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RAF Sub-Aqua Association Committee Mtg 6 Jun 08. FD AT. Policy & guidance: Civilians (Minor (UK) & Major (overseas) expeds) Exped organization & arrangements Single service provider / agent Location Accommodation Jt Services Adv Trg Form ‘Alpha’ (JSATFA) Contents – Aim & Obj

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RAF Sub-Aqua AssociationCommittee Mtg 6 Jun 08


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FD AT

Policy & guidance:

  • Civilians (Minor (UK) & Major (overseas) expeds)

  • Exped organization & arrangements

    • Single service provider / agent

    • Location

    • Accommodation

  • Jt Services Adv Trg Form ‘Alpha’ (JSATFA)

    • Contents – Aim & Obj

    • Approvals procedure

    • What Clubs & Exped Ldrs can do to help themselves?

  • Medical & Fitness Declaration – 1023A

  • AT Scheme & PADI dive centres / qualifications


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Context – Supervisory Framework

Jt Services Sub-Aqua Diving Policy Advisory Committee

  • DNLM, Chair - CO HMS Temeraire

  • Superintendent of Diving (SoD)

  • Institute of Naval Medicine (INM)

    • RN BR1750A & Surgeon General’s Policy Letter

  • Jt Services Sub-Aqua Diving Centre - CO

  • Single Service Association Chairman


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Context – Supervisory Framework

  • Service branches affiliated to BSAC

  • BSAC Safe Diving (best practice)

  • HSE Diving at Work Regs ’97

    • All MOD sport diving – ‘diving at work’

  • Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

  • JSP 419

  • Jt Services Sub-Aqua Diving Regulations (JSSADRs)

  • DIN Guidance to COs

  • AP 3342


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Context – Supervisory Framework

  • All Armed Forces open water diving is Adventurous Trg

    • JSTAFA and risk assessment reqd

    • Minor expeds – PEdO approval

    • Major expeds – FD AT

    • Civilian participation – FD AT

      • Highlights civilian ‘excessive’ use vs other activities / sports


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BSAC Diver Trg Programme

+ Skill Development Courses

  • Progressive

  • Challenging

  • Comprehensive

  • Numerous events per grade

  • Takes time to progress through grades

  • More than one exped to complete


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Supervision - SADS

  • SADS – supervize all open water dives from surface

  • No SADS = no diving = exped cancelled

  • SADS = BSAC Advanced Diver + 1 Yr; 1 week course; 1 week assessment

  • Limitations:

    • < 30m = 8 divers

    • > 30m = 6 divers

    • More restrictive - weather & water conditions

  • One BSAC Advanced Diver – one wave only while SADS dives

    • < 30m = 4 divers

    • > 30m = 2 divers

  • Dive conduct – SADS availability; wave timing; slack water

  • Exped requirements:

    • Ideally, 2 SADS – flexibility for sickness, dive wave structure & timing

    • One SADS & one BSAC Advanced Diver


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Diver Trg & Instructor Development

  • Instructor Development Programme

  • Not directly related to Diver Grade

  • BSAC instructor requirements vs diver grade and skill development courses

  • Instructor : student ratios

    • Defined in BSAC Instructor Manual & JSSADRs

    • 1:2 maximum

    • 1:1

  • National Instructors for specified courses – RAF Adv Inst Trg in ASI


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Implications

  • Takes time to develop & progress through diver grades - gain sufficient experience and knowledge to lead dives, supervize & instruct

  • No SADS, Advanced Divers or OWI / AIs:

    • Critical for Branch

    • Exped aim and obj - compromised

    • RAF diving withers

  • SADS & Instructor : student ratios important

    • Affect / limit exped conduct / outcome

  • Most (All) expeds involve trg, experience progression

  • Only Diving Officer can award qualification


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Implications

  • RAF redundancy, operational tempo, civilianization, contractorization

    • Smaller pool of SADS, Advanced Divers, OWI/AIs

    • In demand – across all 3 Services

  • Greater reliance on civilians – most retired military

    • To supervize & instruct expeds

    • Day-to-day Club management, organization and trg

    • No diving? Disenfranchised? – RAF Clubs wither


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Implications

  • Greater reliance on civilians (continued)

    • Totally self-fund – no Public expense

    • Leave from civilian employer:

      • Timely approvals required


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Expedition Planning

  • Aim of AT / Ex objective:

    • Undertake challenging diving

    • Exped organization – ‘package holiday’

    • Live ‘rough’ – tents, self catering, B&B, boats, hotels

  • Boats – day boat / liveaboards to access best dive sites

  • Single source provider / agent:

    • More cost effective

    • ‘Free’ places for group

  • BSAC Duke of Edinburgh Prize Winners


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Medicals

  • IAW JSSADRs and BSAC

    • RN BR 1750 and Surgeon General’s Policy Letter

    • Chest x-ray

    • Full medical – every 5, 3, 1 year

    • Medical Certificate Fitness to Dive – annual

    • BSAC Self Declaration

    • Medical and Fitness Declaration – Leaflet 1023A


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PADI

  • During PADI courses do not need to dive iaw with JSSADRs or with SADS supervision

  • Package

    • More expensive? Paying professional instructors

  • Not BSAC qualified – little incentive to join and contribute to Service diving on return?

  • Greater opportunity to use BSAC schools / centres


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Potential Way Ahead

  • Exped Organizers:

    • More clearly define on JSATFA:

      • Exped aims, objectives, expected outcomes

      • Need for civilian supervisors & instructors

  • RAFSAA to provide guidance

  • ‘Essential’ civilians

    • More pragmatic ‘Essential’ definition & approval process

    • Different level of UK and overseas scrutiny?


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Potential Way Ahead

  • Leaflet 1023 exemption

  • Use BSAC centres for BSAC qualifications


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