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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




Get Paid to Do What You Love

The Adventurous Training Foundation Wing (Castlemartin) are recruiting for a part-time BSAC instructor to teach on Ocean Diver and Sports Diver courses throughout the diving season (Apr-Nov).

Applicants must be a minimum of Open Water Instructor (Advanced Instructor preferred), Advanced Diver and Diver Coxswain and must hold a HSE diving medical.

A Branch or Expedition Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (BSADS or EDSADS) would be advantageous.

Location: Merrion Camp, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5RH
Salary: £140/day fee earner contract (contact for more information)
Working pattern: Mon-Fri, Apr-Nov (dates available on request)
Applications by: Friday 25th August 2017

Click for full details including application process.

 




Expeds The Old Fashioned Way

We regularly receive copies of PXRs from expeds which are very useful in maintaining a feel for the type of diving that is going on out in the ‘real world’.  Unsurprisingly the vast majority are from expeds to the main locations of Cyprus, Gibraltar and (until recently :() Ascension but we also get a smaller number are from more exotic venues such as Egypt, Belize, Philippines, Malta, Canaries and Mexico.

Although we all love overseas expeds it is also great to see a very occasional long exped to dive more local waters and we’ve just received an excellent example of this from the 4 units (RAF & Army) that make up the RAF Lossiemouth SAC.  In late May/early Jun they took 18 personnel, 3 boats & 3 portable compressors to the AT Lodge at Dundonnell on Little Loch Broom (see map).

Dundonnell – NW of Inverness

The Lodge is at the Southern Edge of Little Loch Broom

Those divers with longer memories will recall that this is the way that many more expeds used to be done.  As well as being relatively straightforward to organise, not to mention cheap, expeds like this are also an excellent way of developing people in the widest range of diving skills.  Operating from small boats in UK tidal waters, particularly at unknown sites, is also fantastic Adventurous Training.

Underwater Conditions seem half decent!

Loading and unloading boats is easy & close

Although this exped was based at the AT lodge in Dundonnell there are also a number of other locations around the UK which offer opportunities for AT diving.  Examples include Castlemartin (Pembrokeshire), Porthkerris (Cornwall), Balmacarra (Kyle of Lochalsh), Chickerell/Wyke Regis (Weymouth) and of course JSSADC (Plymouth).

If you’d like information (including PXRs) on planning diving at any of these locations then please get in touch – [email protected]