This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 90 people and was hosted by the Royal Air Force Sub Aqua Association at RAF Brize Norton.
After the initial welcome and admin brief, the conference opened with an update on BSAC issues from our outgoing National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall. This was followed by a brief delivered by Cliff Pearn on how to obtain maximum benefit from the ATG(A) funded BicesterLoan Pool and the annual BSAC safety report from Jim Watson.
After lunch, the keynote presentation was delivered by two members of RAFSAA. Group Capt (Retd) Dave Rae provided a fantastic look at the early days of RAFSAA when improvisation was the order of the day and clubs thought nothing of making their own equipment up to and including boats. Sqn Ldr Mark Brabon brought us more up to date with an overview of the very successful MALTESE EAGLE series of expeditions which are an excellent model of how to achieve qualifications at scale.
Lastly the new Superintendent of Diving, Cdr Don Crosbie, introduced himself and provided an insight into the challenges he faces in ensuring safety across a challenging array of different diving disciplines. He also gave his views on many of the issues facing AT diving.
Finally the JSSADPAC took questions from the floor which provided an opportunity for in depth questions.
Copies of all presentations can be downloaded at the links below:
- BSAC NDO Presentation (Project Highball video for those who haven’t seen it)
- ATG(A) Presentation on Loan Pool
- BSAC Safety Report 2017
- RAFSAA 50th Presentation
- Exercise Maltese Eagle 2018 Presentation
- SofD Presentation
One of the attendees, Tim Gort, has also produced a really detailed summary of the points made by each presenter on his excellent rectotec blog which can be found at this link.
Looking forward it has been agreed that the next conference will be held on 20 Mar 2019 so everyone is requested to keep their diaries clear on that date!