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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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fd at
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
context supervisory framework
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
context supervisory framework5
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
context supervisory framework6
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
bsac diver trg programme
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
supervision sads
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
diver trg instructor development
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
implications
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
implications12
Implications
  • Greater reliance on civilians (continued)
    • Totally self-fund – no Public expense
    • Leave from civilian employer:
      • Timely approvals required
expedition planning
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
medicals
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
potential way ahead
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?
potential way ahead17
Potential Way Ahead
  • Leaflet 1023 exemption
  • Use BSAC centres for BSAC qualifications
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