Thermocline Diving offers Human Factors training courses designed by Gareth Lock and The Human Diver.

"Human Factors training focuses on the Non Technical Skills we need to be safer divers"

The majority of the training we receive as divers focuses on technical skills such as buoyancy and trim, or equipment management. However, most accidents are not due to technical failures but rather a breakdown in communication, poor decision making, or a lack of situational awareness. Non Technical Skills training focuses on helping the diver to become more aware of how these human factors influence and affect our decision making process.  

What is the level 2, Face-to-Face, Human Factors class?

The Human Factors in Diving Level 2 builds on the foundation of understanding and highlighting the human impact on diving and how to ensure the dives you have are safe and free from human error.

It is delivered in two days of highly emotive and positive learning to consolidate theory already gains from the pre-work of the Essentials Class which is included as pre-class learning. 

The two days together support a different learning style, and enable a deeper level of collaboration, skills development and teamwork. This will inevitably build stronger relationships and team learning and will also provide a different team-based approach to problem solving relating to human factors and non-technical skills.

The benefits and outcomes of attending this in-person course include:

Better situation awareness

More effective communication

Improved briefing and debriefing skills

Understanding of how to create a team quickly so that learning can be improved in the context of training and more effective exploration achieved in the context of “fun” diving.

The Level 2 class includes: 


Three hours of online learning using bite-sized chunks of theory (5-10 min clips) to give you a baseline of knowledge or reinforce previously learned concepts/tools. Accessible via personal computer, tablet or mobile phone. The goal of giving you complementary access to the Essentials class is to ensure that you understand the concepts before we start the intense two-day course. You gain immediate access to this class once you have paid for the face-to-face class.


Physical Classroom and InterLAB

Along with 9 hours of theory and discussion you’ll get more than 5 hours of simulation using a tool specifically designed by aviation psychologists to help develop high performance teams. Decision making under stress ant teamwork and co-operation and collaboration are developed. However, as in real life, there are competing goals which have to be balanced.

Coaching Emails for Support

We know that your head will be full by the end of the weekend with lots of new information and tools to use in your diving. The hardest part is creating new habits so that these tools can be used. To help our students achieve that, during the debrief, we capture goals focused on change. We then send you regular emails after the course to ensure the learning sticks and you keep the knowledge at the forefront of your diving.

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