Example Expedition Plans for FCD
A couple example Expedition Plans are provided below for guidance as to the standard expected and for inspiration.
Example FCD Expedition Plan
This plan sets out 4 days of mixed gas diving using a hard boat out of Eyemouth. A considerable amount of thought and planning behind the diving is evident as you read the plan, grounded in real diving experience. It achieved a MERIT grade. The author has put this plan or variations of it into practice on a number of occasions.
Example Expedition Plan for BEGS Application
This expedition plan was written mainly to meet the requirements of BEGS funding application but was also written to meet most of the FCD criteria. The week long expedition sought to look to find the wreck of the SS Cathcartpark and conduct Seasearch surveys in the area. The expedition was carried out during a period of particularly inclement weather which limited the diving mainly to back up sites. The report can be found on the members only section in the Expedition Part of the BSAC website.
Example Expedition Website for inspiration
Exercise Jurassic Shark and Jurassic Shark II were expeditions organised by Major Andy Reid, a BSAC First Class Diver and Fellow of Royal Geographical Society. He has won the BSAC expedition trophy twice and for the second of the Jurassic Shark expeditions received the Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for the British Sub-Aqua Club. These expeditions are fantastic examples of a major scientific project. The production of a website like this is not a requirement for FCD. However, it is hoped that potential FCDs will get some good ideas from the content of this site.
The Expedition Manual should be considered essential reading for all First Class Divers. Written by past and present FCD Chief Examiners.