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Use of Commercial MoD Approved Centres (Com MACs)

A letter has just been published that provides further clarification on Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) policy for the use of Commercial MoD Approved Centres (Com MACs).  This is an update to the one issued in Sep 18 which should now be destroyed.

The letter also provides the most up to date list of which  centres have been approved and the courses that they are able to deliver.

The letter can be downloaded by clicking here.




2019 JS Diving Incident Reports

The table below contains a sanitised version (no names or units!) of the service diving incidents that have been received by JSSADC in 2019.

SerialIncidentReports
19/1During the ascent phase of a planned deco dive to 40m, two divers deployed DSMBs mid-water. At 6m one of the divers became entangled in their DSMB and slowly ascended to the surface missing 1m of stops.

The diver was placed on oxygen and the DDMO contacted. Following advice the diver was removed from oxygen and sent for a medical examintaion after which he was pronounced fit to conduct diving.



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




2019 Guest Diver Dates

It’s that time of year again where we’re looking forward to another great diving season. Once again we’re hoping that service divers will continue to come and help us out by acting as either guest or rescue divers during our various courses.   If you are interested, then please get in touch with Mr Graeme Crouch on 9375 54729 or [email protected]

The dates below are when we require people.

Rescue Divers

We need Sport divers and above to act as rescue divers on each Ocean Diver course that we run:

Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-01 – 8th – 12th April
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-02 – 15th – 19th Apr
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-03 – 10th – 14th Jun
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-04 – 5th – 9th Aug
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-05 – 12th – 16th Aug
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-06 – 30th Sep – 4th Oct
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-07 – 14th – 18th Oct

If you would like to help out and have not rescue dived with us before you would need to come in and complete some paper work on the Monday of the course and then on the Tuesday take part in some skills and drills in the pool at HMS Raleigh along with diving with a 3ltr pony as a alternate independent air source. If you cannot make either the Monday or Tuesday please let us know at the earliest opportunity as we can then look to do all this on either the Monday or Tuesday. If you have already completed the paper work and pool dive with us there is no requirement for you to come down and rescue dive until the Wednesday of the course, we look to do 5 open water dives 2 on the Wednesday, 2 on the Thursday and then a depth progression on the Friday if the weather is good (normally on HMS Scylla).

Guest Divers

As part of the BSADS course and ESADS assessment, we need to give the students the opportunity to plan and manage diving with realistic numbers of divers. This provides a great opportunity for individuals to come along and enjoy a few days diving whilst also gaining the opportunity to see what these courses are all about.

BSADS 19-01 – 8th – 12th Apr
BSADS 19-02 – 17th – 21st Jun
BSADS 19-03 – 19th – 23rd Aug
BSADS 19-04 – 16th – 20th Sep
BSADS 19-05 – 28th Oct – 1st Nov
BSADS 19-06 – 25th – 29th Nov

ESADS Assessment 19-01 – 13th – 17th May
ESADS Assessment 19-02 – 24th – 28th Jun
ESADS Assessment 19-03 – 23rd – 27th Sep
ESADS Assessment 19-04 – 4th – 8th Nov

In order to guest dive on these courses you need to be a minimum grade of Sports diver, have a valid service sports diving medical and have completed dives in the last 2 months to depths greater than 20m for the BSADS and 25m for the ESADS Assessment.

If you are interested then please get in touch with Mr Graeme Crouch on 9375 54729 or [email protected]




2019 JSSADC Programme

The 2019 JSSADC Programme has now be approved by the JSSADPAC and can be downloaded at this link – 2019 JSSADC Course Programme.  All courses are now also showing on the website.

We’ve got the full range of courses so there should be something there of interest to everyone.




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:




Training Packs for Army Expeditions

Army Sub-Aqua Diving Adventurous Training Expeditions will now be provided with British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) foundation level diver training materials. This is intended to help reduce the costs incurred by expeditions.

Further details including the process can be found in 2018DIN07-102 Notification that BSAC Sub-Aqua Diving Training Packs can now be obtained for Army Sub-Aqua Diving Personnel on Army expeditions.  These can be applied for using Annex A to the DIN.




New JSSADC Email Addresses

After our conversion to MoD Net, all JSSADC email addresses have changed.  You can now contact us using the following:




Entrance to Devonport

The main  entrance to Devonport Naval Base (aka Camels Head Gate) will be closed from 13 Jul 18 for approximately 9 months.  This will allow improvements to security and safety to be completed but will have a significant impact on those attempting to gain entry to the base, including JSSADC.

All visitors to JSSADC should familiarise themselves with Naval Base Commander’s Memorandum (NBCM) No 61/18 to ensure minimal disruption.  A copy of this can be acquired by contacting JSSADC Cse Clerk.  Appropriate extracts will also be included in Joining Instructions for students and guest divers.

 

 




Cyprus – Divers Required

Fancy diving the Mediterranean this year for free??   JSATW(C) need Sports Divers and above to act as a Rescue Diver on one of their 20 scheduled Ocean Diver Courses.   Each course requires at least 2 Rescue divers so there are plenty of spaces available.

JSATW(C) will provide flights and accommodation so this will be nil cost.

The full list of the Ocean Diver Courses is as follows:

  • 9 – 13 April 18
  • 16 – 20 April 18
  • 23 – 27 April 18
  • 14 – 18 May 18
  • 21 – 25 May 18
  • 28 May – 1 June 18
  • 11 – 15 June 18
  • 18 – 22 June 18
  • 25 – 29 June 18
  • 9 – 13 July 18
  • 16 – 20 July 18
  • 23 – 27 July 18
  •  27 – 31 Aug 18
  • 3 – 7 Sept 18
  • 10 – 14 Sept 18
  • 17 – 21 Sept 18
  • 1 – 5 Oct 18
  • 8 – 12 Oct 18
  • 11 – 15 March 19
  •  18 – 22 March 19

Anyone who is interested should email: [email protected] or phone 00357 24724249.  They can also be contacted on Facebook as  Joint Service Adventurous Training Wing – Cyprus