Amended Branch Annual Report Form

A number of branches have highlighted issues with the Annual Branch Report form that was published in the most recent BRd 2806(5).  This has now been amended and version 1.1 produced which can be downloaded from the link below:

Annual Branch Report Form v1.1




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.

 




Aqualung Safety Recall

Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary product check of select regulators with the Automatic Closer Device (ACD) yoke systems. The concerned regulator models are:

  • The Titan LX ACD Yoke Regulators
  • The Core ACD Yoke Regulators
  • The Legend ACD or the Legend LX ACD Yoke Regulators

Further details can be found at this link.




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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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.