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.




New JSSADC Email Addresses

After our conversion to MoD Net, all JSSADC email addresses have changed.  You can now contact us using the following:




Over the Counter Medication & Fitness to Dive

Diving Safety Memorandum 09/18 has just been released and provides information on the impact Over The Counter (OTC) medication can have on fitness to dive.  In particular there are issues with Sidenafil (Viagra) and other drugs, which cause a similar effect as PDE-5-inhibitors.  These have been shown to promote the onset and severity of neurological decompression illness (DCI).

Download Diving Safety Memorandum 09/18 for full details

 




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]

 




RNRMSAA AGM at Porthkerris 7 Sep 18

The 2018 Royal Navy Royal Marines Sub Aqua Association (RNRMSAA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at Porthkerris on 7 Sep 18 at 1030hrs.  There will also be the opportunity for a weekend of diving at Porthkerris for those who wish to attend.

Further details including the admin instruction and agenda are available from the chairman Lt Cdr Ken Black on [email protected]




Entrance to Devonport

The main  entrance to Devonport Naval Base (aka Camels Head Gate) will be closed from 13 Jul 18 for approximately 9 months.  This will allow improvements to security and safety to be completed but will have a significant impact on those attempting to gain entry to the base, including JSSADC.

All visitors to JSSADC should familiarise themselves with Naval Base Commander’s Memorandum (NBCM) No 61/18 to ensure minimal disruption.  A copy of this can be acquired by contacting JSSADC Cse Clerk.  Appropriate extracts will also be included in Joining Instructions for students and guest divers.

 

 




Oceanic Regulators – Worldwide Recall

There exists a possibility for the Oceanic diaphragm style regulators sold or serviced between October 1, 2017 and May 25, 2018 with a new HP Poppet to significantly restrict airflow at low tank pressures (below 500 psi), posing a drowning hazard to consumers. Any regulator with the new HP Poppet must be fitted with the new style.

For further information & instructions on how to have affected regulators rectified visit https://recall.oceanicworldwide.com/




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]

 




Defective Throw Line

During a recent rescue drill, a defective throw line was discovered with a very low breaking strain.  Riber Products Limited (RIBER) who supplied it have identified a batch of 208 throw bags which could be at risk.

To ensure that throw bag rescue lines are fit for purpose they should be opened and checked. In particular:

  • The entire length of the rescue line should be examined for joins or other discontinuities. This can best be done by feeling along the length of the line with bare hands to identify rough patches or lumps.
  • Any knots, splices or other methods of securing the ends of the line to handles, quoits or other parts of the equipment should also be checked for integrity.
  • The throw bag should be inspected and tried at regular intervals and repacked according to the manufacturer’s instructions, as otherwise the line may not deploy freely from the bag when required.

Any throw bag rescue lines found to have joins or discontinuities should be removed from service and the original manufacturer /supplier informed.

Further details can be found in the latest Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Safety Bulletin dated Jun 18 (click here)




New Email Addresses for DST

Following the upgrade to MoD Net, the Diving Standards Team have changed their email addresses.  They can now be contacted as below:

Although their currently email addresses still work, it is unlikely that this will continue for much longer so it is strongly recommended to adopt the new ones with immediate effect.