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.
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)
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.
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
- Boat shed/wet classroom
- 25m pool
- Drying room
- Dry classroom
- Bar/social area
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
It’s that time of year again where we’re looking forward to another great diving season. Once again we’re hoping that service divers will continue to come and help us out by acting as either guest or rescue divers during our various courses. If you are interested, then please get in touch with Mr Graeme Crouch on 9375 54729 or [email protected]
The dates below are when we require people.
We need Sport divers and above to act as rescue divers on each Ocean Diver course that we run:
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-01 – 8th – 12th April
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-02 – 15th – 19th Apr
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-03 – 10th – 14th Jun
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-04 – 5th – 9th Aug
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-05 – 12th – 16th Aug
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-06 – 30th Sep – 4th Oct
Ocean Diver Course ODC 19-07 – 14th – 18th Oct
If you would like to help out and have not rescue dived with us before you would need to come in and complete some paper work on the Monday of the course and then on the Tuesday take part in some skills and drills in the pool at HMS Raleigh along with diving with a 3ltr pony as a alternate independent air source. If you cannot make either the Monday or Tuesday please let us know at the earliest opportunity as we can then look to do all this on either the Monday or Tuesday. If you have already completed the paper work and pool dive with us there is no requirement for you to come down and rescue dive until the Wednesday of the course, we look to do 5 open water dives 2 on the Wednesday, 2 on the Thursday and then a depth progression on the Friday if the weather is good (normally on HMS Scylla).
As part of the BSADS course and ESADS assessment, we need to give the students the opportunity to plan and manage diving with realistic numbers of divers. This provides a great opportunity for individuals to come along and enjoy a few days diving whilst also gaining the opportunity to see what these courses are all about.
BSADS 19-01 – 8th – 12th Apr
BSADS 19-02 – 17th – 21st Jun
BSADS 19-03 – 19th – 23rd Aug
BSADS 19-04 – 16th – 20th Sep
BSADS 19-05 – 28th Oct – 1st Nov
BSADS 19-06 – 25th – 29th Nov
ESADS Assessment 19-01 – 13th – 17th May
ESADS Assessment 19-02 – 24th – 28th Jun
ESADS Assessment 19-03 – 23rd – 27th Sep
ESADS Assessment 19-04 – 4th – 8th Nov
In order to guest dive on these courses you need to be a minimum grade of Sports diver, have a valid service sports diving medical and have completed dives in the last 2 months to depths greater than 20m for the BSADS and 25m for the ESADS Assessment.
If you are interested then please get in touch with Mr Graeme Crouch on 9375 54729 or [email protected]
The 2019 JSSADC Programme has now be approved by the JSSADPAC and can be downloaded at this link – 2019 JSSADC Course Programme. All courses are now also showing on the website.
We’ve got the full range of courses so there should be something there of interest to everyone.
The next Joint Service Diving Safety Conference will be held on 20 Mar 2019 at HMS RALEIGH and will offer the opportunity for sub aqua divers from all 3 services to meet, share experiences and knowledge. There will be a wide range of speakers including a BSAC representative, the Superintendent of Diving, Diving Standards Officer (AT), and of course JSSADC.
There will also be the opportunity to have a Q&A session with members of the Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee (JSSADPAC) and a social event in the evening.
Once again we’ve laid on courses both before and after the conference:
- Advanced Diver Theory lessons: 18-19 Mar 19
- Diver Coxswain Assessment: 18-19 Mar 19
- ESADS Refresher Course: 21-22 Mar 19
- Marine Radio Operator: 21-22 Mar 19
Full details are at the link below:
To book your place please complete the form below and return to us:
Army Sub-Aqua Diving Adventurous Training Expeditions will now be provided with British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) foundation level diver training materials. This is intended to help reduce the costs incurred by expeditions.
Further details including the process can be found in 2018DIN07-102 Notification that BSAC Sub-Aqua Diving Training Packs can now be obtained for Army Sub-Aqua Diving Personnel on Army expeditions. These can be applied for using Annex A to the DIN.
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.
After our conversion to MoD Net, all JSSADC email addresses have changed. You can now contact us using the following:
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