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Meet Gareth Lock from The Human Diver - Summer August Q&A 2021

August is here. It's the month of summer, holidays, the Olympics and the Paralympics. What will business and life look like for you this month?

Today we're talking to  Gareth Lock who is owner and founder of The Human Diver. Living in Wiltshire but working all over the world, Gareth helps those in dynamic and risky activities not screw up because of human factors and the system they are part of, specifically undertaking counter-errorism in diving.

What are your plans for August? 

I'm releasing a new online course which is an introduction to human factors and non-technical skills in diving, developing an incident investigation course for the diving industry and marketing my conference which is happening 24-25 Sep 21.

What are your personal plans for this month? Any hobbies, holidays, days out you’d like to share? 

Plenty of diving, I'm shortly undertaking a wreck exploration project from Portland, Dorset.

What things will you be looking forward to in business and life that you’ve had to put on hold? 

Limited international travel to my clients overseas, not been able to do face-to-face training, not been able to qualify my four instructors who are dotted around the globe. I cannot wait for these things to change, even though it may be some time yet. 

It’s  the summer Olympics #tokyo2020. Do you have an Olympic thoughts you’d like to share? 

Not really. It is an activity that is massively driven by money and sponsorship and I don’t envy being the senior management team that have to deal with this! 

7July is often associated with sport in the UK – with other events like the British Open (golf) and also Wimbledon? How important is sport to you in your life or business? 

I take diving very seriously obviously! I also enjoy road cycling as it provides an outlet for me to think while I am out on the roads and keep fit in the processes. In June I rode 355 km in 16 hours in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

Can you name one business you’d like to give a summer shout out too? Who has gone the extra mile for you recently? 

Graham Blackmore, my rebreather diving instructor, as he provided lots of additional support, both verbally/mentally to help solve some problems I have had, but also logistically in supplying equipment.

Have you got any events planned for the coming months which you’d like to mention – where you and/or your business will take a leading role? 

I am running the first ever Human Factors in Diving Conference which is taking place 24-25 Sep. 300 people attending two days of presentations from around the globe by 29 speakers. 

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