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Human factors is a critical topic within the world of SCUBA diving, scientific diving, military diving, and commercial diving. This podcast is a mixture of interviews and 'shorts' which are audio versions of the weekly blog from The Human Diver.

Each month we will look to have at least one interview and one case study discussion where we look at an event in detail and how human factors and non-technical skills contributed (or prevented) it from happening in the manner it did.

Counter-Errorism in Diving: Applying Human Factors to Diving Gareth Lock at The Human Diver

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Human factors is a critical topic within the world of SCUBA diving, scientific diving, military diving, and commercial diving. This podcast is a mixture of interviews and 'shorts' which are audio versions of the weekly blog from The Human Diver.

Each month we will look to have at least one interview and one case study discussion where we look at an event in detail and how human factors and non-technical skills contributed (or prevented) it from happening in the manner it did.

    SH79: 5 Common Misconseptions about Human Factors

    SH79: 5 Common Misconseptions about Human Factors

    In this podcast episode, we debunk common misconceptions about Human Factors, shedding light on its complexity and importance. Contrary to the belief that Human Factors is just common sense, it's an evidence-based practice that delves deeper into understanding human behavior and system design. While technical skills are crucial, Human Factors emphasizes non-technical skills like decision-making and communication to prevent errors. It's not solely about personal limitations but involves training and learning from mistakes. Additionally, Human Factors considers cultural and organizational influences on behavior. Addressing the misconception around Just Culture, it's about learning from mistakes while sometimes assigning blame when necessary. Emphasizing the role of change and learning, Human Factors seeks continuous improvement, making it easier to do the right thing in various aspects of life.


    Original blog: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/5-common-misconseptions-about-human-factors



    Blog about common sense:https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/common-sense

    What we mean by a Just Culture: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/a-just-culture-is-not-a-just-do-it-culture

    How learning reviews are different to traditional investigations: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/learning-reviews-in-diving

    Why this is important: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/human-factors-in-diving-what-it-is-what-it-isn-t-why-you-need-to-know



    English, Human Factors, Jenny Lord


    • 5 min
    SH78: Work as Imagined vs Work as Done

    SH78: Work as Imagined vs Work as Done

    In this episode, we explore the often overlooked gap between how work is envisioned and how it actually gets done. Imagine crafting the perfect set of procedures for a job, only to face the realities of limited resources, budget constraints, and differing perspectives from those actually performing the tasks. This misalignment between "Work as Imagined" and "Work as Done" can lead to various outcomes, from compliant but flawed execution to outright disregard for standards. We delve into the complexities of why this misalignment occurs, from misunderstandings to deliberate acts of defiance or circumvention. By understanding the truth of "Work as Done," we can identify areas for improvement and bridge the gap between expectation and reality. Join the conversation on our Facebook group to share your insights and experiences in navigating these challenges.


    Original blog:




    The difference between the standards as written and what happens: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/analyzing-the-hidden-consequences-of-undermining-diving-standards

    Diagram of overlapping circles: https://humanisticsystems.com/2016/12/05/the-varieties-of-human-work/%E2%80%9C

    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/184882365201810/

    Further reading: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/what-does-human-factors-in-diving-mean





     English, Jenny Lord, Rules

    • 5 min
    SH77: Analyzing the Hidden Consequences of Undermining Standards

    SH77: Analyzing the Hidden Consequences of Undermining Standards

    The podcast delves into the issue of ignoring diving standards, highlighting the potential consequences and influencing behaviors within the industry. Despite the prerequisite for Rescue Diver certification before starting Divemaster training, some i

    nstructors overlook this standard for various reasons, from ignorance to time pressure or complacency. Direct consequences include students being inadequately prepared and potentially posing a danger to themselves and others, while influencing behaviors perpetuates a culture of shortcuts and compromises safety. The authority gradient between instructors and students means that instructors' actions significantly impact students' perceptions of importance and acceptable behavior. This influence extends throughout the diving community, emphasizing the need for adherence to standards to ensure safety and integrity within the industry.


    Original blog: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/analyzing-the-hidden-consequences-of-undermining-diving-standards

    Links: Work as Imagined vs Work as Done https://www.rcog.org.uk/about-us/quality-improvement-clinical-audit-and-research-projects/each-baby-counts-learn-support/safety-thinking-toolkit/work-as-imagined-versus-work-as-done/

    Giving yourself permission to do it again: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/normalisation-of-deviance-not-about-rule-breaking

    Tags:  English, Authority Gradient, Decision Making, Jenny Lord, Leadership

    • 6 min
    SH76: Navigating the Depths Safely: Risk Management & Incident Reporting with a panel of experts

    SH76: Navigating the Depths Safely: Risk Management & Incident Reporting with a panel of experts

    The allure of SCUBA diving offers unparalleled opportunities for underwater exploration but also comes with inherent risks that demand respect and understanding. This podcast, summarizing a conversation between industry experts, delves into the critical aspects of risk management and incident reporting in diving. Understanding the risks, the role of equipment in safety, learning from experience, psychological preparedness, and the importance of community are all explored in depth. Each dive presents unique challenges, requiring thorough planning, adaptability, and a keen understanding of the underwater environment. By sharing experiences and fostering a culture of safety, divers can collectively enhance their awareness and practices, ensuring safer and more enjoyable experiences beneath the waves. Safety in diving is a continuous journey, requiring a holistic approach that considers people, equipment, processes, culture, and the environment, with each dive serving as an opportunity for learning and growth.


    Original blog: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/risk-management-podcast-review

    Links: Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2191453/14228917

    2nd Podcast with Gareth: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2191453/14507924-interview-with-gareth-lock

    DEBrIEF model: https://www.thehumandiver.com/debrief


    English, Gareth Lock, Just Culture, Psychological Safety, Risk Management

    • 9 min
    SH75: Psychological Consequences of a Diving Accident

    SH75: Psychological Consequences of a Diving Accident

    In this podcast episode, we delve into the psychological impact of diving incidents, particularly focusing on the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the diving community. While physical injuries from diving accidents are well-documented, psychological trauma often goes unnoticed and untreated. Research suggests that a significant portion of divers experience psychological effects even a year after an incident, affecting their overall well-being and decisions regarding future diving. However, the prevalence of PTSD in diving remains unclear due to limited reporting and awareness. Trauma related to diving accidents can have long-lasting consequences, affecting divers' mental health, social functioning, and their ability to cope with stress during subsequent dives. Despite the lack of formal diagnosis, unresolved trauma can lead to avoidance behaviors, anxiety, and even substance abuse. Addressing psychological well-being in diving is crucial for creating a safer and more supportive diving environment. Divers should be aware of the potential for psychological issues after an incident and know where to seek help. By prioritizing psychological support alongside physical safety measures, we can foster a culture of resilience and empowerment within the diving community.


    Original blog: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/psychological-consequences-of-a-diving-accident

    Links: Fit to dive

    Reakcje psychologiczne i nurkowanie, opis terapii

    The psychological impact of accidents on recreational divers: A prospective study

    RISK OF SLEEP DISORDERS IN PATIENTS WITH DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS: A NATIONWIDE, POPULATION-BASED STUDY IN TAIWAN - - Psychiatria Danubina, 2019; Vol. 31, No. 2, pp 172-181 https://doi.org/10.24869/psyd.2019.172 A twelve-year longitudinal study of neuropsychological function in non-saturation professional divers

    Tags:  English, Andrzej Górnicki, Diving Psychology, Incident Analysis, Jenny Lord, Performance Shaping Factors, Psychological Safety, PTSD

    • 14 min
    SH74: Who is responsible for change?

    SH74: Who is responsible for change?

    In this podcast episode, we explore who should be driving change in the diving industry, drawing inspiration from quotes by George Bernard Shaw and Albert Einstein emphasizing the necessity of change for progress. While top-down leadership models are common, with executives setting the culture and direction, it's argued that true change often stems from the middle, where individuals are most affected. With millions of divers worldwide, those employed in diving, including instructors and professionals, hold significant influence and can champion higher standards and improved teaching methodologies. By advocating for better quality instruction and embracing current best practices, the industry can address issues like declining numbers and quality, ultimately fostering a safer and more satisfying experience for all divers. Encouraging discussions, teaching effective communication, and prioritizing skills training in buoyancy control can shape a positive culture shift that permeates through agencies and influences industry-wide change. As individuals in the middle, listeners are encouraged to envision the culture they desire and actively contribute to driving positive change within the diving community.


    Original blog: https://www.thehumandiver.com/blog/who-is-responsible-for-change

    Tags:  English, Jenny Lord, Leadership

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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Ron & Heidi SCUBA ,

Most important podcast for the diving industry

Gareth has truly created the most important dive safety content for the industry. His concepts are designed to create critical thinking skills and apply them to everyday diving situations. It’s appropriate for all divers from the first open water dive certification to the most advanced professional in the field. Thank you Gareth for continuing to provide this information for the safety of the masses. Cheers.

Docvfr ,

Long Form Conversations

Truly stoked to see that Gareth has “finally” gotten into the podcast game as a host.

As a guest on our podcast, he spoke as if he had been preparing for this role all his life, which of course he has.

The long form conversations that podcasts allow are one more way for divers, etc., to learn from experts like Gareth and his guests which can then be applied to their own experiences.

Looking forward to the in depth listening that your podcast will surely offer.

Daniel Porter
The Dive Table

mysigp226 ,

Life changing - literally

Gareth is bringing the human back to diving and ushering in a much needed culture shift in the community. What I have learned in Human Factors has fundamentally changed not only how I do my dives, but how I learn and get better. I can even apply these lessons and techniques in my non-diving career.

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