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Sticky: Published articles...

Sticky: Published articles...

This is a list of articles published in magzines, journals or conference proceedings...the link may take you off the Human Factors Academy website.  The Diver Medic Issue #9 (Nov 16), page 38 - Today is a good day to die. An article h...

Feb 06, 2018

Why ‘Human Error’ is a poor term if we are to improve diving safety

Why ‘Human Error’ is a poor term if we are to improve diving safety

This blog was originally submitted as an article for the NAUI ICUE Journal following my presentation at the Long Beach show in 2017. The aim of this manuscript is to enable the reader to recognise that often when we read accident and inciden...

Feb 06, 2018

Stop making stupid mistakes. If only they’d follow the rules...

Stop making stupid mistakes. If only they’d follow the rules...

In 2012, two divers entered the water for a check-out and set-up dive in 115ft (35m) of water dive on their rebreathers. 27 mins later, one of them was on the surface having been rescued by their inexperienced closed circuit rebreather (CCR) buddy...

Feb 05, 2018

Nine ways to stop your dive team improving...

Nine ways to stop your dive team improving...

Where there are accidents, incidents or near misses, there are parts of your behaviour, your team's behaviour, your centre's behaviour or your agency's behaviour that you don't want other people to see. It is only natural. We are hard-wired t...

Jan 23, 2018

Ανθρώπινα ή Καταδυτικά λάθη: Ένας εύκολος τρόπος να ρίχνουμε το φταίξιμο προσωπικά σε κάποιους;

Ανθρώπινα ή Καταδυτικά λάθη: Ένας εύκολος τρόπος να ρίχνουμε το φτα...

Ελλήνισε και απέδωσε: Κώστας Ανδρεάδης#TheFallibleDiver#HumanFactorsAcademy &T...

Jan 12, 2018

¿Por qué es tan difícil abortar una inmersión, o acabar algo con lo que te has comprometido?

¿Por qué es tan difícil abortar una inmersión, o acabar algo con lo...

Uno de los mensajes principales que se da a los buceadores durante todo su entrenamiento es que cualquiera en el equipo puede abortar la inmersión por cualquier razón, y no se cuestionará en ese momento. Sin embargo, aquellos...

Jan 12, 2018

Tο ανθρώπινο λάθος στην κατάδυση. Eίναι πραγματικά τόσο απλό;

Tο ανθρώπινο λάθος στην κατάδυση. Eίναι πραγματικά τόσο απλό;

Translated to Greek by Kostas AndreadisΕίναι εύκολο να αποδίδουμε στο «ανθρώπ...

Jan 10, 2018

17 Cognitive Biases which Contribute to Diving Accidents

17 Cognitive Biases which Contribute to Diving Accidents

Introduction Humans are subject to a variety of cognitive biases and heuristics (mental shortcuts). These directly impact the decision-making process of the diver, sometimes resulting in incorrect judgments when certain circumstances dictate...

Jan 08, 2018

Aplicando la aceptación de los fallos en buceo recreativo y técnico.

Aplicando la aceptación de los fallos en buceo recreativo y técnico.

Hace cinco años, me encontraba realizando una sesión de fotos bajo el agua en un punto de buceo en el interior, el cual se utilizaba como una cantera. Yo me encontraba trabajando con buzos cuyo objetivo era sumergir un helicóp...

Jan 04, 2018

Human Error in Diving: Is it really that simple?

Human Error in Diving: Is it really that simple?

It is easy to ascribe ‘human error’ to diving incidents because we often lack details about what happened. It is also perversely satisfying to blame someone, an individual, rather than attribute it to a system issue. Part of this is be...

Dec 29, 2017

Blood, Banks and Diving: The value of knowledge, experience and training

Blood, Banks and Diving: The value of knowledge, experience and tra...

The body contains millions of cells, a fraction of which are blood cells. Those cells are broadly split into two types, red blood cells for carrying nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and recovering the waste and CO2 for disposal, and white blood...

Dec 17, 2017

Leadership in Diving? Why is it needed, it is only a sport..

Leadership in Diving? Why is it needed, it is only a sport..

One of the worst dives I have undertaken was in the Red Sea on a night dive scootering between the four wrecks on the Abu Nuhas reef. The dive itself had the potential to be awesome. 10 divers on scooters, a mixture of OC and CCR divers ...

Dec 11, 2017

With Errors: Aviation Blames The System, The Diving Community Often Blames the Individual

With Errors: Aviation Blames The System, The Diving Community Often...

NTSB Finds ‘Blind Spot’ in SFO Radar After Near-Miss to Aviation’s Greatest Disaster Reports the Mercury News: “The wayward Air Canada plane that nearly caused an aviation disaster at San Francisco International Airport [on...

Sep 18, 2017

The Power of One

The Power of One

There are a multitude of examples of accidents where the major causal factor has been the down to the inability of a more junior operator to question what the more senior person or persons have done when they really believe that the more senior is...

Sep 02, 2017

We judge based on outcomes, not on process...

We judge based on outcomes, not on process...

One of the most powerful psychological effects is the feeling of social conformance. As humans we are wired to be part of a group, we want to be associated with others who are similar in fashion, outlook, activity, training or just enjoying the sa...

Apr 15, 2017

I am biased...you are biased...we are all biased...!

I am biased...you are biased...we are all biased...!

It might be an obvious statement that we are baised, but it isn't just about the obvious things like which food, music, cars or political party we like, but more importantly how we make decisions in the complex and dynamic environment we live in. ...

Mar 31, 2017

Can divers learn from the US Forest Service?

Can divers learn from the US Forest Service?

The US Forest Service (USFS) operates in a highly dynamic and high-risk environment. Changes can happen which can have catastrophic circumstances if they are not picked up. Unfortunately, sometimes things do go wrong and firefighters die or large ...

Mar 27, 2017

The value of training compared to the cost...

The value of training compared to the cost...

Ever since I launched the Human Factors Skills in Diving classes, I have had numerous comments about the cost of the classes and that they are too high at £500/$750 per person. Indeed, this last week I have had the comparison made between th...

Feb 16, 2017

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