The majority of the training we receive as divers focuses on technical skills such as buoyancy and trim, or equipment management. However most accidents are not due to technical failures but rather a breakdown in communication, poor decision making, or a lack of situational awareness. Non Technical Skills training focuses on helping the diver to become more aware of how these human factors influence and affect our decision making process.
No single dive training agency offers Human Factors Training, yet the diver him or her-self is the one commonality that crosses agency and even environmental boundaries. Divers spend thousands of dollars on new equipment with the hopes of making them a better diver but, for the most part, they ignore the “human in the system” and miss the opportunity to become a higher performing dive team member or buddy
We are one of the only providers of Gareth Lock’s Human Factors program that follows the training syllabi used by the Royal Airforce and the FAA and other high reliability organizations. Our goal is to help provide this training that has previously not been available in the diving world. This is a further example of our commitment to excellence in dive training as we understand just how important it is to ensure we are aware of how all the “soft” skills affect our underwater decision making
Situational Awareness and Decision Making in Diving (This article was originally published in InDepth magazine) By Guy Shockey It is not surprising