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2019 Joint Service Diving Conference

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:




2018 JS Diving Safety Conference – Report

This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 90 people and was hosted by the Royal Air Force Sub Aqua Association at RAF Brize Norton.

After the initial welcome and admin brief, the conference opened with an update on BSAC issues from our outgoing National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall.  This was followed by a brief delivered by Cliff Pearn on how to obtain maximum benefit from the ATG(A) funded BicesterLoan Pool and the annual BSAC safety report from Jim Watson.

After lunch, the keynote presentation was delivered by two members of RAFSAA.  Group Capt (Retd) Dave Rae provided a fantastic look at the early days of RAFSAA when improvisation was the order of the day and clubs thought nothing of making their own equipment up to and including boats.   Sqn Ldr Mark Brabon brought us more up to date with an overview of the very successful MALTESE EAGLE series of expeditions which are an excellent model of how to achieve qualifications at scale.

 

Lastly the new Superintendent of Diving, Cdr Don Crosbie, introduced himself and provided an insight into the challenges he faces in ensuring safety across a challenging array of different diving disciplines.  He also gave his views on many of the issues facing AT diving.

Finally the JSSADPAC took questions from the floor which provided an opportunity for in depth questions.

Copies of all presentations can be downloaded at the links below:

One of the attendees, Tim Gort, has also produced a really detailed summary of the points made by each presenter on his excellent rectotec blog which can be found at this link.

 

Looking forward it has been agreed that the next conference will be held on 20 Mar 2019 so everyone is requested to keep their diaries clear on that date!

 

 




Admin Instruction for JS Diving Safety Conference

The admin instruction for the 2018 JS Diving Safety Conference has now been emailed to everyone who registered with JSSADC.

Unfortunately a number of registration forms were not received by due to an out of date email address for JSSADC.  If you haven’t received the admin instruction then please use the contact us form so this can be rectified.




What Did You Achieve in 2017?

The 2018 JS Diving Conference is coming up in March and it is hoped to highlight what has been achieved during 2017 by service expeditions and clubs.

To allow this to happen, it is requested that photos and videos are sent to OIC JSSADC who will collate them into a format that can be used.

Imagery should be sent electronically along with the following information:

  • Name of exped and/or club
  • Dates
  • Location
  • Any specific achievements




2018 Joint Service Diving Conference

The next Joint Service Diving Safety Conference will be held on 7 Mar 2018 at RAF Brize Norton 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. A key note speaker hasn’t been booked yet but we’re happy to take suggestions!

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:

Full details are at the link below:

To book your place please complete the form below and send back:




2017 JS Diving Safety Conference – Report

This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 80 people and, once again, we were grateful to HMS RALEIGH for allowing us use of the Roebuck Theatre and the accommodation in the Le Fanu block.

The most important part of the conference were the two presentations from the Superintendent of Diving, supported by Diving Standards Officer (AT), covering the changes that we are likely to see to our service diving regulations.  It was also great to have high level representation from the BSAC with both the Chairman, Alex ‘Woz’ Warzynski and National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall,  in attendance to provide us an update on developments.   Jim Watson, BSAC Safety Manager, provided a precis of the annual Incident Report which was followed by an insight into a recent DCI incident from the perspective of SADS and casualty.  The RNLI presented on water safety and offered the opportunity for individuals to have their fitness assessed which seemed very popular.  It was also great to have Cdr (Retd) Lanny Vogel give us his thoughts on the lessons that recreational divers can learn from cave diving, with only a small plug for his Underworld Tulum Diving Centre in Mexico.   Finally the JSSADPAC took questions from the floor.

Copies of all presentations can be downloaded at the links below:

We also took the opportunity to bid farewell to Cdr Mark Atkinson, Superintendent of Diving, who will be posted in late May 17 and to thank him for the work he has put into improving the quality of diving regulations.  A small presentation was also made.

Both before the conference there was an opportunity to visit the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in Plymouth which were very well received by those who attended.  JSSADC also ran a number of courses including a Diver Coxswain Assessment (DCA), Marine Radio Operator, SADS Refresher and Collective First Aid Training course.

Looking forward it has been agreed that the next conference will be held on 7 March 2018 so everyone is requested to keep their diaries clear on that date!

 

 




2017 Diving Safety Conference

The next Joint Service Diving Safety Conference will be held on 8 Mar 2017.

Once again it 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 including a BSAC  representative, the Superintendent of Diving, Diving Standards Officer (AT), and of course JSSADC. A key note speaker hasn’t been booked yet but we’re happy to take suggestions!

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.

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To help make the trip to Plymouth more valuable we’ve also laid on courses both before and after the conference. There are:

  • Marine Radio Operator (MRO): 6-7 Mar 17
  • Diver Coxswain Assessment: 6-7 Mar 17
  • SADS Refresher Course: 9-10 Mar 17
  • Collective First Aid Training: 9-10 Mar 17

Full details are at the link below:

Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Conference, HMS Raleigh, 8 Mar 17

To book your place please complete the form below and send back:

Annex A to 2016DIN07-108

 

 




2016 JS Diving Safety Conference – Report

This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 90 people with attendees from as far away as the Falkland Islands and Germany.  Once again we were grateful to HMS RALEIGH for allowing us use of the Roebuck Theatre and the accommodation in the Le Fanu block.

The evening before the conference, an informal dinner took place attended by approximately 40 people to mark the retirement of FS Graeme Crouch after 38 years in the RAF Regt.

We were very pleased to welcome  a number of first time speakers including the new BSAC National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall, and renowned technical diver and author Mark Powell.  There were also presentations from OIC JSSADC, Superintendent of Diving and Diving Standards Officer (AT) and the BSAC Safety Manager which have become the standard feature of every JS Diving Safety Conference.  Capt Lee Piper and CSgt Richie Hall covered the challenges that they experienced during the planning and conduct of their recent expeditions to Belize and the Philippines.  Finally the JSSADPAC took questions from the floor.

Copies of all presentations can be downloaded at the links below:

Both before and after the conference there were opportunities to visit the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in Plymouth which were very well received by those who attended.  JSSADC also ran a number of courses including an Instructor Foundation Course (IFC), Diver Coxswain Assessment (DCA), SADS Refresher and the inaugural Collective First Aid Training course.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the conference for JSSADC was the presentation to our Equipment Manager, Des Mullan, of the Superintendent of Diving’s Safety Award.  He thus becomes the first individual involved with AT diving to win this prestigious award.

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JSSADPAC Questions

The last event at the diving safety conference is a question and answer session with the Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee (JSSADPAC) which is jointly chaired by SO1 AT, HMS TEMERAIRE and the Superintendent of Diving (SofD).  This is always popular and provides the opportunity to understand why decisions have been made and the direction in which policy is going.

Previous sessions have tended to over run meaning that not everyone was able to get their questions answered which was obviously disappointing.  To help with this, and also ensure the best possible answer is provided, it is requested that questions are submitted in advance by clicking on this link.

Please note that on the day questions will, of course still be fine although questions submitted in advance will be answered first!

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Diving Safety Conference – Admin Instruction

Those who have registered for the 2016 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference should have received a copy of the admin instruction in their inbox.  If you haven’t then it is likely that we haven’t received your registration in which case please get in touch with us.

For those who haven’t yet registered then there are still places and you can come along by completing the Annex at this link.

We’re also pleased to announce that the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) are hosting sessions on the 15th and 17th March for people attending the Diving Safety Conference.  These will include a presentation on DCI and a tour round their facilities including the Recompression Chambers.  If you’ve never done this before then it is a few hours of your time very well spent.  Full details are in the admin instruction.

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