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Human Factors in diving – find out more at GO Diving Show ANZ


Human Factors

Technical diver and Human Factors in Diving expert Mike Mason will be discussing what diving can learn from flying and how to ‘be the diver you'd want to follow' when he takes to the Tech Stage at September's inaugural GO Diving Show ANZ.

Mike has been involved in flying military fighter jets for his entire career (24 years so far) and has over 3,000 hours flying different types of fighter and training aircraft as an instructor. He is now an instructor with the RAAF, teaching the next generation of fighter pilots.

Mike has spent time on aircraft carriers and has completed over 200 combat missions. He has flown jets over every major continent, except Antarctica.

He has been an active diver for almost ten years. He has about 400 dives in his logbook and works as a Divemaster for a local dive shop. He is an active CCR diver on the NSW coast and is qualified down to 60m with normoxic trimix. He's dived as far north as Iceland, and as far south as NZ.

His flying career sparked an interest in Human Factors and how important they are to maximise safety and performance. He joined The Human Diver team about four years ago because he wanted to combine his knowledge and experience of Human Factors gained through flying with his passion for diving to help educate other divers.

The GO Diving Show ANZ

This annual event, taking place this year on 28-29 September at the Sydney Showground at the Olympic Park, is aimed at showcasing the very best of our underwater world to everyone from raw novices who are either contemplating getting into diving, or have completed their entry-level courses, to advanced divers, right through to technical divers and veteran CCR divers.

There are an array of stages – the Main Stage, the Photo Stage, the Australia/New Zealand Stage, the Inspiration Stage and the Tech Stage – that will play host to dozens of speakers from around the world, as well as a host of interactive features to suit young and old, from VR diving experiences, trydives, a demonstration pool, Bruce the rodeo shark, mermaids, and much more.

Surrounding the stages and features will be a broad range of exhibitors, from tourist boards and tour operators to resorts, liveaboards, training agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and conservation organisations.

The 2024 GO Diving Show UK, now in its fifth year, attracted more than 10,000 attendees over the weekend, and spanned an area of 10,000 sq m of exhibition space, and the Australia and New Zealand variant aspires to reaching this level in coming years.

Entry to the inaugural GO Diving Show ANZ is completely free – register here to get your tickets for what is undoubtedly the diving event of 2024 in Australia. Parking is also free and the venue is easy to get to with plenty of transport options, so get the dates in your diary now and prepare for an epic weekend celebrating all forms of diving.

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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