2014 DISMS Annual Diving Incident Report




This report is a summary of all of the entries entered into the Diving Incident and Safety Management System (DISMS) online diving incident database from its inception on 31 March 2012 to 31 December 2013; this includes entries from external sources which have valid learning points. The next report will run from 1 January 2014 to December 2014 and will be published in January 2015.

This report has three main aims:

  1. Firstly, to raise awareness of the DISMS reporting system which has been developed as an independent reporting system of all training agencies,
  2. Secondly, provides a feedback loop for those who have spent time entering the details of their incidents, so that others can learn from them and,
  3. Finally, provides a quick summary of the reports within DISMS which allows readers to quickly access each database entry via a hyperlink. Each report entry contains a variable amount of data and online viewing is the best means to examine each report and any analyses conducted.

DISMS employs a keyword and tagging system which allows specific types of diving incidents e.g. ‘OC’, ‘CCR’, ‘Overhead’ etc to be searched across the whole database. This should make it easier for users to look for incidents or types of diving relevant to their own diving rather than search through a report for each year. As further research into incident causality is conducted, especially the role that Human Factors plays in causality, these tags will be updated.

To promote incidents and the possible lessons learned in a timely manner, each time a report is published on DISMS a summary is tweeted via @DISRC with the hashtag #DISMS (denotes an incident report). A Facebook page also lists the reports when they are published.

Statistics and their significance to the wider diving community have not been conducted within this report, partly because there are only 74 public incidents in the database covering 2012-2013, but more importantly, there is no good data with which to make comparisons against for the baseline of the numbers and types of diving taking place. This latter issue is covered in more detail within the report itself.

Key points from the reports submitted to DISMS and Cognitas are:

  • Many divers recognise that they should have done something different which would likely have prevented the incident from occurring, but did not have the foresight that the issue was going to develop in the manner it did.
  • Many divers were surprised at how quickly things developed when the incident did occur.
  • Many divers are embarrassed to discuss their incident publicly for fear of ridicule. This includes very experienced divers who have made simple mistakes. As a consequence, some reports were either made direct to Cognitas or not made public on DISMS.
  • A positive and safe attitude is essential to complete an uneventful dive.

None of these will come as a surprise to those involved in diving safety, but one area in which the community can easily make improvements is in the changing of attitudes to the reporting or discussion of the mistakes we all make, irrespective of experience, knowledge or standing in the community. If we cannot discuss these mistakes, and learn from them, we and others are destined to repeat them.

2014 DISMS Annual Report << Download the PDF from here

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