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New Diving Safety Website

The Defence Diving Standards Team (DDST) Diving Safety Website has recently been moved onto SharePoint and therefore has a new address. Please note that this only works on the MoD intranet (i.e ModNet)

https://modgovuk.sharepoint.com/sites/defnet/Navy/Pages/DDST.aspx

You should update any bookmarks, etc that you haved saved to reflect the new address.




2019 JS Diving Safety Conference

This year’s JS Diving Safety Conference was attended by approximately 50 people and took place at HMS RALEIGH in Torpoint.

After the initial welcome brief and introduction, we were treated to a presentation by Ginge Crook, JSSADC Chief Instructor, on the work done to understand the wreck of HMS Coronation. This was followed by the new National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins, bringing us up to speed with BSAC developments.

Following a short break, it was Fran Hockley standing in at short notice to cover Tom Hughes’ slot which he was unable to fill due to illness. Fran’s presentation was on the excellent recreational and technical diving to be found in Croatia which is only a short flight from the UK.

The last of the morning sessions was filled by Jim Watson, BSAC Safety Manager, who delivered the annual summary of diving incidents. As there was no DO’s conference in 2018 this was new to the majority of people present.

After lunch, we welcomed Nick Reed from the Isle of Purbeck Sub Aqua Club (IPSAC) who delivered a fascinating presentation on Project Valentine 75. This is the research that the club have carried out to survey the 7 Valentine DD tanks that sank near Swanage in 1944 whilst rehearsing for the D-Day landings.

The last presentation was given by the newly re-titled Superintendent of Defence Diving (SODD), Cdr Don Crosbie, who provided an update on changes to his organisation. He also explained how there were likely to be further changes to the Diving Regulations which it was hoped would address some the current shortcomings. Probably of most interest were the plans to support off-duty diving whilst allowing military personnel to use service provided equipment. Further details on this to follow later in the year!

As the conference drew to a close there was the usual Q&A session for members of the JSSADPAC which took place in a good humoured and constructive fashion. The very last item was a wrap up from Cdr Sean Winkle and a presentation to SODD who will shortly depart on posting.

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

Next year’s conference will be on 18 March 2020 so please save the date!




Immersionary Pulmonary Oedema (IPO) – INM Guidance

Knowledge of Immersionary Pulmonary Oedema has been increasing in recent years. The Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) has published the following information that all divers should be aware of:

  • IPO is a life-threatening condition that can develop during a dive and all divers should be aware of the potential for this to affect them
  • In IPO fluid accumulates in the lung tissues leading to shortness of breath, coughing up of sputum, and/or chest pain
  • The risk is increased in people with high blood pressure, over-hydrating before a dive, diving in cold water, exertion and breathing against a negative pressure when diving.
  • First aid measures include removal from the water, call the DDMO/Coastguard/Ambulance, sit the casualty upright, place them on 100% oxygen, take them to a warm place if possible or re-warm on site, do not give any fluids and prepare for evacuation to hospital.
  • If the symptoms occur during the dive, the casualty should be closely accompanied to the surface
  • Consider IPO in anyone who reports equipment difficulties after a dive or switches to bail out due to perceived equipment difficulties
  • Do not dive again until medically assessed.



AT Diving Regulations (Dec 18)

The Adventurous Training (AT) sub aqua diving document set has recently been amended to reflect organisational changes to the Defence Safety Agency (DSA).   The newly titled Superintendent of Defence Diving (SODD) has moved into the Navy Safety Centre (NSC) along with the Diving Standards Team.

A small number of typos have also been amended in both DCOP 22 and BRd 2806(5).

The current document set for Adventuruous Training (AT) sub aqua diving is as follows:

The master versions of these documents are located on the Defence intranet but can also be downloaded at the link above (DCOP 22 is contained in the BRd zip file).

The following points should be noted:

  • BRd 2806(5) is a large zip file (approx 10.5 MB) that will require extracting onto a local machine
  • Many of the pdf annexes in BRd 2806(5) require Adobe Reader to be viewed properly so may not work in browsers such as Safari (apple devices) or Chrome (android devices) – see below for word versions
  • Despite a request for annexes to be in word the RN policy is that they should be in pdf format.

All diving supervisors (SADS) should have a copy of these documents in their possession, be familiar with the contents and comply with the regulations within.

On occasion we are asked for word versions of some of the Annexes:




DSM 14-18 Suunto Zoop Novo

Several Suunto Zoop Novo dive computers used for AT diving have been discovered to offer reduced no-stop dive times compared to similar devices.  DSM 14-18 has been released to allow similar computers to be identifed and directs that they are not to be used for AT diving.

Click here to download DSM14-18 Suunto Zoop Novo




DSM 13/18 Gas Testing for AT Diving

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.  

It can be downloaded at this link




AT Diving Incident Form (Dec 18)

BRd 2806(5) requires all incidents to be notified to the Defence Diving Standards Team (DST) using a slightly modified British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) incident reporting form.   This form has been updated to include the latest email addresses and job title for SDSI(AT) and the JSSADC Course Clerk

The latest version of the form, and continuation sheet, can be found at this links below:




SADS Registration Form

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)

 




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:




New JSSADC Email Addresses

After our conversion to MoD Net, all JSSADC email addresses have changed.  You can now contact us using the following: