Risk Management for Diving Professionals

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Let's face it, there are risks in diving and dive professionals must be able to successfully manage those risks. Divemasters, Assistant Instructors and Instructors must have a strong ability to minimize risks on dives and in diving classes.

However, the scope of managing diving risks is complex and the amount of lawsuits and payouts is staggering. Dive pro's need solid strategies to ensure safety, guard against lawsuits and be more defendable.

This course includes outstanding strategies and techniques in the following areas:
• What is Risk Management and Why Dive Professionals Need It
• Risk Tolerance
• The Pathology of a Diving Accident
• Duty of Care and Negligence
• Mitigating Risk
• Waivers, Releases and Medical Forms
• Photo Releases
• Working with Minors
• Training Records
• Incident Reports
• Emergency Action Plans (includes your own customizable EAP)
• Reporting Standards Violations
• Professional Liability Insurance

Upon completion, each dive pro receives a certificate of completion. For dive centers with multiple employees, you’ll receive generous group discounts so that every dive pro on your staff can take this online course. Also, this course is the perfect add on when teaching Divemaster courses and again group discounts apply.

If you apply the learning in this course, your students and divers will be more protected, your dive center will be more guarded against lawsuits, and you will be more defendable. Join me in understanding THE most important area of being a dive professional, risk management. And become a better dive pro today.

"In my 50+ years in the recreational diving industry, rarely do I come across a program so comprehensive and informative as Tec Clark’s Risk Management for Diving Professionals. This program should be required for everyone in the business of diving from diving professionals to retail store owners and charter service operators. This exceptional program addresses critical areas such as risk management and mitigation, the complex concept of negligence and duty of care, best practices, and the development of a comprehensive emergency action plan. This program will not only make you a more informed diving professional but will help protect you and those in your charge so that your focus can be squarely on the wonderful sport of scuba diving."

- Dan Orr, President of Dan Orr Consulting, Retired President of Divers Alert Network (DAN), Co-author of 101 Tips for Recreational Scuba Divers and Scuba Diving Safety

"The thought-provoking examples and questions you used, opened up some great discussion points and ultimately made everyone more aware of the importance of this topic. This should be a must take for ALL store/boat employees and dive professionals."

- Colin Taylor, PADI Platinum Course Director, Career Development Director of Training

"As a dive professional for over 50 years, I have had the opportunity to observe and be part of many incidents that have become in some cases, accidents. The content of Tec Clark's Risk Management for Diving Professionals is well organized and very appropriate for all dive leaders. I highly recommend this course for any divemaster, assistant instructor, instructor, instructor trainer and course director."

- Tom Leaird, Director of Education and Standards for Scuba Educators International - former YMCA Scuba Program

"As diving professionals, we know about risk management related to our profession from the beginning. Still, we may lack a more comprehensive understanding of the fine print and tools to address those risks better. Tec Clark uses very informative yet concise information to clarify all the questions we may still have and better understand the course of actions before, during, and after we conduct a professional diving activity. Filled with appropriate real-life scenarios, Risk Management for Diving Professionals is a go-to guide to navigate the complex nuances of dealing with people above and below the waves."

- Cristina Zenato, PADI Course Director, NSSCDS Full Cave Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, TDI Extended Range Instructor

"The Risk Management for Diving Professionals is a must for all dive Pros. You did a fantastic job introducing complicated topics in a manner that could be understood by all. As a PADI Pro for over 45 years, I even picked up some pointers. Very well done and we all thank you."

- Patrick Hammer, PADI Platinum Course Director, Dive Right In Scuba

"Beyond all the great reasons for risk management, there's also a direct link to an awesome customer experience. None of our client-divers want to feel like they are risking their lives or that we didn't seem to know what we were doing. The eye-opening content of this course should be mandatory for every divemaster and dive instructor. And there's nobody better qualified than Tec to summarize it, explain it, and convince us to do it right! Another home-run for Tec!"

- Darcy Kieran, Founder, Business of Diving Institute

Your Instructor

Tec Clark
Tec Clark

Tec Clark is a diving industry expert who has held very elite positions in the dive industry including Managing Director of the University of Florida’s Academic Diving Program and National Director of the YMCA Scuba Program. He holds over 40 professional certifications with over 15 diving agencies. Tec has also been a police officer, dive rescue team member, and forensic dive accident investigator. He also appeared as a diving expert on A&E, The Learning Channel, and Outdoor Life Network. Tec was Captain of the US Freediving Team and founder of Reef Ministries. Tec is the Associate Director for Scuba Diving at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also helps diving professionals be dynamic leaders underwater, in the classroom, in their businesses, and in life at ScubaGuru.com.

Course Curriculum

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"In my 25 years in the dive industry, I've written hundreds of articles on diving safety. This is the most comprehensive course on the topic I've ever seen."

- Eric Douglas, Dive Safety Author and Lessons for Life Columnist

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

"Tec’s class on Risk Management for Dive Professionals provides Dive Pros with critical information to ensure both the paperwork aspects and the operational aspects of risk management are covered. Risk Management is about being prepared for adverse events by controlling the exposure to hazards and reducing their likelihood and mitigating the consequences WHEN those adverse events occur. The course builds nicely and ends with a great talk-through of an Emergency Action Plan that looks at both the controls and mitigations needed and gives you a template to use. While aimed at Dive Pros in the US, the concepts and EAP are applicable to all. Highly recommended."

- Gareth Lock, Founder, The Human Diver


If you apply the learning in this course, your students and divers will be more protected, your dive center will be more guarded against lawsuits, and you will be more defendable. Join me in understanding THE most important area of being a dive professional, risk management. And become a better dive pro today.

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