“I hope that ‘If Only…’ has the same effect in diving and further afield too, showing that the multiple factors that lead to an accident are not easy to see at the time, and that by discussing these context-rich stories, we can improve safety for all. We must understand how it made sense for those involved to do what they did, even if it appears irrational in hindsight.”
A former RAF squadron leader and flight instructor, Lock has long believed that the diving community can learn from the aviation industry’s emphasis on learning from past mistakes. His company The Human Diver educates divers and others in decision-making, situational awareness, communication skills, leadership, teamwork and stress- and fatigue-management.
“This is not a blame game for me,” says Ashley Bugge. “This is about Brian’s life and death being the inspiration for everyone in the diving community to consider how their thoughts, feelings, instincts and behaviour all play a critical role in being safe in the water.
“I’m hoping the pain and trauma of losing Brian will encourage divers to never take anything for granted. Every day must be a schoolday when it comes to diving.”
Watch ‘If Only…’ here after 6.49pm BST (the time of Bugge’s death).