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.




AT Diving Regulations (September 2017)

From 1 September 2017, there will be a significant change to the regulations governing Adventurous Training diving.  The existing suite of documents will be replaced by the following:

The master versions of these documents are located on the Defence intranet but can also be downloaded from the links above.  The following points should be noted:

  • BRd 2806(5) is a large zip file (approx 9 MB) that will require extracting onto a local machine
  • Many of the pdf annexes in BRd 2806(5) require Adobe Reader to be viewed properly so may not work in browsers such as Safari (apple devices) or Chrome (android devices)
  • Despite a request for annexes to be in word the RN policy is that they should be in pdf format.

All diving supervisors (SADS) should have a copy of these documents in their possession, be familiar with the contents and comply with the regulations within.




Get Paid to Do What You Love

The Adventurous Training Foundation Wing (Castlemartin) are recruiting for a part-time BSAC instructor to teach on Ocean Diver and Sports Diver courses throughout the diving season (Apr-Nov).

Applicants must be a minimum of Open Water Instructor (Advanced Instructor preferred), Advanced Diver and Diver Coxswain and must hold a HSE diving medical.

A Branch or Expedition Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (BSADS or EDSADS) would be advantageous.

Location: Merrion Camp, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5RH
Salary: £140/day fee earner contract (contact for more information)
Working pattern: Mon-Fri, Apr-Nov (dates available on request)
Applications by: Friday 25th August 2017

Click for full details including application process.

 




DSM 07/17: Northern Diver Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG)

Following recent incident reports received from an expedition, Diving Safety Memorandum 07/17 has been issued regarding Northern Diver Submersible Pressure Gauges.

All JSAT divers should download and read the DSM from the link below or on the MoD Diving Safety website (intranet only):

DSM 07/17: Northern Diver Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG)

 

 

 




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]




Revised Incident Report Form

Following the change of email addresses for JSSADC, the JS BSAC Incident Report Form has now been updated.  The latest versions can be downloaded at the links below

It is requested that old versions of the incident report form are deleted or destroyed.




RN/RM Divers Required for Scapa Flow Exped

Ex RUSTY MERGANSER is a Naval Service sub aqua diving expedition to Scapa Flow that will take place 6-15 Oct 2017 and will be run by staff from JSSADC. The former RN Loyal class fleet tender and now liveaboard diving boat, MV Valhalla, will provide the base for the duration of the expedition.

Scapa Flow is world famous for the quality of its wreck diving. This was created by the scuttling of the German High Seas fleet in 1919 and the sinking of a further 43 ships by the Admiralty during both world wars in an attempt to block the entrances. Undoubtedly it is the best wreck diving site in Europe.

scapa

Ex RUSTY MERGANSER will aim to dive all the major WW1 wrecks in Scapa Flow including the battleships Konig, Kronprinz Willhelm and Markgraf.

Due to drop outs there are places for two Royal Navy/Royal Marines divers.   The minimum qualification is experienced Sports Diver although Dive Leaders will be preferred due to the challenging diving.  Thepersonal contribution is a maximum of £450 although it is hoped to be less.

Anyone interested should contact OIC JSSADC on 9375 53718 or [email protected]

 

 




Testing of Breathing Gas

Many people will have seen the recent unfortunate incident where a number of school children have been hospitalised after a diving lesson and the subsequent urgent message from the HSE regarding breathing gas from Aqualogistics in Stockport.

The Diving Standards Team wish all service divers to be reminded about the importance of testing breathing gas in accordance with the standards in JSP319 and BRd2806(5).  Specifically the following should be complied with:

  • All breathing gas requires an annual laboratory test at a UKAS accredited lab to BS EN12021:2014.
  • Three monthly tests are also required to comply with  HSE DVIS No.9 (Rev. 1)
  • Non-service compressors need a before use test using the Factair F2235
  • Expeds and Branches should also remain vigilant and if any compressor maintenance is observed or divers report feeling ‘unwell’ then CNBA should be re-tested to confirm the quality of the gas before the start of any dive evolution

Recent expeds have also highlighted the following items in their PXRs which may help with transporting and using the Factair F2235:

  • Transport the FACTAIR F2235 as hand luggage and NOT hold luggage.
  • Print off a copy of the FACTAIR F2235 operating instructions from the FACTAIR website in case you are challenged on what the kit does
  • If you are transporting the FACTAIR F2235 through a ‘FRAGILE’ country and you feel the equipment might be challenged have the ‘purpose of the FACTAIR’ translated into the local language to ease security clearance.
  • When ‘testing’ CNBA in countries with high humidity remember to run the compressor for longer or have the owners change the filters if you are struggling to meet the ‘water content’ of the BS EN12021:2014.
  • Order enough DRAGER sampling tubes which are ‘in-date’ and keep them in a refrigerator if in hot climates.
  • The purpose of the 5 minute ‘run through’ at 2 bar prior to the test is to ensure all moisture has been removed.
  • You have more tolerance on ‘water vapour’ at a lower cylinder pressure (<200 bar 50mg/m3 or >200 bar 35mg/m3)

More information on gas testing is contained in BRd 2806(5) and Annex K has details of the Factair F2235

 




Cancellation of Asi 2017 Diving Season

Due to limitations with the Air Line of Communication (ALOC) to Ascension Island all diving expeditions have been cancelled until for 2017. RAFSAA are working hard with Ascension Island Base to ensure that they will resume in 2018.

Units are advised to continue to bid for slots through the normal process and more information will be forthcoming in due course.

 




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 🙂