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Key Points for Chris Lemons

  • Chris Lemons is a deep sea saturation diver.
  • Chris lemons was involved in catastrophic accident which left him 300 feet under the sea with nothing to breathe for over 30 minutes.
  • Chris Lemons' miraculous survival story was subsequently told in the hit Netflix documentary Last Breath.
  • Chris Lemons' previous clients have included the Titan Summit in Toronto, HSBC, Shell UK, Exon Mobil, BP, the Royal Society of Medicine in London, BioMarin, Tracerco, Deep Ocean and many others.

Topics for Chris Lemons

  • Leadership
    Chris Lemons can discuss how strong leadership plays a vital role in all spheres of the work he does. From a robust chain of command, right through to individual leadership whilst working on the ocean floors, Chris is able to share how clear-cut but objective governance is key to the safe and efficient running of complicated and inherently dangerous offshore subsea operations. He can also describe how this same clear minded and well-rehearsed structure of leadership played a pivotal role in saving his life, and how you can use these same methods to enhance the day to day running and crisis management within your own.
  • Crisis management
    What happened to Chris Lemons is the very definition of a crisis, not only to him personally, but to his crewmates and the reputation of the company he was working for. Chris can discuss how detailed preparation, effective leadership, an effective chain of command, and proper training and drills allowed the team around him to remain calm under extreme pressure and effect the miraculous rescue which saved his life.
  • Procedures, checklists and the importance of training and drills
    Chris Lemons works in a world where procedures, checklists, training and drills are not just essential to the work he performs, but to the preservation of life itself. He can communicate how these are used to allow him and his colleagues to safely work and live in the dangerous environments of compression chambers and the deep sea, but also how they played an essential role in allowing his crew mates to act with the calm assurance needed to pull him back from the brink of death.
  • Risk
    Chris Lemons is able to discuss how despite the inherent dangers involved with working in such a dangerous environment, the risks are calculated and managed to make them acceptable. Risk assessments, management of change and dynamic risk assessments are the cornerstones behind making what could potentially be the most dangerous job on the planet, into what is arguably the safest form of diving in the world. Chris can explain how this is implemented, and how the lessons learned can apply to your sphere of work or life.
  • Decision making and survival
    Faced with the most unprecedented of crisis, Chris Lemons and the remainder of his crew made crucial decisions under the most extreme pressure, which led to one of the most miraculous survival stories imaginable. Chris is able to describe how and why these decisions were made, how those involved were prepared to make those decisions, and how these same skills can be transferred to your own specific discipline.
  • Death
    Chris Lemons’ extraordinary brush with death gave him an opportunity to contemplate his own, seemingly imminent, mortality. He is able to share how in accepting the inevitability of his own death in those final conscious minutes on the seabed, he was able to find a state of calm and reflect on what was most important in his life. The miracle of his subsequent survival has given him an acute sense of what death really means, and he is able reflect with audiences on how these insights are as important in life, as they were in death.

Testimonials for Chris Lemons

Chris Lemons is a remarkably powerful speaker with a tremendously valuable story. He also happens to be a genuine gentleman. Highly recommend.
Robin Sharma
#1 Bestselling Author of the 5am Club

I’ve had the honour of hearing Chris Lemons’ story on several occasions now, each time with a fresh angle or nuance. Articulate, knowledgeable and surprisingly dispassionate (given his subject matter), he is able to spin a riveting yarn which will have the audience gripped. It’s an incredible story of survival, told with genuine flair by its humble protagonist in true edge-of-your-seat style. Hear him if you dare!
Dr. Oliver Firth MBBS, Bsc, MRCGP

Thank you so much for speaking to the Shell Energy network this week - it was a great presentation and we’ve had so many comments about it being the ‘event of the year’!
Finance Advisor
Shell UK

In a challenging time period during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeepOcean wanted to bring in a key note speaker from our industry that had a fascinating story to tell, could draw parallels between their own experiences and the global pandemic lock-down and who could connect and resonate with our onshore and offshore communities. Boy did Chris Lemons deliver! His presentation was funny, engaging and deeply touching.
HSEQS Director
DeepOcean, Norway

Thanks once again for your time last week. I have had really positive feedback from your sessions and also heard from many who also tuned in to watch the Netflix documentary.

The most gripping and unique story I have ever heard, our audience was gobsmacked.
Royal Geographical Society Singapore
Founder of Powerful Humans

Our society represents an extremely specialist allied health profession. Clinical perfusionists are responsible for keeping patients alive by artificially taking over the role of the heart and lungs. We deal closely with aspects such as oxygen delivery and cerebral protection which is the reason why we invited Chris Lemons to speak at our annual congress. Chris was eloquent and engaging throughout. He had clearly researched our profession and was highly respectful to our knowledge and expertise, allowing him to tailor his presentation to make it all the more relevant to his audience. It is a truly remarkable story and Chris does an amazing job of bringing to the stage.
Clinical Perfusion Scientist
Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists

We had the great pleasure of having Chris Lemons speak at our General Assembly, to which we invited all the member companies of our association. His testimony as a feedback from experience touched the audience very much. Several aspects were important to us through the conference we wanted to organize: the preparation of the interventions (to anticipate), the organization, the definition, the implementation of the means and the strength of the "collective" (shared vigilance). It is with simplicity & humility that Chris knew how to address these aspects and "captivate" the public with his story. I can only recommend him for your professional and associative seminars. Congratulations and many thanks to him!
MASE Hauts-de-France

Chris, Merci pour ta prestation, c’était captivant et tu partages ton expérience avec une humilité remarquable. Merci beaucoup!
Responsible Marketing Axxis Resources France

We used our annual award ceremony to hear from a truly inspirational character, Chris Lemons. Chris's story and his talk on the day certainly helped to reinforce issues surrounding the need for competency and the adherence to Health and Safety. We want to thank him for sharing his experiences and thoughts in such a meaningful manner.
Advance Global Recruitment Ltd

What can I say? Absolutely brilliant! I'm getting text after text after email from all who attended, who enjoyed your talk so much.
National Police Diving School
Northumbria Police

I just wanted to a say a huge thanks for your time in the SOA conference. It was a fantastic session, I've had so much good feedback and only wish it could have gone on longer.
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
Adult Critical Care Lead for Research and Development

Chris Lemons is a truly inspirational and humble chap. His story is a shining example of triumph in the face of immense adversity and one that demonstrates the importance of training and team work. No one from our conference had a bad word to say and in fact wanted to hear more than what Chris fitted into his 2 hour slot.
Fendercare Marine