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 JS Diving Incident Reports

The table below contains a sanitised version (no names or units!) of the service diving incidents that have been received by JSSADC in 2019.

SerialIncidentReports
19/1During the ascent phase of a planned deco dive to 40m, two divers deployed DSMBs mid-water. At 6m one of the divers became entangled in their DSMB and slowly ascended to the surface missing 1m of stops.

The diver was placed on oxygen and the DDMO contacted. Following advice the diver was removed from oxygen and sent for a medical examintaion after which he was pronounced fit to conduct diving.



2019 Expedition Allocations

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

DateUnitReserve
30-31 MarRESDAATR (Winchester)
06-07 AprATR (Winchester)
13-14 AprTrenchard DiversATR (Winchester)
19-22 AprRAF CosfordRAF Odiham
03-06 MayRAF CosfordRAF Brize Norton
01-02 JunRESDA
06-09 JunRAF HoningtonTrenchard 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




AT Diving Regulations (Dec 18)

The Adventurous Training (AT) sub aqua diving document set has recently been amended to reflect organisational changes to the Defence Safety Agency (DSA).   The newly titled Superintendent of Defence Diving (SODD) has moved into the Navy Safety Centre (NSC) along with the Diving Standards Team.

A small number of typos have also been amended in both DCOP 22 and BRd 2806(5).

The current document set for Adventuruous Training (AT) sub aqua diving is as follows:

The master versions of these documents are located on the Defence intranet but can also be downloaded at the link above (DCOP 22 is contained in the BRd zip file).

The following points should be noted:

  • BRd 2806(5) is a large zip file (approx 10.5 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) – see below for word versions
  • 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.

On occasion we are asked for word versions of some of the Annexes:




DSM 14-18 Suunto Zoop Novo

Several Suunto Zoop Novo dive computers used for AT diving have been discovered to offer reduced no-stop dive times compared to similar devices.  DSM 14-18 has been released to allow similar computers to be identifed and directs that they are not to be used for AT diving.

Click here to download DSM14-18 Suunto Zoop Novo




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




AT Diving Incident Form (Dec 18)

BRd 2806(5) requires all incidents to be notified to the Defence Diving Standards Team (DST) using a slightly modified British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) incident reporting form.   This form has been updated to include the latest email addresses and job title for SDSI(AT) and the JSSADC Course Clerk

The latest version of the form, and continuation sheet, can be found at this links below:




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.




SADS Registration Form

A number of people have made us aware that the pdf version of the SADS Registration Form contained in BRd 2806(5) doesn’t work on some operating systems or browsers.

In order to overcome this issue, a word versions can be accessed at this link >>>>  SADS Registration Form (Annex 1A)

 




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