Mark Powell speaker
Deco for Divers provides a comprehensive overview of the principles
underlying decompression theory and physiology. Mark Powell
has written a book that for the first time allows the average
diver to fully understand the principles behind this fascinating
and critical aspect of diving. At Eurotek 2012 Mark will go
deeper intothe subject of diving accidents that will be an
advantage to technical divers visiting Eurotek.
Details of Presentation:
Many of the accidents that occur in diving are avoidable and
yet they keep happening. This is a very different situation
to the early days of technical diving where there was very
little information available. In those early days accident
analysis was a key tool in finding out the ways to avoid accidents.
However we are now in a different phase of technical diving.
We all know the rules about scrubber durations, oxygen toxicity,
gas planning, calling the dive, etc. All of this information
is inclued in tech diving courses, it's available in several
books or on the internet. Yet the same type of avoidable diving
accidents continue to occur. Why is this? In this talk Mark
discuss's how psychological aspects of behaviour can be shown
to be a major cause of these accidents. Perception, biases,
overconfidence and complacency all play as much of a part
in diving accidents as the physiology of carbon dioxide or
the design of a rebreather. He looks at why these accidents
occur and most importantly what we can do to try and reduce
the likelihood of them happening again. The presentation will
use a combination of real accident analysis and practical
demonstrations that will show clearly how people's perceptions
and behaviour are affected by these psychological factors.
This is a new presentation and is a first for Eurotek 2012
and is a summary of the work he has been doing for a forthcoming
book. As such it has never been seen before and he believes
this approach to accidents has never been considered in this
way by anyone else.