A new online course for dive professionals addresses a major area of importance in the diving industry: risk management.
Risk Management for Diving Professionals was created by Tec Clark, host of The Dive Locker Podcast and ScubaGuru Academy. As a former forensic diving accident investigator and national scuba training agency director, Clark utilizes his unique background working with diving industry attorneys and insurance companies in this course. He says:
“There are so many vital areas about managing risk in our industry that are not shared by our training agencies. Unfortunately, the first time some of these principles are discovered by a dive pro is during a lawsuit. This course showcases the legal side of risk management and opens the eyes of dive pro’s in areas they’ve never known.”
The 2.5-hour course includes strategies and techniques in the following areas:
• What is Risk Management and Why Dive Professionals Need It
• Risk Tolerance
• The Pathology of a Diving Accident
• Duty of Care and Negligence
• Mitigating Risk
• Waivers, Releases and Medical Forms
• Photo Releases
• Working with Minors
• Training Records
• Incident Reports
• Emergency Action Plans
• Reporting Standards Violations
• Professional Liability Insurance
The course also includes an “Emergency Action Plan” template to customize the dive pro’s own diving operations.
The course is now available for purchase. Pro’s can purchase it individually or they can receive group pricing for their staff or for their students in courses like Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and Instructor. When finished, each person receives a certificate of completion. This way dive centers have proof what staff has completed the course, or instructors/instructor trainers have proof their students have completed the course.
For more info, go to scubaguruacademy.com.