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JS Diving Safety Conference 2015

Despite a last minute change of venue back to the Roebuck theatre, this year’s conference still managed to attract over 70 divers from as far afield as Scotland, Germany, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.  We were able to give everyone one of the new log books that we now issue on our courses and a BSAC incident procedure/casualty assessment form printed on the same plastic as the SADS slates.  These seemed to be popular…..


Tim Gort has kindly allowed me to publish the notes that he produced after the conference which can be downloaded at this link.   Note that Superintendent of Diving has added in a few points (look for the yellow bits!) to clarify things.

These notes provide an excellent summary of proceedings and  I’d recommend that they are read along with the presentations at the links below:

Final thing is to highlight that the 2016 JS Diving Safety Conference will take place on 16 March 2016 and once again will be held in the Roebuck Theatre, HMS Raleigh.  I hope that many of you will find the time in your busy schedules to join us there.


*** Subsequent note from SofD that the MAC in the Red Sea may be in either Egypt, Jordan or possibly both.  They’re trying their best to achieve the latter!




Extra Course Places for 2015

In order to increase the opportunities for foundation level diving training, we’ll be making a significant number of additional places available throughout the 2015 season.  These will be delivered by doubling capacity on existing Ocean, Sports and Dive Leader courses and adding six new courses into the programme.  These are:

Full course dates and details of how to apply are available on the pages above.  The revised JSSADC Programme for 2015 can also be downloaded at this link.

Please ensure that this good news gets spread around and we’ll look forward to seeing a lot more junior divers this year!


2015 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference

The DIN for the 2015 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference has now been released and can be accessed at the links below.  We had approximately 70 people attend the 2014 conference  who I think found it both useful and interesting.

Once again the conference will be held at HMS Raleigh, near Plymouth, and will offer the opportunity for sub aqua divers from all 3 services to meet, share experiences and knowledge.  We’ll have a wide range of speakers which have yet to be confirmed but  should include the Superintendent of Diving, Diving Standards Officer (AT), a representative from the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and of course JSSDAC.  It may well be too early to have Monty Halls back again but we’ll also try and muster someone with a bit of celebrity value!


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.

To make the trip to Plymouth worthwhile, and hopefully attract some more junior divers, we’ve also laid on courses both before and after the conference.  These include Marine Radio Operator (MRO), Small Boathandling (SBH) and a SADS Refresher course.  Priority for loading these will go to those also attending the conference!

Full details are available from the link below:

2014DIN07-149 2015 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference

If you’d like to book your place then please complete the booking form below and send back to us:

2014DIN07-149: 2015 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference Booking Form


JSSADC 2015 Course Programme

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve now firmed up our course programme for 2015.  You can find details for specific courses on their pages, i.e Sports diver, ESADS Assessment, Boathandling, etc.

If you’d like the programme as a year to page then you can get it from this link – 2015 JSSADC Programme

We’re also added a few new elements which may be of interest:

  • Diving Safety Conference.  This is scheduled for 18 Mar and will take place in HMS Raleigh again.  Either side though we’ll run a series of two day courses such as SADS Refreshers, Boathandling and Marine Radio Operator.  We hope that this will offer the opportunity for those travelling here to do more than just attend the Diving Safety Conference.
  • Advanced Diving Weeks.  There are two of these (11-15 May & 10-14 Aug) where we’ll offer the opportunity for higher grade divers to do some more adventurous diving in the Plymouth area.  We’ll supply the boats, gas, ESADS and 40m+ clearances if you bring your twinsets, stages and (all being well) CCRs. More details of these to follow but you may wish to keep your diaries free!
  • CCRs.  On the assumption that all goes well with the QQ testing then we hope to be running them again.

As always, if you have any questions then please get in touch!

2015 Expedition Slots Announced

In case you missed it Adventurous Traning Group (Army) have just published the Gibraltar and Cyprus expedition slots for 2015.  These are all contained in 2014DIN07-60 which is available from the intranet or by request from ATG(A).  Note that the slots are for all 3 services.

There are no dates for Ascension yet as these await publication of the trooping flight details by the RAF which should occur in Sep 14.

If you are interested in bidding for a slot in Gibraltar, Ascension and Cyprus then you need to have it in by 4 Aug 14.