SH66: The Value of Loops for Learning: Don't Just Fix the Diver /Instructor

In this episode, we delve into the concept of learning loops in scuba diving, inspired by the works of Chris Argyris and Donald Schön. We explore single-loop learning, focusing on immediate problem-solving like fixing a malfunctioning buoyancy control device (BCD), and double-loop learning, which involves analyzing underlying issues such as calibration errors in a rebreather. Then, we introduce triple-loop learning, which considers broader contexts like team dynamics and learning culture within the dive community. Practical examples illustrate each loop's application, from troubleshooting equipment issues to enhancing training programs. Drawing parallels with other high-risk domains like wildland firefighting, we emphasize the importance of fostering a learning culture and embracing continuous improvement at every level of diving. Whether troubleshooting a BCD or revising safety protocols, remember that each dive offers opportunities for growth and deeper understanding, contributing to a safer and more knowledgeable diving community.


Original blog:


Learning in Loops doc:

Standards changes:

Blog about moving too quickly through the system:

Human and Organisational Performance:

Brad Mayhew’s blog:

What is a Just Culture?:


English, Gareth Lock, HOP, Human Performance, Leadership, Learning