How to Push Through Fear and Pursue Your Passion for Underwater Exploration


Have you ever found yourself wanting to try something new, like scuba diving or freediving, but just couldn't bring yourself to take that first step? You're not alone. Many of us have goals and interests we'd like to pursue, but we let fear and uncertainty hold us back.

Fear can be paralyzing, and it often prevents us from taking action. We might make excuses, deny our own desires, or obsessively research and plan, but we still can't seem to make progress. This is a natural human response, but it doesn't have to be the end of the story.

If you're interested in scuba diving or freediving, you may be wondering why you haven't taken the plunge yet. Perhaps you're worried about the cost, or you're afraid of the water. Maybe you're unsure if you're physically fit enough, or you're nervous about trying something new.

It's also common to hesitate trying scuba diving or freediving if you've had a negative experience in the past. Maybe you tried it once and had a bad experience, or you know someone who had a scary encounter while diving. It's understandable to feel hesitant after a negative experience, but it's important to remember that one bad experience doesn't define the activity as a whole. Before giving up on your interest in scuba diving or freediving, consider giving it another try with a different approach or a different instructor. You may find that with the right guidance and support, you're able to overcome your fears and enjoy the experience in a new way.

Whatever your reason for hesitating, it's important to acknowledge that fear is likely playing a role. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on your goal. There are ways to push through or even accept the fear and take that first step.

One approach is to say yes to everything that aligns with your interests, and commit to taking the next step. This could mean signing up for a scuba diving or freediving course, or contacting your local diving store. By putting yourself in the right environment, you'll increase your chances of following through.

Another strategy is to break down your goal into small, manageable steps. This could mean setting a deadline for yourself to research scuba diving or freediving courses, or committing to practicing a certain skill each week such as practicing being comfortable in a pool or snorkeling in the ocean. By taking small, concrete actions, you'll build momentum and gain confidence.

Lastly, it can be helpful to share your fears and concerns with a trusted friend or mentor. Talking about your fears can help you process them and gain a new perspective. Your friend may also be able to offer guidance or support, which can be incredibly valuable. It's important that friend or mentor is truly experienced in the activity. Here at Malibu Divers, we will listen to you and make gentle suggestions for you.

Remember, everyone experiences fear and uncertainty when trying something new. But by acknowledging these feelings and taking action anyway, you can push past your limits and discover new passions and interests. So if you're interested in scuba diving or freediving, don't let fear hold you back. Take that first step and see where it takes you. We're here to help you pursue your goals and interests.

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