"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 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."
Following the success of the first webinar series, another 10-week webinar-based class will start on 7 Sep 2020. The class focuses on the human factors skills aspects within higher risk diving such as Cave, CCR and Technical and instructional diving. The course material is there to help you:
All by developing knowledge and skills which can be applied in all areas of diving from recreational, to technical, to instruction.
However, this course does not focus on the technical aspects of diving like gas planning, buoyancy/propulsion or equipment use, 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.
"This has been a wonderful series and the reading list you gave us alone is worth the value of the course not to mention your insights."
There are 3 sets of classes.
"The Human Factors course has been some of the most impactful instruction I have received in or out of the water. I’ve never learned more immediately applicable concepts in my diving career, and my professional career, than in this class. This class has revealed the why behind some of the experiences I have had in the past, whether struggling with a skill, or having a bad experience underwater. This course has shown me how much I didn’t understand about some of the most influential factors that affect diver performance. The unknown unknowns are now known knowns. "
This webinar-based course will consist of 10 weekly webinars each lasting 60-90 minutes.
Within each session there will be 45-60 minutes of theory with 15-30 minutes of discussion and questions.
The first module will take place on 7 Sep 2020 and the last one on 9 Nov 2020. They will run at 19:00 (7pm) UK time. You will get a reminder email a couple of days before and on the day itself to remind you of the webinar that evening.
The course will be hosted on Zoom which allows for breakout rooms and interaction between participants and is supported on PC/Mac/iOS/Android. This won't be a passive course!! There will also be assignments for specific modules with homework and prizes given for the best submission.
All webinars are recorded so you can catch up, watch when you've time, or come back and watch again, and again!
You will be able to submit questions or issues you'd like answered/discussed in the webinar. Details of how to do this will be given in the first webinar.
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 Human Diver for participants to watch if they can't make the live webinar. The recordings can also be used for reference too.
"This is the most useful, and important, dive training I have taken to date, not only as a diver and instructor but as a leader and follower, with implications for all facets of life and work."
This 10-week 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 informed risks because they know where failure is likely to occur and can mitigate it accordingly.
The course provides more detail and engagement (10-15 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.
7 Sep - Introduction to HF, Non-Technical Skills and Human Error in Diving and Case Study introduction.
14 Sep - Psychological Safety and Just Culture
21 Sep - Situational Awareness
28 Sep - Decision Making
5 Oct - Communications
12 Oct - Leadership & Followership in Diving
19 Oct - Teamwork
26 Oct - Performance Shaping Factors (Stress & Fatigue)
2 Nov - Incident Reporting
9 Nov - Goals and Accountability
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.
You'll also 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.
Some organisations allow you to claim Continued Professional Development (CPD) hours. The certificate shows 15 hours of work.
"Dive safety comes down to the choices you and your team make every time you plan to execute a dive. The program acts like powerful computing software, synthesizing 'everything but the gear' into the most relevant components, so you can spend your time reflecting on your own, or your teams', dive practice. Gareth listens and considers ideas that come up in class and models the behaviours you need to build a better team. You could see the outcomes of his teaching and modelling in the group even in the web course. To my mind, that is the best representation of what you can do with what you learn in the program."
If this subject really interests you and you want to take your learning to the next level, visit this page which will tell you all about the two-day human factors skills in diving class which uses a computer-based simulation (GemaSim) to create stressful situations where your non-technical skills will be challenged and then reviewed using reflective debriefs. Another globally unique opportunity to develop yourself further. Testimonials for this class can be found dotted around the website.
The enrolment for the next webinar series will open on 9 April 2018. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, enter your details below.
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