Predive Visualisation – Part 3

 
 

When: Anytime before the dive is good, and the more you do it the better a dive you will have. Obviously, a very suitable time is right before the dive, when the alertness and adrenaline rush of the upcoming performance will help your mind be very awake and memorize any plans you make easily. Also, it always helps to combine the pre-dive visualization with another activity, so that both your mind and body are occupied and you allow yourself not time of inactivity. I do my pre-dive stretch routine and breathing warm up together with the visualization, and having all these things to do helps me a lot in not getting nervous before a big dive, especially if there is a lot of press and guests around.yas01

Where: A place that feels comfortable and familiar is even more important than an isolated, peaceful one. For example, for a long time, I used to stay on land while my team was on the boat setting everything up, so that I would not be bothered by all the hectic activities going on onboard. But, having to do my visualization and breathing exercises on a desolated place on land never worked for me, and it filled me up with anticipation and made me nervous. So, for the past couple of years I left together with the team on the boat, where I feel more comfortable and surrounded by positive energy and where the noise made by my friends as they prepare things for me is actually a reassuring and welcome sound. There, I am quite able to disconnect from the surroundings and do my pre-dive routine quite comfortably as long as I have a small and protected place somewhere. Again, this works for me and others may feel better being completely away from all the chaos that precedes the dive. But I still recommend allowing enough time to get used to the final location where you will dive, rather than making a sudden change in environment right before the dive, which can be quite negative.

Lastly, I want to say that pre-dive visualization is nothing without a proper post-dive analysis from your last dives. And this is the 3rd step for a successful pre-dive visualization: Base your problem solving on what has gone wrong and right during your last dive, not on a supposition of what might happen. Yes, after every dive Rudi and I sit together and carefully analyze the whole dive, stage by stage, finding the strengths and weaknesses in my performance. We discuss whether I dealt properly with any problems or whether I need to solve them in a different way next time they happen, and compare the dive against all the dives that have preceded it. This helps us establish a pattern that tells us very clearly “how” I’m diving and what aspects of my dives still need improvement and which ones are always being done properly, so I don’t waste effort on those. So, when you sit down somewhere to visualize your upcoming dive, you should have in your mind a list of what went well and what didn’t from your last dive, so that you can work on those points during your visualization.

Well, I hope this article has been of some help to all who read it, as visualization has certainly made a big difference in the quality of my dives.

Safe dives,

Yasemin Dalkilic

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