Monthly Archives: January 2016

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!


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.


Theory Instructor Exam – 19 Jan 16

JSSADC will be running a Theory Instructor Exam (TIE) on 19 Jan 16.  If you are interested in applying for the exam then you must:

  • Be a member of BSAC
  • Have completed an Instructor Foundation Course
  • Be a minimum grade of Dive Leader.

To apply for the exam then contact us.


BSAC Safe Diving Re-issued Oct 15

BSAC Safe Diving provides an alphabetical guide to the safe practices of diving  and service divers of all grades should know what it recommends.  Along with BRd 2806(5) it forms a key element of the diving safety system used by Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) divers.  It is particularly important that SADS and instructors maintain a good working knowledge of BSAC Safe Diving.

A new version has now been issued dated Oct 15 which can be downloaded off the BSAC website by clicking on this link.  Old versions should now be destroyed.

Of particular note is that there is now a specific section dealing with military JSAT divers.



CNBA Oxygen Content Analysis

A recent International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) safety flash (01/16) contains details of an incident where a commercial diver collapsed due to low oxygen content of what was believed to be air which was supplied to  him.   Fortunately this occurred on the surface and there was no long term impact.

This incident is a useful reminder of the importance of testing diving gas before use.

As most service divers should be aware, it is mandatory for testing of Compressed Natural Breathing Air (CNBA) used by AT divers to be completed using a FACTAIR F2235.  As part of this test, the oxygen content should also be tested using an Analox Oxygen Analyser and this forms part of  the FACTAIR F2235 kit.

The oxygen content is then recorded on the test form (either included with the kit or downloadable from the FACTAIR website) which needs to be sent to the Diving Standards Team (DST).

It is hoped that by the use of the FACTAIR F2235 and Analox Oxygen Analyser incidents like that above can be avoided by AT divers.



2016 – Dates for your calendar

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy making New Year’s resolutions so I thought I’d suggest that ‘more diving’ should be high up on your list!   Planning early is always a good idea if you want to achieve this so I thought I’d offer a few dates for your diary which may help:

Hope to see you at one or more of these!