Important update from BSAC

To all Kingston & Elmbridge members

BSAC has issued an update on their stance re the use of a “hog looped” long hose where the primary regulator is donated to an out of air diver.

The full text of their update can be found here:

http://www.bsac.com/page.asp?section=3201&sectionTitle=Clarification+statement+on+Alternative+Supply+training+and+going+diving&preview=1

If you use a long hose which is hog looped then please read this as it may have serious consequences relating to your diving.

Firstly: BSACs stance is that if you use a long hose which is hog looped and donate your primary regulator to an out of air diver you should have formal training in its use from a recognised agency which uses this technique. Secondly: you should also ensure that your buddy fully understands this system and that you demonstrate deployment of the long hose before you dive. Failure to do so may demonstrate that you have not met your duty of care to your buddy which may have serious consequences if a claim were to be made against you.

The relevant sections in the BSAC announcement (from their website) are:

“BSAC advises that divers holding recognised qualifications utilising techniques that differ from the BSAC Diver Training Programme (e.g. using Hog Looped long hose) may dive on branch, regional or expedition dives provided they meet their duty of care by fully and clearly explaining to their buddy what the particular technique entails. This should include:
i. A clear demonstration of operation.
ii. The appointed Dive Manager verifies that the divers are comfortable diving as a buddy-pair, prior to entering the water.”

“Important Note: What is their “duty of care?” This is a legal duty on ‘persons’ imposed by law in the United Kingdom. (It may or may not have the same meaning in other countries in the World). In the UK it is for the courts to decide if a ‘duty of care’ has been met should an incident occur and a ruling is required. Divers are therefore advised to take extreme care over meeting their duty of care in the above situation and introducing different techniques to other divers, especially the inexperienced. BSAC would suggest that one diver simply telling another how their non standard AS system was to be applied, moments before entering the water without establishing that the method was fully comprehended, would not sufficiently meet the duty of care.”

“It is recommended by BSAC that divers who use a life supporting technique, eg. Primary Donate, in which they have not been formally trained should seek and obtain a recognised qualification in its application. Insurers and the courts may seek evidence of competency in the event of proceedings or a claim following an incident.”

Regards

Ian
Kingston & Elmbridge
Diving Officer