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October 25, 2013

I Don’t Want to Dive Today

It sounds like becoming a little bit sad and maybe worried leaving home for a job that you have always dreamed about outside your hometown. You know that it’s gonna be great deep inside but you are leaving your family even tough you know that you can take a bus and see’em whenever you’d like to. Missing your room, garden and friends in the town. List goes on… This mood is damn interesting, on one side, you are dying to do it, on the other side, you are worried.

We are all making choices in life and they have different consequences.

In May 1st, I quit my everyday job (read: Life is Insane). My dream was to become a full-time dive instructor and create quality content for my dive blogs. Even I was signing the papers that will lead me free, I was worried. Leaving a constant income is suicidal. In addition, I had great friendships and it was hard to abandon such an atmosphere. I was about to give up because I really thought a while that “I don’t want to leave my job“. But I did.

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I am organizing dive trips and different levels of dive courses. Right now, I am trying to create quality content for you guys, writing an article for my blog. So, I can say that my dreams came true? Partially. Still needs some time to reach my goals in a perfect manner.

But when we talk about diving, it is highly different. You have a little headache, argued with your boyfriend yesterday night, stressed due to the rainy weather… Whatever the reason is, you realize that you don’t really want to dive.


        Probably you are in a group of people on the dive boat. Peer pressure silences you for two reasons.

  1. You are brooding that talking about canceling your dive is unacceptable because all others are getting ready for the dive. If others can do it, you can also do it!
  2. What will be the others reaction if you tell them that you don’t actually want to dive? Will they underrate you? Call you a coward?

Psychological Stress & Physical Stress

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If you are experiencing a physical stress, the case is simple and the consequence is obvious. You possibly will have a discomfort and most importantly, an unsafe dive. It is unsafe, because physical stress can easily turn into psychological stress. This may cause panic, resulting in unwanted cases.

Vice versa,  psychological stress turns into physical stress. If you have something disturbing in your mind, it may cause results like cramp, headache, difficulty in equalizing ears and such.


I know that if one wants to dive, nothing can stop him/her. But listen to the voice inside you. If it says “don’t dive today“, then you have to think twice.

Simply, consult your instructor/dive leader. Talk to him/her and try to communicate. You dive leader is experienced about problem solving and got the proper training about stress management. Be honest. Tell what you really feel and why you don’t want to dive. Your leader will have offers to help you.

If you are still feeling in a bad way, cancel your dive.

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You’ll actually realize that your dive buddies will not be that annoying, trying to push your to dive with them. Human-beings always tend to overrate this kind of events in their mind. Generally, what they say would always be:

We would be happy to dive with you, but if you are not feeling good, we can dive later together

It is not something like “I don’t want to dive but am sure it is gonna be great deep down there“. It is not my job story or the leaving home for the dream job opening line. What you are risking might be your own safety.

Never forget that the best dive is the one that you return home healthy.

Always get ready for your dives both psychologically and physically. If you feel that you really don’t want to dive that day, even if you have mounted your scuba and wore your web-suit, talk to your instructor/dive leader. Still not, cancel your dive that day and order a cup of coffee and enjoy the sea. Having good decision making skills will make you good and safe diver.

Do you have such stories to share? Write them in comments section.

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Hi, my name is Murat Demirağ. I have been diving since 1996 and teaching scuba since 2005. I wanted to share my knowledge through divewithseaman.com

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