Conference Schedule

24 Sep - Hall 1
24 Sep - Hall 2
25 Sep - Hall 1
25 Sep - Hall 2
Talks: 24 Sep
Talks: 25 Sep

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Day 1: Hall 1

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Friday 24 September

Hall 1

10:00-10:50   A Voyage of Discovery & Learning: Gareth Lock

11:00-11:50   Moving from blaming to learning in a high-risk organisation: Diane Chadwick-Jones

12:00-12:50   Prevention is not enough: Vallorie Hodges

13:00-13:50   Commercial Diving Incident: Lessons for Technical & Recreational Divers: Robin Kirkpatrick

14:00-14:50   Normalisation of Deviance: Bart Den Ouden

15:00-15:50   CCR CE is missing Human Factors: Tim Clements

16:00-16:50   Putting HF into technical diver training programmes: Guy Shockey

17:00-17:50   What can happen legally after an incident?: David G. Concannon

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Day 1: Hall 2

Friday 24 September

Hall 2: 

11:00-11:50   Changing attitudes to mistakes in your dive club: Matthijs Smith

12:00-12:50   Be a better Dive Master. Apply Human Factors: Mike Mason

13:00-13:50   Behind the scenes of an incident: Laura Marroni

14:00-14:50   Decision Making in Uncertainty: From Healthcare to Diving: Dr Tristan Cope

15:00-15:50   Checklists Save Lives: Dr Michael Rothschild

16:00-16:50   DAN incident reporting – work in progress: Dr Frauke Tillmans

17:00-17:50   From the Ground Up: The Rebuilding of a PSD Team After an Accident: Tim Andro

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Day 2: Hall 1

Saturday 25 September

Hall 1: 

10:00-10:50   Bringing HF into Healthcare: Simon Mitchell

11:00-11:50   From the Stars to the Sea: How Aviation/Aerospace Human Factors has infiltrated Diving and how diving is improving our ability to go to space: Sally Tindall

12:00-12:50   How HF can help manage risks in a busy dive centre: Darryl Owen

13:00-13:50   How to assess and develop Situation Awareness in others: Jenny Lord

14:00-14:50   The Messy World of Diving: Diving as Imagined vs Diving as Done: Gareth Lock

15:00-15:50 "Just Culture" from the Inside- How a Bureaucracy Responded to a Dive Accident: Dave Conlin

16:00-16:50.  How human factors can influence the outcome in commercial diving: JP

17:00-17:50 The Voyage continues: Gareth Lock

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Day 2: Hall 2 

Saturday 25 September

Hall 2: 

10:00-10:50   Facing diver panic to open opportunities for wider prevention: Laura Walton

11:00-11:50   Message Not Delivered – when communication fails us: Beatrice Rivoira

12:00-12:50   The Application of Human Factors as an Average Diver: Chris Tibble

13:00-13:50.  The relationship between national culture and safety culture: Implications for diving safety and organizational culture: Andrzej Gornicki

14:00-14:50   Bringing CRM into Military Diving: Cdr Geir Gunderson

15:00-15:50   Human Factors for Novice Divers: Why and How?: Helene Pellerin

16:00-16:50   Creating positive change through storytelling: Ashley Bugge

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The Talks - 24 September

A Voyage of Discovery & Change

Gareth Lock......10:00-10:50 Room 1

Aviation was the first industry to truly embrace Human Factors, Non-Technical Skills and a Just Culture to improve operational, flight and passenger safety. But they didn't have an easy voyage. What can diving learn from this voyage of discovery and change?

Moving from blaming to learning in a high-risk organisation

Diane Chadwick-Jones......11:00-11:50 Hall 1

Wondering if there are any examples of the implementation of James Reason’s Just Culture model that have created positive change and a move away from blame towards learning? Search no more! This presentation explains the successful re-design done by BP since 2012 that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Changing attitudes to mistakes in your dive club

Matthijs Smith......11:00-11:50 Hall 2

How do you change how a recreational dive club thinks and talks about things when they go wrong and how do you use these experiences to improve the learning and safety of its members? Matthijs' talk will go through his dive club has approached this, some of the wins we have had, and also some of the challenges involved in introducing the training in Human Factors and creating a Just Culture into a social dive club

Prevention is not enough

Vallorie Hodges......12:00-12:50 Hall 1

Regardless of how much effort we make to prevent diving incidents, they will still occur, so we must also be able to respond when things go badly. This session uses a simple visual model to show how we can balance prevention, innovation in the moment, and response to an event, and highlights how learning creates a feedback loop to dynamically improve the entire system.

Be a better Dive Master. Apply Human Factors.

Mike Mason......12:00-12:50 Hall 2

Everyone loves a story. We'll look at some real-life diving incidents involving Dive Masters and draw Human Factors lessons from them. Mike will also provide some specific advice on how Dive Masters can apply Human Factors to make their diving and that of their customers safer, more productive and more enjoyable.

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Commercial Diving Accident: Lessons for Technical & Recreational Divers

Robin Kirkpatrick......13:00-13:50 Hall  1

A number of Human and Organisational Performance factors resulted in a near fatal DCS incident during a surface supplied air range commercial dive. This presentation provides an invaluable insight drawing clear parallels with recreational and technical diving.

How are real dive emergencies managed? A behind-the-scenes look at selected cases.

Laura Maroni......13:00-13:50 Hall 2

The presentation aims at shedding more light on what really happens when a dive emergency occurs, from initial response to final analysis. Some real case scenarios will be provided, to add a more practical, concrete perspective on the subject. 

Normalisation of Deviance

Bart den Ouden......14:00-14:50 Hall 1

Drift happens to all of us and within every organisation, no exceptions. I will look at why this happens, provide examples and will discuss how to prevent it.

Decision-making in Uncertainty: From Healthcare to Diving

Dr Tristan Cope......14:00-14:50 Hall 2

The psychology and practicality of decision making in time-critical situations with limited information and how it can be applied to diving.

Checklists Save Lives

Dr Mike Rothschild......15:00-15:50 Hall 1

In a number of fields involving the chance for operational failure resulting in injury or death, written checklists have saved lives. This presentation will discuss their use in areas such as scuba diving, surgery and aviation.

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CCR CE is missing the HF Element

Tim Clements......15:00-15:50 Hall 2

The benchmark safety test for CCR is CE testing to EN14143:2013. This talk explores how far human factors are considered, both implicitly and explicitly in this standard, to improve diver safety.

Incorporating HF into Technical Diver Training Programmes

Guy Shockey......16:00-16:50 Hall 1

It is possible to work human factors training into a technical diving class in such a fashion as it is continually reinforced and referenced in nearly all aspects of training.

DAN incident reporting – work in progress

Dr Frauke Tillmans......16:00-16:50 Hall 2

This talk is going to introduce you to the DAN Diving Incident Reporting System (DIRS), how it started, where it stands now, and where it is headed. DIRS is a research tool and is meant to provide divers with feedback on incidents and near misses they report voluntarily and give other divers the chance to learn from those shared experiences.

What can happen legally after an incident?

David G. Concannon......17:00-17:50 Hall 1

What happens after the accident?  This presentation details the process and procedures for investigating a scuba fatality or serious injury.

From the Ground Up: The Rebuilding of a PSD Team After an Accident

Tim Andro......17:00-17:50 Hall 2

From the Ground Up covers the preventable events that led to a diver decompression injury, the ensuing regulatory investigation that caused the team to be shut down, and the eventual rebuilding process to get back in good standing.

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The Talks - 25 September

Bringing HF into Healthcare: Challenges and Successes

Dr Simon Mitchell......10:00-10:50 Hall 1

There are many parallels between the complex processes involved in surgery and technical diving. In both fields, there has been a reluctance to acknowledge human fallibility and embrace strategies to reduce error, but the extraordinary success of simple interventions (particularly checklists) in improving outcomes among surgical patients should now remove any doubt in divers' minds that embracing strategies such as checklists will improve their safety too.

Facing diver panic to open opportunities for wider prevention

Dr Laura Walton......10:00-10:50 Hall 2

Entering a state of panic is always possible, even for well-equipped, experienced divers, but it is not inevitable. Building our awareness of the complex factors that interact to spark an episode of panic underwater opens multiple opportunities to face the problem of diver panic.

From the Stars to the Sea: How Aviation/Aerospace Human Factors has infiltrated Diving and how diving is improving our ability to go to space

Sally Tidman......11:00-11:50 Hall 1

Wanna know something cool? The early astronauts almost died when attempting spacewalks for the first time. Why is that cool??? Because it was astronauts who had experience in diving who succeeded in spacewalking, diving was a compulsory part of the space program.

Message Not Delivered – when communication fails us

Beatrice Rivoira......11:00-11:50 Hall 2

Surface and underwater communications play a crucial role in our diving activity. What happens when they fail and why does it happen?

How HF can help manage risks in a busy dive centre

Darryl Owen......12:00-12:50 Hall 1

Busy dive centres are always under pressure to keep to the schedule, make the customers happy and meet their financial goals. Doing all that while managing safety and minimising risks is a daily challenge for dive centre management teams. This presentation talks about how HF can help.

The Application of Human Factors as an Average Diver.

Chris Tibble......12:00-12:50 Hall 2

If you're an average recreational or tech diver, how can you integrate Human Factors into your diving?

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How to assess and develop Situation Awareness in others

Jenny Lord......13:00-13:50 Hall 1

It is vitally important as divers that we are aware of all of the factors influencing us. Things can easily be missed if our attention is focused elsewhere, but how can we tell if our buddy or student is aware of everything they need to be? This presentation will help you to understand why you, your buddy or student sometimes miss what seems obvious and give you the tools to help improve your awareness and those of others.


The relationship between national culture and safety culture: Implications for diving safety and organizational culture

Andrzej Górnicki......13:00-13:50 Hall 2

In high-risk industries, it has been recognised that national culture impacts risk perception, acceptance and compliance with rules and regulations. As diving is an international activity, this presentation will take what has been learned elsewhere and applies it to diving


TBC......14:00-14:50 Hall 1


Crew Resource Management in military diving operations

Cdr Geir Gundersen......14:00-14:50 Hall 2

Military divers work in teams where stress, decisions, teamwork, attitudes and positive culture are critical elements in success. This presentation focuses on how to minimize the risk and use CRM at an operational level in military diving operations.

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"Just Culture" from the Inside- How Not to be a Good Subject of an Accident Investigation.

Dave Conlin Ph.D......15:00-15:50 Hall 1

This presentation is a personal perspective on being the subject of a government/institutional accident investigation based on first-hand experience.

Human Factors for Novice Divers: Why and How?

Helene Pellerin......15:00-15:50 Hall 2

Why human factors are important even for the new diver and how to introduce these concepts without overwhelming them.

How human factors can influence the outcome in commercial diving

Pierre Le Fevre......16:00-16:50 Hall 1

This presentation is about an accident that happened in the North Sea in 2016 and how by including human factors prior to the beginning of the project a serious undesired event could have been avoided.

Creating change through story-telling

Ashley Bugge......16:00-16:50 Hall 2

You have the power to inspire! In this presentation, we’ll talk about using personal experience to educate and inspire our diving community, as well as shape and pave the way for learning for future generations of divers.

The Onward Voyage

Gareth Lock......17:00-17:50 Hall 1

Looking to the future, how will the diving community, training agencies and organisations taking Human Factors, Non-Technical Skills and a Just Culture forward? What can YOU as divers do to change the future and make diving safer, more enjoyable and allow exploration to continue?

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