Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ascension Island – Temporary Cancellation of Expeds

Just in via the RAF Sub Aqua Association:

A short notice operational requirement is impacting on availability of space for none essential trips to Ascension Island in 2016, including expeditions.

All walking expeds have been cancelled. At present RAFSAA has negotiated that diving expeds will begin in May 16. Sadly this means some diving expeds in the early part of the year will be cancelled.

Formal notification is being communicated with affected exped leaders by the RAFSAA Expeds Officer, Craig King (Contact details on this page). Any exped leaders who wish clarification should contact him. Any further changes will be communicated via various means to ensure the community is kept informed.

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KTC – 2016 Course Dates

The Kiel Training Centre (KTC), based in Kiel Germany, runs Ocean Diver, Sports Diver and Dive Leader courses.  They have just released their programme for 2016 which can be accessed by clicking here.

Priority for courses goes to Army personnel but are available to members of all three services.  They are also available to personnel located in both the UK and Germany.

More information on Kiel Training Centre can be found here.

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Diving Safety Conference – Headline Speaker

mark_powell2We’re very pleased to announce that the headline speaker for 2016 JS Diving Safety Conference will be Mark Powell.   An accomplished technical diver, instructor and TDI instructor trainer he sits on the British Diving Safety Group (DSG) and HSE Recreational Diving Industry Committee.

His book “Deco for Divers” was published in 2008 and is an extremely accessible  overview of the theory and physiology of decompression.  It has quickly become the standard text on the subject and is recommended reading by a number of the technical diving agencies.

Mark’s passion is wreck diving both in the UK and abroad.  He is currently involved in a number of projects including documenting the wreck of HMS Hermes, the worlds first custom aircraft carrier, as well as searching for the other wrecks that were sank at the same time as HMS Hermes. He is also involved in an ongoing project in Malta to identify a number of unknown Second World War wrecks.