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2018 JSSADC Programme

The 2018 JSSADC Programme has now be approved by the JSSADPAC and can be downloaded at this link – 2018 JSSADC Programme. The pages for individual courses have also been updated with the new dates so you can start to plan ahead.

We’ve got the full range of courses so there should be something there of interest to everyone.


Full Time Job at JSSADC

We’re currently looking to recruit a full time civil service member of staff.  The post is a Band D Executive Officer with an annual salary of £24,663 plus the other benefits of being in the civil service which includes a contributory pension and diving pay.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the training of divers and instructors to gain qualifications from the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). In addition they will assess candidates for the award of the Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS) qualification. Secondary tasks include the management of the Motor Transport fleet, act as building manager and Data Protection Officer for JSSADC.

Further details including the application process can be found on the civil service jobs website.

Applications close on 27 Aug 17 and interviews for those who are successful at sift are currently scheduled to take place on 26 Oct at JSSADC in Plymouth.

Change of JSSADC Email Addresses

To reflect changes within the structure of the Royal Navy’s personnel area, all JSSADC email addresses have changed with effect 26 Jun.  The major change occurs near the beginning of the address and all email addresses have changed as follows:

  • Delete “NAVY PERS” and replace with “NAVY NPS” – thus NAVY PERS-JSSADC OIC has changed to NAVY NPS-JSSADC OIC.  This also applies to emails from the internet thus NAVYPERS[email protected] is now NAVYNPS[email protected]

We have also used the opportunity to abbreviate/amend the email addresses for the Equipment Manager (Des) and Course Clerk (Suzanne).  Their new email addresses are as follows:

It goes without saying that this change will result a dramatic improvement in our ability to deliver courses and training 🙂

FTRS Vacancy at JSSADC

A vacancy has arisen for an OR4 (LH/Cpl) or OR6 (PO/Sgt) of any specialisation to serve as a Diving Instructor (DI) in the Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre Plymouth on FTRS(FC) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCOS).  Full details can be found at the links below:

Please note that it is possible to transfer into the RN Reserve so applicants from other services will be considered.  The closing date is 31 Jan 17.

Any questions then please contact us!

2017 JSSADC Programme

The 2017 JSSADC Programme has now be approved by the JSSADPAC and can be downloaded at this link – 2017 JSSADC Programme.  The pages for individual courses have also been updated with the new dates so you can start to plan ahead.

Once again we’re focussing heavily on the high level courses that will provide branches and expeditions with the instructors and supervisors that are critical to there success.  This means four combined instructor events, seven Branch SADS courses and five ESADS assessments.  Hopefully even the busiest person can find a course to suit!  There are also three Dive Leader and two Advanced Diver courses, one of the latter which includes an expedition to Porthkerris.

We’re also running a plethora of SDCs including the ever popular Small Boathandling, Marine Radio and Chartwork and Position Fixing.  Many of these have been grouped together into a combined boat week which allows you to get all three together.

Of course we’ll also be running lower level courses with opportunities for Ocean and Sports diver training throughout the year.

For the very first time ever, we’re also running the practical elements of the First Class Diver exam over 7 days in October 17.  This will comprise the expedition and project preparation followed by the two day practical exam.

Finally there are another two Advanced Diving weeks programmed which are an ideal opportunity for decompression and technical skills to be developed or refreshed in a service environment.  We hope to get plenty of divers on them both.



Civil Service Diving Jobs at ATFW(C)

The Adventurous Training Foundation Wing (Castlemartin) have vacancies for two staff members and these jobs are expected to go live on the Civil Service Jobs website shortly.   These are permanent jobs at civil service grade D.


The successful applicants will be required to:

  • Deliver Sub Aqua Diver training at Adventurous Training Centre (ATC) in n line in line with current policy and NGB guidelines.
  • Brief visiting units, visitors and the Chain of Command (CoC) when necessary.
  • Produce reports when required to substantiate training delivery.
  • Attend any diving related training where required.
  • In liaison with the Centre OC, writing and maintaining the Sub Aqua Diving Risk Assessments (RA’s).
  • In liaison with the Centre OC writing and maintaining the centre Standard Operating Instructions (SOI) in relation to Sub Aqua diving.
  • Participate for the annual testing of the centre’s emergency action plans (EAP).
  • Advise the CoC on technical matters.
  • In liaison with other subject matter experts (SME) advise on the procurement and through life care of equipment.
  • Inspect and prepare scuba equipment prior to issue.
  • Issue and receipt diving equipment to staff and students.
  • Compress cylinders as required.
  • Prepare and deliver safety dive briefings.
  • Supervise daily diving/lessons.
  • Drive where required.
  • Repair and Maintain equipment where qualified.
  • Produce reports on students and staff when required.
  • Run air test on compressors to comply with BRd 2806(5).
  • Supply cover in other centres when required.

The minimum level of qualifications are:

  • British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver
  • BSAC Open Water Instructor (OWI)
  • BSAC Diver Cox’n
  • Marine Radio Operator
  • Current Health & Safety Executive Medical
  • Current first aid certificate.

Anyone interested in applying should contact Mr Steve Roberts, OC ATFW(C), on 94361 4284 or 01646 662284.

Changes to Basic Life Support Guidelines 2016

Every five years, experts in resuscitation from organisations around the world, including the European Resuscitation Council and the Resuscitation Council (UK), conduct a review.   Following the 2015 review, BSAC now recommends the following in-water rescue sequence:

  • Give one minute of rescue breaths (10 RBs)
  • If no spontaneous breathing returns then either
    • Tow the victim to shore as quickly as possible without further RB, or
    • Continue on the spot with approximately 10 RBs per minute until support from rescue boat or helicopter arrives to take over the resuscitation. This decision will depend on
      the local situation, such as sea conditions, distance to shore, and availability of rescue boat or rescue helicopter.
  • In either case, when reaching shore, or having access to the boat or helicopter, the casualty should be promptly dekitted and landed as quickly as possible without further rescue breaths. Once the casualty is landed, basic life support should be carried out in line with current guidance.

Full details can be found in Diving Information Sheet T.13d – BSAC Basic Life Support Guidelines 2016.

BSAC training materials have not yet been updated to reflect this new sequence but this will happen in due course.


Theory Instructor Exam – 19 Jan 16

JSSADC will be running a Theory Instructor Exam (TIE) on 19 Jan 16.  If you are interested in applying for the exam then you must:

  • Be a member of BSAC
  • Have completed an Instructor Foundation Course
  • Be a minimum grade of Dive Leader.

To apply for the exam then contact us.


2016 JSSADC Programme

The 2016 JSSADC programme has now been produced and all courses can be found on the website.  The key change is that we’ve simplified the process to get to ESADS.  From the end of this year, there will no longer be separate Expedition SADS Development and Branch SADS courses.  They’ve been merged together to create a single course which will be tailored to those attending.

In order to build on the increasing numbers going through the SADS process, we’re also now offering more opportunities to get on the Branch SADS course and take the ESADS assessment.  It is very much hoped that this will further increase the numbers of active BSADS and ESADS out there.

Some other particular highlights of the 2016 programme are:

The programme is also available to download from this link (version 4 – dated Jan 16)


Additional Combined Instructor Event

We’ve seen a lot of demand for additional places on the Combined Instructor Event which comprises the four elements that result in the award of Open Water Instructor (OWI).  Consequently we’ve been working with our colleagues at ATC Castlemartin and have been able to put on another course 6-10 Jul 15.

All to note that this course will take place in Castlemartin but bids should be made via JSSADC.

Further information on the course and the application form can be found at this link.