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)
Following the recent publication of the 2016 version of BRd 2806(5), a number of expedition leaders have queried the wording in para 0219. They have interpreted this as limiting diving to a maximum depth of 21m (30m with HRR presentation) for expeditions which occur outside UK territorial waters.
Superintendent of Diving has confirmed that this it is not intended to be read in this way. The way it should be interpreted is that para 0219 is only applicable for expeditions that are not able to meet the stipulations laid down in para 0218 for access to a suitable recompression chamber.
Para 0219 is therefore a relaxation of the rules in the 2015 issue of BRd 2806(5). It provides for diving in locations where chamber access is not possible or cannot be achieved with 6 hours. It also allows limited diving to continue if a chamber becomes unavailable. For these reasons it should be welcomed!
The next issue of BRd 2806(5) in 2017 will remove this ambiguity.
We’ve just made improvements to the way that individuals are contacted to inform them that expeditions need a SADS. This will now mean that as soon as we become aware of a requirement for a SADS that an email is sent out to everyone who has registered with us.
If you are an expedition leader who requires a SADS then you should click here and complete the form.
If you are a SADS who has previously registered an interest in being sent emails then your details should be already on the database. If not, or you wish to check, then please go to this link and input your details.
In order to clarify the position of when overseas diver training centres can be used without a SADS, 2014DIN07-049 has been released. This explains which centres are approved and also explains the process by which additional centres can be added to the list.
The full DIN can be downloaded via the Defence Intranet.
This DIN should be read in accordance with JSP 917, shortly to be BRd2806(5) which clearly highlights the particular restrictions for expeditions without a SADS. This includes the fact that diving can only be conducted on recognised training courses.