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.
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.
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
- Boat shed/wet classroom
- 25m pool
- Drying room
- Dry classroom
- Bar/social area
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
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.
A letter has just been published that clarifies Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) policy for the use of Commercial MoD Approved Centres (Com MACs). This 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 accessed at this link.
ATG(A) have just released 2018DIN07-090 which contains information on the 2019 sub aqua expeditions slots in Cyprus and Gibraltar. This can be downloaded at this link or via the intranet.
Bids are to be submitted by 21 Sep 18.
Ex Dive Eagle is the delivery of a 1 week Ocean Diver and 1 week Sports Diver course based out of RAF St Mawgan Cornwall for 6 students on each week.
We require one instructor ESADS/BSADS and three rescue divers (minimum SD) for the Ocean Diver course on 9-14th September 2018 and one instructor ESADS/BSADS for the Sports Diver course on 16-21st September 2018.
Volunteers would preferably be RAF personnel, however all volunteers are welcome. This is a chance to test the feasibility of UK diver training delivery from St Mawgan with a view for further delivery in 2019. This will hopefully grow our numbers within the association and branches for the future.
All enquires should be made to Sgt Kev Ford at – [email protected]
Ex DAPPER SCAPA is a diving expedition to Scapa Flow, Orkney, led my RAF St Mawgan’s Omega Dive Club. It will take place over the period 12-21 Oct 18. There are currently 2 spaces available for diver who hold the following qualifications:
* Sports Diver minimum with ADP and Twinset.
* Sports Diver with CCR.
The personal contribution is £250 with gas (excluding air) also being a personal cost. Equipment can be supplied if needed. Unit contribution is also required – cost available on request.
Anyone who is interested should contact Sgt Kev Ford at [email protected]
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].uk.
Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2018 as follows
|25 Jul||RM Chivenor||
|27-30 Jul||RAF Cosford||
|17-20 Aug||RAF Cosford||
|25-31 Aug||RAF St Mawgan||
|7-9 Sep||RAF Benson||
|26 Sep - 2 Oct||LGSAC||
|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