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First ever Human Factors in Diving conference – limited tickets available to book now

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Technical diver and human factors expert, Gareth Lock, has announced the inaugural Human Factors in Diving Conference with world-leading speakers presenting on how applying human factors (HF) can improve diving safety, incident reporting and team performance. The conference takes place on September 24 and 25 this year.

The first event of its kind, the conference provides a unique opportunity to share the knowledge and skills to make diving safer, more effective and more enjoyable, by allowing divers and instructors to take more informed risks and reduce uncertainty.

The world-class speakers will be highlighting how they have created positive change, sometimes when faced with significant challenges and how attendees can be inspired to create change in their own diving, diving operations or diving community.

Gareth will be the first and last speaker at the two-day conference that takes place virtually. His first talk is at 10am on September 24 and is entitled ‘A Voyage of Discovery & Learning’ with his second talk ‘The Voyage Continues’ taking place at 5pm on September 25.

There are 29 presenters in all 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 will range from how novice divers can include HF tools and techniques in their diving, to how technical instructors can build HF into their training, to how bp changed their safety culture by looking differently at how adverse events occurred, to how healthcare has embraced human factors and how diving can learn from this.

Gareth has written a book ‘Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors’ which is considered THE textbook when it comes to applying human factors in diving and comes highly recommended. Working with Ashley Bugge and her late husband Brian’s dive team, he also went to Hawaii in November 2019 to film a documentary about Brian’s accident which was 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 behaviour can affect diving, facilitating ‘counter-errorism in diving’. Through his company, The Human Diver, Gareth trains high performance teams and speaks at conferences focused on diving, extreme sports and supporting teams in high-risk sectors.

As the Human Factors in Diving Conference is a global first, it is expected that tickets will sell quickly, especially as there are only 300 available. The conference is aimed at all divers from beginner open water divers to cave and CCR divers to commercial and military divers. It is for divers who recognise that human factors are critical to greater enjoyment, better-informed risk-taking and increased safety whilst diving.

Tickets for the Human Factors in Diving Conference are available for sale at: https://www.hf-in-diving-conference.com/buytickets.

There are three ticket options:

  • Live viewing only, which allows you access to all of the presentations over the two days as they are presented live. You can move around the conference rooms as you want to, but you won’t be able to be in two places at once, so will not be able to see all the presentations.

These tickets are priced at US$80.

  • Live viewing plus recordings, which gives you access to all of the presentations over the two days plus you get a copy of all the presentations that will be accessible after the event.

These tickets are priced at US$150.

  • VIP tickets that include live and recorded access along with a number of digital assets/courses and a one-hour coaching call with one of the Human Diver instructors, who will talk through your problems and how to help you resolve them.

These tickets are priced at US$250.

You can see what the detailed schedule is at: https://www.hf-in-diving-conference.com/theconference and find more information about the expert speakers at: https://www.hf-in-diving-conference.com/speakers.

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Back2Basics #9: What’s the best frame rate to film underwater?!

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Matthias Lebo’s Back2Basics video series will guide you through the basics of underwater videography, equipment and maintenance. Whether you are just starting out or already taking underwater videos, this 12 part series will provide invaluable tips and improve your skills and knowledge.


In today’s “Back2Basics” episode we talk about different frame rates for filming underwater and what frame rates I would use in different scenarios and why.


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Visit www.matthiaslebo.com for more!

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World Rivers Day: Go with the flow during these river Drift Dives 

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Going with the flow is something we’ve all had to get better at doing this year. And becoming a PADI Drift Diver lets you take those skills to the next level, and just in time for World Rivers Day which is celebrated this Sunday 26 September. 

Drift diving can be both relaxing and exhilarating. The course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers or use ocean currents to glide along safely. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. 

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can start your journey at home with the PADI Drift Diver eLearning course and then complete the specialty course with your local PADI Dive Centre or Resort.  

EXCLUSIVE: WIN a PADI Drift Diver eLearning course – click HERE to be in with a chance to win one of two eLearning courses from our friends at PADI to celebrate World Rivers Day!

Once you are certified as a PADI Drift Diver, you are ready to explore rivers, amongst other currents, all over the world. Here are some of the most remarkable river dive sites across the globe for you to seek adventure in. 

1. Valle Verzasca, Switzerland 

See a whole new side to Switzerland while doing a drift dive through the Valle Verzasca, which has some of the clearest diving in all of Europe. It is both an ideal place to learn to drift dive and still offers plenty of adventure for the more experienced divers. Exploring Valle Verde can be arranged through a range of PADI Dive Centres in the region and combined with mountain lake dives in the area as well. 

2. Rainbow River, Florida 

The clear, shallow and warm waters of Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida make it the perfect drift dive location for scuba divers, snorkelers and freedivers alike. PADI Dive Centres in the area can help organize pick up and drop offs so that you can drift down one of Florida’s most outstanding waterways. 

3. St Lawrence River, Canada

Drift diving in the St. Lawrence River can provide access to thousands of shipwrecks, including the RMS Empress of Ireland. Plus, the riverway is known to have surprisingly warm temperatures of up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and have friendly visitors that include salmon, beluga whales, Greenland sharks and grey seals. If you plan it right, you can even dive between the two countries of Canada and the United States. 

4. Waikato River, New Zealand 

Zip by boulders and rainbow trout during a drift dive through the Waikato River on a guided dive with a PADI Dive Centre in the area. While the river water is likely to be a bit chilly, the drift dive ends at Hot Water Stream, where you can warm up and relax in a natural hot spring. 

5. Local Rivers Inspired by other PADI Drift Divers 

You don’t have to venture far to seek adventure with a drift dive. As Youtuber Scuba Jake explains on PADI’s recent Dive Stories Podcast, there is always something to discover beneath the surface—with rivers offering some of the most unique dive sites in the world. All you have to do is look below the surface and go with the flow. Your local PADI Dive Centre or Resort can give you additional insight on the best places near you.

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