Swan Dive


Understand the threats and opportunities that lie ahead.

Swan Dive™ is a powerful tool designed to explore the consequences of events that might not occur, but that would have a major impact on your strategy or plan if they did. It is a structured brainstorming technique that is designed to expose both the threats and opportunities that could be created by such disruptions, as well as opportunities your organization might have to steer events the desired direction. At the same time, Swan Dive™ is designed to identify signs to watch for that suggest that the event is likely to occur so that you and your team can respond proactively and deliberately disrupt yourselves rather than risk being disrupted.

It is only open to red teamers who have successfully completed



Course Overview


Who is this for?

This workshop is for decision makers, planners and consultants who want to develop and execute more effective strategies and plans in today’s complex and rapidly changing world.

What will I gain?

This is practical, hands-on training that will teach you everything you need to know to begin using Swan Dive™ in your organization right away and start to steer your business in the right direction. You will be able to use this technique to avoid predictable surprises and take advantage of opportunities before others see them.


All participants who successfully complete this course will receive RTT Certification in Swan Dive™.

Those who complete all of the RTT Core Classes will be awarded formal certification as a Certified Red Team Thinker™.

Swan Dive™

30 November

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM PST
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM GMT
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This is a live course that will be delivered virtually through the Zoom video conferencing platform. The Zoom app is free, but you will need a stable internet connection capable of supporting livestreaming of both audio and video. 

NOTE: Please be advised that this course is only open to red teamers who have successfully completed the necessary prerequisite.


Red Team Thinking is the world’s leading provider of decision support red teaming for business. In fact, our president literally wrote the book on red teaming. Powered by a cadre of military-trained red team leaders and business strategists, we help companies of all sizes become disruptors in their industries, rather than one of the disrupted. And we can do the same for your business.


Marcus Dimbleby 

Partner and Vice President, Red Team Thinking

Marcus is a former military red teamer who has been sharing these tools and techniques with corporations in the U.K. and around the world since retiring from the Royal Air Force in 2013. In the RAF, he served as a fighter controller and also enjoyed tours with the Royal Marines, Royal Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, with whom he went to Iraq in 2003. An airfield director, strategic and operational planner, and, finally, one of the Air Security Executives responsible for defending the U.K. during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With extensive experience gained as a senior military officer Marcus seamlessly moved into the business world in London, initially as a senior manager at a major consultancy, then an independent contractor, then business owner and partner – leading on major business transformations predominantly in the financial sector. Along with his military skills and training, Marcus has completed post-graduate studies in Strategic Leadership and Management, as well as Business Management in the areas of performance improvement and change management.

Ellie Cloke

Ellie has a proven track record of complex strategic planning in fast-paced and complex environments, built during a successful career as a logistics officer in the Royal Air Force. Within her RAF career, Ellie undertook numerous operational deployments including Turkey, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Kuwait, Italy in a variety of operational roles; her UK based employment included several tours as a staff officer in a number of planning, capability and strategy roles. Leaving the RAF as a wing commander, Ellie’s final tour was as a strategic plans officer where she led and directed cross functional analysis, strategy development and delivery of RAF capability to support MOD’s strategic objectives and global operations. This last tour saw Ellie lead on the planning for the recovery of all RAF assets from Afghanistan, design and development of solutions for complex cross-Defence projects across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas and Antarctica.

A short period as a management consultant working in the health and social care sector beckoned before Ellie returned to the public sector, working for the NHS in Organisational Development,  

An absolute advocate of an organisation using the experience, talent and intellectual capital it has, to deliver the change and results it wants and needs; Ellie looks to tap into that resource and get any organisation where it wants to be using its most important assets – its people. One of life’s enthusiasts, she sees fun and adventure in the opportunities life throws at you and imbues this positivity in everyone she meets.  Fascinated by what makes people tick, Ellie has a genuine interest in ensuring people bring their best self to work and apply their unique strengths in order to successfully deliver on the organisation’s task and mission.

Ellie holds MA in Strategic Defence Studies and MSc in Business Psychology.


"The practical application is immensely invaluable! Reading the book was good. But having the opportunity to walk through situations using the tools was extremely helpful."

– Matt Miller, USA