THE HUMAN DIVER PROGRAMME
Developing Knowledge. Learning Skills. Taking Action.
"This is some of the best and most important training I have done in my diving career. Gareth is an excellent teacher and communicator, has pulled together a range of material from an incredible variety of sources, and pulled them together to provide one of the richest learning experiences in a dynamic and engaging group environment. If I were to to recommend a single piece of training for someone doing diving, or any kind of complex activity, this would be it. Regardless of experience level, technical level or type of diving you are doing (recreational or technical) this is probably the most important and valuable course you could ever do. And it may end up saving your life or someone else's life. Just do it."
HUMAN FACTORS IN DIVING: THE ESSENTIALS
This is a course which is suitable for all divers, from OW/AOW through to IT/CD and experienced cave, CCR and technical divers. It provides a grounding in the theory of human factors and non-technical skills with numerous activities to consolidate the learning so you can apply the knowledge immediately. The course consists of nine video-based modules of between 5-15 mins long with lots of additional reading for those who want to dig deeper into the topic and take their learning further. This course also has subtitles in Spanish and Italian with other languages coming soon. The course is accessible via PC/Mac/Tablet/Mobile Device and videos can be downloaded to watch offline. (This course is available at all times)FIND OUT MORE
HUMAN FACTORS IN DIVING: LEVEL 1 - WEBINAR SERIES
For divers who want to take a slower-paced approach to learning and are undertaking CCR, Cave, Tech and leaders in diving roles (DM, Instructor and IT/CD). This course takes place over ten weeks with each week’s 90-min webinar consisting of a specific topic relating to human factors, non-technical skills and just culture with the goal of improving both your knowledge and practical skills to improve your diving safety and performance. A short piece of homework is required to be completed prior to the next webinar to consolidate the knowledge. Outcomes are the ability to apply a different perspective to your diving so that you make better decisions because you have more targeted situation awareness, you are able to communicate more effectively with your students or teammates leading to a more productive training or ‘fun’ diving team, and finally, to create both a Just Culture and psychological safety in your local diving communities. (This course will run 3 or 4 times a year)FIND OUT MORE
HUMAN FACTORS IN DIVING: LEVEL 1 - BLENDED LEARNING
For divers who want to compress their learning into a two-week period and have practical tools to take away. Suitable for all divers, but especially those in higher-risk activities (CCR, Cave, Tech) or those leading in diving (DM, Instructor or IT/CD). Three hours of online learning using bite-sized chunks of theory (5-10 mins clips) to give you a baseline of knowledge or reinforce previously learned concepts/tools in the two weeks prior to the virtual classroom. Accessible via personal computer, tablet or mobile phone. All of the modules have direct relevance to the virtual classroom work so you'll need to pay attention. Using state-of-the-art software (not just Zoom!) we have developed a virtual classroom environment which allows collaboration, skills development and real teamwork to solve issues and problems relating to human factors and non-technical skills. The virtual classroom sessions consist of two consecutive 4.5hr learning days or four 2.5 hr sessions in the evenings in one week. (This course will run once a month with myself to start with but with other instructors delivering it soon.)FIND OUT MORE
HUMAN FACTORS IN DIVING: LEVEL 2 - FACE-TO-FACE
For divers who learn best through experiential learning and want to create teams quickly, which includes instructors and IT/CDs. Also suitable for those who undertake CCR, Cave and Tech diving who want to prevent errors from occurring, allowing them to take their diving further and deeper. Two-days of highly emotive and but positive learning to consolidate theory gained from the HFiD Essentials class which is included as pre-class learning. Outcomes will be better situation awareness, more effective communication, improved briefing and debriefing skills and an understanding of how to create a team quickly so that learning can be improved in the context of training and more effective exploration achieved in the context of ‘fun’ diving. (This course will run as and when required by the instructors I have)FIND OUT MORE
"I have taken two courses of Human Factors in Diving this year. These courses have been some of the most impactful and effective instruction I have received to date. Thinking about thinking (metacognition) is not an easy topic to teach, and Gareth shows true mastery of the material. His willingness and ability to receive feedback and make changes in real time shows his passion for always improving the courses. These topics are beyond highly recommended for divers of any level, and are a must for anyone participating in the more high risk levels of diving. These concepts are immediately applicable in all facets of life, work, and diving.
Thank you Gareth Lock for your continued pursuit in education of Human Factors in Diving."
All video-based content is available after the course has finished and will be made available to you for as long as The Human Diver is running. The Level 1 blended learning programme and Level 2 course also have course notes which help accelerate and consolidate the learning.
"I took my third class in the Human Factors in Diving series this week. Each class surpasses the previous one. Gareth is an excellent instructor, the materials are top quality and constantly updated with feedback from classes and real life situations. The atmosphere of the classes promotes honest discussion and healthy participation among fellow students.
The online micro-class is highly recommended for all divers, and certainly for leadership level individuals in the dive industry(dive professionals, live aboard operators, dive shop managers).
Thank you for a very engaging early morning start to a weekend Gareth Lock and every one else who was part of the Level 1 hybrid learning program."