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Scuba Diving Operational Risk Management

An SAS approach to principles, techniques and application

by Claudio Gino Ferreri



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Scuba Diving Operational Risk Management is the first book dedicated to the application of risk management to diving of all kinds and at all levels.

In seeking to maintain diver safety, inform rescue management procedures and learn from near misses a process for identifying and dealing with risks is vital. In this important book, former SAS Assault Swimmer Class 1 Gino Ferreri details the step-by-step procedure for pinpointing the real causes of dangers, and mitigating against them and their effects.

Of great benefit to recreational, advanced and professional divers, plus anyone directly or indirectly associated with diving. All will find value in the principles and techniques contained in the book, which will remain relevant throughout their personal development and any future advances in equipment and approaches.

  • Looks at diving risk management the SAS way.
  • Includes a toolkit of ready-reckoners, templates and downloads.
  • Contains information that aligns with the ISO 31000 international risk management standard.

Reviews of Scuba Diving Operational Risk Management

‘Anyone who wants to take their dive-planning beyond “using common sense” should find this book a considerable asset’– Divernet.

‘[Lifts] the lid on how those at the top actually operate in the real world, rather than the movies… Scuba Diving Operational Risk Management is not easy reading, but you could argue it’s required reading for anyone who could benefit from becoming a more diligent and careful diver. In truth, that’s all of us.’–

‘In a way, the book is a little self-study course on how to plan and execute your dives more safely…  divided into two main parts: Part I, which covers theory and examples, and a smaller Part II, which covers some analysis tools in the form of Word templates and Excel spreadsheets that can be downloaded for free via a link or QR code. Some of the files are simple reminders or checklists, others are risk assessment forms, another is a template for a dive plan, and so on. No complicated or expensive software, just useful tools.’– X-Ray Mag.

‘This book is a good reminder for those of us with a lifetime of experience to reconsider our day to day diving practices and for those who are new to this exciting activity to take heed and make yourself aware of all the factors making your dive a safe one….  well written and precise’– Scubaverse.

Table of Contents

About the Book; Using this Book.

Introduction to Risk Management; Deliberate Risk Management; Define the Situation; Identify Dive Related Problems; Identify and Define the Risk; Identify Existing Risk Mitigation; Risk Assessment Stage I — Risk Analysis; Risk Assessment Stage II — Risk Evaluation; Additional Risk Mitigation; Immediate Risk Management; Risk Management and the Dive Plan.

Risk Management Toolkit; Advanced Diving Situational Parameters; Risk Investigations; Risk Monitor and Review.

Final Thoughts, List of Figures and Tables, Index.

About the Author of Scuba Diving Operational Risk Management

Claudio Gino Ferreri BSc (Security) has made risk management his life’s work, having dived as a member of the Australian SAS, been a permanent acting police senior sergeant with the Western Australia counter-­terrorism and bomb disposal teams, and a government security manager for the Anti Corruption Commission and Corruption and Crime Commission. He holds recreational diving qualifications to TDI Trimix level, and has served as committee member and Diving Officer to the Underwater Explorers Club of Western Australia.

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Weight420 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 10 mm


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