PADI Risk Management Seminar Koh Samui 22nd July 2007

PADI’s Risk Management Seminar Koh Samui 22nd July 2007

Was held at Centara Grand Beach Resort and presented by Richard Evans.

The seminar is about a dive related fatality and is filmed in a real Sydney court room where PADI Asia Pacific staff is role playing, being the accused dive instructor, plaintiff, lawyer for the defendant etc.

New in the seminar is a 10 minute part of the actual (simulated) dive, which makes the seminar a lot more interesting and visual.

In Koh Samui about 30 PADI members turned out for the seminar, the previous day in Koh Tao, 130 PADI members showed up in a far smaller room!

Here’s a picture of Richard Evans and myself, just before the start of the seminar. Richard is a very well skilled and experienced presenter who has lots of interesting samples of real life stories that he sprinkles around during his presentation, especially in the questions and answers part. He’s been working for PADI for 4 different regional offices for the last 17 years being involved with handling diving accidents.

Sitting in on one of his seminars is highly recommended and a very good learning experience that shows you how important Risk mgmt is in diving.

Richard during the introduction of the seminar, still using the Koh Tao slides!

A frontal view of the participants of the seminar. They seem to be very interested in what Richard has to say.

Upon closing the seminar, Richard asked everybody driving a motorbike, to drive home safely.

A point well made, since being on my own way home in my car, I witnessed the aftermath of a very messy accident involving two or three motorbikes with a very dead looking Thai person still lying on the ground with severe head wounds (not using a helmet, which unfortunately seems to be the accepted standard on Samui). One more sign that your daily life is a string of decision that can be directed by good risk mgmt.

On a different note, at the Centara Grand Beach hotel, next to the conference rooms, are three cabinets filled with shells from Thailand (or which used to be found in Thailand). A very interesting collection it truly is. This is a picture of one of the three cabinets.

One of the cabinets has this beautiful Nautilus shell in it, which is high on my list of things still to spot underwater.

If you have the chance to visit a PADI seminar, try to visit, especially Risk seminars for the dive professionals are well worth your time.

Stay wet and dive safely,


7 thoughts on “PADI Risk Management Seminar Koh Samui 22nd July 2007

  1. A great post there. My first PADI forum as a PADI professional was a Risk Management seminar by Pat Fousak (sp?) of PADI Americas. I would say something like this is even more important than the normal members forum, which I attended earlier this year. It really makes you sit up and pay attention to detail. The thing is, one thing not initialed, one skill not done in the perfect way, and you can pretty much kiss the legal defence from your diving certification agency goodbye.

    And a very nice link to your drive home. As you say, everything that happens is due to decisions that we and others around us (that we may or may not know). As useless as the helmet I was provided with in Samui, I always wore it, rain or shine.

  2. Hi Dave,

    I remember you telling me about the Risk Seminar you visited, presented by Pat Fousak.

    I fully agree about the great value it has and can only, once more, highly recommend visiting one, if given the chance.

    Regarding helmet use, although the helmet may not have been up to Western standards, it’s better than nothing. Unfortunately, on Samui, not wearing a helmet seems to be the accepted norm.

  3. Wearing one seems to be out of fashion in Samui, as was driving home from Chaweng drunk, on a bike whose tyres are bald, and on roads which are far from perfect.

    You pays your money and you takes your choice, I suppose…

  4. Hi Dave,

    The roads on Samui are far from perfect. A lot of discussion going on about on various Thai forums, amongst others, Thai Visa.

    Drunk driving is another ‘accepted’ norm here and it causes lots of accidents. Driving at night is the most dangerous time to be on the roads here, let alone what state your bike in. Always made sure my bike and car are in good shape and I even use the safety belt if I drive just a few hundred meters in my car. It’s also a very unusual sight that our car has two baby seats. Only cars owned by Westerners support baby seats, with the Thais this seems to be a concept completely lost on them.

    Darn, you got me going!
    I could go on for a while, but for those interested, try Thaivisa dot com and look for the Koh Samui forum.

  5. I’m the same driving here in Okinawa. Seat belt is on before I even start to move the car, and I make sure everyone else inside is doing the same. I trust my driving skills but Okinawa seems to have some of the most organic (read “crap”) driving I’ve seen in a developed country. Many a time I’ve been stood at a red light at a junction, and the car behind me has actually overtaken me and gone through the lights!

    I’m going to write about this on my blog, but the main problem here in Japan seems to be securing kids in cars. Hardly anyone uses either child seats or seat belts for the kids. Consequently, you’ll see kids jumping around on the back seat, climbing into the front and sitting with their face pushed against the front windscreen. It shows a complete disregard from the parents and is just an accident waiting to happen. The Japanese are a nation of people who are scared of everything generally, but they do really neglect their kids in this way.

  6. Hi Dave,

    Good to see I seem to have pushed the right button with you as well.

    I’m a bit surprised about the road behavious in Okinawa. Is it a matter of being too far away from the mainland and own road rules have developed? Does the police keep a lid on things.

    One of the problems here is that there ain’t enough police to enforce simple things like saftey belt use or speeding, let alone that the proper equipment for speeding is available to them.
    They’re very good at helmet controls (500,-Baht fine for not wearing one) once or twice a month when they’re running low on money. The rest of the month it’s fine to drive without a helmet.

    Not using children seats is another strange one to hear about coming from Japan. All of my wife’s relatives with small children don’t use them, it’s very dangerous in my opnion and it took me a while to get the point over to my wife. Now she secures the children in their seats automatically.

    The core problem is education I think, not enough awareness and a task for the government to tackle.

  7. It’s not really the fact that they’re a long way from the mainland. In fact, Okinawans feel that mainland Japanese are worse drivers, especially when they come to Okinawa. This is because many mainland drivers pass their test early on, and then never really drive again (due to the excellent public transport system in the mainland). But when they come to Okinawa they have to rent a car and try to remember how to drive again.

    The police generally keep a lid on things, but there is a lot they turn a blind eye to. One example is the teengage groups of bikers (called “bosozoku” in Japanese). These just go around all over, driving slowly, blocking the lanes for other traffic and over-revving their engines as they go. They’re bastically just high school boys who want to be “cool” or noticed by the Yakuza. While the police will pull you over if they can hear your stereo outside the car (especially if you have a military licence plate) or your exhaust is too loud, they say that these groups are different and shouldn’t be treated the same. If there’s one of them behind me driving close up, I just get a tendancy to brake sharply – put it this way, one less of these ids is hardly going to lose us a cure for cancer!

    I remember that they are good at helmet controls in Samui – I passed a few checkpoints when obviously the police coffers were getting a little low.

    The problem is a little to do with education, but there does seem a neglect for the kids in some ways here in Japan. I’ve seen Japanese young kids walking into the road before a foreigner will pick them up and try to find their parents. The parents will then respond with a brief “sorry” and a look of apathy before letting the kid run off again. Very strange

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