The dictionary definition of an expedition is "a journey with a purpose". A BSAC expedition is simply a group of BSAC members going diving for a purpose.
BSAC’s Expeditions Advisor aims to increase participation in challenging diving expeditions, promote efficient and safe running of expeditions, and make the plans and results of expeditions available to all BSAC members.
About BSAC’s Expeditions Advisor
BSAC’s Expeditions Advisor, Max Ruffert, is here to advise BSAC members on diving expeditions. He also advises the National Diving Committee (NDC) and in particular the National Diving Officer (NDO), about regionally organised expeditions.
I hope that the following information will be of practical use and encouragement to those taking on the challenging and rewarding role of an Expedition Leader.
Max Ruffert - BSAC Expeditions Advisor
Types of diving expeditions
BSAC national expedition
An Expedition Leader can advertise their expedition at a National level going out to all BSAC members who fulfil the expedition pre-requisites, such as diver grade. They are organised by BSAC First Class Divers or BSAC Advanced Divers (with a First Class Diver Mentor) who have the approval of the BSAC Expedition Officer.
BSAC regional expeditions
Regional expeditions form the Regional Expeditionary Diving Scheme (REDS). This is very similar to a BSAC club expedition but coordinated by the Regional Coaching Team.
BSAC club expedition
Forming a diving club is all about enjoying diving as a club. Planning a diving expedition together can be great fun and very rewarding. Most clubs will organise at least one expedition a year, usually called a ‘club holiday’, but expeditions can be arranged for a variety of things, like:
Club holidays, archaeological projects, a challenging or demanding dive, a trip that requires concentrated training at a remote location, wreck and environmental surveys to name a few.
Once the reason for going on an expedition has been agreed by the club you will want to appoint or approve an Expedition Leader (organiser). BSAC suggest that this person is at least a BSAC Advanced Diver because of their level of training. Other club members will be heavily involved too.