This page highlights some useful safety links for divers.
As the Governing Body for underwater activities in the UK, The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), provides up-to-date safety advice on their website at http://www.bsac.org/page/45/diving-safety.htm. Some relevant links are highlighted below.
Divers code This code contains sensible advice on the conduct of all dives and is designed to ensure that divers do not come into conflict with other water users. It sets out some guidelines which should be observed alongside the regulations relating to Marine Nature Reserves.
Safe diving practices - an alphabetical list of general and technical safe diving practises.
The dive track competition has recently been launched to encourage a diver tracking device that boat-skippers can use to follow divers underwater - or to find and recover lost divers.
Boat safety guide - guidelines from the Combined Diving Association (CDA) for the safe operation of member club dive boats.
The RNLI Sea Safety department, which has been running for over 10 years, offers an interactive guide to safety at sea, to help you get the most enjoyment out of being at sea while staying safe - and also information specific to sport divers. Clubs and individuals in the UK and Ireland can also request a free and confidential sea check on your boat to ensure you are well prepared to head out to sea.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) provide a range of information. Two particularly relevant areas to divers are the sea smart programme, including beach and boat safety and the safety information including weather, navigation and information packs for pleasure craft.
The British Diving Safety Group (BDSG) was formed in 2002 to promote safe diving practices amongst the British sport diving community. The group has a broad representation, with all of the UK diver training agencies, the HSE, the MCA and the professional charter-boat skipper organisations having a seat at the table. These organisations regularly meet in order to make diving safer. By sharing and analysing incident data, devising safety initiatives and then promoting them to divers, the group has a broad influence on the recreational diving community.
Specific safety information can be downloaded from http://www.bdsg.org/safety.htm including charter boat guidelines, pre-dive and pre-season checklists, and boat use.
The BSAC have monitored and reported on Diving Incidents since 1964, in the interest of promoting diving safety. Incident information and statistics can be readily accessed at http://www.bsac.org/page/547/annual-report.htm. The report analyses the background to the incidents and allows the BSAC, individual divers and others to address safety and training issues highlighted by incident analysis. In recent years, many incidents have arisen particularly through buoyancy control issues - advice on using dSMBs can be downloaded from the BDSG. http://www.bdsg.org/safety.htm.
BDSG member organisations encourage divers to report any incidents that occur so that an analysis can take place and others can learn from what occurred. Any personal information is treated with strict confidence. Divers can submit such reports through their own training organisation or directly using a free form available for download on the BDSG or BSAC websites or by phoning BSAC HQ on 0151 350 6200. The BSAC compiles a central database with the assistance of other BDSG members. Please assist this data collection by submitting completed forms to: The Incidents Advisor, The British Sub-Aqua Club, Telford's Quay, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, Cheshire CH65 4FL Email: email@example.com.
The aim of the DISRC site is to provide a single focal point for all safety and incident matters concerning sport or recreational (not commercial) diving. Whilst it excludes 'Commercial Diving Operations' it does include those divers who are 'At Work' such as recreational and technical dive instructors.
The site provides links to:
- Incident reports, accident reports and incident data capture forms.
- Best practice information for diving and hyperbaric medicine and medical incident management.
- Reference & research materials pertaining to incident management, hyperbaric research, agency training standards, human factors research, in fact anything to do with improving diver and diving safety.