Do you want to work for Britain’s biggest diving club? BSAC – the British Sub Aqua Club – is currently looking for an experienced diver to join its Diver Resources Team (DRT) as a Diving Support Adviser.
This is a full-time, permanent position with a competitive salary plus pension contribution, to be based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
BSAC represents 30,000 active scuba divers and snorkellers and this is an exciting opportunity to help drive forward BSAC’s commitment to quality customer service for all its members. Reporting to the Diver Resources Manager, the successful applicant will provide day-to-day diver advice and support to BSAC members, branches, centres, coaches and volunteers. There will also be the opportunity to play a key role in the coordination and development of dedicated areas such as BSAC Centres and the Regional Coaching Scheme as well as staffing support for the Instructor Training Scheme, subject to the individual’s particular skills and interests. Additional training will be provided as required.
Comprehensive and practical knowledge of BSAC’s Diver Training and Development Programme is required and so you need to be a minimum level of Open Water Instructor and Advanced Diver (or other agency equivalent). You must possess excellent communication skills – both verbal and written – be computer literate and a team player. A full driving licence is essential. This position will be based at BSAC’s headquarters in Ellesmere Port and some weekend and evening work will also be required.
How To Apply
Please submit your CV, along with a covering letter outlining why you should be considered for this post, via email.
You can also post your application to: Jim Watson, BSAC, Telford’s Quay, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FL
If you would like to informally discuss any aspects of this position prior to application please contact Jim Watson, DRT manager, on 0151 350 6210 or Wendy Meadows on 0151 350 6218.
Closing date: Midnight BST, Tuesday, 30th June 2015.
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
This is not one of the most riveting photos you will ever see. But it is a darn important one. It was taken during Rebreather Forum 3 – an international safety symposium held three years ago this week in Orlando. The event was hosted by the AAUS, DAN and PADI.
Pictured here is Gavin Anthony, speaking during the final session of RF3. Gavin is a much respected technical expert in diving technology, systems, safety and operations, and he provided valuable input into the consensus statements.
The two hour discussion session was chaired by Dr Simon Mitchell who achieved positive consensus on 16 safety points from the rebreather communities. How did it all happen? You can watch this historic session via this link.
What were the 16 safety points agreed?
REBREATHER FORUM 3 CONSENSUS STATEMENTS
The forum acknowledged the overwhelming evidence demonstrating the efficacy of checklists in preventing errors in parallel fields that share similar technical complexity. Two recommendations regarding checklists were consequently agreed:
The forum recommends that rebreather manufacturers produce carefully designed checklists, which may be written and / or electronic, for use in the pre-dive preparation (unit assembly and immediate pre-dive) and post-dive management of their rebreathers.
– Written checklists should be provided in a weatherproof or waterproof form.
– The current version of these checklists annotated with the most recent revision date should be published on the manufacturer’s website
The forum recommends that training agencies and their instructors embrace the crucial leadership role in fostering a safety culture in which the use of checklists by rebreather divers becomes second nature.
TRAINING AND OPERATIONS:
1. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS
The forum applauds and endorses the release of pooled data describing numbers of rebreather certifications by training agencies, and encourages other agencies to join ANDI, IANTD, and TDI in this initiative
2. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS
The forum endorses the concept of making minimum rebreather training standards available in the public arena.
3. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS
The forum endorses the concept of a currency requirement for rebreather instructors. We recommend that training agencies give consideration to currency standards in respect of diving activity, class numbers, and unit specificity for their instructors.
4. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS
The forum recognizes and endorses the industry and training agency initiative to characterize “recreational” and “technical” streams of sport rebreather diver training. These groups will have different operational, training and equipment needs.
1. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
The forum recommends that training agencies provide rebreather divers with a simple list of instructions that will mitigate common errors in evidence preservation after a serious incident or rebreather fatality.
– These instructions will be developed under the auspices of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Diving Committee in consultation with the relevant RF3 presenters.
2. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
The forum endorses the concept of a widely notified centralized “on-call” consultation service to help investigators in avoiding errors or omissions in the early stages of a rebreather accident investigation, and to facilitate referral to expert investigative services.
3. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
The forum recommends that in investigating a rebreather fatality the principal accident investigator invite the manufacturer of the incident rebreather (or other relevant equipment) to assist with its evaluation (including the crucial task of data download) as early as is practicable.
4. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
The forum endorses the DAN worldwide initiative to provide a means of on-line incident reporting with subsequent analysis and publication of incident root causes.
DESIGN AND TESTING
1. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum recommends that all rebreathers incorporate data logging systems which record functional parameters relevant to the particular unit and dive data, and which allow download of these data. Diagnostic reconstruction of dives with as many relevant parameters as possible is the goal of this initiative.
– Footnote: An ideal goal would be to incorporate redundancy in data logging systems, and as much as practical, to standardize the data to be collected
2. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum endorses the need for third party pre-market testing to establish that rebreathers are fit for purpose. Results of a uniform suite of practically important unmanned testing parameters such as canister duration, and work of breathing (qualified by clear statements of experimental parameters) should be reported publicly. Ideally, this testing should be to an internationally recognized standard.
3. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum acknowledges recent survey data indicating a poor understanding of rebreather operational limits in relation to depth and carbon dioxide scrubber duration among trained users, and therefore recommends:
1. that training organizations emphasize these parameters in training courses.
2. that manufacturers display these parameters in places of prominence in device documentation and on websites.
4. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum strongly endorses industry initiatives to improve oxygen measurement technologies, and advocates consideration of potentially beneficial emerging strategies such as dynamic validation of cell readings and alternatives to galvanic fuel cells.
5. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum identifies as a research question the issue of whether a mouthpiece retaining strap would provide protection of the airway in an unconscious rebreather diver.
6. DESIGN AND TESTING
The forum identifies as a research question the efficacy of a full face masks for use with sport rebreathers.
In 2011 RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) was asked to promote the safe use of rebreathers. To this end RoSPA worked with a number of rebreather industry experts to identify key safety issues.
The result was a film that gives divers and those new to rebreathers a solid awareness of the key safety factors for diving with rebreathers.
Today this film is still pertinent and worth a watch for anyone interested in, or who dives a rebreather.
The British Sub Aqua Club has announced that National Instructor Sophie Heptonstall has been elected BSAC’s NDO (National Diving Officer). She takes over from Jeff Reed who has held this position for the last six years.
Sophie Heptonstall is an active member of Hartford SAC and has been a BSAC member for 16 years. She is well-known on the BSAC Instructor Training Scheme circuit and has spent time on BSAC’s National Diving Committee (NDC), and worked as an Area Coach.
“Thank you to all BSAC members that voted. I am excited about taking on the role of NDO and look forward to encouraging existing members to develop their diving skills further and attracting new members into the BSAC.” Sophie Heptonstall
Heptonstall is an open and closed circuit diver and has an extensive knowledge of the full BSAC Diver Training Programme. She also brings business acumen to the role – she is a marketing professional. Sophie Heptonstall is the third female BSAC NDO and is the youngest BSAC member to take up this position.
Regaldive are looking to recruit a Marketing Manager or Marketing Executive, either full or part time. This is an exciting opportunity to join our specialist team. This varied role has wide ranging responsibility across the entire marketing mix. It is a ‘hands on’ position, with overall responsibility for all marketing activity as well as the website. The candidate must be able to work on their own initiative with proven time management and organisational skills. They will take on the role of ‘brand guardian’ to ensure consistency across all marketing materials.
The ideal candidate will be CIM qualified, with previous experience in both on and offline disciplines. Experience in travel marketing and a diving qualification are desirable but not essential. Experience working for smaller companies and an ability to think creatively and resourcefully would be beneficial.
It is highly desired that the right candidate will be experienced enough to ‘hit the ground running’, although a more junior candidate looking to take the next step and develop their career may be considered.
Responsibilities will include:
- Design & artwork production for print (direct marketing & advertising)
- E-mail marketing (content creation / copywriting / distribution)
- SEO and PPC management
- Social Media management (responsibility for updates of Facebook, Twitter & dive forums)
- Website updates
- To liaise and negotiate with tourist boards and partners regarding grants & joint promotions
- Copy writing (for direct mail, website, e-mails and other promotional material)
- PR Management
Skills / understanding required:
- Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and possible knowledge of Adobe In-Design
- E-mail marketing
- Print production
- Understanding of SEO
- PPC campaign
- Good communication and leadership skills
- Able negotiator and good listener
The position is full-time (37 hours per week) but a strong candidate who wishes to work reduced hours or job share will be considered. There will be opportunities to visit the destinations Regaldive feature and there are also incentives for discounted travel with Regaldive and our sister companies.
Please apply, with covering letter and C.V to Mr. Andreas Elia by 11 May 2015.
Strictly speaking, Cow Spring (located near Peacock Springs State Park in Luraville, Florida) is not a spring at all. It is really an in-line sinkhole which provides diver access to an underground river, that surfaces for the last time at nearby Running Spring.
Cow Spring is an incredibility beautiful system and today it is owned by the NSS-CDS. It is open only to NSS-CDS members and their guests. No open water divers are allowed to access this site.
A couple of weeks ago, a number of volunteers gave up their Saturday and built some great changing rooms. This is a useful improvement to a neat cave diving site. We can’t wait to use it when we are back in Florida.
If you would like to see photos of the whole build, click here.
No, not Paul. Renowned maritime historian, archaeologist and technical diver Dr Innes McCartney will be speaking in Liverpool on Saturday 9th May.
Dr McCartney is known for his discovery and archaeological research into shipwrecks including the wrecks of the Battle of Jutland, 1916 and many British and German submarine wrecks. He has contributed to shipwreck documentaries, such as Time Team Special, Deep Wreck Mysteries and Wreck Detectives series. In addition Innes McCartney used archaeological research to identify 40 new German submarine wrecks in the waters around the UK and Ireland, such as the rubbercoated U480.
He initially became interested in shipwreck archaeology when he learned to dive in 1989. In 1994 Innes McCartney became one of Britain’s first Trimix-certified scuba divers and 1998 became the first person to have dived on the three great liner wrecks, SS Andrea Doria, RMS Lusitania and HMHS Britannic. Innes has always been fascinated by submarines, and in 1999 he discovered the 12-inch-gunned submarine HMS M1 off Start Point in the English Channel.
Over the past two decades Innes has focused on researching and locating lost historic shipwrecks and finding innovative methods to interpret his fieldwork.
On Saturday 9th May, Innes will be discussing key aspects of the first U-boat war and exploring some of the U-boat wrecks as they are seen today.
This free event is being hosted at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.