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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.




AT Diving Regulations (Dec 18)

The Adventurous Training (AT) sub aqua diving document set has recently been amended to reflect organisational changes to the Defence Safety Agency (DSA).   The newly titled Superintendent of Defence Diving (SODD) has moved into the Navy Safety Centre (NSC) along with the Diving Standards Team.

A small number of typos have also been amended in both DCOP 22 and BRd 2806(5).

The current document set for Adventuruous Training (AT) sub aqua diving is as follows:

The master versions of these documents are located on the Defence intranet but can also be downloaded at the link above (DCOP 22 is contained in the BRd zip file).

The following points should be noted:

  • BRd 2806(5) is a large zip file (approx 10.5 MB) that will require extracting onto a local machine
  • Many of the pdf annexes in BRd 2806(5) require Adobe Reader to be viewed properly so may not work in browsers such as Safari (apple devices) or Chrome (android devices) – see below for word versions
  • Despite a request for annexes to be in word the RN policy is that they should be in pdf format.

All diving supervisors (SADS) should have a copy of these documents in their possession, be familiar with the contents and comply with the regulations within.

On occasion we are asked for word versions of some of the Annexes:




DSM 13/18 Gas Testing for AT Diving

Following several recent occasions where expeditions have received JSATFA clearance without valid laboratory gas tests, DSM 13/18 has been issued to remind single service AT desk officers of their responsibilities.  

It can be downloaded at this link




AT Diving Incident Form (Dec 18)

BRd 2806(5) requires all incidents to be notified to the Defence Diving Standards Team (DST) using a slightly modified British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) incident reporting form.   This form has been updated to include the latest email addresses and job title for SDSI(AT) and the JSSADC Course Clerk

The latest version of the form, and continuation sheet, can be found at this links below:




SADS Registration Form

A number of people have made us aware that the pdf version of the SADS Registration Form contained in BRd 2806(5) doesn’t work on some operating systems or browsers.

In order to overcome this issue, a word versions can be accessed at this link >>>>  SADS Registration Form (Annex 1A)

 




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:




New JSSADC Email Addresses

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




Over the Counter Medication & Fitness to Dive

Diving Safety Memorandum 09/18 has just been released and provides information on the impact Over The Counter (OTC) medication can have on fitness to dive.  In particular there are issues with Sidenafil (Viagra) and other drugs, which cause a similar effect as PDE-5-inhibitors.  These have been shown to promote the onset and severity of neurological decompression illness (DCI).

Download Diving Safety Memorandum 09/18 for full details

 




New Email Addresses for DST

Following the upgrade to MoD Net, the Diving Standards Team have changed their email addresses.  They can now be contacted as below:

Although their currently email addresses still work, it is unlikely that this will continue for much longer so it is strongly recommended to adopt the new ones with immediate effect.




2018 JS Diving Safety Conference – Report

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:

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!