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Why is it so hard to create a team quickly in diving, especially in classes?
AUTHOR: Gareth Lock CATEGORY: TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
Four blogs that look at how to start the team building processes. These blogs don't just focus on 'fun' diving, but also training courses.READ ARTICLE
Predictive Profiling & diving: “what deviates, deserves attention!”
AUTHOR: Bart Den Ouden CATEGORY: COGNITIVE BIASES LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
On 30 May 1972 around 22:00 hours an Air France flight touched down at Lod Airport, now known as Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv (Israel). Amongst the disembarking passengers were 3 Japanese tourists. Each of them carried a violin case and as soon as they entered the terminal building, they opened these cases. Instead of violins, they took out machine guns. They started shooting indiscriminately and also threw hand grenades as they changed magazines. Security was completely taken by surprise. How did this happen? This was seen as the start of the so-called Predictive Profiling. Until 20 May 1972 all terrorists, at least in the mind of the Israelis, were Arab. This meant the focus was on people who looked Arabic. Because this is what they thought terrorists looked like, obvious deviant behaviours and indicators were missed. In diving, we see what we expect to see, and miss the unexpected.READ ARTICLE
Outcomes are so sexy and attractive…
AUTHOR: GARETH LOCK CATEGORY: DECISION MAKING LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
In the mid-1980s, there was a flight safety film produced which showed a Royal Air Force pilot walking out to his single-seat Jaguar fighter aircraft for a training sortie. He prepares the aircraft, starts it up and takes-off down the runway. Unfortunately, the aircraft has an engine failure immediately after take-off, but the pilot can’t jettison the external stores, and crashes and he dies because the aircraft doesn’t have enough power to fly on a single-engine given its full fuel load and the heavy external stores.READ ARTICLE
The Best is the Enemy of the Good
AUTHOR: JENNY LORD CATEGORY: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
A short while ago Gareth asked me to write a blog for this website, as a newly qualified Human Factors in Diving Instructor. We talked about a subject and all seemed ok. But try as I might, I just could not explain the topic as eloquently as I wanted. So, we had another chat and I tried a different theme. Same result. The problem was that no matter what I wrote, I just didn’t feel it matched up to what Gareth and the other new instructors had written. And that’s when it hit me- I was out Human-Factoring myself.READ ARTICLE