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Dive Definitions

The below is designed to provide you – either as a Diving Officer/Branch Officer or as a BSAC member – with guidance on what we define as diving within as well as outside of BSAC’s ‘Safe Diving’ and the associated responsibilities. If you have any further questions regarding these dive definitions and responsibilities please contact the Diver Resources Team on drt@bsac.com or 0151 350 6203.

Authorised Branch Dives

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Dive definition
DO Responsibility
Member Responsibility
Example
Diving within current “Safe Diving"
If the dive is conducted with DO approval, DO accepts full responsibility for the dive. The DO is accountable to ensure that the person appointed as the Dive Manager is properly qualified and experienced for the task and will manage operations so as to be within current “Safe Diving".
To comply with “Safe Diving"
and with the instructions given by the appointed Dive Manager. To report to the Dive Manager any departures from ”Safe Diving” whether planned or unplanned. To be aware that ”Safe Diving” and DO or Dive Manager’s instructions are designed to minimise risk and maximise safety of the diver and others. Deliberate contravention may result in the DO taking action to protect BSAC members and other divers.
DOs may refer to the document
BSAC Volunteers – Procedure for change of status" in the event of required action.
Any DO authorised dive.

DO may sanction all Dive Leader (and above) in club to organise and run branch dives to known locations without notification unless training is to be conducted or inexperienced members (e.g. Ocean Divers) are in attendance.

DO may sanction all Advanced Divers (and above) in club to organise and run branch dives to unknown locations without notification unless training is to be conducted or inexperienced members are in attendance.
If the dive is conducted without DO approval, the DO is not responsible for the dive but is still responsible for the conduct of branch training and previously awarded qualifications.
To comply with “Safe Diving". Deliberate contravention may result in the DO taking action to protect BSAC members and other divers.
Warning: the dive manager, the most experienced diver and/or the member may be held responsible for any adverse consequences of the dive.
A BSAC member diving on holiday

A BSAC member diving on a shuttle boat

A BSAC diver attending a BSAC course (and therefore not requiring the approval of the branch DO)



Diving outside current “Safe Diving"
A DO must not permit or sanction plans to dive outside current ”Safe Diving” and they should warn the members accordingly. Although they are not accountable for the dive, the DO would still be accountable for previous BSAC training and qualifications awarded.
Member is not able to dispense with legal responsibility of “duty of care”. Members must recognise that the further away they stray from recommended guidelines (”Safe Diving”.), they expose themselves to a greater risk of incidents and a greater risk of litigation.

To be aware that ”Safe Diving” is designed to minimise risk and maximise safety of the diver and others. Deliberate contravention may result in the DO taking action to protect BSAC members and other divers.
DOs may refer to the document
BSAC Volunteers – Procedure for change of statusin the event of required action.

Note: disclaimers accepting personal responsibility or absolving others of responsibility for personal injury or death have no validity in UK law. It is not possible to avoid responsibility for negligence through disclaimers.
A diver exceeding the depth to which they are qualified to dive.

Solo Diving