliefs about ability and personal traits.  For example, have you ever thought “I’m good at this, I’m not good at that”, or “someone like me can’t do this”.  It is possible to get tangled up in these barriers!

The things we do as scuba divers have the potential to put a lot of pressure on this fixed way of thinking about ability. Learning to dive is challenging, and rising to challenge is essential for growth. It can sometimes break into those fixed beliefs and demonstrate that you can develop ability and change what you do.  Whether that is increasing your strength, understanding the physics of scuba diving, or perhaps the fundamental realisation that you are capable of learning!

 “I can’t do that”, becomes “I can’t do that YET!”.

When you understand that skills can be learning through training and practice, the limits that are shattered are the barriers you had placed on yourself.

Shatter your barriers with diving
Scuba diving demands confidence  

Learning to dive means taking a leap that you may never have taken before: A giant stride! But it can also be a source to grow in confidence and can shift your whole perspective on who you think you are and what you believe you are capable of doing.   

You are a diver, you can breathe underwater! Be confident. 

AUTHOR BIO:

Dr Laura Walton is a Clinical Psychologist and PADI IDC Staff Instructor with a fascination for the psychology of diving. Visit scubapsyche to learn more about our behaviour as divers.

Source: https://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/12/18/be-confident-you-can-breathe-underwater/

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