Re: Re: If I should die while diving

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Posted by Kendall Raine on September 20, 2006 at 14:16:54:

In Reply to: Re: If I should die while diving posted by Elaine on September 20, 2006 at 13:13:18:

"Accident analysis is conducted after diving incidents by professionals."

What professionals might those be, Elaine?

Coroners? Generally not very helpful and certainly focussed on a narrow definition of "cause of death." Not on a broader set of conditions which might have lead up to the COD.

Coast Guard? No. Not unless a diver is hit by a boat.

Training agencies? Not unless they perceive liability to themselves and then they're conflicted by the incentive to redirect that liability away from themselves.

Who then?

Recreational diving accident analysis as a discipline really started in the cave community and, outside some efforts by DAN to compile statistics, has pretty much stayed in the cave community. The military looks at its own situations, but keeps the results to themselves. The commercial diving industry does its own work, but that too is kept proprietary.

If we don't make the effort to look at, and after, ourselves and draw lessons for our own benefit, no one else will.

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