Cultivate Awareness * Enhance Relaxation and Composure * Reduce Anxiety * Increase Strength, Mobility, and Flexibility * Improve Cardiovascular Health * Develop Breath Control * Fine Tune Buoyancy * Improve Gas Consumption * Respond to Stressful Situations with Control and Ease * Become a more Alert and Supportive Scuba Buddy * Develop a Sense of Wonder, Loving Kindness, and Connection with the Underwater World
A Distinctive Specialty is a course that has been authored by an Instructor and endorsed by PADI. Just like with any other PADI course, you receive a PADI certification card. Amanda Parr of SoulScuba is the author of the original Yoga Diver course.
The objective of the Yoga Diver course is to introduce a fundamental understanding of the Yoga practice, from both a traditional and contemporary point of view, highlighting basic history, theory, components, and benefits of Yoga.
We explore gentle yet powerful physical exercises, breath control practices, meditation techniques, and other foundations of Yoga. Through knowledge development, discussion, land based practice, and open water dive training we then learn how to use these practices to enhance the Scuba Diving experience and, in general, to become more relaxed, focused, happier, healthier people both in and out of the water.
Asanas - Yoga "Postures", Stretches, Exercises
Scuba Diving can be a very physically demanding activity. We need good flexibility and dexterity to perform even the simpliest of tasks both underwater and at the surface. We need good balance as divers, as we are often moving ourselves and our equipment around on uneven surfaces and moving boats. We often have to lift and carry heavy equipment. At times we have to do long surface swims or face challenging environmental conditions like surf, waves, and currents. Sometimes we break a sweat and get out of breath just putting on our wetsuit!
One of the major hazards in diving is overexertion. Overexertion can lead to breathlessness and anxiety, and possibly even panic, which is very dangerous in the water. Overexertion can also lead to cardiac events in pre-disposed individuals, which according to Divers Alert Network (DAN), account for about a third of diving fatalities.
The physical exercises in Yoga help strengthen and limber the body, which reduces the risk of injuries, cramps, over-exertion, and other physical conditions. Being in better shape makes diving less strenuous, and therefore more safe and enjoyable.
Pranayama - Breathing Practices
The breathing techniques practiced in Yoga encourage fuller use of lung capacity and more efficient absorption of oxygen. The slow, controlled breathing facilitates a relaxed body and mind, which helps conserve breathing gas and is key to having an enjoyable dive experience. Learning to regulate lung volume and the length of inhalations and exhalations is vital for controlling buoyancy, which is essential for being a safe, skilled, and environmentally friendly diver.
Meditation - Stillness of the Mind
The concentration techniques practiced in Yoga train the mind to be calm, alert, and absorbed in the present moment. This leads to deeper state of awareness, control, and connection with ourselves and our environment. When we practice Meditation our experiences become more vivid and meaningful. When we dive in this heightened state of awareness, we can improve our composure in stressful situations, as well as expand our sense of wonder, appreciation, and oneness with the underwater world.
Yoga Diver E-learning course is open to everyone, whether you are already a certified diver, learning to dive, or just dreaming about it!
You can choose to do the E-Learning as a stand-alone learning experience, or you can choose to continue your training in-person with a qualified Yoga Diver Instructor and earn your PADI Yoga Diver Distinctive Specialty Certification Card.
You must be at least 10 years of age and certified Open Water diver (through any training agency) to complete the Yoga Diver certification.
No previous Yoga experience is necessary
E-Learning includes the PADI Yoga Diver Student Manual, instructional videos, and downloadable audio recordings of guided meditation and relaxation. These resources can be enjoyed by both divers and non-divers who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Yoga practice.
Be aware that there may be Scuba instructors teaching similar courses and possibly even using a name like "Yoga Diver" but are not necessarily qualified to teach this course, the original PADI Yoga Diver Distinctive Specialty. Be sure to contact SoulScuba to locate a qualified Instructor and look for the SoulScuba Yoga Diver turtle logo before pursuing any training.