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When Reactions Become Second Nature

Published on: 6th October, 2016 | Dive Safety and Medicine
Photo credit: pcgiraffe
What does it take to make my actions and reactions second nature? These are questions that although not asked out loud are at the back of many of a diver’s mind, especially when embarking on a new skill, such as technical diving.

When reactions/tasks become second nature this is referred to as “Recognition Prime Decision Making Skill Sets”; a long phrase for explaining how we make effective decisions when faced with complex situations.

So, how do we develop such a skill set? Many technical divers can demonstrate the required skill level during training to meet the requirements of the certification level, but are challenged when executing these skills on future dives. The key to developing “Recognition Prime Decision Making Skill Sets” is practice. Or should I say – practice, practice, practice….. and then some more practice.

Whilst technical diving is now more readily accessible to the novice diver, with this comes the challenge of potentially limited experience. Historically, technical divers had thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dives under their belt, which is not necessarily true in current times.

So how do you get your reactions to become second nature? Keep practicing your skills. You will find lots of technical divers, kitted out to the max, diving shallow shore dives. The main purpose – practice, practice, practice. Investing time in developing and mastering skills is important both as a technical and a recreational diver.

The original article ‘Basic Skills Tech Divers Tend to Get Lazy With’ by Darrell Adams is available here: https://www.tdisdi.com/basic-skills-tech-divers-tend-to-get-lazy-with/


Susan Shield

TDI Adv. Nitrox & Deco. Procedures. Chartered Professional Engineer