Book now for the Human Factors in Diving Conference



It’s here! Over the next two days, technical diver and human factors expert Gareth lock presents the inauguration Human factors in diving conference with world-renowned speakers explaining how the application of human factors can improve dive safety, incident reporting and team performance.

The first event of its kind, the conference – which takes place virtually from September 24-25 – offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge and skills to make diving safer, more efficient and more enjoyable, enabling divers and instructors to take more informed risks and reduce uncertainties.

World-class speakers will highlight how they created positive change, sometimes faced with significant challenges, and how participants can be inspired to create change in their own dive, dive operations or dive community.

Gareth will be the first and last speaker of the two-day conference. Its first conference takes place on September 24 at 10 am and is called “A journey of discovery and learning”, with its second conference “The journey continues” which takes place at 5 pm on September 25.

There are 29 presenters over the two days, and notable names include Professor Simon Mitchell, Diane Chadwick-Jones from bp, Ashley Bugge, Laura Maroni from DAN Europe and Frauke Tillman from DAN.

Topics range from how novice divers can include HF tools and techniques in their dive, to how technical instructors can incorporate HF into their training, to how bp has changed their safety culture in looking differently at how adverse events happened, than how healthcare has embraced humans. factors and how diving can learn from them.

Gareth has written a book “Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors” which is considered THE manual when it comes to applying human factors to diving and which comes highly recommended. Working with Ashley Bugge and her late husband Brian’s dive team, he also traveled to Hawaii in November 2019 to film a documentary on Brian’s accident called ‘If only…‘and was released in May 2020.

Gareth lives with his family in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and travels the world sharing his knowledge of how human behavior can affect diving, facilitating ‘Diving Counterterrorism’. Through his company, The Human Diver, Gareth trains high performance teams and speaks at conferences focused on diving, extreme sports and coaching teams in high risk sectors.

With the Human Factors in Diving conference being a world first, tickets are expected to sell out quickly, especially since there are only 300 available. The conference is aimed at all divers, from novice open water divers to cave and CCR divers to commercial and military divers. This is for divers who recognize that human factors are essential for greater enjoyment, more informed risk taking and increased safety while diving.

Tickets for the Human factors in diving conference are available for sale now.

There are three ticket options:

  • Live View Only, which allows you to access all presentations over the two days as presented live. You can move around the conference rooms as you like, but you won’t be able to be in two locations at once, so you won’t be able to see all of the presentations.

These tickets are priced at US $ 80.

  • Live View Plus Recordings, which gives you access to all presentations over the two days and you get a copy of all presentations that will be accessible after the event.

These tickets are priced at US $ 150.

  • VIP tickets which include live and recorded access as well as a number of digital assets / lessons and a 1 hour coaching call with one of Human Diver’s instructors, who will talk about your issues and the way to help you solve them.

These tickets are priced at US $ 250.

You can consult the detailed schedule and find more information about the expert speakers.


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