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    Situational Awareness and Diving

    Hi Guys and Gals :)

    I was wondering if anyone out there knows of any research papers or must reads which particularly address the notion of situational awareness in diving, either CCR, OC, commercial or recreational?

    I've had a search on Google and have got some bits and pieces, but nothing really that addresses the cognitive states and processes that are present/ occur whilst we are diving. I've been on the DDRC website for the UK and have been through the DAN abstracts, but alot of the psych reports relating to diving tackle mental health issues and substance abuse etc.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated if anyone has any ideas, even if it is only remotely connected. You can either post on this thread or if you prefer drop me a PM or email me at auntylooloo at hotmail.com

    Cheers in advance :)

    Miss Lou
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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Quote Originally Posted by Louby Lou  View Original Post

    I was wondering if anyone out there knows of any research papers or must reads which particularly address the notion of situational awareness in diving, either CCR, OC, commercial or recreational?

    Miss Lou
    We do not have permission from the author to add this paper to the Rubicon Research Repository yet but this is available online through DTIC.

    SA measurements alone will be hard to find. They are more commonly a small part of bigger studies. The person to ask is Dr. Curley. He is a Human Factors Engineer and has been a part of most of the Navy Studies using SA. There was some VERY nice work done on stress and performance in JIM Suits.

    Hope this helps,
    G

    Accession Number:
    ADA322423
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    Handle / proxy Url: http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA322423
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    Title:

    Human Factors in Diving,
    Fields and Groups :
    060400 - ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
    060500 - MEDICINE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH
    230500 - LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    Corporate Author:
    CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY
    Personal Author(s):
    Blumenberg, Michael A.
    Report Date:
    DEC 1996

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    84 Pages(s)

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    *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, *DIVERS, *DIVING, *UNDERWATER, *DIVER EQUIPMENT, STRESSES, ENVIRONMENTS, DEGRADATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), WATER, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), TEAMS(PERSONNEL), SAFETY, ACCIDENTS.
    Abstract:
    Dive safety is primarily a function of four factors: the environment, equipment, individual diver performance and dive team performance. The water is a harsh and alien environment which can impose severe physical and psychological stress on a diver. The remaining factors must be controlled and coordinated so the diver can overcome the stresses imposed by the underwater environment and work safely. Diving equipment is crucial because it provides life support to the diver, but the majority of dive accidents are caused by individual diver panic and an associated degradation of the individual diverts performance. This paper investigates the factors which influence human performance and behavior, and focuses on divers working underwater. Recommendations are offered on how to improve dive safety through knowledge and awareness of human factors.
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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Would you please define what you mean by situational awareness? Are you talking about becoming in touch with one's senses? Do you mean things like keeping track of where one is, location and the location of a buddy, etc?

    Tom Mount has authored many passages over the years that deal with becoming in touch with one's senses during the dive. Is that what you are thinking of? If that's the case, you will find some of this in the IANTD literature.

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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Hey Gene, Miss Lou:

    I don't know about any research papers but experience has taught me that lack of same is probably the biggest cause of dive accidents. It is amazing how many otherwise competant divers have absolutely no clue about what is happening around them.

    Joe



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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Peter Steinhoff recently wrote an article for DIR Diving

    It looks like the DIRX site is down right now, but the direct link is:

    What is Situational Awareness? - Peter Steinhoff - DIR Explorers

    If you Google "situational awareness Peter Steinhoff", it's one of the first hits and it's cached there ...

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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Hi :)

    Thanks Gene for the info and the abstract its really very much appreciated. I'll have a hunt for the research papers etc that I can find for Dr. Curley and DTIC, they sound just what I've been looking for. Alot of the work that I do at the moment centres around human factors - error and performance, incorporating SA in relation to military pilots and from a personal view I really wanted to take a further look at this in terms of diving.

    I've already started to put together a lit. review which is helping me to get some more focus as SA is such a vast area as you say, its very easy loose focus, so hopefully this will help me to determine in which direction I'll take it; for the moment this is building up as a potential thesis for my PhD... fingers crossed :D

    Scuba Dad Miami - I second Gene's Wiki links as probably the easiest way to describe SA :p

    Monty - thanks for the DIRX link, I've got a link to the article; I think it came out of a thread on SA that went on on DIRX, posted by Claire, which was based on another thread by me asking for some help on the SWM forum, thanks for letting me know though :D

    Joe - that's one of the particular reasons I do want to look at SA in diving, but it will be part of a more global study of SA in diving, I want to take on with the line of work that I'm in and incorporate human factors into it too...

    Thanks so much for your input guys :D


    Cheers

    Lou

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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    have you tried searching on" human factors diving" on pubmed. Entrez PubMed Not sure of relevancy.

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    Re: Situational Awareness and Diving

    Quote Originally Posted by bendomatic  View Original Post
    have you tried searching on" human factors diving" on pubmed. Entrez PubMed Not sure of relevancy.
    A better search is "human factors underwater". One of the better "control" papers is knobology underwater. The big problem for most people looking for information is poor indexing. If you start at the right journal you can get to the right keywords. Then tools like PubMed and SPORTDiscus can become more powerful.

    Good luck!
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