South West Technical Diving Blog

Thrill Seekers, Explorers or Odds Beaters. Why we dive.

Thrill Seekers, Explorers or Odds Beaters A good few years ago now I was a newly minted sports psychologist. I'd done 3 years of supervised experience after my MSc and was looking to get involved as soon as possible applying all that knowledge and theory I'd been...

Task Fixation

Last week I was working on the day job. 3 days in Heathrow working with a group of very talented executives who run a successful multinational company. My role was to enhance conversations, guide and challenge on strategy development and to get the board working as a...

The Role of Ego in Technical Diving.

The Role of Ego in technical (and recreational) diving I read a blog recently that suggested our egos could be responsible for many of the casualties that technical diving regrettably suffers. Sadly my comments on this blog never made it past the moderator. As a...

Imagery

Imagery. Part 1. Skill development. Long delay on this as likes slowed down 🙁 and Christmas got in the way :-). Please get people to like the page and to share posts. Ok, firstly lets get rid of this visualisation Versus imagery. Visualisation is where we use one...

Stress Management Part 3

I highly recommend you read parts 1 and 2 first. Also bear in mind reading this does not give you the psychological skills. Psychological skills are harder in many ways to learn and become expert at than physical skills. They need clarity, they need consistency, and...

Stress Management Part 2

So part one looked at what stress is, what predisposes us to higher levels of distress and how we appraise a stressful event (stressor) by judging relevance to us, ie does it need dealing with, and our perceived ability to cope. Here we'll look at managing stress,...

Managing Stress. Stress Management Part 1

Managing Stress - The stress response in diving Before we can talk about how to manage stress, we must first understand what stress is and how it arises, specifically in a diving context. Stress has become a very negative word, I'm stressed, he stresses out.... but in...