Human Factors Skills in Diving Leadership Webinar Series


Dealing with uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments typifies the situation which many leadership divers (DMs, Instructors & Instructor Trainers) face delivering diver training and/or being a guide. The problem is that whilst training organisations provide training for divers to pass their courses, there is limited-to-no training provided about how and why divers make the decisions they do, how to improve diving safety beyond in-water skills or how to learn from failure in a constructive manner.

This course addresses this gap

What is this about?

A globally-unique webinar-based class which focuses on the human factors skills aspects within leadership diving and is specifically aimed at Dive Masters, Instructors and Instructor trainers to help them understand why divers make the mistakes they do and what we can do to reduce the likelihood of an accident or adverse event happening. It does not focus on the technical aspects of instruction and the skills being taught, but rather decision making, situational awareness, communications and cooperation skills, and crucially, their interdependence. Case studies are discussed, highlighting the contributory factors to incidents which are rarely technical in nature.

What's the difference between this and the other HF courses you teach?

There are 4 sets of classes.

  • Online micro-class (3 hrs) provides a brief introduction to the subject of human factors skills/non-technical skills in the context of diving in general.
  • Webinar-based Leadership class (10 hrs) focusing on human factors/non-technical skills for DMs, Instructors and Instructor trainers with case studies focusing on leadership and training events. 
  • Webinar-based 'High Risk' class (10 hrs) focusing on human factors/non-technical skills for CCR, Cave and Technical divers and using specific incident/accident case studies to demonstrate the application and value of these skills.
  • Face-to-face core topics class (2 days) and advanced class (3 days) are very much experiential-learning based with a small mount of theory covered. The webinar-based or online classes are pre-learning for these classes.

What does the course look like?

This webinar-based course will consist of 10 weekly webinars each lasting 60 minutes.

Within each session there will be 45 minutes of theory with 15-30 minutes of discussion and questions.

The first module will take place on 14 May and the last one on 15 Jul 2018. 

The course will be hosted on Zoom which allows for breakout rooms and interaction between participants. This won't be a passive course!! There will also be assignments for specific modules with homework and prizes given for the best submission.

What do I need to complete the class?

The only thing you need is a web-browser, the Zoom app (which you'll be prompted to install - like Skype but much better!!) and an internet connection.

Zoom has clients for PC, Mac, iOS and Android and the webinars will be recorded and then hosted on the HF Academy for participants to watch if they can't make the live webinar. The recordings can also be used for reference too.

More detail about the class

This short webinar-based course equips participants with the knowledge and understanding about how to improve their diving; to have more fun and allow them to take more risks because they know where failure is more likely to occur and can mitigate it accordingly.

The course provides more detail and engagement (10 hrs) than the online-micro class (3 hrs). There are assignments which need to be completed as part of the 10-week programme to maximise consolation of the learning. To encourage the cohort to complete these, prizes will be awarded for the best submissions.

When and what is covered?

14 May - Introduction to HF, Non-Technical Skills and Human Error in Diving and Case Study introduction
21 May - Situational Awareness
28 May - Decision Making
4 Jun - Communications
11 Jun - Leadership & Followership in Diving
18 Jun - Teamwork
25 Jun - Performance Shaping Factors (Stress & Fatigue)
1 Jul - Just Culture and Psychological Safety
8 Jul - Incident Reporting
15 Jul - Goals and Accountability

Do I get a Certificate or C-card?

The courses are not underwritten by any of the diver training agencies so you won't get a bit of plastic. However, you will get a certificate on completion of the class. 

However, you'll get to keep access to the class once you've finished and so have plenty of reference material to come back to or use in your own teaching.