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New JSSADC Email Addresses

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

2018 Expedition Allocations

Expedition slots at JSSADC have now been allocated for 2018 as follows

25 JulRM Chivenor
27-30 JulRAF Cosford
17-20 AugRAF Cosford
25-31 AugRAF St Mawgan
7-9 SepRAF Benson
22-23 SepDMSD
26 Sep - 2 OctLGSAC
4-8 OctRAF OdihamRESDA
12-15 OctRAF Cosford
2-4 NovRAF Brize Norton
24-25 NovRAF St Mawgan

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 2018 and complete the bidding proforma



Full Time Job at JSSADC

We’re currently looking to recruit a full time civil service member of staff.  The post is a Band D Executive Officer with an annual salary of £24,663 plus the other benefits of being in the civil service which includes a contributory pension and diving pay.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the training of divers and instructors to gain qualifications from the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). In addition they will assess candidates for the award of the Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS) qualification. Secondary tasks include the management of the Motor Transport fleet, act as building manager and Data Protection Officer for JSSADC.

Further details including the application process can be found on the civil service jobs website.

Applications close on 27 Aug 17 and interviews for those who are successful at sift are currently scheduled to take place on 26 Oct at JSSADC in Plymouth.

Change of JSSADC Email Addresses

To reflect changes within the structure of the Royal Navy’s personnel area, all JSSADC email addresses have changed with effect 26 Jun.  The major change occurs near the beginning of the address and all email addresses have changed as follows:

  • Delete “NAVY PERS” and replace with “NAVY NPS” – thus NAVY PERS-JSSADC OIC has changed to NAVY NPS-JSSADC OIC.  This also applies to emails from the internet thus NAVYPERS[email protected] is now NAVYNPS[email protected]

We have also used the opportunity to abbreviate/amend the email addresses for the Equipment Manager (Des) and Course Clerk (Suzanne).  Their new email addresses are as follows:

It goes without saying that this change will result a dramatic improvement in our ability to deliver courses and training 🙂

JSSADC Expedition Slots – 2017

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.

If you or your branch wishes to to bid for a slot in 2017 then the process for doing this is explained in the recently released 2016DIN07-140 Expedition Slots at the Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre in 2017 (Annex A).

Please note that all bids need to be in by 6 Jan 17, after this they will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.


2016 JSSADC Programme

The 2016 JSSADC programme has now been produced and all courses can be found on the website.  The key change is that we’ve simplified the process to get to ESADS.  From the end of this year, there will no longer be separate Expedition SADS Development and Branch SADS courses.  They’ve been merged together to create a single course which will be tailored to those attending.

In order to build on the increasing numbers going through the SADS process, we’re also now offering more opportunities to get on the Branch SADS course and take the ESADS assessment.  It is very much hoped that this will further increase the numbers of active BSADS and ESADS out there.

Some other particular highlights of the 2016 programme are:

The programme is also available to download from this link (version 4 – dated Jan 16)


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…..


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!




Extra Course Places for 2015

In order to increase the opportunities for foundation level diving training, we’ll be making a significant number of additional places available throughout the 2015 season.  These will be delivered by doubling capacity on existing Ocean, Sports and Dive Leader courses and adding six new courses into the programme.  These are:

Full course dates and details of how to apply are available on the pages above.  The revised JSSADC Programme for 2015 can also be downloaded at this link.

Please ensure that this good news gets spread around and we’ll look forward to seeing a lot more junior divers this year!


Advanced Diving Weeks – 2015

The more observant divers will have noticed that our 2015 Programme contains two weeks earmarked for ‘Advanced Diving’.  These are new for 2015 and are intended to allow already qualified AT divers to conduct continuation training of more technical skills such as Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR), Advanced Decompression Procedures (ADP), twinset and potentially TRIMIX.  We will facilitate things by planning dives, gaining deep diving clearance, providing SADS cover, boats and other enabling facilities, such as equipment and breathing gas.

If this is a skill that you haven’t used for a while then we will provide an opportunity for some refresher training.  On the other hand if you are in regular diving practice then (weather permitting) we’ll put you on some of the deeper sites in the area.


In short, this is a great opportunity for you to refresh rusty skills or just conduct some more advanced diving of the sort that is rarely achieved on duty.  Tell us your requirements and we’ll make it happen.  They should be great weeks and we’re very much looking forward to them.

Full details are published in  2015DIN07-010 with booking forms for week 1 ( 11-15 May) and week 2 (10-14 Aug).

Incremental Staff Required in UK, Germany & Cyprus

All the AT diving centres have a requirement for additional staff to assist them in running courses.  This can range from above and below water instruction to supporting activities such as general admin, surface cover, rescue diving and boat driving.


As well as ourselves here in Plymouth,  people are also needed at the diving wings of the Cyprus Joint Service Adventurous Training Centre (CJSATC), Kiel Training Centre (KTC) in northern Germany and at the Adventurous Training Centre (ATC) Castlemartin.

Each centre has a slightly different requirement and full details are contained in the respective Defence Information Notes:

  • Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre (JSSADC) – 2013DIN07-147 is still valid
  • All the Adventurous Training Group (Army) (ATG(A)) centres  (Cyprus, Kiel and Castlemartin) –  2014DIN07-162 has just been released.

The bottom line in all cases is that individuals will need to be released by their units for a period of time with 2-3 months normally being the minimum.   These are not formal postings so units will be expected to stand a gap which is likely to mean that many people are not able to be released.  The benefits for units are that they will be offering their troops an almost unique opportunity for personal development.  At the end of the detachment, the unit will receive an individual who is confident, self-assured and may be able to lead or instruct AT activities in one or more disciplines.

Prior experience or qualifications is not always required and individuals can expect to receive a level of training during the attachment.  Normally the longer the attachment, the greater the level of qualification achieved.  As an example, we have a soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment who arrived as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver and under 10 months later is now a Branch SADS, Open Water Instructor and Advanced Diver.

In summary, these are great opportunities for soldiers, sailors and airmen to do something radically different.  If you’re interested or believe it is suitable for someone in your unit then your first point of call should be the DINs above.  I’d also strongly recommend getting in touch with a member of staff at the particular centre where you are interested in working.


The final point is that the diving wing at CJSATC have asked me to emphasise that they need someone from January 15 for six months who is a minimum grade of sports diver.  Sounds like a great opportunity!  Contact Sgt Phil Welch on [email protected] if you are interested.