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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

 

 




Overseas Recompression Chamber Dispensation

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.

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2016 JS Diving Safety Conference

The next Joint Service Diving Safety Conference will be held on 16 Mar 2016.

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 the new BSAC National Diving Officer (NDO), Superintendent of Diving, Diving Standards Officer (AT), and of course JSSDAC.  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 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.  There is an Instructor Foundation Course (minimum grade Sports diver) the two days before and Diver Coxswain and SADS Refresher the days after.  We’re also going to lay on the opportunity to complete Collective First Aid Training (CFAT) which we hope will allow everyone to get this done ready for the season ahead.

Full details are at the link below:

2015DIN07-156 – 2016 JS Diving Safety Conference

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

Annex_A to 2015DIN07-156

 




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…..

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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!

 

 

 




JS Diving Safety Conference 2014

The 2014 Joint Service Diving Safety Conference took place in the Roebuck Theatre at HMS RALEIGH on 14 Jan 14.  Attendance was impressive with over 70 divers attracted from across the UK and current military postings.  A particularly fine effort was made by the BSADS who managed to get back from the Falklands but we also had attendees from Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

It was my conference so I kicked proceedings off with an update on events at JSSADC.  Most of the presentation concerned the move from Fort Bovisand and our new setup in HMNB Devonport.  The bottom line is that JSSADC is fully open for business and that our future will look even brighter when we get our new building sorted in (hopefully) the next few months – click here for my presentation

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At this point we were well ahead of time so the decision was made to bring forward our next speaker.  We were extremely fortunate to have Dr Sally Simmons from the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) who tackled the thorny issue of diver culture with her presentation entitled ‘Denial is a Long River’ – .see here for the slides.

After a break, Jim Watson from the British Sub Aqua Club took the stand.  Impressively sprightly, considering he’d left Manchester at 0200hrs to be with us, his presentation ranged widely proving an extremely comprehensive look at some of the current issues within the club and an analysis of incidents captured throughout 2013. There was also a detailed comparison with previous years. Full slide pack here – BSAC Presentation

Next up was Peter Holt from The Ships Project to talk about his plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the sinking in 1944 of probably the most dived wreck in the UK – the SS James Eagan Layne.   His presentation provided a wealth of information, and some exquisite 3D images, of this incredible wreck.  Click here to see it.

After lunch Monty Halls stepped onto the stage and wowed the audience with the stories behind the filming of his most recent TV series.  If you haven’t see ‘Mysteries of the Deep’ then you should do asap and if you have then you’ll know why!

Following this was never going to be an easy task but Cdr Chris Baldwin, Superintendent of Diving (SofD), was at least pleased that Monty had stressed the importance of remaining firmly within the HSE Diving at Work regulations.  Aided by the Diving Standards Officer (AT), Nick Harrington, SofD briefed the conference on his role as the diving regulator and covered a number of live issues including CBNA certificates, diver recall & JSP 917.  The full presentation can be accessed here.

Finally I introduced the members of the catchily titled Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee (JSSADPAC) who took to the stage for a lively Q&A.  A wide variety of ground was covered including funding for RN clubs, thoughts about the current SADS scheme, feedback from assurance visits and diver recall systems.  Many of these were also taken forward at the JSSADPAC meeting that took place the next day and I anticipate these will be fed back to clubs via their single service associations.

Subsequently a number of individuals have approached me indicating that there was inadequate time to cover all topics and this is something that I’ll ensure is amended for next year.  In the interim I’m also exploring with the chair of the JSSADPAC for a way in which further questions can be raised.  Watch this space!

The only thing that remains to be said is that the date for the 2015 Diving Safety Conference has been set for 18 March 2015, a DIN will go out in due course but in the interim you may wish to mark it in your diary.