La formation continue peut améliorer la sécurité des plongeurs

There are a lot of great reasons to continue your diving education beyond your open water course. Advanced training lets you explore new environments, gives you the opportunity to learn from new instructors, and allows you to master new equipment. Importantly, continuing your education is also a great way to become a safer diver.

Inexperience is a common factor in diving accidents — as it is in accidents on the road, in rock climbing, and in other activities. Of course, simply diving is a way to gain experience, but training offers learning opportunities that just going diving does not. While diving lets you learn from your mistakes, continuing education gives you more opportunities to learn from others’ mistakes. This is not only less painful, but also more efficient.

Another benefit of advanced training is the time you spend with experienced professionals and education-minded peers. Being in the company of people who are actively engaging in learning is in itself educational. When teaching, instructors make a point of modeling safe dive practices and executing demonstration-quality skills. In addition, an important part of learning is processing the experience, and continuing education courses are great for this. Post-dive debriefs help solidify good practices and correct suboptimal ones. Finally, don’t overlook the valuable connections you can make with other divers in your area. Lifelong learners make for great dive buddies.

Besides amplifying good practices, continuing your education can also interrupt problematic ones, such as normalization of deviance. Normalization of deviance is a phenomenon in which a diver practices unsafe behaviors (or their safety practices degrade over time), but they manage to avoid consequences by sheer luck. Over time this can lead to unsafe practices becoming established — and they can spread among dive buddies and even dive clubs or communities. Making a commitment to work with a dive pro and learn new skills can be a great way to put a stop to unsafe practices that can crop up over time.

Finally, continuing education empowers divers. The more you learn to manage underwater, the more you’ll be able to manage underwater. If you have a wealth of skills and abilities to learn on, you’ll be well prepared for whatever eventualities arise. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pick up new tricks and enhance your experience of the underwater world.

DAN élimine les incertitudes liées à la logistique des situations d'urgence. Dès qu'un membre appelle la ligne d'assistance 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours sur 7, DAN organise les soins, y compris les évacuations et l'organisation de voyages aériens complexes si nécessaire. En coulisses, les spécialistes de DAN coordonnent les soins médicaux et le transport avec les agences locales. En cas d'urgence, le personnel médical de DAN peut même consulter les médecins locaux qui ne sont pas forcément familiarisés avec la médecine de plongée.

Avec plus de 40 ans d'expérience dans la gestion des urgences à travers le monde, DAN aide ses membres à profiter pleinement de leurs voyages. En savoir plus sur l'adhésion et la couverture de DAN World ICI.