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BSAC Membership for Expeditions

Unique for members of the military, BSAC offer a three month membership for those participating in expeditions under the JSAT scheme.

The cost is £25 for a three month membership which will provide the standard BSAC 3rd party liability insurance, membership card and iScuba (by email).

This is now available direct from the BSAC website by clicking on this link.




Military Diver CrossOver

BRd 2806(5) provides details of the level of training required to crossover military (RN, RE) divers to BSAC qualifications. With the changes to the Ocean Diver syllabus some of the theory lessons no longer have the same content which means that elements are missing.

JSSADC have put together a bespoke presentation which covers the elements previously included in OT1 and OT4. It also provides additional information on JSAT diving which is likely to be relevant for military crossovers.

The presentation can be accessed by clicking this link (now at version 1.1). If you have any comments then please feed them back to Chief Instructor JSSADC.




JSATW(C) – New Email Address

The diving wing of the Joint Service Adventurous Training Wing (Cyprus) have recently changed their email address and can now be contacted at [email protected].




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 Expedition Allocations

Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2019 as follows

DateUnitReserve
30-31 MarRESDAATR (Winchester)
19-22 AprRAF CosfordRAF Odiham
03-06 MayRAF CosfordRAF Brize Norton
01-02 JunRESDA
06-09 JunTrenchard 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




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




JSSADC Expedition Slots – 2019

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.




Northern Ireland – Exped Opportunity

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.

Local Diving

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
  • Compressor
  • Boat shed/wet classroom
  • 25m pool
  • Drying room
  • Dry classroom
  • Bar/social area
  • Accommodation/Messes

Contact

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




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.




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.