Ways to Control FEAR

1. Change Routine

Good Dives Begin Off Board

Divers have Mental/Physical Routines (Rituals) prior to beginning a dive. Revisit your routine, and try ONE thought (i.e. arms up), and discard the destructive "what ifs", endless clutter.

1. Self-Talk

Positive Can-Do This

Verbal or Silent Positive Message will improve performance in practice and in competition, in all areas of life.

2. Mental Imagery

Completing a Dive Successfully

A view of a successful Dive, or a self-image of a successful Dive can set the stage for performing that action well.

3. Energy Manage

Keeping your Mind/Body Optimal

A positive attitude, not over/under-activated, in tandem with a body ready to perform (warmed up/fed-but not over-worked/tired) allows for success path.

4. Cognitive Restructure

Reviewing an action

Focus Learning. Listening to a correction and acting on it.  Mental Review of a specific positive action to repeat, and modifying an action that did not work well is the goal.

5. Self-Monitor

Awareness of Attitude, Body/Adjust

Keeping track of surroundings, people, body condition, and general preparation allows for best possible outcome. Playing, talking about movies, eating, arguing, takes away from focus needed.




1. Use Fear as Asset, not as a barrier.

2. Accept Fear as part of diving and Life!

3. Deal with fear first, before it gets to you.

4. Everyone else, whether they show it or not, is going through the same kind of challenges.

Fear is the greatest obstacle to overcome in life.  Diving, allows each athlete to learn how to manage fear and to create a positive pathway outcome through consistent re-enforcement Common Diving fears (heights, bodily injury, failure, etc., translate directly to better self-confidence

self-image, time-management, academics, social interaction, future success, and quality of life.