MEET THE TEAM

Instructors from around the globe who can deliver the Human Diver programmes.

If you are considering an investment in training around diving as a sport, pastime or profession – you should be considering human factors as part of that investment. 

The Human Diver has a team of qualified professional instructors, all experienced divers, who can deliver our courses. They have undertaken hours of human factors training, in person, online and through group work to become accredited. More are due to train as instructors this year and beyond. 

Our mission is to be able to offer this kind of holistic training globally to anyone who wants to further their knowledge and minimise risks around diving – whatever their level of technical diving ability or experience. 

Heading the team is Gareth Lock.

THE FOUNDER

Gareth Lock, MSc, MCIEHF

Gareth founded The Human Diver in January 2016 when he recognised that there was a gap in knowledge within the diving community when it came to human factors and non-technical skills.  He decided to do something about it and has made waves ever since.

Base:

South West of England, United Kingdom.

Background:

Spent 25 years in the Royal Air Force as a flight instructor, navigator on C-130 Hercules, systems engineer and a requirements manager. Left the RAF in 2015 and started work in high-risk industries teaching Human Factors and Crew Resource Management (CRM).

Diving Experience:

GUE Tech 2 certified and TDI JJ-CCR Mod 1 with around 800 dives. Looking forward to getting cave certified too.

Human Factors Commitment:

Using his own course/s developed and based on his lived diving experience, has to date taught more than 350 divers face-to-face, presented at nearly 20 conferences around the world and published his first book  'Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors' in 2019 which has sold 1000s of copies globally already.

And Finally:

He loves his underwater photography and has been published in numerous magazines. If you want to find out how to work with Gareth directly or how to book him as a speaker click here

OUR INSTRUCTORS

GUY SHOCKEY
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Helene Pellerin
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Bart den Ouden
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Jenny Lord
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Darryl Owen
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OUR INSTRUCTORS

GUY SHOCKEY
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Helene Pellerin
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Bart den Ouden
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Jenny Lord
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Darryl Owen
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Guy Shockey, MA, BA

Guy is one of the first graduates from the Human Diver’s HF instructors’ academy (whatever words you want to use). A man who loves extreme sports, he is also committed to improving outcomes by understanding how human factors impact on those sports including diving.  Guy recognized the value of Human Factors training in the diving world immediately because of his past careers, and has been an advocate of The Human Diver from the beginning.

Base:

Vancouver Island, Canada

Background:

He’s an ex-military officer and former professional guide with a graduate degree in political science. He is an entrepreneur including building up a successful manufacturing business with wholesale and retail components. He is also a nationally accredited Skydiving coach and instructor.

Diving Experience:

He first learned to dive in 1982 in the mountain lakes of Alberta, Canada and has been involved with Global Underwater Explorers for the past 12 years. He is currently a full time Instructor Evaluator for GUE and travels the globe and teaching technical diving (OC and CCR) for GUE. He is also very active working with GUE’s instructor candidates and incorporates Human Factors training in all his classes.

Human Factors Commitment:

Guy was one of the first cohort of trainers, completing his training in 2019. He now runs courses in human factors in Canada and the US. He was one of the first instructors to require his technical diving students to take the Human Factors online micro-class as preparation for technical and instructor dive training. 

And Finally:

He loves to share his passion for exploration in the mountains or under the sea.

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Helene Pellerin, MD, FRCPC

Helene is passionate about understanding human performance and how it can be improved to decrease error and increase safety in diving. Her goal is to promote the development of a ‘Just Culture’ by sharing this knowledge to divers of all levels.

Base:

Quebec City, Canada.

Background:

She he is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Universite Laval in Quebec City, and an instructor at the simulation centre of the Faculty of Medicine of Universite Laval, where she teaches Crisis Resources Management and Teamwork.

Diving Experience:

Helene is a GUE TEC 1 diver, a PADI Divemaster and an Emergency First Response (EFR) instructor with more than 300 dives in the past five years. She is mostly a cold-water diver although she enjoys warm water very much as well. She enjoys ocean dives and wreck dives.

Human Factors Commitment:

Helene was part of the first cohort of graduates from the Human Diver’s HF instructors’ academy. Becoming an instructor in human factors was a natural step for her given her background in Crisis Resources Management & Teamwork in healthcare. The Human Diver programme was a fantastic opportunity to move her interest in human factors from her professional life to diving.

And Finally:

Helene loves teaching and she is always keen on sharing her interests on the application of non-technical skills and human factors in diving and beyond!

EMAIL HELENE

Bart Den Ouden, CPP PCI cATO™

Bart, who has been a professional diver for almost 20 years, strongly believes that training is paid for but certification is earned. He has always felt “something” was missing in most of the training programmes he undertaken or taught. Human Factors has filled that gap for him.

Base:

The Netherlands.

Background:

Bart is a private security professional of 20 years, focusing on providing safety and security for many clients, ranging from retailers to big public events. Since 2009 he is also one of the examiners for the security industry’s exam board in The Netherlands.

Diving Experience:

He became a professional diver in 2001 and five years later, an EFR Instructor Trainer, a TDI Instructor Trainer a year after that and a PADI Course Director in 2008. He also offers Workplace Accredited Training and is a Diver Medical Technician.  He is an Open and Closed Circuit Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer with around 3,000 dives over 20 years of diving.

Human Factors Commitment:

Bart was an early adopter and supporter of the Human Factors in Diving course and went on to offer himself as an instructor with The Human Diver. He wanted to be at the forefront of this of holistic teaching in diving.

And Finally:

Bart also works as a safety diver for the film industry and has worked on projects like “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”.

EMAIL BART

Jenny Lord

Jenny has always had a love of the outdoors and extreme sports. When she first heard about The Human Diver and considering human factors in diving, she embraced it. She knew it was critical to creating a positive culture in diving. Her interest in team development started with outdoor education, using it as a tool to help people learn more about communication, planning and teamwork.

Base:

Egypt

Background:

Prior to diving, she worked in outdoor education for ten years teaching rock climbing, white water kayaking, canoeing, sailing, skiing, caving and cycling, amongst other sports.

Diving Experience:

Jenny is a full-time technical diving instructor. Since 2009 she has lived in Dahab, Egypt teaching SCUBA diving. She is a technical instructor trainer for TDI, advanced Trimix instructor, advanced mixed gas CCR diver and helitrox CCR instructor.

Human Factors Commitment:

Now accredited as an instructor in human factors with The Human Diver, Jenny has already started delivering courses on the subject as well as integrating awareness of human factors into the technical courses she delivers.

And Finally:

Jenny has supported a number of deep dives as part of H2O divers’ dive team and works as a safety diver in the stunt industry.

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Darryl Owen

 

Base:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Background:

Darryl served in the British Army and has been an expat for the last 30 years in a variety of senior management roles in the software and management consultancy sectors. He has been building high performance teams in the software and services industries for much of that time and has gained extensive change management experience across diverse industry sectors.

Diving Experience:

He is a technical instructor for Unified Team Diving (UTD) as well as an instructor trainer for RAID and owns several dive centres in the UAE and Oman together with his wife, Marine who is also an Instructor Trainer for UTD and an Instructor Examiner for RAID. Together they share a passion for anything submerged with rust on it and have founded an academy in the UAE to promote education for divers and dive professionals that includes marine science and conservation, marine archaeology, photography and exploration. He has accumulated more than 3,500 dives in locations all over the world.

Human Factors Commitment:

Darryl saw the value of human factors training as soon as it became available. He realised it added to his considerable expertise and it aligned with his previous military and business career. For him, it was entirely logical for him to become a Human Diver accredited instructor.

And Finally:

He dives both open circuit and CCR and is passionate about wreck exploration. He also has five children who, combined with running three dive operations, provide an endless source of human factor scenarios!

EMAIL DARRYL