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Diving Incidents

BSAC has recorded and reported on Diving Incidents since 1964. The lessons learned from Incidents are relevant to all divers regardless of their training and diving background and the document Safe Diving is a valuable resource of considered advice that we would encourage all divers to follow.

Incident Reporting

Collection of incident information is central to understanding trends in diving. Many individuals and groups, including the MCA, RNLI, BHA, NWSF and other diving organisations feed into our system but the vast majority of reports come from individuals. The Incident Report Form is the basis for this information gathering and is available as a .pdf form which you can download and complete.

Press Information

When the occasional serious incident does occur it is important to maintain an understanding of the context of the activity and this section contains information that is relevant to both the press and friends and families of those involved.


DDRC Diving Accident Manual

Available form the shop this waterproof manual is intended as a guide to aid the recognition and initial management of a diving accident.