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Risk Assessment


Dive Manager

In this world of increasing litigation Committees, Branch Officers and individuals need to be able to provide evidence that activities they have sanctioned or are running will be conducted with the minimum of risk to participants, bystanders and the public.

With this in mind BSAC recommends that all activities, diving and social, are to be assessed for relevant risks. Whether an activity should proceed shall depend on the judgement of the individual carrying out the risk assessment(s).

Throughout the BSAC Diver Training Programme, Safe Diving Practices and Skill Development Course content, there are considerations of Risk Assessment.

The Risk assessment objectives
The overall objectives of the BSAC's risk assessment guidance are:

  1. To place the emphasis on the prevention of incidents rather than on the actions needed to resolve them
  2. To reduce the number and seriousness of diving incidents
  3. To continue to promote safe diving practices to all divers
  4. To ensure that divers can enjoy their sport safely

Risk Assessment resources - overview
For some sheltered water and inland dive sites, it is necessary to submit a risk assessment of diving activities as part of the application. Also, producing a generic risk assessment document for all open-water diving is beneficial as reference for members planning and managing dives.

How to use the Risk Assessment resources
Various documents have been prepared by BSAC to give guidance to members on how to perform risk assessments appropriate to their diver training and diving activities for all environments. There are guidelines and a wealth of reference material available to view and download from this section.

Risk Assessment presentation
BSAC have produced a presentation that can be used by branches.

See the various factsheets covering all aspects of risk assessment.