A letter has just been released that provides a guide to Expedition Leaders and SADS on the role of the Diving Officer in a Diving Project. This is a key appointment that has significant legal responsibilities so it is essential that these are all completed. It is particularly important that the Diving Officer and the Expedition Leader work together to produce the Project Plan well in advance of any expedition taking place.
BRd 2806(5) provides details of the level of training required to crossover military (RN, RE) divers to BSAC qualifications. With the changes to the Ocean Diver syllabus some of the theory lessons no longer have the same content which means that elements are missing.
JSSADC have put together a bespoke presentation which covers the elements previously included in OT1 and OT4. It also provides additional information on JSAT diving which is likely to be relevant for military crossovers.
A letter has just been published that provides further clarification on Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) policy for the use of Commercial MoD Approved Centres (Com MACs). This is an update to the one issued in Sep 18 which should now be destroyed.
The letter also provides the most up to date list of which centres have been approved and the courses that they are able to deliver.
Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2019 as follows
RAF Brize Norton
22 ENGR REGT
29 Jul - 02 Aug
165 P&M Regt
165 P&M Regt
159 Regt RLC
31 Aug-01 Sep
RAF Brize Norton
This means that any date not shown in the table above is now available on a first come first served basis. If you’re interested then please read JSSADC Expedition Slots 2019 and complete the bidding proforma
Following several recent occasions where expeditions have received JSATFA clearance without valid laboratory gas tests, DSM 13/18 has been issued to remind single service AT desk officers of their responsibilities.
Hopefully most service divers are aware that JSSADC provides support to visiting expeditions in the form of a RIB, diving gas and storage/planning facilities. With the local area there is also plenty of service accommodation and dining facilities which should make organising expeditions relatively straightforward.
Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn, is home to Lisburn & Glenavy Sub Aqua Club (LGSAC) – the only service sub aqua diving club in Northern Ireland. There is opportunity for other service diving clubs or units to conduct expeditions in Northern Ireland using LGSAC facilities, meaning that other than T&S, costs are minimal. A small donation to the club will be required to cover boat insurance/servicing. Kit and equipment can also be hired from the club for a small cost should this be required.
Northern Ireland’s long coastline and fascinating loughs offer some fabulous diving opportunities. The North Coast is known for spectacular drop offs, wrecks and reefs both deep and shallow – suitable for all levels of diver. Strangford Lough is home to 15 divable sites, while Belfast Lough offers up to 20 dive sites. Some of these sites even feature in the TV series Game of Thrones. LGSAC can provide advice on suitable sites for training and progression dives.
Equipment & Facilities
LGSAC has the following facilities
7.5m RHIB which comfortably seats 8 divers and kit
Boat shed/wet classroom
If clubs or individuals are interested or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact either :
Army Sub-Aqua Diving Adventurous Training Expeditions will now be provided with British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) foundation level diver training materials. This is intended to help reduce the costs incurred by expeditions.