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2019 Cyprus and Gibraltar Exped Slots

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 2018 – Instructors and Safety Divers Required

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 – Divers needed!

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. 

           or

       * 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 – Divers Required

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]




Ex BELIZEAN ADVENTURE 18

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]

 




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).




Guidance for Planning Diving Expeditions (Sep 2017)

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)

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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]