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2019 JS Diving Safety Conference

This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 50 people and took place at HMS RALEIGH in Torpoint.

After the initial welcome brief and introduction, we were treated to a presentation by Ginge Crook, JSSADC Chief Instructor, on the work done to understand the wreck of HMS Coronation. This was followed by the new National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins, bringing us up to speed with BSAC developments.

Following a short break, it was Fran Hockley standing in at short notice to cover Tom Hughes’ slot which he was unable to fill due to illness. Fran’s presentation was on the excellent recreational and technical diving to be found in Croatia which is only a short flight from the UK.

The last of the morning sessions was filled by Jim Watson, BSAC Safety Manager, who delivered the annual summary of diving incidents. As there was no DO’s conference in 2018 this was new to the majority of people present.

After lunch, we welcomed Nick Reed from the Isle of Purbeck Sub Aqua Club (IPSAC) who delivered a fascinating presentation on Project Valentine 75. This is the research that the club have carried out to survey the 7 Valentine DD tanks that sank near Swanage in 1944 whilst rehearsing for the D-Day landings.

The last presentation was given by the newly re-titled Superintendent of Defence Diving (SODD), Cdr Don Crosbie, who provided an update on changes to his organisation. He also explained how there were likely to be further changes to the Diving Regulations which it was hoped would address some the current shortcomings. Probably of most interest were the plans to support off-duty diving whilst allowing military personnel to use service provided equipment. Further details on this to follow later in the year!

As the conference drew to a close there was the usual Q&A session for members of the JSSADPAC which took place in a good humoured and constructive fashion. The very last item was a wrap up from Cdr Sean Winkle and a presentation to SODD who will shortly depart on posting.

Copies of all the presentations can be downloaded from the links below:

Next year’s conference will be on 18 March 2020 so please save the date!




2019 Expedition Allocations

Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2019 as follows

DateUnitReserve
30-31 MarRESDAATR (Winchester)
06-07 AprATR (Winchester)
13-14 AprTrenchard DiversATR (Winchester)
19-22 AprRAF CosfordRAF Odiham
03-06 MayRAF CosfordRAF Brize Norton
01-02 JunRESDA
06-09 JunRAF HoningtonTrenchard Divers
15-16 JunRAF Brize Norton
22-23 JunRAF Benson
29 Jun-01 JulRAF Odiham
13-14 Jul22 ENGR REGT
20-22 JulRAF Brize Norton
24-25 Jul22 ENGR REGT
26-29 JulRAF Cosford
03-04 AugRAF Benson
10-11 AugTrenchard Divers
24-26 Aug159 Regt RLCRAF Cosford
31 Aug-01 SepRAF Cranwell
06-08 SepRNRM (AGM)RESDA
21-22 SepRAF Brize Norton
28-29 SepRAF Benson
03-06 OctRAF Odiham
12-13 OctRAF Cranwell
19-20 OctRAF Cranwell
28 Oct-01 NovRAPTC (JSATWC)

This means that any date not shown in the table above is now available on a first come first served basis.  If you’re interested then please read JSSADC Expedition Slots 2019 and complete the bidding proforma




JSSADC Expedition Slots – 2019

Hopefully most service divers are aware that JSSADC provides support to visiting expeditions in the form of a RIB, diving gas and storage/planning facilities. With the local area there is also plenty of service accommodation and dining facilities which should make organising expeditions relatively straightforward.

If you or your branch wishes to to bid for a slot in 2019 then the process for doing this is explained in the recently released 2018DIN07-125 Expedition slots at JSSADC; the bidding form is Annex A to 2018DIN07-125.

Please note that all bids need to be in by 31 Dec 18, after this they will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.




Northern Ireland – Exped Opportunity

Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn, is home to Lisburn & Glenavy Sub Aqua Club (LGSAC) – the only service sub aqua diving club in Northern Ireland. There is opportunity for other service diving clubs or units to conduct expeditions in Northern Ireland using LGSAC facilities, meaning that other than T&S, costs are minimal. A small donation to the club will be required to cover boat insurance/servicing. Kit and equipment can also be hired from the club for a small cost should this be required.

Local Diving

Northern Ireland’s long coastline and fascinating loughs offer some fabulous diving opportunities. The North Coast is known for spectacular drop offs, wrecks and reefs both deep and shallow – suitable for all levels of diver. Strangford Lough is home to 15 divable sites, while Belfast Lough offers up to 20 dive sites. Some of these sites even feature in the TV series Game of Thrones. LGSAC can provide advice on suitable sites for training and progression dives.

Equipment & Facilities

LGSAC has the following facilities

  • 7.5m RHIB which comfortably seats 8 divers and kit
  • Compressor
  • Boat shed/wet classroom
  • 25m pool
  • Drying room
  • Dry classroom
  • Bar/social area
  • Accommodation/Messes

Contact

If clubs or individuals are interested or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact either :

  • Maj RM Lawrence on 9491 61243
  • Sgt Craig Richtering on 9491 61998




2019 Joint Service Diving Conference

The next Joint Service Diving Safety Conference will be held on 20 Mar 2019 at HMS RALEIGH and will offer the opportunity for sub aqua divers from all 3 services to meet, share experiences and knowledge.  There will be a wide range of speakers including a BSAC representative, the Superintendent of Diving, Diving Standards Officer (AT), and of course JSSADC.

There will also be the opportunity to have a Q&A session with members of the Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee (JSSADPAC) and a social event in the evening.

Once again we’ve laid on courses both before and after the conference:

  • Advanced Diver Theory lessons: 18-19 Mar 19
  • Diver Coxswain Assessment: 18-19 Mar 19
  • ESADS Refresher Course: 21-22 Mar 19
  • Marine Radio Operator: 21-22 Mar 19

Full details are at the link below:

To book your place please complete the form below and return to us:




RNRMSAA AGM at Porthkerris 7 Sep 18

The 2018 Royal Navy Royal Marines Sub Aqua Association (RNRMSAA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at Porthkerris on 7 Sep 18 at 1030hrs.  There will also be the opportunity for a weekend of diving at Porthkerris for those who wish to attend.

Further details including the admin instruction and agenda are available from the chairman Lt Cdr Ken Black on [email protected]




2018 Expedition Allocations

Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2018 as follows

DateUnitReserve
25 JulRM Chivenor
27-30 JulRAF Cosford
17-20 AugRAF Cosford
25-31 AugRAF St Mawgan
7-9 SepRAF Benson
22-23 SepDMSD
26 Sep - 2 OctLGSAC
4-8 OctRAF OdihamRESDA
12-15 OctRAF Cosford
2-4 NovRAF Brize Norton
24-25 NovRAF St Mawgan

This means that any date not shown in the table above is now available on a first come first served basis.  If you’re interested then please read JSSADC Expedition Slots 2018 and complete the bidding proforma

 

 




JSSADC Expedition Slots – 2018

Hopefully most service divers are aware that JSSADC provides support to visiting expeditions in the form of a RIB, diving gas and storage/planning facilities.  With the local area there is also plenty of service accommodation and dining facilities which should make organising expeditions relatively straightforward.

If you or your branch wishes to to bid for a slot in 2018 then the process for doing this is explained in the recently released 2017DIN07-116 Expedition slots at JSSADC; the bidding form is Annex A to 2017DIN07-116.

Please note that all bids need to be in by 29 Nov 17, after this they will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.




Annual SADS Registration & Branch Reports Due

November is nearly on us which means that it is time for supervisors to complete their SADS registration forms and branches to submit their annual reports.  Details of both can be found in BRd 2806(5).




Amended Branch Annual Report Form

A number of branches have highlighted issues with the Annual Branch Report form that was published in the most recent BRd 2806(5).  This has now been amended and version 1.1 produced which can be downloaded from the link below:

Annual Branch Report Form v1.1