Yes there are other threads but i want to start a new one. I started learning to dive before I left the UK on my travels. My first impression based on the initial pool dives was a serious meh but once qualified and diving in open water - by god it's one of the best decisions I ever made. I've dived in some awesome places in the last year - the Great Barrier Reef and the Komodo National Park - and today, I did my first dive in coldish water (16C) in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. But my reason for starting this thread is to ask for advice. I am fucking terrible at the initial descent. My body goes into panic mode even though my head tells me I've done it before and it's fine. I just can't seem to stop my body going into panic mode at the surface and it's starting to piss me off. Advice??