What Would Butch Do?  Butch Hendrick on the rescue efforts in Thailand
Jul05

What Would Butch Do? Butch Hendrick on the rescue efforts in Thailand

Butch Hendrick on the rescue efforts in Thailand: There are several issues to consider in preparing the youth soccer team to be rescued from the cave. We are not there so we cannot understand all of the realistic difficulties. The following is based on my experience training thousands of divers in high-risk, zero-visibility environments and with people who are phobic of water. Issue 1: Problems regarding rescue safety. Cave divers,...

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What would Butch do?  Everything you see is telling you a story.
Sep15

What would Butch do? Everything you see is telling you a story.

LAST WEEK I SHARED……Steve Gerber’s video of a diver in a state of uncontrolled panic under water. Steve is not a dive instructor and shot this using a mask-mounted GoPro. The original footage was affected by high algae levels in the water, resulting in everything looking a rather monochromatic green. Here is what the same footage looks like with color correction, allowing you to see more detail. Posted by Cave Diver Harry...

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What would Butch Do? – Everything you see is telling you a story. Are you listening?
May18

What would Butch Do? – Everything you see is telling you a story. Are you listening?

Everything you see is telling you a story. Are you listening? Observation is the basis of feedback. I instruct you how to do something. Your feedback through my observation tells me whether I taught you successfully or not. How did students write down what we’re saying? What is the quality of their energy levels? Did we energize them to learn?  What questions are they asking? Whether you are in teaching mode or not, consider that...

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What would Butch do?  – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim
Apr15

What would Butch do? – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim

You can see the 5 year old’s body caught in the strainer. Everybody wants to go now. Let’s go get him. Take the basic 5 steps. What am I seeing that can go wrong? What am I not seeing because I’m looking to quickly. Do I have a hands-on practiced plan for how I’m going to get my own people out? Do I have everything I need for my trained emergency plan to work? If I’m not sure how I’m going to get the 5...

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