Recently, I spent two days in Seattle attending the 2-day Human Factors Skills in Diving course, taught by GUE Diver, Human Factors academic, and GUE’s Director of Risk Management, Gareth Lock. Great course, here’s a short summary:
When a person or a team functions on a high level, especially in time-critical or stressful situations, there is a whole host of non-technical human factors skills that come into play and affect behavior. “Non-technical” meaning not specifically related to the skills and know-how of the field, but rather the psychology and communication elements. This course provides you a “cheat sheet map” on how and why your brain, and high functioning teams, work. We learn why we fail, the importance of failing, and how teams and individuals improve performance. We spent some time focusing on how to best debrief dives and dive team; I have already started employing these tools in both my personal diving and in my classes.
Any diver should take the 2.5 hour online micro course.
All divers would also find insight and increased performance tools in the 2-day course; the knowledge and lessons learned are vital to any instructors and those in a leadership position within a dive team, group, or project.
If you’re interested about learning more about Human Factors in Diving, please email me for a coupon code applicable towards the online micro course.