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Counter-errorism in Diving

The majority of diver training agencies have a 'fundamentals', 'essentials' or similar class to make sure buoyancy and trim are sorted before progressing to technical or cave diving


Most accidents and adverse events in diving are not down to undetected technical failures, poor buoyancy or incorrect trim, but rather a breakdown in communication, poor decision-making or a lack of situational awareness, or more likely a chain of events which are based around these human factors and nobody provides training in this subject in a holistic manner. 

Until now...read on...

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"I was always told as a trainee how important it was to be a 'thinking' diver. In hindsight no-one explained what that actually meant though. I went around thinking "yeah I'm a thinking diver. I'm cautious, I think about things, I plan carefully. I check my kit". But no-one broke it down into elements. That's a real benefit of this course by giving subsets and categories to break things down, to identify aspects to isolate and work and improve on, both for myself and in helping others."

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"It's a hell of a lot of fun!"

In the dive instruction and technical diving communities we tend to put a lot of stock in our technical skills.  How to perform tasks, how to run drills, how to bring a student up to a certain level.  Even when we discuss events after the fact it is often framed, “How did you think that went?”  

By contrast, a two-day Human Factors class focuses sharply on the “why?”  It broadens the context of events to include the motivations and behaviours of the people performing these technical skills to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between “how” and “why.”

There are no drills from a conventional scuba standpoint.  There are no skills built on muscle memory.  The Human Factors class is a way to probe around why we behave the way we do as individuals and as part of a team through discussion and computer simulation.  Practicing different non-technical skills to work towards reframing our understanding of ourselves… to inspire ourselves towards greater effectiveness as communicators, as team members, and as divers.

The Basics

Building More Knowledge

This 3-hour online class is a great starting point to find out why we make mistakes and how we can reduce the likelihood of an accident or adverse event occurring.

We dive into decision making, situational awareness, communication and cooperation skills, and crucially, their interdependence. Using case studies and practical exercise, we bring the topic to life. Want to gain a quick but valuable insight? 


If you are a dive leader/master or instructor, or undertake higher risk diving like CCR, Cave or Tech Diving, this globally-unique course is a MUST.

Providing an in-depth understanding of human factors and their impact, and a wealth of practical techniques combined with case studies and more theory. Do you want to push yourself more than just the micro-class and learn more?


Taking it to the next level!

Our 2-day core topics and 3-day advanced classes are the ultimate in hands-on, experiential learning.
These intensive training days will hone and perfect your skills in… • decision making • teamwork • situational awareness • leadership/followership • communication • stress and fatigue management


What is Human Factors Skills in Diving About?

On Jan 15, 2009, an Airbus A319 landed on the river Hudson after encountering a massive birdstrike which killed both engines. Capt. Sullenberger's piloting skills were impressive, but his teamwork, leadership, situational awareness, decision making and communications are what really saved the day. These are known as non-technical skills or human factors skills.

The classes provided by The Human Diver for the diving community are based on the syllabi used by high reliability organisations like the Royal Air Force, the CAA, the FAA and the Royal College of Surgeons to ensure aircrew and surgeons can operate at the highest levels of excellence. 

These skills are equally applicable to diving, be that as an instructor or as a cave, technical or CCR diver. In 2011, the UK HSE recommended that CCR divers should undertake HF training as a way of reducing incidents and improving diving safety. This training fills that gap for the diving community.

Why should I learn about this?

These courses do not focus on the technical aspects of diving but rather decision making, situational awareness, communications and cooperation skills, and crucially, their interdependence.

Research indicates that diving incidents are rarely down to undetected technical issues rather they are impacted by the variability of human performance. i.e. we make mistakes, errors and break the rules!

Divers spend plenty of money on the 'shiny' stuff but how often do you consider improving the grey matter between your ears? That grey matter has far more impact on your safety than the latest gadget...

Award Winning Programme

At the 2018 TekDiveUSA technical diving conference attended by more than 500 delegates, the online micro-class was awarded the Innovation award “For innovation and/or product design that has increased the safety and extended the field of technical diving.”

100% Money Back Guarantee

If you believe that you didn't get value for money, we will refund the amount you paid for it. However, for our continual improvement, you will need to provide some feedback as to why the learning didn't happen and potentially how we can make the class better. What do you have to risk?

What now?

High performance requires a level of commitment. Are you ready for that challenge? If this subject really interests you and you want to take your learning to the next level, visit the pages below. Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.




What does a two-day class look like?

A short video showing a 2-day class in progress using GemaSim