“DIVE INTO YOUR FEARS“ Therapeutic program for dealing with fear of water and depth (Overcoming Aquaphobia* and Thalassophobia**)


developed by Ina Dimitrova (www.Dive-Ina.com)



Do you experience an inexplicable or uncontrollable fear of water every time    you are left without a bottom under your feet? Isn’t it the same with our lives?!

Let go of control, let go of childhood trauma or layered fears deep within.

That fear that overwhelms you every time the water level reaches your mouth or eyes and you feel like it’s THE END. This edge, simply the water surface, is actually the doorway to a new world of peace and beauty.

The French explorer and diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau said that once touched by the „World of Silence“, the sea casts a spell on us and never lets us away from its net again“. But what a net! – entangled by the waves of freedom, artfully woven by divine hands and keeping incredible secrets only for those willing to be truly free.

Have you ever dreamed of overcoming your phobia of deep water and feeling as free and comfortable as a fish in the ocean?

For you it will be making a definite decision once and for all, and for me a great privilege to work through this challenge with you.

Sign up for my specially designed fear management program and I will take you on an extraordinary journey deep inside yourself – through your body, mind, and soul. I promise you a beautiful and gradual process of overcoming your own limitations through the only way possible, which is to come face to face with your fears!

Fear is a very serious state of mind conditioning and human evolutionary response, very often linked to influences from popular culture that trigger unhealthy emotions including anxiety.

On the basis of a 15 year career in SCUBA including extreme technical diving and 13 years of professional diver training, professional emergency first aid certifications, lengthy experience working with diverse groups of people such as adults, children and people with physical disabilities, knowledge of the HUMAN DESIGN system, and driven by a strong personal interest in human nature and a deeply empathic soul, my mission is to create a personal space for you and guide you through your specific healing process. The program was created as a consequence of my existential love for the sea, my dedication to working with people, and my desire to be of service to the community.

Learn how to turn off anxiety the moment it appears! At the end of the course, you’ll have all the tools you need to let go of water-related worries and stress.

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*Aquaphobia is a specific phobia. This is an irrational fear of something that doesn’t cause much danger. You may have aquaphobia if you find that any source of water causes you an excessive amount of anxiety. This can include a swimming pool, a lake, an ocean, or even a bathtub.

As with other anxiety disorders, the severity of aquaphobia varies from person to person. Some people may fear deep bodies of water or fast-flowing rivers, while others may fear any body of water, including pools, hot tubs, and bathtubs.

Women are twice as likely to experience them than men.

Many adults who live with a specific phobia, such as aquaphobia, begin developing symptoms related to their fear in childhood or adolescence.

Aquaphobia is often caused by a traumatic event during childhood, such as a near-drowning. It can also be the result of a series of negative experiences. These typically happen in childhood and aren’t as severe as a traumatic experience.


** Thalassophobia (Greek: θάλασσα, thalassa, „sea“ and φόβος, phobos, „fear“) is the persistent and intense fear of deep bodies of water such as the sea, oceans, pools or lakes. Though very closely related, thalassophobia should not be mistaken with aquaphobia which is classified as the fear of water itself. Thalassophobia can include fear of being in deep bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, of sea waves, sea creatures, and fear of distance from land.[2] The causes of thalassophobia are not clear and are a subject of research by medical professionals as they can vary greatly between individuals. Researchers have proposed that the fear of large bodies of water is partly a human evolutionary response, and may also related to popular culture influences which induce fright and distress.The severity of thalassophobia and the signs and symptoms associated with it are quite fluid and complex. Those who suffer from thalassophobia go through numerous episodes of emotional and physical anguish caused by a variety of triggers.[5] Treatment may comprise a combination of therapy and anxiolytics, and is most effective when administered to patients during childhood, when thalassophobia is generally at its peak.



The cause of aquaphobia and other specific phobias remains unknown. However, one theory Trusted Source suggests that phobias develop when a person experiences an emotional event or response while exposed to the object or situation that induces fear or anxiety.

For example, a person may be swimming in the ocean or at a public pool and sustain an injury or witness a person drowning. As a result of this simultaneous exposure, the person may permanently associate water with danger.

Another theory proposes that phobias are learned associations. For example, a person can develop a specific phobia after observing a phobic reaction in another person, such as a parent, sibling, or friend. The person may internalize the other person’s fear reaction and adopt a similar aversion to the object or situation.

According to the authors of one 2020 article Trusted Source, symptoms of animal phobia, blood injection or injury phobia, and natural environment phobia — including aquaphobia — tend to begin during childhood.



The symptoms of aquaphobia and thalassophobia vary widely from person to person. For example, some people may feel fear in the presence of deep water or rapid tides, while others may experience intense anxiety by merely thinking about water.

Regardless of the type or amount of water, people with aquaphobia and thalassophobia  experience anxiety in response to water itself.

Some symptoms include an immediate sense of fear, anxiety, or panic when thinking about water, an excessive or irrational sense of fear and aversion in the presence of water, an acknowledgment that the fear that is out of proportion to the real threat of water, fear and anxiety in the presence of water that noticeably impacts a person’s ability to socialize or function, a persistent avoidance of water.

A person with aquaphobia is likely to experience anxiety, fear, or panic when exposed to water. The physical effects of aquaphobia include a rapid heartbeat, sweating, chills, shallow breathing, tightness or pain in the chest or throat, trembling or shaking, butterflies in the stomach, a dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, confusion or disorientation



Overcoming aquaphobia and thalassophobia is a gradual process and can be achieved through de-senitisation. This form of therapy involves getting you exposed to water more often, so that you get comfortable with water gradually.

*Getting you exposed to the situation more frequently, rather than just talking

*You need to help and convince yourself to let go of the fear. This is a gradual process and the physical presence of water is mandatory.

Phobias are very treatable.

Exposure therapy often takes place over several sessions using a SCUBA diving equipment, snorkeling equipment or any equipment. During each session, I will gradually expose the individual (you) to the source of your phobia over escalating phases.

I will always perform exposure therapy in a safe, controlled environment. During each session, I will record and analyze your reactions, thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

When you show improvement, I may move to the next phase of exposure. On the other hand, if you feel uncomfortable or exhibit more severe symptoms, I may recommend returning to a less intense form of exposure.

(Sometimes I may recommend a different approach, called flooding, which begins with the most difficult or intense form of exposure.)

CBT ( cognitive behavioral therapy )

CBT is another vital element of treating specific phobias. CBT addresses the thought and behavioral patterns that occur during a phobic response.

During CBT, I will help you understand which of your thoughts and behavior patterns contribute to your phobias. I will work with each individual to alter these patterns to overcome the phobia.

CBT can also involve learning various relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms for managing anxiety, fear, and panic. This will help you to understand how to respond appropriately during exposure therapy.

End the anxiety and fear of deep water now !


Course Overview

Anyone from 7 to 70 who has experienced anxiety or fear of water needs to know that there is a highly effective holistic way to restore inner peace and self-confidence when it comes to water. In this course of 5 (or more) sessions with me, Ina Dimitrova, you will uncover the cause of your anxiety and learn how to remove it with specific strategies and underwater skills that provide gradual relief and peace of mind. With the support of scuba gear, water and underwater exercises, and expert advice, you’ll learn how to refocus your brain without fear taking over, control your state of mind, and create healthy habits that best serve you in the future. Finally, you’ll have the knowledge and tools to create quick anxiety relief so you can live a happier and more fulfilling life free of fear.

– 5 private sessions in pool or pool-like conditions (indoor water) or at my discretion in the sea

– SCUBA equipment

– If you are not 100% satisfied, you may request a partial refund.


Course price: 495 EUR