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 in the footsteps of the Royal Engineers Sports Diving Association (RESDA) who seem to be having great success. If you aren’t RLC, but know a diver who is please forward this info on.
I am currently DO of Marchwood Sub-Aqua Club (17 P&M Regt), which to the best of my knowledge is the only Dive Club in the RLC. We have had some success over the years but it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill slots on our planned diving events due to everyone’s busy schedules, often the result is cancelling them due to not enough SADS or Inst being available to make it viable. We generally have one overseas Exped each year, usually around January when the Regt is quiet. These Expeds are always at the Sports Diver level as we aren’t able to build everyone’s diving experience enough to enable us to organise more advanced dive Expeds, which as you can imagine frustrates the more senior divers.
I believe by having a Corps Club or Association we will have a wider audience in which fill to slots on diving Expeds and events. We will also be able to cater to a wider range of divers from the beginner all the way through to the more advanced, such as the technical and rebreather divers. This should keep everyone interested and allow us to get the most out of AT and hopefully organise some new and interesting Expeds to far flung corners of the globe and really promote diving within the Corps.
If you are interested in being a part of this venture please email [email protected] with your details and any skill sets or experience you have which you think would aid us in setting this up.
Following the recent publication of the 2016 version of BRd 2806(5), a number of expedition leaders have queried the wording in para 0219. They have interpreted this as limiting diving to a maximum depth of 21m (30m with HRR presentation) for expeditions which occur outside UK territorial waters.
Superintendent of Diving has confirmed that this it is not intended to be read in this way. The way it should be interpreted is that para 0219 is only applicable for expeditions that are not able to meet the stipulations laid down in para 0218 for access to a suitable recompression chamber.
Para 0219 is therefore a relaxation of the rules in the 2015 issue of BRd 2806(5). It provides for diving in locations where chamber access is not possible or cannot be achieved with 6 hours. It also allows limited diving to continue if a chamber becomes unavailable. For these reasons it should be welcomed!
The next issue of BRd 2806(5) in 2017 will remove this ambiguity.
The Analox Oxygen Analyser (O2EII) is used in conjunction with the Factair F2235 to test breathing gas and should be held by all service diving branches. Annex K to BRd 2806(5) provides full details of how they can be demanded through the stores system including the NSN.
A number of units have reported that they have received unserviceable Analox Oxygen Analysers. This is due to the oxygen cells which form a key component of the analyser reaching the end of their shelf life. Fortunately replacement cells can also be demanded through the stores system using the NSN 6515-99-1485260 and then replaced by users.
The manufacturer has provided a video on youtube which shows how this can be done: