Scuba Diving Psychology: Do You Fear the Waters?
Have you ever stared out of a boat mid-sea only to get spooked by the sight? The vastness of an ocean or sea can be overwhelming. It’s a normal fear, one that is grounded deep into our consciousness.
Oceans and seas aren’t simple sights after all. Staring at the horizon mid-water can be breathtaking. It feels like watching an expansive void with no escape to civilization.
It’s a fear you might be suffering from, a fear that comes from a little too much introspection. After all, it’s not the fear of drowning only that’s persisting. It’s a fear of the landscape’s size.
It’s a fear that could paralyze your scuba diving enjoyment.
The Main Fears…
With the vastness of the waters comes fear of the unknown. After all, that’s all you’ll be facing in your dive!
Fear is a normal survival reaction, but triggered in excess it can be destabilizing.
When scuba diving, you’re not just jumping into the water for a snorkel. You’re diving and swimming deep into a danger zone.
Many things can go wrong. Your gear might stop operating properly, forcing you to swim back up to breathe.
There’s also the darkness and reduced visibility of being underwater. If you fear the dark, going underwater for a dive can be restricting. This is because light levels reduce the deeper you go down a water pool. It’ll be total darkness by the time you hit an ocean’s bottom.
In fact, fear imposes a huge risk on your ability to maintain presence underwater.
It’s not a matter of being devoured by sharks and whales. The issue with fear is that it is restrictive to muscle activity. You’ll be exhausted pretty quick underwater. It gets worse too when your breathing pattern speeds up, making it difficult to move swim.
You’ll need guidance handling deep diving, meeting underwater darkness head-on. If it’s your 1st time scuba diving, this’ll always be with the guidance of a dive instructor.
More often than not, such fears originate from childhood. It’s not the waters themselves. It’s the shapes they imply.
After all, if you did fear water, you wouldn’t be anywhere near it…
Fear of losing visibility comes from a fear of darkness. This may be a current fear you have that you could take care of without approaching scuba diving.
Breathing problems may be related to horrible safety regulations. You can always contact an instructor to get to know more about the regulations. See how good they are at handling emergencies before signing up!
And of course, it gets some getting used to for you to dive without fear. Scuba diving will have to be an occasional habit for you, before you get rid of the fear.
As a precautionary measure though, we recommend you dive without help of the fearful. If you’ve got kids that you plan on scuba diving with, and they fear the water, then it’s best if you go alone!
After all, you’re going to be guiding them into what may be a fearful experience for them too. You’ve got to take care of your own fear problems before dealing with those of others!