Ex MONS CALPE 18 is a diving expedition to Cyprus led by 43 Cdo RM which will take place over the period 22-31 May 18. There are currently spaces available for the following:
- A second ESADS or BSADS/Advanced Diver
- Slots for 4 experienced divers (Sports diver or higher)
There is no personal contribution required for the ESADS and a small cost of up to £250 for the experienced divers.
Anyone who is interested should contact Sgt Benny Benson on 93255 5598 or [email protected]
The RNRMSAA is conducting an expedition to Belize in Central America from 03 – 18 Sep 18. Ex Belizean Adventure (EXBA 18) is aimed at experienced BSAC Sports divers and Dive Leaders or higher, or an equivalent qualification from another diving agencies (PADI, SSI etc) that are looking to progress within the Joint Service AT Scheme.
EXBA 18 is centred on Sub Aqua diving on the barrier reef and ATOLS of Belize, encouraging dynamic leadership, planning and resource management whilst operating self-supported from remote locations away from the mainland.
Personal contribution is estimated at £800PP, with a non-returnable deposit required to secure a place.
For more information all interested applicants should email Capt Lee Piper RM on [email protected]
Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2018 as follows
|9-12 Mar||RAF Cosford||
|24-25 Mar||AFC Harrogate||
|7-8 Apr||RAF St Mawgan||
|20-22 Apr||RAF Brize Norton||
|25 Apr||RM Chivenor||
|2 May||RM Chivenor||
|7-11 May||1 Rifles||
|11-14 May||RAF Odiham||
|19-20 May||RAF St Mawgan||
|25-28 May||RAF Cosford||
|31 May – 3 Jun||RAF Henlow||
|15-22 Jun||225(S) Med Regt||
|23-24 Jun||RAF St Mawgan||
|14-15 Jul||RAF St Mawgan||
|16-22 Jul||9 Regt RLC||
|27-30 Jul||RAF Cosford||
|31 Jul - 3 Aug||Colchester SAC||
|17-20 Aug||RAF Cosford||
|25-31 Aug||RAF St Mawgan||
|7-9 Sep||RAF Benson||
|4-8 Oct||RAF Odiham||RESDA
|12-15 Oct||RAF Cosford||
|2-4 Nov||RAF Brize Norton||
|24-25 Nov||RAF 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
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.
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).
Adventurous Training Group (Army) (ATG(A)) have just re-released their guidance for non-SMEs in the planning of diving expeditions. It has now been revised to incorporate the 1 Sep changes to AT diving regulations.
At five sides it is concise but contains a large number of links bringing together other pieces of information
Click here for the ATG(A) guidance for planning diving expeditions (V2.1)
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]
Ex RUSTY MERGANSER is a Naval Service sub aqua diving expedition to Scapa Flow that will take place 6-15 Oct 2017 and will be run by staff from JSSADC. The former RN Loyal class fleet tender and now liveaboard diving boat, MV Valhalla, will provide the base for the duration of the expedition.
Scapa Flow is world famous for the quality of its wreck diving. This was created by the scuttling of the German High Seas fleet in 1919 and the sinking of a further 43 ships by the Admiralty during both world wars in an attempt to block the entrances. Undoubtedly it is the best wreck diving site in Europe.
Ex RUSTY MERGANSER will aim to dive all the major WW1 wrecks in Scapa Flow including the battleships Konig, Kronprinz Willhelm and Markgraf.
Due to drop outs there are places for two Royal Navy/Royal Marines divers. The minimum qualification is experienced Sports Diver although Dive Leaders will be preferred due to the challenging diving. Thepersonal contribution is a maximum of £450 although it is hoped to be less.
Anyone interested should contact OIC JSSADC on 9375 53718 or [email protected]
Many people will have seen the recent unfortunate incident where a number of school children have been hospitalised after a diving lesson and the subsequent urgent message from the HSE regarding breathing gas from Aqualogistics in Stockport.
The Diving Standards Team wish all service divers to be reminded about the importance of testing breathing gas in accordance with the standards in JSP319 and BRd2806(5). Specifically the following should be complied with:
- All breathing gas requires an annual laboratory test at a UKAS accredited lab to BS EN12021:2014.
- Three monthly tests are also required to comply with HSE DVIS No.9 (Rev. 1)
- Non-service compressors need a before use test using the Factair F2235
- Expeds and Branches should also remain vigilant and if any compressor maintenance is observed or divers report feeling ‘unwell’ then CNBA should be re-tested to confirm the quality of the gas before the start of any dive evolution
Recent expeds have also highlighted the following items in their PXRs which may help with transporting and using the Factair F2235:
- Transport the FACTAIR F2235 as hand luggage and NOT hold luggage.
- Print off a copy of the FACTAIR F2235 operating instructions from the FACTAIR website in case you are challenged on what the kit does
- If you are transporting the FACTAIR F2235 through a ‘FRAGILE’ country and you feel the equipment might be challenged have the ‘purpose of the FACTAIR’ translated into the local language to ease security clearance.
- When ‘testing’ CNBA in countries with high humidity remember to run the compressor for longer or have the owners change the filters if you are struggling to meet the ‘water content’ of the BS EN12021:2014.
- Order enough DRAGER sampling tubes which are ‘in-date’ and keep them in a refrigerator if in hot climates.
- The purpose of the 5 minute ‘run through’ at 2 bar prior to the test is to ensure all moisture has been removed.
- You have more tolerance on ‘water vapour’ at a lower cylinder pressure (<200 bar 50mg/m3 or >200 bar 35mg/m3)
More information on gas testing is contained in BRd 2806(5) and Annex K has details of the Factair F2235
Due to limitations with the Air Line of Communication (ALOC) to Ascension Island all diving expeditions have been cancelled until for 2017. RAFSAA are working hard with Ascension Island Base to ensure that they will resume in 2018.
Units are advised to continue to bid for slots through the normal process and more information will be forthcoming in due course.