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Matthew Johnston, who has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, which is a life-threatening disease that leaves him confined to his wheelchair full-time and is unable to breathe on his own and requires use of a ventilator. Despite his disease his dream is to Scuba Dive.
Being a solo diver, whether diving alone or in a buddy pair, offers many benefits to both safety and recreation but does inherit a higher risk factor when applied in the wrong scenario.
If you learn a thorough gas switching method and then get complacent or think you know better, normalisation of deviance will eventually catch up with you and you are risking your life.
In this example of a commercial diving operation, the combination of standard commercial diving techniques and technical diving procedures proved to be possible to implement in a safe and successful way.
In terms of the social aspects, when our professionalism or competency is threatened, we are liable to put up defenses.
There is much more you can learn, more about diving, effects of pressure, symptoms and how different activities affect flight safety. A good practice is to have a “down day” prior to flight after any divining.
Aviation instructors are taught to be aware of Five Hazardous Attitudes. They include Anti-Authority (Don’t tell me), Impulsivity (Do it quickly), Invulnerability (It won’t happen to me), Macho (I can do it) and Resignation (What’s the use?)
Cave divers rely on their equipment, skills and a calm state of mind to ensure a safe exit from a cave. These three items are all interconnected and directly relate to every aspect of cave diving.
One of the major focuses of the conference was improving diving safety and a full afternoon was spent in heated discussions on this topic during two joint sessions.