The most important kit …

Have you noticed that we spend a lot of time and effort getting to know the equipment we use in scuba diving, but what about that one irreplaceable piece of kit? You!

The PADI Psychological Diver is a course to help you explore your experiences as diver and learn more about how people behave underwater. Improve your awareness and make informed choices about your diving and training. This course a PADI distinctive specialty written by Dr Laura Walton to inform divers about theories of behaviour and learning.  Take the course to understand why we do what we do as scuba divers.

Upcoming courses

PLEASE NOTE: This is a list of courses offered by various instructors. Who the course is taught by is stated in the description for each event.


The elearning is purchased independently on the learning platform HERE.

NOW FULL — PADI Psychological Diver – with Laura Walton Take the eLearning now, then join the online classroom session.
via Zoom

Divers taking PADI Psychological Diver at The Fifth Point Diving Centre in Blyth, Northumberland.

How do I take PADI Psychological Diver?

Are you already a diver? Great – you will need to be a PADI Open Water diver, and it’s also good to get some diving experience before starting the course. From there, all you need to do is:

  1. Study the PADI Psychological Diver elearning in your own time.
  2. Attend in person for workshop or dives. Ask your instructor about various options for integrating the learning into your practice.
  3. Pose for the photo needed for the PADI card (did you know this course counts towards PADI Master Scuba Diver?).

Start with the elearning: “Psychology for Scuba Divers”

All of the theory is covered in the “Psychology for Scuba Divers” course. To receive the certification you will need to attend in-person with a PADI Psychological Diver Instructor.

(It’s also perfectly okay to take the elearning on it’s own, although you won’t get a PADI card, you will gain a lot of insight, perspective and theory.)

Start by signing up to the elearning now!

Attend the course in person

After completing the elearning, participate in a practical session, to check your learning, share your experience, ask any questions and apply your new insights!

NOTICE: While measures are in place for Covid-19 the classroom session will be available online. Contact for details.

Where can I take the course?

As a PADI Distinctive course, there are currently a small number of specialty instructors. The course is limited to their availability. If these locations are not suitable for you, please do contact us, as we do travel!

North of England

South of England


Is this a real PADI course? Yes! PADI Psychological Diver is an approved distinctive course and can be counted towards PADI Master Scuba Diver.

Who is this course for?  This course is for qualified divers, of Open Water level and above.

What will I learn? Human behaviour is complex, even more so underwater.  In this course you will learn about yourself as a diver and ways to dive smarter.

How long is the course? The elearning is designed to take 7-14 hours (depending on deep you want to go!) Following that, you will attend the practical session with your instructor, approx. 3 hours.

Where can I take the course?  The elearning is accessed online and contains all of the knowledge development for the course, but for full certification, you will need to attend in person.  See the maps for regular locations, or contact to discuss further options. 

Will I get a PADI certification Yes! On successful completion of the course, you will gain a PADI distinctive specialty certification. All PADI certifications are now provided as ecards. These are viewable in the app which is free to download: More importantly, you will have an improved awareness of yourself as a diver.

Where can I find out more?

To read more details about the course and how it works, download the course brochure.

More questions? Contact us.