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UK MILITARY DIVING MANUAL
VOLUME 5
JOINT SERVICES SUB-AQUA
DIVING REGULATIONS
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PREFACE
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DIVING'S MANDATE

1.
BRd 2806(5) constitutes the guiding instructions for the conduct of non-military diving at
work in the MOD and collectively known as Service Sub-Aqua Diving.
2.
The publication is a partner document to the relevant HSE Approved Codes of Practice
(ACOP) for diving projects under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997, applicable to the nonmilitary diving activity being carried out by MOD personnel while on duty. It is required because
the HSE ACOPs do not have legal application outside the UK territorial limits, however it is the
Secretary of State for Defences Policy, that where MOD operates overseas, it will comply with
UK statutory regulations and relevant applicable laws of the Nation in which the activity is being
conducted. This publication provides guiding instructions to cover such situations and also
additional measures MOD has determined are required to satisfy its duty of care responsibilities
under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
3.
The publication is divided into sections which are relevant to particular fields of activity
within the Service Sub-Aqua domain. These sections comprise of general instructions;
Adventurous Training specific instructions; Cadet Force instructions and those applicable for
vocational diving as part of Resettlement Training entitlement. Diving is subject to technological,
medical and regulatory advances and reviews, and as a consequence it is important to ensure
that this document remains live in order to keep pace with these influencing factors. Any
changes will be promulgated by the most effect means possible to ensure it remains relevant
and effective.
4.
Neither the Ministry of Defence nor the Crown is liable for any use made of this book by
any person outside the service of the Ministry of Defence or the Crown, or for anything said or
omitted to be said therein, or for any consequences, including any accident, or for anything done
or omitted to be done as a result of the use of this manual by any such person.
5.
Users wishing to comment on the contents of this publication should use a duplicate of
the special form provided on page vi, copies of which are to be forwarded through the usual
administrative channels to the addressees shown on page ii. A copy should also be forwarded
to the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for this publication, DSO (AT).
6.
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Statement and Record Keeping
Statement:
This policy has been equality and diversity impact assessed in accordance with
Departmental policy. This resulted in Part 1 screening only completed (no direct discrimination
or adverse impact identified/or policy is a reflection of statutory requirements and been cleared
by a Legal Adviser). This policy is due for review in February 2018.

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The Superintendent of Diving (SofD) is the higher authority for Service diving and equipment
including Army and SF, SofD leads in all aspects of diving related Health and Safety
measures. This authority is exercised on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

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INTRODUCTION
1.

Applicability
BRd 2806(5) requirements apply specifically to Joint Service sub aqua diving activity
and meet or exceeds DWR and Recreational Diving ACOP requirements. As a result, all Joint
Services sub-aqua diving is to be conducted in accordance with these regulations.
Authorisation
BRd 2806(5) will be updated on an annual basis in conjunction with the other volumes.
Amends falling within this time frame will be promulgated by JSSADC and will also be published
on the MOD Diving Safety Web site. These regulations are not to be amended or altered,
except by authority of SofD. Dispensation to depart from these regulations may only be given by
SofD.
3.

Availability
These regulations are available from the MOD Diving Safety Web Site at the following
address:

MOD Diving Safety Website

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PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES

Forward through usual Administrative Channels to the addresses listed on Page ii. All changes
are to be submitted at the earliest opportunity and not retained awaiting instructions for
submission.

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PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES

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CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Joint Services Sub-Aqua Diving Governance and Structures
Chapter 2 Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Practices

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Chapter 3 Regulations for MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Diving

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CHAPTER 1
JOINT SERVICES SUB-AQUA DIVING GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURES
Para
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0118.

Introduction
Statutory Requirements
Types of Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving
Governance of Service Sub-Aqua
Duty Holder Construct
Superintendent of Diving
Breaches of Diving Safety Policy and Regulations
Diving Standards Team (Adventurous Training)
Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre (JSSADC)
Single Service Sub Aqua Associations
Eligibility
Organisation of Service Branches
Commanding Officers Responsibility and Supervision of Diving
Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS) Qualification
Authority to Award BSAC Qualifications
Expedition Participant Diving Qualification Requirements
MOD Approved AT and Overseas Resettlement Centres
Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
ANNEXES

Annex 1A SADS Registration Form


Annex 1B Annual Branch Report and Registration Format (Containing Enclosure-1
Branch Site Register including Sheltered Water Training Areas
Annex 1C Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR 97) applicability to joint Service
Adventurous Training Diving - Guidance for Commanding Officers
Annex 1D BSAC Equivalence for Divers Qualified with Other Agencies

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GENERAL JOINT SERVICES SUB-AQUA DIVING REGULATIONS


Introduction
a. Joint Services sub-aqua diving is a recognised Adventurous Training (AT)
activity (see note 1) that develops and tests skills such as leadership, initiative,
courage, self-discipline and physical fitness. Diving expeditions are often conducted
under challenging conditions. Diving involves controlled exposure to risk within the
confines of structured, progressive training whilst complying with proven safety
procedures. Responsibilities must be clearly understood by those appointed to
oversee the activity. The MOD has a legal and moral obligation to provide
resources, assistance and protection to personnel whilst on duty.
b. JSP 433, MOD Diving Safety Policy includes the overarching policy for Joint
Services sub-aqua diving. BRd 2806(5) provides direction and guidance for all MOD
Joint Services sub-aqua diving activities.
c. The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) is the national governing body for
recreational diving in the UK. In addition to these regulations, Joint Services subaqua divers shall follow BSAC safe diving (see note2).
d. The definition of Joint Services sub-aqua diving is that conducted by authorised
personnel using one or more of the following: MOD supplied equipment (see note 3),
facilities, resources or funding from any public or non-public service fund. This
includes:
(1)

Diving undertaken as pre-release vocational (Resettlement) training.

(2) Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) and Standard Learning Credits (SLC)
approved courses.
(3) Diving activity undertaken by personnel working in the MOD sponsored
Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Further details can be found in Chapter 3.
(4) Diving conducted under the Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT)
Scheme.
(5) Any diving conducted by the Diving Standards Team (DST) (AT) while
carrying out their duties i.e. diving audits or staff training.
(6) Any diving conducted by the Joint Services Adventure Training (JSAT)
Centres, including staff training.
Notes:
1. JSP 419 Section One Para 3a
2. Found at www.BSAC.com
3. Personal equipment may be used to undertake Joint Service sub-aqua diving
see para 0202f.

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Statutory Requirements
Authorised personnel engaged in Joint Services sub-aqua diving activities are on
duty and are considered by the HSE to be at work and are therefore subject to the Diving at
Work Regulations 1997 (DWR). The Secretary of State for Defence has directed that, where
the MOD operates overseas, it shall comply with UK standards, or the standards of the host
country, whichever is the more stringent. All Joint Services Sub-Aqua diving activities are to
comply with the DWR. The HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for Recreational Diving
Projects is to be followed by all involved in Joint Services sub-aqua diving.

Recreational Diving Projects Approved Code of Practice(ACoP)

0103.

Types of Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving


In accordance with JSP 419 (JS AT Scheme) there are 4 types of AT activity: Type
1(T1) Phase 1 Training, Type 2 (T2) Unit Training, Type 3 (T3) Expeditions and Type 4
(T4) - Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving Courses.
a. T1. Activities that introduce sub-aqua to Phase 1 trainees as part of their
syllabus, e.g. a Try Dive.
b. T2. BSAC training delivered by Service sub-aqua branches (as Distributed
Training).
c. T3. Expeditions organised either through Service sub-aqua branches or by
individual units/sub-aqua Associations.
d. T4. Sub-aqua courses delivered by Joint Service AT Centres and formal MOD
Approved Centres.
0104.

Governance of Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving


a. The responsibility for the safe conduct of Joint Service sub-aqua diving rests with
the chain of command as follows:
(1) In line with JSP 430 Part 1 (see note 1), ownership of risk in high-risk
activities such as diving is held at three Duty Holder levels. These are the
Senior Duty Holders (SDH) (Service Heads), the Operating Duty Holders (ODH)
(normally in the chain of command, usually at 2 Star level) and Commanding
Officer Duty Holder (CODH) (see note 2) at Unit level.
(2) Captain Personal, Family, Community Support and Physical Development
(Capt PFCS&PD) is the sponsor for Service sub-aqua diving within the Joint
Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) scheme.
(3) Single Service sub-aqua diving AT is the responsibility of the respective
Service AT authorities in line with policy set by Capt PFCS&PD.
(4) Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel) (DCDS Pers) is responsible
for ELC and resettlement diving policy. Unit COs retain responsibility for
approving resettlement or ELC scheme plans for individuals under their
command. Respective Operating Duty Holders will carry commensurate levels
of responsibility for their chains of command.

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(5) FOSNI Youth SO1 H&S Standards is responsible for Cadet Forces diving
safety.
Notes:

2. Where no Commanding Officer is appointed, a Delivery Duty Holder (DDH)


will be nominated with appropriate written delegations. For clarity the CODH/
DDH role will be referred to as the CODH throughout the BRd.
b. The Joint Services Sub-Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee (JSSADPAC) is
a Working Group that convenes 6 monthly to review safety performance or where
necessary as directed by an appropriate Duty Holder or SofD. It is Co-Chaired by
Capt PFCS&PD SO1 Adventurous Training Staff Officer and SofD (for MOD Diving
Safety Management Panel (DSMP) issues). The JSSADPAC is responsible for
ensuring that JSAT diving safety management is compliant with the Defence
Maritime Regulators policy and to provide domain input to the DSMP. (See JSP 433
Ch8)
0105.

Duty Holder Construct

RN/RM
Army
Joint Services sub-aqua diving (exempt Cadet Forces)
Senior Duty Holder
First Sea Lord
CGS
Operating Duty
ODH of authorising lead unit
Holder
Commanding Officer Unit CO of authorising lead unit
Duty Holder

RAF
CAS
AOC 22(Trg) Gp

Cadet Forces
Senior Duty
Holder
Operating Duty
Holder
Commanding Officer
Duty Holder

RN/RM
First Sea Lord

CGS

Army
CAS

FOSNI

AG

AOC 22(Trg) Gp

Sea Cadets:
Captain Sea
Cadets
CCF (RN/RM):
Captain Navy
Cadets

Army Cadet Force


and CCF (Army):
Colonel Cadets

Air Training Corps


and CCF (RAF)
Wing Cdr CCF

0106.

RAF

Superintendent of Diving
As the MODs diving contractor focal point, MOD Superintendent of Diving (SofD) is
responsible for the regulation of all MOD diving activities. SofD is mandated by PUS through
Director, Defence Safety and Environment Authority (DSEA) for regulation, safety and
standards of Joint Services sub-aqua diving activities. He is responsible for the setting and
development of, diving safety policy. Diving Supervisors (SADS) will act as the diving
contractors representative.

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1.
Management of Ship Safety and Environmental Protection Part 1:
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0107.

Breaches of Diving Safety Policy and Regulations


Where a breach of MOD diving safety policy and regulations is identified, SofD may,
if the circumstances warrant, issue sanctions to prevent unsafe activity or use of unsafe
equipment. These sanctions would be issued in place of HSE Crown Censures. Failure to
comply with such notices may result in disciplinary action. Options are as follows (see note):

b. Prohibition Notice. A prohibition notice would be issued to immediately stop


the use of unsafe equipment or conduct of unsafe diving practises. Diving or
equipment use shall not continue until deemed safe.
Note. For further information see JSP 433 MOD Diving Safety Policy Part 1:
Directive.
0108.

Diving Standards Team (Adventurous Training)


a. DST (AT) are authorised to carry out specific functions on behalf of SofD:
(1) Monitor and audit practices and procedures, in order to provide assurance
that Joint Services sub-aqua diving is conducted safely IAW DWR and BRd
2806(5).
(2) Identification of safety shortfalls that affect Joint Services sub-aqua diving,
through audit of:
(a) Service diving centres.
(b) MOD Approved Centres (MAC).
(c) Service sub-aqua branches.
(d) MOD sponsored Cadet Forces.
(3)

Provide diving safety advice to MOD personnel and organisations.

(4)

Advise on Joint Services sub-aqua diving safety policy.

(5) Maintain a record of incident reports including technical assessment and


lessons identified. These are to be posted on the DST(AT) web site and forward
to OIC JSSADC for onward distribution.
(6) In the event of a serious incident, conduct accident investigation duties in
order to identify root cause and prevent reoccurrence. This investigation may be
conducted in association with HSE Diving Inspectors.
b. Provide SME advice to a Service Inquiry or other formal investigation.
c. DST(AT) is to conduct quarterly safety review of incidents with OIC JSSADC and
association representatives. Outcome of review will be posted on DST website and
published by OIC JSSADC.

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a. Improvement Notice. An Improvement Notice would be served as a result of a


lapse in standards which, if not rectified, could lead to unsafe diving practise or
equipment. It would demand that any breach or shortfall to be addressed as soon as
reasonably practicable.

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d. DST(AT) comprises of 2 personnel. Due to their limited numbers, DST(AT) staff


are exceptionally permitted to dive IAW with the recreational ACOP with regard to
minimum personnel and act as in water supervisors on the following occasions
(1) When participating on a continuation diver training course to maintain the
necessary qualifications to enable them to carry out their DST duties. Training to
be conducted in UK centres.

(3) When conducting annual certifications of existing commercial oversees


MOD Approved Centres
e. In order to mitigate the reduced numbers of divers required at Para 0202, before
diving commences they are to ensure that the dive centre provides a minimum of:
(1) A suitably qualified person who is familiar with the diving project plan and
the arrangements for obtaining assistance in the event of emergency.
(2) The first aid equipment identified in the risk assessment and a competent
person trained in its use.
0109.

Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Centre (JSSADC)


The JSSADC is the lead centre for Joint Service sub-aqua diving. In addition to
training, details of which can be found in the current edition of JSP 419 and the relevant Joint
Service DIN, OIC JSSADC also carries out the following specific functions on behalf of Capt
PFCS&PD:
a. Assessment of Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisors (SADS).
b. Award and withdrawal of SADS qualifications is the responsibility of Capt
PFCS&PD. Capt PFCS&PD delegates this authority to OIC JSSADC.
c. Maintain a register of SADS authorised to supervise sub-aqua diving that can be
used by single service authorities when approving expeditions.
d. Informing all SADS of changes to BRd 2806(5) and any safety information with
regard to Joint Service sub-aqua diving practices.
e. Provide Capt PFCS&PD with SME advice, and attend Service Inquiries and
other formal investigations as the sponsors representative.
f. Advise single service AT authorities on matters relating to Joint Services subaqua diving, in particular the conduct of diving expeditions.
g. Organisation and conduct of the annual training period for Level 4 AT Centre
staff and for providing a statement of assurance to Capt PFCS&PD, Centre OICs
and DST (AT) following that training.
h. Keep a list of the registered dive sites for each service branch.

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(2) When conducting site surveys and instructor validation of candidate


commercial oversees MOD Approved Centres

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j. Publish incident reports, lessons from major PXRs and diving safety information
to the wider community.
k.

Act as the MoD representative to the National Governing Body.

0110.

Single Service Sub-Aqua Associations


The RN/RM, Army, and RAF, each have a Service Sub-Aqua Association with
bespoke structures to meet the requirements for co-ordinating the activity within each SDH
domain. Specifically, each association:
a. Is to have a procedure in place for disseminating information relating to the safe
conduct of Joint Service sub-aqua diving by members of constituent branches.
b. Advises the chain of command in order that they may efficiently exercise control
of sub-aqua diving.
c. Liaises with Capt PFCS&PD, JSSADC, other Service Sub-Aqua Associations,
the BSAC, and other professional bodies through the JSSADPAC.
d. Approve SWTA on behalf of association branches
0111.

Eligibility
a. The following are eligible to partake in Joint Services sub-aqua diving AT:
(1)

All Regular Service personnel.

(2) RN/RM Reserves, Army Reserves and RAF Reserves personnel (including
Cadet Force Adult Volunteers).
(3)

University Officer Training Units

(4)

Officer Cadets

(4)

Cadets

(5)

Specialist Instructional Officers (SIO) employed in an AT role

b. The MOD has a well understood principle that there should be no civilian
involvement in AT unless deemed essential to the delivery of the activity.
Note. To participate in Joint Service sub-aqua diving, civilians must: be of essential
value to a Service branch or expedition, not displace a Service person, have
appropriate insurance, be medically fit and have approval from the relevant Single
Service AT authority.

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i. When a Service Sub-Aqua Branch has no qualified SADS amongst the


membership and one is not readily available from other sources, OIC JSSADC may
issue a temporary BSADS qualification to a BSAC Advanced Diver qualified member
of the Branch. Formal notification of this temporary qualification is to be made in
writing (an email attachment is acceptable) to the individual concerned and is to
include details of the duration and any limitations applicable to the qualification and
copies sent to DST(AT) and the Unit CO. The individual is not be permitted to act as
a SADS outside the period specified.

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c. MOD and MSF Civilians are not entitled to conduct Joint Services sub-aqua
diving AT unless specifically employed to do so (see note). Under no circumstances
are Service dependents permitted to take part in Joint Services sub-aqua diving AT.
Note. DST(AT) and Joint Services sub-aqua adventure training staff.
d. Civilian members of Service Sub Aqua Diving branches are considered to be At
Work and are subject to DWR 97.

(1)

Royal Navy. BRd 51.

(2)

Army. AGAI Vol 1.

(3)

Royal Air Force. AP 3342

f. Essential civilians taking part in Joint Service sub-aqua diving as members of a


Service branch or expedition are to comply with these regulations; noting that:
(1) When applying for annual SADS registration in accordance with Para 0114,
civilian SADS must have their applications endorsed by their Branch
Chairman/OIC or unit CO, to confirm that there is a continuing requirement for
their services as a SADS. The endorsing officer must be a serving member of
the RN/RM, Army or RAF.
(2) Where a civilian SADS is a member of the relevant Service Association
Holding Branch, the annual registration form should be signed by the appropriate
Association Chairman or a delegated officer within the Association. A civilian
who wishes to qualify as a SADS must have their application to attend the
course endorsed by either their single service Sub-Aqua Association Chairman
or the appropriate AT Authority.
(3) MOD civilian employees employed in a Joint Services sub-aqua diving AT
role who require a SADS qualification as part of their duties may have their
annual registration document endorsed by their employing officer or
Establishment Head, providing they meet the annual qualification criteria for
renewal.
0112.

Organisation of Service Branches


a. Each Service sub-aqua branch is to be a Special Branch of the BSAC and
ensure the following organisational structure is established:
(1) A properly constituted Committee in accordance with the BSAC Branch
Officers Handbook.
(2) The CO is to appoint the OIC Diving/Branch Chairman, who should if
possible be a serving Officer or SNCO, to be responsible to the CO for all
aspects of running the Branch.
(3) The CO is to approve the appointment of the Branch Diving Officer (DO),
who will be responsible to the CO for the conduct of diving activities. Wherever
possible, the DO is to be an ESADS.

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(4) The duties of the Branch committee members are described in the BSAC
Branch Officers' Handbook and each post should hold Terms of Reference
(TORs) which should be reviewed at least annually or if a post holder changes.
These TORs are to be made available during the RDSC.

(6) The CO is to ensure that an effective diving safety management system


appropriate to the circumstances of the Branch is established and maintained by
the Branch Committee.
(7) Branches are to submit an annual report by 31 October in accordance with
Annex 1B.
b. Encroachments. When non service Sub Aqua Diving organisations have
organised local encroachments within MOD property and when no MOD supplied
equipment, facilities, resources or funding from any public or non-public service fund
are being used then their diving activities are not covered by Joint Services sub-aqua
diving and they are not entitled to any of the advantages available to a JSAT branch.
Any risk associated with the non service Sub Aqua Diving organisations within the
encroachment is borne entirely by the CODH that granted the encroachment; diving
is conducted exclusively at the risk of the individuals involved.
0113.

Commanding Officers Responsibility and Supervision of Diving


(Guidance for Commanding Officers is at Annex 1C)
a. By its very nature Service sub-aqua diving involves controlled exposure to risk.
COs have responsibility for safety of all personnel under their command. OICs of
Service sub-aqua diving AT Expeditions and/or Branch DOs are wholly responsible
to the CO for the welfare and care of those in their charge at all times. They are to
ensure that there is a system of safety which reduces risks to As Low As
Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). To assist them in exercising this responsibility,
Service open water diving must be carried out under the supervision of a currently
registered SADS unless specifically exempted under Para 0114 sub para g and Para
0202.
b. Where Command authority is granted to personnel to undertake training or
examinations under the BSAC Instructor Training Scheme or BSAC nationally
controlled examinations or to undertake a qualifying course at an HSE compliant
civilian diving school in the UK or a MOD Approved Centre, whether BSAC or
otherwise (see note), a SADS is not required. However, any diving undertaken
outside that examination or course must be supervised by a SADS in the normal
way.
c. Service personnel wishing to use a non-BSAC diving school for a MOD
sponsored diver qualifying course under the Joint Services sub-aqua diving scheme,
including resettlement training, ELC or SLC approved courses (e.g. PADI Open
Water Course) must be in possession of a Medical Fitness to Dive Certificate (BRd
1750A, Part 2, Chapter 12, Leaflet 12-03), have obtained the relevant authority to
undertake the course and undertake it at a site authorised and cleared by DST (AT)
Note. Non BSAC courses can only be undertaken by personnel undertaking civilian
diving courses as part of their resettlement entitlement or under Standard or
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(5) A record of Committee meetings is to be kept and the proceedings are to


be reported to the unit CO.

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Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS) Qualification


a. A SADS is a BSAC Advanced Diver or Dive Leader who has attended the
appropriate SADS training course and subsequently passed the SADS assessment.
They must be currently authorised by OIC JSSADC to supervise Service sub-aqua
diving as either an Expedition SADS (ESADS) or a Branch SADS (BSADS).
b. SADS who wish to supervise are to apply annually for re-registration with
JSSADC, by 1 November (see note) on the form at Annex 1A.

c.

Out of date SADS who wish to re register must conform with the following:
(1)

0-2 years, re-register using Annex 1A.

(2)

2-5 years must attend JSSADC for a SADS refresher course.

(3)

More than 5 years must complete a SADS assessment at JSSADC.

d. A SADS when leaving the Services will cease to be deemed as in date unless
they remain eligible in line with Para 0111 and become a member of a Service SubAqua Association or registered Branch.
e. A Branch SADS who changes branch, or wishes to supervise for another branch,
is not authorised to supervise at the new branch until the gaining branch DO has
submitted a completed Annex 1C and Branch Site Register to JSSADC. This
information should also be recorded in the branch competent persons register
f. SADS are to attend a refresher course at JSSADC every five years or when
called forward by OIC JSSADC. Non attendance, except for circumstances beyond
the control of the SADS, will result in the suspension of that individuals qualification.
g. Unless deputising for an ESADS, BSADS are only permitted to supervise dives
at locations listed on the Branch Site Register (see para 0109 sub para h).
0115.

Authority to Award BSAC Qualifications


The delegation of authority to a Branch DO to award BSAC diving qualifications up to
the grade of Advanced Diver comes from the BSAC National Diving Officer (NDO) and not
the chain of command. Therefore, an Expedition DO/Leader/Instructor who is not the Branch
DO may only award diving qualifications during an expedition provided:
a. Approval of this delegation of authority has been obtained from their Branch DO.
b. When a member of the expedition belongs to another branch, approval for the
Expedition DO to award qualifications has been obtained from that member's Branch
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Expedition Participant Diving Qualification Requirements


Expedition leaders, with appropriate advice from the expedition SADS, are
responsible for the composition of their expeditions. In addition to BSAC members, the
expedition leader can accept divers from other recognised training agencies listed at Annex
1D, this includes military professional divers (RN, RM and Army). All diving is to be
conducted in accordance with BSAC rules and guidelines. It is essential that expedition
leaders carry out a risk assessment on each diver to ensure that they have the necessary
qualifications and skills to meet the aim of the expedition. If additional training is identified,
this must be completed either before deployment or during a dedicated training session on
arrival at the expedition location. Divers are to be medically fit in accordance with Para 0201
and are to be familiar with BSAC decompression tables and procedures. Appropriate work
up training to ensure that all divers are capable of meeting the expedition aims is to be
carried out either through pre-deployment training or as part of the expedition plan.
0117.

MOD Approved AT and Overseas Resettlement Centres


a. A number of civilian diving centres in the UK and overseas are certified annually
to achieve MOD approval. Entitled personnel using these centres for training, rather
than as an expedition base, will be using centre personnel to deliver the training and
therefore the use of an ESADS is not required. MOD approved centres can be used
to undertake courses to either advance BSAC qualifications as part of the Joint
Service sub-aqua adventurous training diving regime or as part of a resettlement
package.
b. Those centres that seek MOD approval to conduct AT Scuba Diving courses,
without the benefit of an MOD approved Subject Matter Expert (SME) i.e. Expedition
Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (ESADS) need to complete the MOD Diving Standards
Team Questionnaire (See Annex 2G), be able to demonstrate that their (CNBA)
standard meets BS EN12021, BRd 2806(5) Para 0219-2020, and achieve MOD
approved centre status
c. Entitled personnel wishing to conduct diver training as part of the SLC / ELC
programme should first contact Training Education Skills Recruiting Resettlement
(TESRR), Main Building (9621 86013).
d. For the most up to date list of MOD approved centres capable of delivering AT
and Resettlement diver training please contact the DST (AT) or visit the DSEA-DST
Diving Safety Website: MOD Diving Safety Website
e. The Joint Services Sub-Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee will review and
update the MOD Approved AT and Resettlement Centres on an annual basis

0118

Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)


Although Joint Service sub-aqua AT diving is conducted in accordance with the rules
of the national governing body (BSAC) there are very few overseas centres that deliver
BSAC training courses. In order that AT diving training can be undertaken at commercial
overseas MOD Approved Centres, personnel wishing to take advantage of this AT
opportunity can exceptionally undertake PADI training courses noting that in order to
continue to participate in Joint Service sub-aqua AT diving on their return they must become
BSAC members and undertake the requisite training to achieve BSAC equivalency (see para
0204). Note this exemption only applies to training courses delivered by an overseas
commercial organisation without the use of SADS; JSAT Diving expeditions under the
supervision of an ESADS are to dive in accordance with BSAC safe diving.

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SADS REGISTRATION FORM

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ANNUAL BRANCH REPORT AND REGISTRATION FORMAT

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ANNEX 1C
DIVING AT WORK REGULATIONS 1997 (DWR 97) APPLICABILITY TO JOINT SERVICE
ADVENTUROUS TRAINING DIVING - GUIDANCE FOR COMMANDING OFFICERS

A.
B.
C.
D.

JSP 430 Management of Ship Safety and Environmental Protection


JSP 433 Diving Safety Policy
JSP 419 Adventurous Training Manual
JSP 832 Service Inquiries

1.

Introduction
a As the MOD Diving Contractor Focal Point, the Superintendent of Diving (SofD)
ensures that MODs obligations as a diving contractor are met across the Department,
and is the MOD lead for all aspects of diving related safety. To assist him in this duty
the Diving Standards Team (Adventurous Training) (DST (AT)) which is comprised of
Diving Standards Officer (AT) (DSO (AT)) and Diving Standards Inspector (AT) (DSI
(AT)) who are required to carry out regular diving safety management system
inspections of Tri-Service Diving Branches and MOD approved centres. The Duty
Holder construct is as defined in Reference A. MOD Diving Safety Policy is detailed in
Reference B.
b The DST (AT) will engage through the Unit CoC to arrange to carry out a regular
diving safety management system inspection of the unit Branch, normally carried out
every 3 years, and is to be given access to the Branch diving records and equipment.
During the DST (AT) inspection the Unit should assist by tasking the Branch Diving
Officer (DO) and Equipment Officer (EO) to be available for the duration of the
inspection. Otherwise a relevant representative, capable of addressing matters arising
during the inspection is to be available.
c Service personnel diving outside authorised Sub-Aqua Diving activities (i.e. on leave
and not using military AT equipment) are governed by the regulations of the diving
organisation that they are members of; for example BSAC or PADI. These activities
have off-duty status.

2.

Regulation and Governance of Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving


All authorised Joint Service AT Sub-Aqua Diving is carried out under the Diving at Work
Regulations 1997 and the following guidance is provided for Commanding Officer Duty
Holders as defined in Reference B.
a. In accordance with Reference C, authorised Joint Service sub-aqua AT diving, is
conducted by Service personnel in an On duty status and is therefore subject to the
Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR 97). Guidance for what constitutes authorised
diving activities is given below.
b. All civilian members of Service Sub Aqua Diving branches will also be considered to
be At Work whenever diving as part of an authorised sub-aqua AT activity, and will
therefore be subject to DWR 97.
c. All persons conducting sub-aqua AT diving in a Service branch will be subject to all
relevant elements of this BRd unless specifically excluded.

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d. The BRd incorporates the guidance provided in the HSEs Approved Code of
Practice for Recreational Diving Projects and applies to all sub-aqua AT diving wherever
it is being conducted and thereby ensures compliance with DWR 97.
e Service Sub-Aqua Branches are to be special branches of the National Governing
Body (NGB) - the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and they are to follow the advice and
guidance provided in BSAC Safe Diving. BSAC produces a comprehensive Diving
Officers Handbook that all branches must possess.

g. Responsibility for authorising personnel to participate in Joint Service sub-aqua AT


Diving activity rests with the CO Duty Holder. However, single Service AT Authorities
are responsible for approving JS AT activities in their domains and therefore have
responsibility to ensure that appropriate due diligence has been conducted for the
activity they are approving. The RN is the lead Service for sub-aqua AT diving and the
Captain Personal, Family, Community Support and Physical Development (Capt
PFCS&PD) at HMS TEMERAIRE will until further notice be the point of contact for Joint
Service sub-aqua Operating Duty Holder level policy development and dissemination.
3.

CO Duty Holders Responsibilities


Commanding Officers are responsible for:
a. Safety Management System.
Ensuring that an appropriate diving safety
management system is established and maintained within their unit. This system will
constitute the level one assurance process for the activities of the Branch. As for all
other activities conducted by their personnel on duty, COs are responsible for the safety
of their personnel conducting authorised Service sub-aqua AT diving.
b. Chairman. Appointing a Chairman of the unit sub-aqua branch who is responsible
to the CO for all activities of the branch. Where possible, this person should be a
serving officer and could include a reservist at the COs discretion; a SNCO may be
considered, but advice should be sought from the Chairman of the sS Association..
c. Diving Officer. Approving the appointment of the branch Diving Officer (DO). The
Diving Officer (DO) is directly responsible to the CO for all diving operations and safety
issues connected with branch diving activities and where possible should be a ESADS
and a BSAC Nationally Qualified Instructor; if no-one of this grade is available a BSADS
can carry the appointment. The DO may be a civilian member of the branch if no
suitably qualified Service person is available.
d. BSAC. Ensuring their unit Sub-Aqua club is a special branch of BSAC and is also
registered with the appropriate single Service Association. For Joint units (Capt
PFCS&PD) (SO2AT) can provide guidance on which Association is applicable. This
requirement applies to units based both within the UK and overseas and branches in
HM Ships. For geographically recruited branches (e.g. Portsmouth East Sub-Aqua
Club) the CO of the host unit is responsible for the activities of that branch. Where the
host unit is not readily apparent or in dispute, this will be determined by SO2AT in
consultation with the appropriate Association Chairman.

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f. Specific regulations covering the participation of holders of qualifications from other


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f. Incident Reporting. Ensuring all incidents involving the branch are reported in
accordance with Service incident reporting systems. In addition the DST(AT) are to be
informed of any diving incident as soon as reasonably practicable. Depending on the
circumstances incidents may also require reporting to the HSE under the requirements
of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
g. Annual Report. Directing branch Chairmen to produce an annual report on the
state of the branch, its activities, membership and any notable achievements during the
reporting period. This activity report is to be copied to the appropriate Association
Chairman.
h. Service Inquiries. Initiating Service Inquiries in accordance with Reference D, in
the event of a Service Sub-Aqua Diving incident. DST(AT) will provide technical advice
and guidance as required and in the event of serious incidents and in consultation with
the HSE, will conduct a formal investigation in support of Service or civil police
investigations.
4.

Supervision of Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving


Because sub-aqua AT diving is also conducted overseas where the usual support of UK
emergency services or its equivalent is absent, the MOD requires some additional safety
measures to be in place in order to meet its Duty of Care as an employer. This BRd details
the additional measures required for adequate supervision depending on the location of the
activity. There are two levels of Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS), to ensure the highest
standards of supervision for Service personnel is available, commensurate with the nature of
the diving project.
a. The Branch Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (BSADS) and the Expedition Sub-Aqua
Diving Supervisor (ESADS) which are a critical element in diving safety and, except for
clearly mandated circumstances contained in this BRd; a SADS must directly supervise
all diving activities from the surface. Their respective AOR and responsibilities are
defined in the BRd.
b. The OIC JSSADC is responsible for training and delegated authority for qualifying
SADS and is responsible for ensuring SADS remain in date and briefed on diving
regulations and practice.
5.

Single Service Sub Aqua Diving Associations


Each Service has its own Sub-Aqua Diving Association and it is mandatory for all
Service clubs and Branches to be members of the relevant Association. A number of Joint
clubs do exist and these are allocated to a parent association by SO2PAT. Each Service
Association will maintain a register of all branches, including those geographically recruited
and their designated host unit.

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e. Equipment Assurance. Ensuring that all equipment is CE certified, subject to


statutory inspections and maintenance and is inspected as required to meet the relevant
regulation. The safety management system must include an internal audit process to
establish that all diving related equipment is adequately maintained and fit for use.
External audits of the safety management system by DST (AT) are to be scheduled at
intervals not exceeding 3 years.

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6.

Service Sub Aqua Authorised Activities


Authorised activities are those approved by the appointed DO of the unit branch and in
accordance with each Services AT authorisation and approval procedure. Such activities
include weekly branch dives as they form part of the training programme for each branch to
ensure members are trained for more demanding activities; authorised activities also allow
qualified divers to maintain currency in skills and drills. With regard to sub-aqua diving
conducted by members of the ship/unit/establishment:

b. If a diving activity is conducted predominantly by members of the constituent branch


and is organised through the auspices of the branch, then it is a branch dive and must
be conducted in accordance with BRd 2806(5).
c. If no constituent branch equipment is used and the event is organised independently
of the branch, then it is considered to be an independent activity and is not subject to
BRd 2806(5) but, in this case all Service divers would be regarded as being off duty and
would bear the consequences of any incident and should have personal insurance
cover.
d. Diving Expeditions are subject to specific Single Service regulations under the JSAT
scheme. These must be conducted in compliance with BRd 2806(5).
e. Commanding Officers from deployed units such as RN ships, who do not have a
sub-aqua branch, but who wish to authorise unit members to dive at a MOD approved
Centre, must get permission from the relevant Single Service AT Authority prior to such
diving taking place; the authorities can also provide guidance on what constitutes a
suitable diving operation. Diving undertaken by suitably qualified personnel when
deployed overseas, unless authorised as described above, is considered off-duty. This
requirement must be clearly understood by COs and those who wish to dive.
7.

Medicals
a. Medical standards for Joint Service sub-aqua AT divers are as promulgated in BRd
1750A. The detail within this reference must be fully adhered to and no local
exemptions allowed, and deploying units and expeditions should consider their medical
requirements prior to deployment.
b. Civilian members of Joint Service sub-aqua branches require an annual HSE diving
medical.

8.

Further Information and Guidance


Commanding Officers should seek to use their Service Association Chairmen as their
first point of call for advice. COs can get further advice from the Diving Standards Team
(Adventure Training) at DSEA (+44 (0) 1752 553691/ (0) 2392 224137; Mil: 9375 53691/
93832 4137 or MOB: 07795 012561/07867 390969 service e-mail; DSEA-DMR-DSTDSOAT@mod.uk or DSEA-DMR-DSTDSIAT@MOD.UK) or from OIC JSSADC 01752
405573 or DII JSSADC-OIC or from the single Service Sub-Aqua Diving Association
Chairmen.

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a. If any constituent branch equipment is used on a dive (even by a single participant)


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ANNEX 1D
BSAC EQUIVALENCE FOR DIVERS QUALIFIED WITH OTHER AGENCIES
Reference:

BSAC Diving Information T17

1.

Ocean Diver

CMAS One Star Diver


NASDS Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver
NAUI Scuba Diver and Advanced Scuba Diver
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver/AOWD Plus Royal Navy Ships Diver
SAA Open Water Diver
SSI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver

Note. These are All Entry Level qualifications and are not recognised as delivering a
rescue qualification.
2.

Sports Diver

CMAS Two Star Diver


HSE Commercial Diver: HSE Scuba Diver/HSE Surface Supply Diver/HSE Surface
Supply (Top Up) Diver/HSE Closed Bell Diver (formerly HSE Diver Part 4, 3, 1 and 2
respectively)
NASDS Rescue Diver
NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver
PADI Rescue Diver
SAA Club Diver
SSAC Third Class Diver/Sports Diver
SSI Advanced Open Water Diver with Stress and Rescue Speciality
Army Compressed Air Diver

Note. These are classed as Second Level qualifications and include rescue training.
3.

Dive Leader

NASDS Dive Supervisor


NAUI Divemaster
PADI Divemaster
SAA Dive Leader
SSI Dive Control Specialist

Note. These are classed as Third Level qualifications and include dive leadership
training.

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BSAC accepts previous diver training delivered by recognised organisations, whether


recreational, commercial or military. Joint Service sub-aqua diving recognises the following
equivalencies in accordance with the reference:

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CMAS Three Star Diver


SAA Dive Supervisor
SSAC Second Class Diver/Master Diver

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Note. Before participating in any Joint Service sub-aqua diving expedition the SADS is
to identify gaps in knowledge and skills and organise any further training required to
ensure that comparable equivalency is achieved.

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CHAPTER 2
JOINT SERVICE SUB AQUA DIVING PRACTICES
Para
0201.
0202.
0203.
0204.
0205.
0206.
0207.
0208.
0209.
0210.
0211.
0212.
0213.
0214.
0215.
0216.
0217.
0218
0219.
0220.
0221.
0222.
0223.
0224.
0225.
0226.
0227.

Medical Fitness to Dive


Duties of SADS
Authorised Number of Divers Supervised by an ESADS, BSADS or AD
Diver Training
Sheltered Water Training Areas
Try Dives
Collective First Aid and Rescue Training
Breath Hold Diving/Snorkelling
Diving Safety Requirements
Dive Boat Safety Precautions
Emergency Medical Equipment/Dealing with Emergencies
Deep Diving Planning
Safety Margins
Diving Depth Limits
Build up Dives
Decompression Regimes
Availability of Compression Chambers
Ascension Island Compression Chamber Dispensation
Diving Gas Regulations and Assurance Procedure
Nitrox Diving
Trimix Diving
Mixed Gas Supervision
Rebreather Diving
Exercise After Diving
Sub Aqua Diving Incidents
Diving Records
Adaptive Training Programme
ANNEXES

Annex 2A Try Dive Medical Health Questionnaire


Annex 2B Collective First Aid Training (CFAT)
Appendix 2B-1 Branch/Expedition Collective First Aid Training (CFAT)
Appendix 2B-2 Individual Collective First Aid Training (CFAT
Annex 2C Recompression Chamber Facilities
Annex 2D JSSADC Application to Dive to Depths Between 40 and 60 m.
Annex 2E Expedition SADS Pre-Deployment Check List
Annex 2F Expedition SADS on arrival check list
Annex 2G Commercial Diving Training Centre Ministry of Defence (UK) Quality Assurance
(QA) Assessment Sheet
Annex 2H BSAC Incident/Accident Report Form
Annex 2I JSSADC Dive Slate
Annex 2J Adaptive Diving Medical Clearance
Appendix 2J-1 Process for Potential Adaptive Divers to be Declared Fit to Dive.
Appendix 2J-2 Assessment of Functional Fitness to Undertake Sports Diving as
Part of a Battle Back Expedition Under Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Regulations
and British Sub Aqua Club Guidelines and Protocols.

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Medical Fitness to Dive


Different medical fitness assessment procedures exist for separate groups of divers
because of different legislative requirements and variations in the provision of medical
services. The following regulations apply:
a. Service personnel must have a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive iaw
BRd 1750A. All Service Medical Authorities are to apply these standards.
b. Service personnel undertaking Try Dives are to complete the Try Dive Medical
Health Questionnaire at Annex 2A. Service personnel, who cannot sign Declaration
1 or in whom there is any other reason to doubt medical fitness to dive, must obtain
a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive iaw BRD 1750A.
c. Civilian personnel who participate in Joint Service sub-aqua diving must have a
valid HSE Diving Medical certificate of medical fitness to dive issued by an HSE
Approved Medical Examiner of Divers. A copy of the covering sheet is to be retained
within Branch records for a period of 6 years and will be checked as part of the
RDSC.
d. Certificates of medical fitness to dive become invalid if a diver develops a new
medical condition that may affect his or her safety. The taking of certain medications
such as certain anti-malaria tablets will also invalidate a diving medical. It is the
responsibility of the diver to seek medical advice on the effects of any medication
that they are taking; specifically their fitness to dive. Divers have a legal
responsibility to care for the health and safety of themselves and others. This
includes declaring when their fitness may have fallen into doubt.
0202.

Duties of SADS
The duty of a SADS is to supervise all open water AT sub-aqua diving. An
authorised in date Expedition SADS is qualified to supervise AT sub-aqua diving at any site
world wide. An authorised in date Branch SADS is limited to supervising AT sub-aqua diving
at registered branch sites for the branch(es) with whom they are registered. Those sites are
only to be within the bounds of that clubs home unit AOR, normally defined by national
boundaries. Thus for branches based on mainland UK, the registered branch sites can only
be on mainland UK. . The SADS is to:
a. Keep up to date with BSAC Safe Diving, in order to conduct diving in accordance
with those recommendations and this BRd.
b. Ensure that the proposed dive site and weather conditions are suitable.
c. Assess potential risks, prepare a dive plan, and brief participating divers on all
aspects of the dive, including the boat transit and emergency actions. Where
another Dive Manager is nominated to plan and conduct a dive the SADS is to check
the plan and attend the brief to ensure the dive complies with the necessary
regulations and BSAC Safe Diving.
d. Ensure that divers are capable of undertaking the planned dive and that groups
are appropriately formed, with a nominated leader.

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f. All essential components of the life support system are to meet the British Safety
Standard and are to be CE marked and approved. The SADS is to ensure that all
essential components of the life support system (see note 1) and dive computers are
either physically marked or have documentary proof of meeting the requisite
approval, have been properly maintained in accordance with the manufacturers
guidelines and are fully serviceable (see note 2). This must be recorded on the Dive
Project Plan. Essential components of the life support system and dive computers
that cannot be shown to meet the required standards of approval are not to be used.
Notes:
1. At the basic level this is to include: cylinders, buoyancy compensator, regulator
equipped with main demand valve, alternative air source (octopus) demand valve
and cylinder contents gauge. More advanced equipment configurations for deep and
technical diving will include additional life support systems that the SADS will need to
check.
2. When diving overseas, gas cylinders are to be in date for test to local host nation
standards.
3. HSE Information Sheet No 11 Diving Cylinders: Guidance on their manufacture,
inspection and carriage refers.
g. Before each dive the SADS must check that each diver has a valid medical
certificate (see Para 0201) and confirm that divers feel fit and well and capable of
conducting the planned dive(s).
h. Be present on the surface when open-water diving takes place. On expeditions
in the absence of a second ESADS, when the dive is to a maximum of 40 m and
when diving on air / Nitrox, the SADS may dive provided a suitable qualified BSADS
or BSAC Advanced Diver remains on the surface in charge of operations. The
BSADS or Advanced Diver nominated must be a member of the authorised
expedition or Service branch (see also Para 0203).
i. Keep a record of the dive, including the type of dive, the names of participants,
qualifications, date, time, location, max depth, dive times, decompression schedules
and gas mixes used. The current Dive Plan (the JSSADC Dive Slate) must be used
to record dives this slate forms part of the safety system approved with the HSE. A
copy of the current slate is at Annex 2I.
j. Submit an incident report to DST (AT) via the Duty Diving Standards Officer
(DDSO) following any incident (see Para 0225).
k. In order to grow a corporate memory and enable the community to learn from
Lessons Identified, the ESADS is to submit a PXR to OIC JSSADC, info DST(AT)
and the respective Association Expedition Officer within one calendar month of
completion of any Type 3 expedition.
l.
Ensure no diving is conducted on or under any vessel. This includes
underwater inspections, experience dives or any other work to the hull or fixtures of
any vessel.

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e. Establish the whereabouts of the nearest recompression chamber (RCC) and


other rescue services, confirming their availability before diving takes place (See
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m. Supervision of Adaptive Training rehabilitation programme divers is only to be


conducted by a SADS who has completed a recognised course approved by SofD
(see Para 0227).

o. To ensure that contact can be made with DDMO no matter where in the world
diving is taking place. Where diving is being conducted in remote and isolated
locations (e.g. Ascension), a satellite telephone is to be used and the
communications plan is to be proved with DDMO before diving commences.
0203.

Authorised Number of Divers Supervised by an ESADS, BSADS or AD


The following table is to be used to determine the maximum number of divers in the
water at any one time, subject to the prevailing conditions on site and subsequent dynamic
risk assessment.
Up to 30 m
30 to 40 m
40 to 50 m
50 to 60 m

ESADS
8
6
4
2

BSADS (AD)
6
4

BSADS (DL)
4
2

AD *
4
2

* Advanced Divers (AD) can only act as supervisor when deputy to ESADS or
BSADS. Only one Advanced Diver may be nominated to deputise for a SADS with
only a single wave of divers (in accordance with the above numbers) permitted to
enter the water.
a. When conducting a BSAC Ocean Diver course an ESADS may supervise up to
12 divers, or a BSADS may supervise up to 8 divers, to a maximum depth of 20 m.
This authority only applies to open water training dives (OO 1-5)
b. Exceptionally, an ESADS serving at a Level 4 sub aqua centre as listed in JSP
419 (see note) may in the course of their duties at those Centres supervise up to 16
divers in 4 groups of 4.. In all cases the maximum depth is 20 m and the instructor
student ratio is not to exceed 1:2.
Note. JSSADC, CJSATC.
c. When planning, the SADS must ensure that he is not overstretched, and must
reduce the number of divers in accordance with adverse factors such as weather,
sea state, current, boat limitations, nature of the dive, experience of the divers etc.
0204.

Diver Training
a. Joint Service sub-aqua diving training is only to be conducted in accordance with
the standards laid down by the BSAC. Diver qualification courses conducted under
the Joint Services sub-aqua diving scheme may only be undertaken at an HSE
compliant civilian diving school in the UK or a MOD approved Centre authorised and
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n. Identify a suitably qualified person (Collective First Aid Trained (CFAT)) to act as
each dives First Aider, noting that the HSE Recreational Diving Projects ACoP
stipulates that this individual should not hold other important duties which could
conflict with the need to administer first aid in an emergency. In the event of any
diving related injury SADS must contact the Duty Diving Medical Officer (DDMO) as
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b. A minimum of a BSAC Sports Diver is to act as an in-water Rescue Diver for


the instructor during the open water dives of Ocean Diver training whenever that
training is conducted within the auspices of Joint Service sub-aqua diving.

0205.

Sheltered Water Training Areas


a. A sheltered water training area is a well maintained swimming pool or water
which provides similar conditions, is not more than 4m deep, with a stepped or gently
shelving open bottom of firm composition, has adequate visibility (minimum 5m), and
is free from significant water movement from either waves or currents. It is to be
clear of surface traffic and is to be immediately accessible from the shore. Within
Sheltered Water, depths are defined as follows:
(1) Standing Depth. Water that is between waist and chest deep allowing
students to either stand comfortably, or to kneel and be fully submerged.
(2)

Deeper Water. Water that is from approximately 2 m to 4 m in depth.

b. Applications by Branch OIC/Chairman to register Sheltered Water Training


Areas (SWTA) for diver pool training should be made to the appropriate Service SubAqua Association Chairman.
SSA Chairmen are to copy the approved
documentation to DST (AT) who will hold a central register of approved SWTA and
will inspect the sites as part of the RDSC. As for swimming pools, approved areas
will not require a SADS, provided the training is designated as a pool session and is
undertaken under the supervision of a BSAC NQI. A minimum of a BSAC Sports
Diver is to act as the surface safety cover as detailed in the BSAC Information Sheet
T1. The safety cover does not require diving equipment but is to be equipped with a
mask, fins and snorkel should the safety cover be required to enter the water to
assist. An on site Risk Assessment (RA) must be conducted prior to the diving
project commencing. If the environmental conditions do not meet swimming pool
conditions, e.g. wave action created by strong winds, then the dive must not be
conducted.
0206.

Try Dives
Try Dives may only be carried out at either a MOD Approved Centre or within a Joint
Service AT diving branch. They are to be conducted either in a swimming pool or an
approved SWTA to a maximum depth of 4m. Try Dives conducted in service MAC or in Joint
Service AT diving branches are to be conducted in accordance with the directions contained
in BSAC Information Sheet T12. Before undertaking a Try Dive, candidates must
successfully complete a basic swimming assessment (JSP 419 para 42) and are to be given
a full safety brief by the BSAC Qualified Instructor in charge. When operating under the
umbrella of an overseas commercial MAC, try dives may exceptionally be conducted in
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c. BSAC instructors are only insured when training BSAC members. Other agency
qualified divers (under equivalency regulations) who wish to train in Joint Services
sub-aqua diving must become BSAC members and undertake the requisite training
to achieve BSAC equivalency either through their branch or a MOD approved centre
(see Paras 0116 - 0118)

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Collective First Aid and Rescue Training

b. A Practical Rescue Management (PRM) scenario is to be conducted pre-season


for as many members as possible or completed either before deployment or on
arrival at the expedition location before diving commences, to practice Basic Life
Support (BLS), DCI recognition and management and Oxygen Administration. When
completed this is to be recorded by the TO.
c. The SADS is to ensure that while supervising a dive, at least one member of the
Branch or support team (AT Centres) who has conducted the annual CFAT is
designated on the Dive Slate (see Annex 2I). The individual is to understand their
responsibilities if required to assist with an emergency and that nominated person
must not be given another duty which prevents them from carrying out BLS or
Oxygen Administration.
0208 Breath Hold Diving/Snorkelling
a. There are potentially fatal risks in combining breath hold and sub-aqua diving.
The following restrictions are to be observed:
(1) Maximum depth 3 m.
(2) Treat as a 3 m dive (no decompression penalty if conducted before diving).
(3) One breath before dive - No hyperventilating (reduces risk of shallow water
blackout).
(4) Duration maximum one minute per dive.
(5) Breath holding diving is to be conducted in pairs; one diver must remain on
the surface acting as in water surface S/By whilst the second carries out a
breath hold dive. The in water surface S/By is to maintain visual contact with the
breath hold diver throughout. The dive pair can reverse rolls throughout the dive.
A lookout, co-located with the supervisor, is to maintain visual contact with the
surface S/By throughout.
(6)

Clear surface (i.e. not under ships, structures or overhangs).

(7)

Diver to be medically in date.

(8)

Food/Alcohol/Medication as per diving regulations.

(9)

Divers must have undertaken a formal training course (Ocean Diver).

b. Surface snorkelling can be undertaken at any time however, divers are not to
leave the surface.

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a. Branches are to have a pool of qualified and current First Aiders to ensure that
one can be nominated in this role on the dive site or in the dive boat when diving is
taking place. Collective First Aid Training (CFAT) and Rescue Training (RT)
programmes are to be run annually and are to include the relevant Dive Leader (DL)
lectures (DL DT2 DT7) from the BSAC DL programme.
This includes
Decompression Illness (DCI) recognition and management, and Oxygen
administration. This training is to be recorded using Annex 2B for inspection by DST
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c. Intention to conduct breath hold diving and surface snorkelling must be risk
assessed and listed as an additional activity in the JSATFA.
d. The SADS is responsible for the supervision of breath hold diving and surface
snorkelling.
0209.

Diving Safety Requirements

(1) Location and contact number of the nearest operational 2 compartment


recompression chamber.
(2) Contact procedure for emergency services/coastguard/specialist medical
advice.
(3)

An emergency action plan (EAP) including recovery to medical aid.

(4) Environmental conditions including wave motion, current, temperature,


depth, visibility, bottom type and weather forecast.
(5)

Access to and from the platform/water/boat.

(6)

Equipment type and breathing gas used.

(7)

Depth and planned duration.

(8) Tasks/drills to be performed, and the level and currency of experience of


personnel.
Note. This is not a complete list of all likely hazards. A full, site specific risk
assessment should be used to identify and control risks. Risks are to be actively
monitored and reviewed in order to identify new hazards. These should be
dynamically assessed, recorded, and briefed as they occur.
b. The SADS is to know the position of his divers at all times. Surface Marker
Buoys (SMB) are to be used at all times except when deemed to be hazardous by
the SADS. When SMBs are not used then a plan for the marking of divers during the
ascent phase of the dive is to be in place, such as the use of a Delayed SMB
(DSMB) (if the diver is qualified to use one). A SADS may order the use of buddy
lines at any time.
0210.

Dive Boat Safety Precautions


a. Lifejackets are to be worn by all personnel when in RHIBs and small boats when
in transit to the dive site. Once at the dive site, the Coxswain can relax this
requirement for passengers wearing diving suits provided that conditions are such
that this is reasonable. The Coxswain and any other passengers not wearing diving
suits are to wear lifejackets at all times. Dry suits are to be sealed when on or near
the water.
b. Boats used for diving operations must be operated by, or under direct
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c. MOD procured dive boats are, in some cases, fitted with propeller guards in
accordance with MOD Policy. Where propeller guards are not available, this hazard
is to be addressed in the Dive Risk Assessment and precautionary measures
included in the Dive Brief. Dive boats sourced from non-public funds such as
Nuffield Trust should, where possible, be procured with prop guards.
Emergency Medical Equipment/Dealing with Emergencies
a. For each diving project the risk assessment shall include a suitable casualty
evacuation plan. This shall include the emergency recovery of a casualty from the
water and their transportation to a compression chamber or specialist treatment
centre. The details of the emergency arrangements shall be recorded in the diving
project plan. The initial stages of these arrangements shall be tested periodically in
order to ensure that they are effective.
b. A suitable first-aid kit and oxygen administration set shall be provided at the site
of the dive. Oxygen shall be immediately available at all locations, including those
where there is a compression chamber. Sufficient gas shall be provided for the
duration of a transfer of a diver to a compression chamber, hospital or other place. It
shall be provided by a tight-fitting mask or by a mouthpiece with a nose clip.
0212.

Deep Dive Planning


a. Depth Limits for Joint Service sub-aqua diving activities are limited to 60 m
b. When diving deeper than 30 m, special care with planning is vital, and
recommended deep diving practices are to be adhered to.
c. Following submission of an application to dive to depth (Appendix 2D-1), dives
beyond 40 m up to the BSACs recommended maximum dept limit of 50 m may, after
scrutiny, be undertaken with written permission from OIC JSSADC who is to inform
DST(AT) of location and dates of planned dives. OIC JSSADC may also authorise
dives up to 50 m for SADS courses and for staff training in preparation for the
conduct of SADS course (see note).
d. Following submission of an application to dive to depth (Appendix 2D-1), dives
deeper than 50 m will only be authorised by SofD following a High Risk Presentation
which is to be attended by DST(AT), OIC JSSADC, the SADS responsible for
leading the diving activity and any other relevant stakeholders deemed appropriate
by DST(AT) and or OIC JSSADC. Dives deeper than 50 m will only be authorised by
SofD following agreement by all stakeholders that the risk is acceptable.
Note. JSSADC will be cleared to dive to 50 m on an annual basis as part of their
annual certification; to include a deep dive brief covering all planned JSSADC
activities for the following year.

0213

Safety Margins
The body accumulates a nitrogen load over a series of dives. The following safety
margins are to be observed:
a. Deepest dives are to be conducted first in order to maximise repetitive dive times
and minimise decompression requirements for subsequent dives.
b. Divers are not to conduct more than 3 dives in any 24 hour period.

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Total dive time in any 24 hour period is not to exceed 240 minutes.

d. When dive planning, decompression stops are to be limited to a total of 20


minutes within any 24 hour period.
e. Any dive series involving consecutive days diving in excess of 30 m is to be
limited to three days, after which a 24 hour no diving break is to be taken.
Diving Depth Limits
a. A depth of 50 m is not to be exceeded for normal recreational air diving.
b. For Nitrox gas mixes, a maximum depth the lesser of 50 m or the depth at which
the partial pressure of oxygen (PPO) in the mixture reaches 1.4 bar during the dive
phase. In the decompression phase a maximum PPO of 1.6 bar is permitted.
c.

For Trimix or Heliox gas mixes a maximum diving depth of 60 m.

d. Within their limitations, different gas mixtures offer safety advantages over air
and their use should be considered as part of any risk assessment when planning
diving IAW BSAC Safe Diving.
e. All divers using mixed gas are to be suitably qualified in it use.
f.
0215.

Diving equipment is not to be operated in excess of manufacturers CE Approval.

Build up Dives
a. When a diver has had a lay-off from diving for a period of time, or, when planning
a dive to a depth significantly deeper than that which they have recently dived, a
planned programme of dives, progressively building up to the target depth is to be
undertaken. See also safety margins para 0213.
b. As long as a diver is in date and appropriately qualified there is no limitation on
diving up to 25 m.
c. To dive to depths greater than 25 m the diver must have exercised to within 10
m of the maximum depth of the dive within the last two months.
d. If a diver has not exercised to within 10 m of the maximum depth of the dive
within the last two months he must undertake a series of build up dives from the
deepest depth / 25 m achieved in the previous 2 months, whichever is the greatest.
The depth of build up dives can be increased by up to 10 m each day (see note).
e. Example. If a diver has conducted a dive to 30 m in the last 2 months and
wished to undertake a dive to 45 m he would have to conduct build up dive to 40 m
before diving to 45 m
f. Depending on the aims of an expedition, divers wishing to undertake deeper
diving must factor build up dives either into their pre-deployment work up or the
expedition itself.
Note. The SADS risk assessment is to take note of all safety factors surrounding the
dive. If the circumstances dictate they are to reduce the incremental steps to less
than 10 m as required.

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Decompression Regimes
a. Joint Service sub aqua divers are to adhere to the decompression requirements
of the national governing body (BSAC). Provided such requirements are met, it is
recognised that on balance the risk of suffering a decompression related illness will
be reasonably controlled and enough safety measures will be provided for those
participating in AT diving.

c. For Nitrox diving the national governing body uses the BSAC Nitrox
Decompression Tables.
d. For mixed gas diving AT Divers should use one of the proprietary
decompression programmes recommended by BSAC in their course documentation.
e. For commercial reasons manufacturers of dive computers will not publish their
algorithms; it is therefore impossible to know exactly what regime is being used. In
order to provide some level of assurance only CE approved dive computers are to be
used.
f. For authorised ELC courses at non-BSAC MOD approved centres (Para 0113 c),
decompression tables produced by the agency involved in delivering the training
may be used. (For Trimix and Rebreather diving, see Para 0221 to Para 0223).
Note. Unlike military diving decompression tables, which are rigorously tested and
underwritten by the MOD in case of injury, commercial tables and those used by
BSAC and PADI are not verifiable by the MOD and are employed at the risk of the
diver.
g. Appropriately qualified divers may use gas with a PO of 1.6 bar for the
decompression phase of the dive.
Note.
Care must be taken during a re-descent following an ascent from deeper
depths when using a CCR system that employs a decompression PO of 1.6 bar.
Such a system will ultimately enrich the O percentage to approximately 80%. If the
diver then re-descends, a high PPO condition may occur. In such an event the
PPO may be lowered by the manual addition of diluent gas (i.e. diluent flush)
h. Unless each diver in a group is wearing an individual dive computer then BSAC
decompression tables, or a run slate produced by a proprietary algorithm, must be
used. If all divers have an individual computer then the one with the most
conservative decompression schedule is to be used. .
i. When using dive computers each diver must also have a secondary means of
monitoring depth and time.
j.

When using personal dive computers the SADS is to brief:


(1)

A maximum surface to surface time,

(2) Maximum amount of decompression (see para 0213d), or maximum time to


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b. For air diving the national governing body uses the BSAC 88 Decompression
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(3) A Computer Fail Plan.


JSSADC guidance: Maximum amount of
decompression allowed on the dive plus 3 minutes. Alternatively dive with 2
identical computers.

0217.

Availability of Compression Chambers


a. The supervisor has a responsibility to ensure the provision of facilities so that a
diver can be recompressed in an emergency, should this be necessary. Treatment
of DCI in a compression chamber should commence as soon as possible (subject to
medical advice).
b. Availability of Compression Chambers:
(1) The supervisor is to identify the nearest suitable operational two person,
two compartment chamber. Under no circumstances should this be more then 6
hours travelling distance from the dive site;
(2) The supervisor is to note the requirements at Para 0211 for the provision of
O2 for the transfer of a diver to a compression chamber.
(3) The diving plan shall demonstrate that in an emergency a diver will be able
to be transported and recompressed to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable,
their safety. If the diving project plan relies on the support of any emergency
services, then that plan should be subject to continued assessment and take into
account any factors which may affect such support (for example changing
weather conditions).
c. Suitable Compression Chambers.
The following
compartment chambers can be considered by the supervisor:

two

person,

(1)

MOD Type A, Type B and TMCC recompression chambers.

(2)

NHS two person, two compartment therapeutic chambers.

(3)

DAN approved two person, two compartment compression chambers.

two

0218.

Ascension Island Compression Chamber Dispensation


Exceptionally AT diving may be undertaken at JSATC Ascension Island provided the
following criteria are met:
a.

Diving is limited to a maximum depth of 30 m.

b. whenever possible, all diving is to be undertaken using a suitable Nitrox mix up


to a maximum of 36% depending on the MOD for the depth of the given dive
c. All diving is to be planned no stop diving and no diver is to come closer than 5
minutes to the need for in-water decompression during a dive.

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k. Dive Computers do not Replace Proper Dive Planning. As computers


continually update depth, time and decompression requirements throughout the dive,
there is a temptation to use them on the hoof. Use of a computer in this way could
result in a decompression penalty, without sufficient gas available to conduct stops.
As a result, decompression stops could be missed, increasing the likelihood of
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A three minute safety stop is completed at 6 m for all dives greater than 9 m.

e. CASEVC by air to a DAN approved two person, two compartment compression


chambers can be achieved in 18 hours.

g. Diving will only be authorised by SofD following a High Risk and Remote
Presentation which is to be attended by DST(AT), OIC JSSADC, the AOC 22(Trg)
Gp ODH representative responsible for delivering the diving activity and any other
relevant stakeholders deemed appropriate by DST(AT) and or OIC JSSADC. Diving
will only be authorised by SofD following agreement by all stakeholders that the risk
is acceptable.
0219.

Diving Gas Regulations and Assurance Procedure


Diving gas handling and storage regulations are contained in JSP 319. All Joint
Service Sub-Aqua Diving Centres, MOD Approved Centres, branches and expeditions are to
comply with these requirements.
a. Gas Test Standards. The standards to be applied for gas testing are contained
in BS EN 12021:2014.
b. Annual Gas Tests. All compressors used under the JSAT scheme require
annual tests at a laboratory. This must be carried out by a UKAS or EN17025
approved, laboratory.
c. Quarterly Tests. All compressors used under the JSAT scheme require
quarterly tests by the owner/operator. These can only be carried out using a Factair
F2235, or equivalent CNBA test equipment. They are to be operated by
appropriately trained personnel.
d. Before Use Tests. Compressors outside of UK military control, such as those
operated by commercial providers, require a test prior to their first use. These can
only be carried out using a Factair F2235, or equivalent CNBA test equipment. They
are to be operated by trained personnel who are part of the diving project.
e. Records. Records of annual, quarterly and before use tests are to be retained
for 6 years and will be checked at RDSC.
f. Expeditions. Expeditions will need to provide copies of the annual and
quarterly tests to DST before JSATFA clearance is given. These need to be valid for
the entire duration of the expedition.
g. Mobile Compressors. A gas test should be conducted on mobile compressors
prior to first use at any new location or whenever the compressor is moved from one
dive site to another. This does not apply to compressors that are integrated in live
aboard dive boats.
h. Contamination. When any maintenance or suspicion of contamination or
quality is identified a successful before use gas test must be completed.
i. Compressor Operators. Only authorised and competent personnel are to
operate compressors and cylinder filling equipment. A log is to be maintained in a
competent persons register.

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f. There is sufficient O2 available to support the casualty for the duration of a


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Nitrox Diving
a. The minimum qualification for no stop dives using Nitrox is BSAC Ocean Diver
(see note 1). The minimum qualification for decompression dives using Nitrox is
BSAC Sports Diver (see note 2)

c. BSAC Nitrox decompression tables are to be used for Nitrox diving.


approved Nitrox compatible dive computers may be used.

CE

Notes:
1. Provided that they are qualified to use Nitrox.
2. JSSADC will be cleared to dive to 50 m on an annual basis as part of their annual
certification; to include a deep dive brief covering all planned JSSADC activities for
the following year.
0221.

Trimix Diving
a. Divers who wish to train for Trimix diving must hold a minimum qualification of
BSAC Sports Diver, Advanced Nitrox, ADP diver or existing Extended Range Diver
(ERD) with Gold Standard buoyancy and trim qualification and a minimum of 100
logged dives (or BSAC recognised equivalent of Extended Range Diver).
b. To participate in Trimix diving, divers must hold a Trimix qualification from BSAC
or one of the following HSE approved agencies at schedule 6:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving/qualifications/approved-list.pdf
c. Existing qualified Trimix divers must submit their qualifications to BSAC HQ for
validation and registration.
d. All diving is to be conducted in accordance with BSAC Safe Diving and those of
the qualifying technical diving training agency or agencies concerned. Where there
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b. All diving is to be conducted in accordance with BSAC Safe Diving and those of
the qualifying technical diving training agency or agencies concerned. Where there
are differences, the most conservative practices are to be followed.

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Mixed Gas Supervision

(1)

No stop dives using 21 to 36% - any BSAC Nitrox diving qualification.

(2)

Dives using decompression mixes up to 50% - Advanced Nitrox.

(3)

Dives using decompression mixes up to 80% - ADP or ERD.

b. To supervise dives using Trimix, the SADS, or deputy SADS must either be
Trimix qualified, or alternatively, hold an Advanced Nitrox or ADP qualification. In
the latter case he must have a Service Trimix qualified diver, on the surface, to
provide technical advice.
0223.

Rebreather Diving
a. Divers who wish to train for rebreather diving must hold a minimum qualification
of BSAC Sports Diver, Advanced Nitrox or ADP Diver (see note1).
b. Divers who wish to use rebreathers are to complete a training course provided
by a recognised training agency (see note 2). The training course is to be specific to
the particular rebreather used and should be recognised by the manufacturer of that
equipment. Divers wishing to extend their use of rebreathers to include gas mixes
other than Nitrox are to complete a further BSAC recognised training course,
covering the use of such gas mixes. Qualified rebreather divers are to register a
copy of their highest rebreather qualification (entry level initially and, if subsequently
upgraded, for mixed gas also) with BSAC headquarters.
Notes:
1. Or a BSAC recognised equivalent.
2. Joint Service sub-aqua rebreather diving training is delivered through the
JSSADC.
c. To participate in rebreather diving, divers must hold a rebreather qualification
from BSAC or one of the following HSE approved agencies at schedule 6:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving/qualifications/approved-list.pdf
d. Personnel qualified by other agencies to use rebreathers must submit their
qualifications to BSAC HQ for validation and registration.
e. Rebreather diving is to be conducted in accordance with BSAC Safe Diving.
Particular attention must be paid to the following:
(1) A suitable bail out system is to be carried and the diver must be qualified
both for the diving gas and bail out gas. The bail out gas must be capable of use
at any depth during the dive.
(2)

The maximum partial pressure of oxygen (PO) in breathing mixes is:


(a) SCCR - 1.4 bar PO .

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(b) CCR - 1.4 bar PO during the dive and 1.6 bar PO during
decompression.

f. To supervise rebreather dives for which Nitrox is the only gas used, the SADS
must hold the BSAC Advanced Nitrox or ADP qualification or a BSAC recognised
equivalent, and must be fully conversant with the rebreather section in BSAC Safe
Diving. This also applies to a BSADS/Advanced Diver deputising for a SADS.
g. Each model of rebreather is designed by its manufacturer to operate under a
specific set of conditions and using specific gas mixes. These conditions may differ,
not only from manufacturer to manufacturer, but also from model to model.
Rebreather divers are to ensure that they fully understand and observe the
performance limits of their particular equipment. There is a growing range of
independently produced modifications for rebreathers which extend the equipment
range beyond the design parameters envisioned by the manufacturer and increase
risk to the diver. Unless such a modification is approved in writing by the
manufacturer as being safe and not compromising the CE certification such
modifications are not to be used when undertaking Joint Service sub-aqua diving.
0224.

Exercise After Diving


a. Excessive exercise after diving may increase the risk of decompression illness
particularly after dives approaching no-stops limit or those requiring stops. Divers
should not indulge in excessive or prolonged exercise for a minimum period of 2
hours after such dives.
b. The SADS must use discretion when considering what constitutes excessive
exercise.

0225.

Sub Aqua Diving Incidents


a. Immediate Actions. In the event of an incident the SADS priority is the casualty
not maintaining the dive programme.
b. In the event of any diving incident or near miss, the first action must be to deal
with casualties in consultation with the emergency services and DDMO. In any
instance where a diver suffers an injury or Decompression Illness (DCI) symptoms
during or after diving, or in any circumstance where oxygen is administered, the Duty
Diving Medical Officer (DDMO) must be contacted as soon as possible:
(1)

Duty Diving Medical Officer

+44 (0) 782 782 1980

(2) If experiencing difficulties, contact INM Main Gate +44 (0) 2392 768020
and ask for the DDMO

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(3) Dive planning is to be based either on equivalent air depths and BSAC '88
tables, suitable Nitrox computers, or decompression tables/computer generated
dive planning programmes provided by BSAC approved technical diving
agencies.

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d. Incident Reporting. Sub-aqua diving incidents and near misses are to be


reported in accordance with the relevant Service incident reporting regulations. The
Duty Diving Standards Officer (DDSO) is to be informed by telephone at the earliest
opportunity.
(1)

Duty Diving Standards Officer +44 (0) 7768 066867.

(2)

Single service incident reporting procedures remain extant.

e. The SADS remains responsible for the casualty until handed over to the
emergency services. Thereafter they retain responsibility for the duty of care for the
casualty and must ensure that a suitably qualified and empowered individual is to
remain with them until completion of the treatment (see note) (including therapeutic
treatment).
Note. If there is not room in emergency vehicles the suitably qualified and
empowered individual is to follow the casualty to his place of treatment as quickly as
possible by other means.
f. A Diving Incident Report (Annex 2H) is to be completed by the SADS and
forwarded via the Branch DO or expedition leader, to DST(AT). This report should
be completed after all incidents, regardless of seriousness. Further guidance can be
given by DST(AT). Contact details are as follows:

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Diving Standards Team (AT)

DSO(AT) +44 (0) 7795 012561


DSI (AT) +44 (0) 7867 390969

Diving Records
a. All divers are to maintain a log of all dives undertaken. This log may be either
handwritten or computer based. As a minimum the log is to record the date,
location, dive time, maximum depth achieved, and gas mix used (if other than air).
The log is to be retained for 6 years.
b. Professionally qualified Service divers (RN/RM/RE & RLC) are to record
recreational dives in their S1627 Service logbook following the instructions in BRd
2806(1) 0315. Joint Service sub-aqua divers who are not professionally trained are
not to demand S1627 Service logbooks for recording AT diving.
c. Records of dive plans and diving slates must be kept, and held on file for 6
years. If the approved JSSADC dive slate for each dive is fully and accurately
completed, copied both sides and filed, this requirement will be satisfied. Records
will be checked as part of the Recreational Diving Standards Checks (RDSC).

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c. In cases of DCI, a BSAC casualty assessment form, (Appendix 1 to Annex 2H)


detailing the symptoms and dive details is to be completed. This should accompany
the patient to the RCC and a copy retained by the SADS. Following RCC treatment,
DDMO should be contacted to discuss return travel arrangements. This is
particularly important if there is a need to fly, or travel overland at an altitude above
300 m. In addition, DDMO will provide advice on a return to diving following
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d. A written maintenance record and servicing schedule is to be held for all dive
plant. Records must be kept for 6 years before weeding or destruction. These
records will be audited during RDSC.
Adaptive Training Programme
The Adaptive Training (ApT) rules contained in JSP 419 states that AT is available to
disabled Service personnel subject to being medically fit to attend the activity. Special
arrangements have been agreed with the HSE with regard to medical fitness for diving under
the Diving at Work Regulations. Details are contained in Annex 2J. The following conditions
apply:
a. The special arrangements will apply only to personnel who have been injured on
duty and are undergoing rehabilitation programmes such as Battle Back or other
MOD sponsored recovery pathways. It does not include medical conditions that
would prevent a Service Medical Officer or MOD Civilian Medical Practitioner issuing
a Medical Certificate of Fitness to Undertake Service AT diving under BRd 1750A,
Leaflet 12-03.
b. A functional assessment must be conducted by a Diving Instructor who has
completed a recognised course with a body approved to work with divers with
disability. A list of approved qualifications are as follows:
(1)

BSAC Diving for all instructor courses (not assistant instructor).

(2)

International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD) instructor course.

(3)

Disabled Divers International (DDI) instructor course.

Note. Further guidance may be sought from DST(AT).


c. Eligible Service personnel should attend a Service AT Diving medical at their
medical centre. This medical must be conducted by a Standard Underwater
Medicine Course qualified doctor. Following completion of the medical, and on the
presumption that in these circumstances a Medical Fitness to Dive Certificate cannot
be issued, cases must be referred to the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) for further
medical assessment by occupational health specialists. If the individual is found to
be medically fit for ApT diving, INM will authorise the medical centre to issue a
restricted Medical Certificate of Fitness to Undertake Service AT Diving certificate
limiting the individual to undertake ApT diving only. This is valid for a maximum of
12 months.

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ANNEX 2A
TRY DIVE MEDICAL HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE
Section 1 - Instructions

2. An applicant for the try dive is to study the questions at Section 2 and then choose and
sign either declaration 1 or declaration 2 at Section 3.
3. Tick boxes are provided for ease of use but, if the applicant needs to answer Yes to
one of the questions and wants to keep details of his or her medical history confidential,
these need not actually be ticked. If this is the case the applicant can simply leave all the
boxes blank and sign declaration 2.
4. Applicants who sign declaration 1 can be found fit to undertake a try dive on the day that
the declaration is signed. This try dive medical health questionnaire is then to be retained
within the supervisors dive record.
5. Applicants who sign declaration 2, or applicants in whom there is any other reason to
doubt medical fitness, must obtain a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive issued by a
Service Medical Officer or MOD Civilian Medical Practitioner before conducting a try dive.

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1. This form is to be used by supervisors of Joint Service sub-aqua diving Try-Dives to


determine whether it is safe for Service personnel to undertake a try dive without a certificate
of medical fitness to dive issued by a Service Medical Officer or MOD Civilian Medical
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ANNEX 2B
COLLECTIVE FIRST AID TRAINING (CFAT)
1. Branches are to maintain a pool of qualified and current First Aiders to ensure that one
can be nominated in this role on the dive site or in the dive boat when diving is taking place.

3. The Branch Training Officer is to record details of Branch training using form at
Appendix 2B1.
4. Divers are to maintain a record of individual first aid training received using the form at
Appendix 2B-1.

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2. A Collective First Aid Training is to be run annually and is to include all the relevant Dive
Leader lectures (See Para 0207).

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BRANCH/EXPEDITION
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INDIVIDUAL COLLECTIVE FIRST AID TRAINING (CFAT) RECORD

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ANNEX 2C
RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER FACILITIES

31 Bar Multiplace (max 5)


TUP (Medical Lock)
Doctor on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1
Multiplace
Ventilated cases
No TUP (plan to reinstate
NATO collar in due course)
Medical Officer via INM
DDMO 24 hour cover
On site helo pad for air
ambulance
Adjacent site for larger
aircraft
CATEGORY 1
7 Bar Multiplace (Max 2)
RMAS
No TUP/Ventilated cases
No Medical Officer on site
On call via PMO, HMS
DRAKE
Not for general use
7 Bar Multiplace TUP
Limited ventilated cases
Medical Officer via PMO,
HMS NEPTUNE
Civilians by indemnity only
24 hour cover
Double lock Multiplace
Ventilated cases
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1

5 Bar Multiplace
TUP/Ventilated cases
Doctor on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1

Location
ABERDEEN
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Foresthill
Aberdeen Grampian
AB25 2ZN
CHICHESTER
St Richards Hospital
Spitalfield Lane
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 6SE

DEVONPORT
The Port Diving Group
12/13 Wharf
HM Dockyard
Devonport
Plymouth
FASLANE
Clyde Submarine Base
Clearance Diving Team
HMS NEPTUNE
Faslane
Helensburgh
Dunbartonshire
G84 8HL
GREAT YARMOUTH
East of England
Hyperbaric Unit
3 Lowestoft Road
Gorleston
Great Yarmouth
NR31 6SG
GUERNSEY
Station Officer
St John Ambulance
and Rescue Services
Rohais
St Peters Port
Guernsey
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Telephone Numbers
0845 408 6008 (Ask for
Emergency Hyperbaric Doctor

01243 788122 Switchboard Ext


2504
023 9276 8026 (INM Office
Working hours)
07831 151523 Emergencies
(24 Hours Duty Diving Medical
Officer)

01752 555386
01752 557550 (Out of Hours
FOST Duty Ops will page team)

014-3667-4321 Ext: 3309, 6361


and 6554

01493 452452 Daytime &


Emergency No

01481 725211

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Facilities Operator

Facilities Operator
Multiplace
TUP/Ventilated cases
Doctor on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1
6 Bar Multiplace
Doctor on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 3

2 Multiplace (Capacity 16
and 8 persons)
Mixed gases
TUP/Ventilated cases
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1
5 Bar Multiplace (Max 2)
Diver only. No ICU or
ventilation.
No Doctor on site
Doctor (U/W) on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 3 (Diver
only)
2 Monoplace Chambers +
1 Multiplace
No TUP
Helicopter pad available
Ventilated cases accepted
Doctor on site (Intensive
Therapy Unit)
24 hour facilities
CATEGORY 1
6 Bar Multiplace
TUP/Ventilated cases
Doctor on site
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 2

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Location
HULL
BUPA Hospital
Lowfield Road
Anlaby
Kingston Upon Hull
HU10 7AZ
ISLE OF CUMBRAE
University of Marine
Biological Research
Keppel Pier
Millport
Isle of Cumbrae
KA28 0HS
ISLE OF MAN
IOM Hyperbaric
Facility
Fire Headquarters
Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man I
IM4 4RJ
JERSEY
Jersey Hyperbaric
Treatment Centre
Albert Quay
St Helier
Jersey.
JE2 3NE
LONDON
London Hyperbaric
Medicine
Whipps Cross
Hospital
Leytonstone
London
E11 1NR
NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland
Regional
Recompression
Services
c/o Craigavon Area
Hospital (HSS) Group
Trust
68 Lurgan Road
Craigavon,
Portadown
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01482 659471 Daytime &
Emergency No

01475 530581 (Daytime


Number
01475 729988 (Emerg Number)
or 999 (Clyde Coastguard)

01624 626394 Daytime &


Emergency No

01534 730541 (Daytime only)


07797726206 (Mobile)
999 (Local) Emergencies

020 85391222 (Daytime


Number)
Emergencies
020 8539 5522 (24hr
Switchboard)
mail@londonhyperbaric.com (E
Mail)
www.londonhyperbaric.com
(Website)
02838 334444 - ask for Director
(Non emergencies)
02838 336711 - ask for Duty
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Facilities Operator
6 Bar Multiplace (Max 2)
No ventilated cases
No TUP
Helipad available
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 2

54 Twinlock 7.5 Bar (max


1 critical patient) Inner
Lock 2.75m Outer Lock
1.4m
Therapeutic Gas : O2 /
HeO2 50/50 & 80/20
Doctor on call
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 2
1 x 6 bar abs Twinlock
Multiplace (9 patient max)
2 x 21 bar abs Twinlock
Multiplace (each 2 patient
max)
1 x 2.8 bar abs
Monoplace
Ventilated cases accepted
Transfer under pressure
Helicopter pad available
at Derriford Hospital &
Plymouth Airport
24 hour Doctor cover
CATEGORY 1
2 Twinlock Multiplace 6-7
persons max
TUP/Ventilated cases
Doctor (U/W Trained) on
site
24 hour cover
CATEGORY 1
8 bar Multiplace
(RN Type A) Max 14
persons
Emergency 18 persons
Medical Officer via PMO,
HMS Nelson
CATEGORY 3

Location
OBAN
Dunstaffnage
Hyperbaric Unit
Scottish Association
for Marine Science
Dunstaffnage Marine
Research Laboratory
Dunbeg
Oban.
PA37 1QA
ORKNEY (STROMNESS)
Sula Diving
Dive Unit
Old Academy
Back Road,
Stromness
ORKNEY
KW16 3AW
PLYMOUTH
DDRC
Hyperbaric Medical
Centre
Tamar Science Park
Research Way
Plymouth.
PL6 8BQ

POOLE
Atlantic Enterprise
Limited
7 Parkstone Road
Poole
Dorset
BH15 2NN
PORTSMOUTH
Southern Diving Unit 2
HMS Excellent
Whale Island
Portsmouth
Hampshire.
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Telephone Numbers
01475 729988 Emergencies
coordinated
by Clyde Coastguard
01631 559211 Dunstaffnage
Hyperbaric Unit (not 24 hours)
mdjs@sams.ac.uk (E Mail)
www.sams.ac.uk/sdm/
(Website)
01856 888000 (Daytime
Telephone Number)
Emergencies Contact
Coastguard
on 999

01752 209999 (Daytime No)


08702 385001 (Emergency out
of
hours)
01752 209115 (Fax)
info@ddrc.org (E Mail)

07770423637 (Emergency
Pager
- Use as main contact out of
hours)
01202 678278 (Daytime
number)
023 92224094 (Working hours
SDU2 Admin)
93-832-4094 or
4095 (Military)

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Facilities Operator
CATEGORY 2

1 x 4 Bar (7m x 2.5m)


Medical Chamber (Walk in
door)
1 x 20 Bar (6m x 2.2m)
Diving Chamber (Full
saturation capability)
All patients of any category
Doctor on site
24 Hour cover
CATEGORY 1
8 bar Multiplace
(RN Type B)
(In a transportable
container)
Max 11 persons
24 Hour cover

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Location
READING
Atlantic Enterprise
Limited
Healthcare
Commission Reading
Berkshire
WIRRAL
North West
Emergency
Recompression Unit
Murrayfield Hospital
Holmwood Drive
Wirral
CH61 1AU

OVERSEAS (GIBRALTAR)
Gibraltar Clearance
Diving Element
Building 291
South Mole
Gibraltar
BFPO 52

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Telephone Numbers
07770 432637 Emergency
Pager
01202 678278 Daytime num

0151 6488000 (Daytime &


Emergency Number)

00-350-55311/55329
Military Network 923198531
5311/5223
00-350-58008002 (24 Hours
Duty Diving Supervisor)

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JOINT SERVICE SUB AQUA DIVING CENTRE
APPLICATION TO DIVE TO DEPTHS BETWEEN 40 AND 60 M

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ANNEX 2E
EXPEDITION SADS PRE-DEPLOYMENT CHECK LIST

2. This should not be considered an exhaustive list nor will every expedition need to have
everything shown here. Requirements for individual expeditions will vary according to
location, expedition aims, participants and a host of other factors. As always, common sense
and judicious analysis of risk will drive planning.
3. This document is in addition to the BRd2806 (5) and BSAC Safe Diving and Instructor
manual.
4. Advice on planning AT diving expeditions is available from either Diving Standards
Officer (AT) or JSSADC.
5.

Pre-Deployment
a. Submit JSATFA through appropriate chain.
b. Confirm political clearance has been received. Any expedition into the Joint
Operational Area (JOA) also needs to ensure that PJHQ clearance has also been
granted.
c. Ensure that a CNBA annual lab test certificate has been received for any breathing
gas that will be used.
d. Check expedition participants to ensure:
(1)

All diving medicals are in date for duration of exped.

(2)

BSAC membership remains in date for the full duration.

(3) Appropriate mixture of qualifications to meet training, dive pair and supervision
criteria.
(4) Adequate CFAT trained personnel and supervisors/Adv Divers to provide
surface cover.
(5)

A PRM scenario has been completed prior to diving.

(6)

A FACTAIR qualified person is available to conduct in theatre CNBA check.

e. Ensure that all personal and hired diving equipment to be used meets mandated
standards and is serviceable and has been maintained in accordance with
manufacturers guidelines.
f. Source group dive equipment including a FACTAIR F2235 test kit and JSSADC dive
slates. Other items such as a policy documents, instructor manuals, first aid kit, spares,
tools and/or oxygen analyser may also be required. Check with airlines to ensure all
equipment can be transported.
g. Check that intended dive sites are appropriate for the expedition participants.

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h. Check location of nearest two person, two Compartment Recompression Chamber


(RCC) (see Para 0217). Confirm who will operate it and how they can be contacted.
Check for any planned downtime or any religious holidays etc that may affect availability
of RCC

j. Produce expedition project plan including risk assessments and Emergency Action
Plan (EAP). The later should include a plan to evacuate casualties to medical/RCC
facilities and include an estimate of travel time. This could be written in conjunction with
the centres plan (use local knowledge).
k.

If required, complete deep diving application and gain approval.

l. Ensure all emergency telephone numbers are current and have Incident reports
(blank) ready to hand.

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i. Ensure that you know what other emergency facilities, such as coast guard and
hospital services, are accessed.

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EXPEDITION SADS ON ARRIVAL CHECK LIST

2. This should not be considered an exhaustive list nor will every expedition need to have
everything shown here. Requirements for individual expeditions will vary according to
location, expedition aims, participants and a host of other factors. As always, common sense
and judicious analysis of risk will drive planning.
3. This document is in addition to the BRd2806 (5) and BSAC Safe Diving and Instructor
manual.
4. Advice on planning AT diving expeditions is available from either Diving Standards
Officer (AT) or JSSADC.
5.

In Theatre
a. Prior to using gas, complete in theatre CNBA check using FACTAIR F2235
equipment.
b. If not completed prior to departure a PRM scenario is to be completed.
c.

Before diving commences and at regular intervals thereafter.

d. Daily before diving commences, confirm availability of RCC.


e. Confirm all elements of the risk assessment and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) are
still valid. Where necessary, record new or updated ones.
f.
Conduct a communications check with all key elements of the EAP, such as the
DDMO and RCC.
g. Before each diving serial, check availability of adequate oxygen to support the
transportation of two/three casualties to medical facilities from furthest dive site. Check
Oxygen giving set works.
h. ESADS to conduct full brief for each dive.
i.
6.

Record all diving on JSSADC slates and retain in accordance with current policy.

On Return
a. Complete PXR. Submit to relevant authorities and copy to JSSADC.
b. Retain Project Plan in accordance with current policy.

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ANNEX 2G
COMMERCIAL DIVING TRAINING CENTRE
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (UK) QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) ASSESSMENT SHEET
1.

Health and Safety Policy


Does your company have a H&S Policy and under whose signature?
Copy Required
H&S Company
a. Identify your H&S manager (Name and qualification required) and method you use
to promulgate H&S
b. How do you assess your staff's competence and how is this assessed and at what
frequency is assessment conducted?
c.

Example of assessment sheet/process required.


Copy Required

3.

Planning and Implementing


a. What risk assessment method is used to minimise the risk for both staff and clients?
b. Copy of risk assessments required.
c.

What is the frequency of H&S policy review?

d. What is the planned Preventative Maintenance Schedule (PMS) for following:


(1)

Diving regulators?

(2)

Buoyancy Control Devices?

(3)

Diving Cylinders?

(4)

Compressors?

(5)

Drysuits (if applicable)?

e. If instructors/clients use own dive gear how is PMS H&S policy enforced or
demonstrated?
Example of Written Servicing Schedule Required
4.

Measuring Performance
a. How do you meet the minimum Compressed Natural Breathing Air (CNBA) standard
BSEN12021: 2014. In addition the MOD requires an annual lab test conducted by a
UKAS accredited laboratory or equivalent (EN 17025 standard.
b. Copies of CNBA tests conducted, minimum frequency every 3 months, are required
along with the annual laboratory test.

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c. How often are staff assessed for competence and by whom and how is this
assessment conducted?
d. How many diving related incidents have been recorded by your company and to
whom are they reported? (e.g. PADI/BSAC/TDI other).
e. Give any examples of lessons learned through diving related incidents, which have
occurred recently (last 2 years)?
Auditing and reviewing performance
a. Is there any form of auditing by your company of the H&S performance?
b. Do you hold planned safety performance review meetings?
c.
6.

From the audit, who produces an action plan and an implementation plan?
(Give Examples)

Insurance
a. What insurance is in place to cover your employees and students under training?
b. Copy of insurance policy and cover required (must be a minimum of five million
sterling).

7.

Procedures
a. What are the operating procedures for your company and how are they prepared?
(Examples Required)
b. How often are your procedures reviewed and who carries out the assessment?
c. What is the Contractors Emergency Plan (EAP) for foreseeable diving related
incidents?
d. What is the location of the nearest therapeutic Recompression Chamber (RC)
(minimum requirement DAN registered, 2 person 2 compartment).
e. Who will operate the RCC when required?
f.

What is the travel time from the furthest dive location to the RCC?

g. How much Oxygen do you have available and is it sufficient for the travel of a
patient being transported to the RCC?
h. Is enough Oxygen available to support 2 casualties (diver and buddy)?
i.

What is the location of the nearest hospital to deal with non-diving related incidents?
(Time and Means of Travel Available)

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j. Provide your Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and details of how often employees
conduct refresher training/staff induction?
(Give Examples)
Personnel
a. List your employees and highest diving qualification for each (providing membership
numbers for positive identification).
b. List Contractors and employees First Aid qualifications. Please include membership
number and renewal date for qualification.
c. What diving medical standards are required by your company for the employees,
and how often is this required to be reviewed?
(List Employees and Date of Medical)
d. What training agency do you use and give examples of certifications conducted in
the last 2 years? (If you use more than 1 training agency list all)
e. Provide copies of your Diving Operation Records (Dive Slates) showing recent
activity within the last 2 years.

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ANNEX 2H
BSAC INCIDENT/ACCIDENT REPORT FORM
Access to blank forms should be through Defence Intranet at the link below. It is
recommended that DO and EXPED leaders ensure they have sufficient forms in hardcopy in
the event that DII is not available.

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MOD Diving Safety Website

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JSSADC DIVE SLATE

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JSSADC Dive Slate

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ANNEX 2J
ADAPTIVE DIVING MEDICAL CLEARANCE

a. The potential ApD must attend a Try Dive, which is also a Functional Assessment.
Prior to the Try Dive they must obtain their DRMC Consultants approval for this activity
on the modified Try Dive form (Annex A to JSSAPDR) held by the BB team at Headley
Court and by PRUs. Those not under the care of a DMRC consultant are to have the
consent form signed by their MO.
b. The Try Dive is to follow BSAC Information Sheet T12, but may have to be varied
specifically in order to acquire the information required for the functional assessment.
For example, to establish how easy or difficult the potential ApD finds getting out of the
pool. The Try Dive must be an enjoyable experience, but must also determine whether
or not an individual is suitable for further diver training is he or she relatively
comfortable in the water given their inexperience, or is there an element of aquaphobia?
c. The Try Dive/Functional Assessment is to be supervised by an experienced,
instructor who also holds a qualification issued by an HSE recognised training agency.
ASADA recommend that this should be an Instructor Trainer (IT) if possible, who has
been both a SADS and an instructor on a previous ASADA-run BB exped; they will
therefore have an in-depth knowledge of teaching and assessing ApDs.
The
experienced assessor formally assesses, in an unobtrusive manner, each potential ApD
using the form, produced by INM, at Appendix 2. On completion of the Try Dive, the
assessor should inform the potential ApD whether or not they are going to recommend
them for further training. This will avoid later disappointment, if a non-recommendation
is to follow. In every case, where an ApD has entered the water, the form must be
completed and sent by email directly to INM. A copy may be provided to the
Servicemans MO to assist with the diving medical if requested by that MO. The range
of options then open are:
(1)

Recommended for further training.

(2)

Not recommended and will never be able to dive.

(3) Not currently recommended, but may return for reassessment after further
recovery from injuries or wounds.
Note. A potential ApD in the last category would have to obtain their DRMC
Consultants approval again before presenting once more for formal assessment.
d. The potential ApD who is recommended for further training will now follow the same
path of their able-bodied contemporary. In the first instance, therefore, they must attend
a full diving medical examination by a suitably qualified Medical Examiner. An MO
qualified to undertake Diving Medicals will have undertaken the Standard Underwater
Medicine Course at INM and be in-date.
e. Rarely will a potential ApD be found immediately fit to dive at this stage by the
MO/CMP. However, if they do not fulfil all of the criteria in BRd1750A, then the MO can
certify them as Fit to Dive and will issue a Leaflet 12-03.

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1. For the potential ApD, the process is necessarily more complicated and takes into
account not only the severity of the injuries, but also the time since wounding. A flow
diagram showing this is at Appendix 1. The steps are:

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f. In most cases, the MO will be unable to complete the assessment without identifying
some challenge. This is usually, but not always or solely, a question of overall physical
fitness. The examining MO will undoubtedly have to refer the case (the medical notes,
not the soldier himself) to INM. At the same time, the soldier must book a fitness test
with the BB team at DMRC, who will arrange for his VO2 Max to be measured. How this
is done will depend upon the nature of the injuries or wounds. This statement of
physical fitness is then forwarded directly by DMRC to INM, who will consider it in light
of the soldiers medical records, together with the functional assessment from the Try
Dive. The range of options is similar to that following the Try Dive. If INM consider the
soldier fit to undertake diver training, they will advise the soldiers GP to issue an Leaflet
12-03 caveated prominently at the top of the form Battle Back Programme Only. If
they do not consider the soldier will ever be able to dive, then, regrettably, they must
abandon his ambition to dive. Alternatively soldiers may be deferred until they are
further recovered.
g. In all cases, a soldier may only dive On Duty once the officiating ESADS has seen a
current Leaflet 12-03.
2.

Recommendations for the BB Programme Only Caveat


The Senior Medical Officer Hyperbaric Medicine is not prepared to allow the lifting of the
caveat BB Programme Only until he is satisfied that the potential ApD has proven that they
can cope with the demands of diving. At the end of training, the lead ESADS should consult
the other instructors, including any accompanying Physio/ERI, as to whether the caveat on
the Leaflet 12-03 should be recommended for removal or retention. Factors to be
considered will include the ApDs approach to diving, their ability to cope with boat and shore
diving, difficulties with egress from the water, levels of fatigue and how they overcame the
difficulties presented by their injuries. The SADS should then speak informally to each diver
and tell them what recommendation is going to be made. On return to UK, the ESADS will
write to directly to INM, setting out the findings and making a definitive recommendation for
each soldier either to have the caveat lifted or have it retained. However, in all cases, INM
retain the final decision.

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PROCESS FOR POTENTIAL ADAPTIVE DIVERS TO BE DECLARED


FIT TO DIVE.

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ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTIONAL FITNESS TO UNDERTAKE SPORTS DIVING AS PART
OF A BATTLEBACK EXPEDITION UNDER JOINT SERVICE SUB AQUA DIVING
REGULATIONS AND BRITISH SUB AQUA CLUB GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS

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CHAPTER 3
REGULATIONS FOR MOD SPONSORED CADET FORCES DIVING
CONTENTS
Cadet Forces Sub-Aqua Diving Activity/Adventurous Training
Eligibility
MOD Indemnity
Age Limitations
Cadet Forces Diving Supervisors
Cadet Forces Diving Training Team
Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS)
Fitness to Dive
Medical Examination - Self Declaration
Expeditions
Technical Diving
Maximum Depth

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0302.
0303.
0304.
0305
0306.
0307.
0308.
0309.
0310.
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CHAPTER 3

REGULATIONS FOR MOD SPONSORED CADET FORCES DIVING


0301.

Cadet Forces Sub-Aqua Diving Activity/Adventurous Training

b. All Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Officers and Instructors involved in the
conduct of MOD sponsored Cadet Force diving activities are considered to be diving
at work and are required to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR
97) (Paras 0102). The HSE does not consider cadets participating in sub-aqua
adventurous training diving to be diving at work.
c. When participating in any Cadet Force sub-aqua diving serial whether it be
training, diving or Adventurous Training the direction in chapters 1 and 2 are to be
followed but modified in accordance with the direction provided in Chapter 3.
0302

Eligibility
a. The MOD sponsors four Cadet Organisations: namely, the Sea Cadet Corps, the
Combined Cadet Force, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.
b. The following are eligible to partake in Cadet Force sub-aqua diving AT:
(1)

Sea Cadets.

(2)

CCF (RN/RM) Cadets.

(3)

CCF (Army) Cadets.

(4)

CCF (RAF) Cadets.

(5)

ACF Cadets.

(6)

ATC Cadets.

c. The non-sponsored units, for various reasons, have chosen to remain outside
the MODs Cadet Structure. The MOD has no oversight over any aspect of their
operation or administration. Given the potential reputational risks associated with
these non-sponsored units, MOD policy towards them is one of benign
acknowledgement. Cadets from non-sponsored units are not covered by the MOD
Indemnity and are not to take part in Cadet Force sub-aqua adventurous training
diving. These groups cannot participate in any sub-aqua diving activity (this includes
training, try dives and adventurous training).

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a. As per Joint Service Sub-Aqua Diving Activities and Adventurous Training the
aim is to provide challenging outdoor training for cadet forces that involves controlled
exposure to risk in order to develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral
and physical courage and endurance of the cadets to help develop their full potential.

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MOD Indemnity
The MOD undertakes to fully and effectively indemnify MOD Sponsored Cadet
Forces, the Cadets, Adult Volunteers, Uniformed Volunteer Staff, Civilian Instructors and
employees of the Cadet Forces or MOD, against all liabilities, claims, actions, proceedings,
demands, costs, charges or expenses which may be incurred in respect of sickness or
personal injury (including injury resulting in death) or loss or damage to property by reason of
or arising out of any neglect act of omission by, or on the part of a Cadet, Adult Volunteer,
Uniformed Volunteer Staff, Civilian Instructor and employee of the Sponsored Cadet Forces
whilst in the course of Authorised Activities.
0304.

Age limitations
The minimum age to participate in Cadet Force sub-aqua diving (training, diving and
adventurous training) under MOD indemnity requirements is 14yrs.
0305.

Cadet Forces Diving Supervisors


CO Duty Holders (through FOSNI SO1 H&S) will appoint suitably qualified diving
supervisors in writing. CO Duty Holders will maintain a register of approved diver training
and AT facilities. Only MOD (and therefore CCF) Approved Centres are to be used.
0306.

Cadet Forces Diving Training Team


a. CO Duty Holders delegate the implementation of the Cadet Force Diving Safety
Management System to the Cadet Forces health and safety organisation. They are
to ensure that: diving safety is implemented in accordance with this BRd; adult
volunteers are suitably qualified and current; suitable equipment is provided and
units are properly organised and managed in order to deliver a safe diving
environment. DST(AT) will audit and certify the Cadet Force Diving Safety
Management System on an annual basis.
b. All adult volunteers involved in the conduct of Cadet Force diving training
activities constitute the Cadet Forces Diving Training Team (CFDTT). The CFDTT is
responsible for the delivery of all aspects of diving activity to entitled cadets. The
Cadet Forces AT and Diving Officer is responsible to the CODHs for the delivery of a
diving programme to ensure the maintenance of suitable levels of qualification and
experience within the CFDTT. The CFDTT will be audited and certified on an annual
basis by the DST(AT) during their October ocean diver training course.

0307.

Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS)


All adult volunteers who supervise Cadet Force diving activities are entitled to
undertake SADS training. Gaining a SADS qualification is strongly recommended as part of
an individuals SQEP development. The Cadet Forces AT and Diving Officer should include
SADS development in CF diving supervisors personal objectives. Application should be
made through OIC JSSADC.
0308.

Fitness to Dive
The Supervisor is to be responsible for ensuring that all divers are both physically
and medically fit for the dives they are planning to undertake. In addition, in accordance with
Regulation 13 of the DWR, all Cadets are to be made aware that it is the legal responsibility
for every person intending to dive not to do so if there is any physical or medical reason why
they should not dive. They must inform the Supervisor immediately if there is any medical
condition which prevents them from either diving safely or which would prevent them from
rendering assistance to another member of the diving team. Before every dive they must
ensure that they know of nothing which makes them unfit to dive including:
a. Any known medical condition.

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b. Any effects of drugs or alcohol.


c.

Any effect of medication whether prescribed or proprietary.

d. Any feelings of tiredness or a feeling of being unwell.


Medical Examination - Self Declaration
a. All Cadets wishing to dive must complete the relevant medical self-declaration
form prior to the start of any diving activity. Should the Cadet be required to visit a
Referee for examination because of having to answer 'Yes' to one of the questions
on the self-declaration form, they should obtain a copy of BOTH the Referee's
Examination Form and the Medical Referee's Certificate.
b. The CFAV or Cadet Guardian should complete the sections required and then
take the Form for examination by the Medical Referee. If the examination is
completed successfully the Referee will complete and sign the certificate and a copy
of this should be given to the Diving Officer. The following self-declarations are:
(1)

BSAC Try Dive Medical and responsibility declaration form.

(2)

BSAC UK Sport Diver Medical Form dated 2008.

0310.

Expeditions
Expeditions/Adventurous Training conducted by Cadet Forces is to be in accordance
with the instructions contained in Chapter 1 and 2 of this JSP. A Unit wishing to carry out
this type of activity must comply with the following:
a. Units must approach CCF RN HQ to assist with the completion of the JSATFA.
b. Submit a completed JSATFA to the relevant AT Authority.
c. Comply with JSP 814 (Policy & Regulations for the MOD sponsored Cadet
Forces and JSP 535 CTSP
d. UK statutory Air Testing and Equipment requirements in accordance with JSP
319 (see 0217).
e. All civilian participants must have valid personal private Insurance.
f.

Relevant Medical Certification must be held by all participants.

g. BSAC Safe Diving standards and procedures.

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Technical Diving
Ocean and Sports Diver training includes the use of Nitrox. No other gas shall be
used within Cadet Force diving activities.
Maximum Depth
a. The maximum depth for all Cadet Force diving is:
(1)

Ocean Diver 20 m.

(2)

Sports Diver 30 m.

(3)

Dive Leader and above 30 m.

b. Build up dives are required when diving in excess of 25 meters (see Pare 0215)
c. Cadet Force diving is not to include planned in-water decompression dive
profiles.

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