The Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre

JSSADC runs sub aqua and associated courses for service men and women as part of the Joint Services Adventurous Training (JSAT) Scheme.  Following many years in Fort Bovisand, the centre is now based in HMNB Devonport, Plymouth.

Courses are delivered and qualifications awarded using training programmes produced by the British Sub Aqua Club and the Royal Yachting Association.  These are accepted worldwide.


As the lead centre for diving, the centre’s primary focus is on training supervisors (BSADS & ESADS) and instructors.  Courses are however run for all grades of diver, including the entry level Ocean Diver Course and crossovers for those qualified with other diving certification agencies or through professional military training.

A wide range of Skill Development Courses (SDC) are also offered including those covering boat handlingVHF Radio Operation  and gas blending.  More technical diving courses that cover the use of twinsets, enriched Nitrox mixtures  for decompression and Closed Circuit Rebreathers are also run.

The local seas provide some of the best diving in the UK with safe water training areas and more challenging sites within easy reach. The area is particularly rich in wrecks and opportunities are taken wherever possible to introduce wreck diving on all our courses. The centre operates a fleet of four 6.5 metre Delta RIBs which are equipped to operate up to 12 miles offshore.

The Centre also provides a base for diving expeditions for military units from across all three Services.

  • Guidance for Planning Diving Expeditions

    Adventurous Training Group (Army) (ATG(A)) have just published a document designed to assist non-SMEs in the planning of diving expeditions.  At three sides it is concise but contains a large …Read More »
  • EPIRBs For Diving Expedition

    JSSADC possesses four Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons(EPIRB) that are available for diving expeditions which need one.  They are the McMurdo Fast Find Plus model which operates on 406.028 MHz. Further information can …Read More »
  • Exped Dates for 2017: Ascension, Cyprus & Gibraltar

    HQ Adventurous Training Group (Army) have just released 2016DIN07-090 which has dates for the slots in Ascension Island, Cyprus and Gibraltar.    Bids are to be submitted by 19 Aug …Read More »
  • JSSADC Short Notice Course Vacancies

    Even though the application dates have passed, we still have vacancies on a number of courses including the following: Combined Instructor Event 16-02 (23-27 May 16) Advanced Diver course 16-01 …Read More »
  • Calling All RLC Divers

    Just received by email: At the moment this is a scoping exercise to see what interest is out there to form a Royal Logistic Corps Diving Club or Association, following …Read More »