Thursday, September 01, 2016

Technical diver education, and mental training

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Technical diver education, and mental training  
In a new series of blogs, we are going to think, talk, and evaluate about instructor and diver's behavior in today's society. Can we keep jumping from course to course without getting enough experience and practice between scuba diver courses?  Can we participate in classes where time spent with the instructor and number of dives may get shorter and shorter?
If we believe on the statement above, we also can believe that we have missed some important pedagogical points, in our training as a diver, instructor, or instructor trainer.

We ought to evaluate what we are doing, without culpability, and maybe change things for the better, we all can improve our techniques and our behavior as a diver or professional. We just need to recognize our mistakes and correct them. I am sincerely confident that we know whether we are doing a good job or not either in our training, teaching, and/or dive planning . 

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Technical diver education and mental training
Discussing about diving preparation and diver’s self-sufficiency, we have noticed that the lack of self-awareness in the matter along with a poor stress and risks management are often hidden causes of scuba diving accidents and fatalities.
As the diver requirements become stronger about the choice of a diving school that provides with adequate training and adapted to the diver personality, other requirements are also to be considered. When it comes to choosing diving gear to comply with technical, comfort and aestheticism criteria. We believe that the diver should be in the same way exigent with dives preparation.

Tools to help with diver preparation:
1) Personal evaluation:  physical and mental, Am I ready to make that dive today?  How do I feel about that dive?
2) Motivations: Am I focus on the dive's objectives? What are my sincere motivations for that dive?
3) Responsibility: What are my personal and my team responsibilities? Is it a "solo team" dive? or is it a "team diving as a team" dive?
4) Equipment needed: do we have what we need? For the dive and in case of an emergency?
5) Emergency scenario review and land drills practice: especially when diving on a rebreather.
6) Pre-dive preparations: like athletes a Technical diver should get ready physically and mentally, and should be focused. It is a good idea for the team to warm-up with some stretching techniques, rest the mental with some breathing exercises and visualization techniques.
7) Land drill practice with check-list followed by in water safety drills, where last gear and buoyancy adjustments are made before the dive.

Most of the cave divers are pretty familiar with a well-detailed pre-dive technique preparation routine. Technical diver agencies are pushing this way, but this is not always the case with recreational divers, and sometime forgotten by experienced technical or cave divers!

“Safety is our concern”.

To be continued.....

Georges Gawinowski @ WDT dive facility in cave country live-oak, Florida.



Good message Georges.
Training must be on-going, and the diver needs to build a great relationship with his/her instructor(s) and fellow team members. It's always good to get back in the water with an instructor or mentor, but there are other types of training also important in developing our mind-set and diving skills.
I recently took Gareth Lock's "Human Factors in Diving" Micro course (on line)
It's worth the time and (small) expense. I took away quite a bit of insight, appreciate the concept of 'Just Culture' and why it is essential if we are to improve and learn from failure & error - the things that happen to everyone, irrespective of experience, knowledge and skill.
As a technical diver/cave diver I do my best to dive as frequently as I can, with fellow divers that share my own vision of safe and progressive diving.

wdtdive said...

Hello Rick
It is always great to hear from you.
I recommend also the
It is a "One size does not fit all" type of test. Depending on our personality, past experiences, training etc . We can see that because we are all different we should train using different tools. Including large portions on mental preparation such as visualization, Meditation + others mental and physical practices where repetitions helps to stay focus in the moment.
Plus for sure basic physical preparation and in-water intense practice and personal evaluations.