The Annual Diving Incident Report contains details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers from all agencies and backgrounds. The report also includes reports of incidents occurring worldwide where there is some involvement of BSAC members.

The report analyses the background to the incidents and over many years BSAC and other UK based training agencies have constantly revised and updated their training programmes and safety guidance based on the report.

Agencies and organisations take into account developing technology and address training issues highlighted by incident analysis. BSAC monitor and report on diving incidents in the interest of promoting diving safety. The collection of incident information is central to understanding trends in diving safety.

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New report content for 2022 – Jan to Dec 2022

This year BSAC continues to analyse the data held in the incident database by calendar year; the data are therefore presented in this report from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.

All the comparison analysis of historical data has been reconfigured to present calendar year data.

Download and read the BSAC Incident Report 2022


Dive Industry representatives

As well as individuals, many representatives of the Dive Industry and related Groups, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), DDRC Healthcare and other diving organisations (including CFT, IANTD, PADI, RAID, SAA, ScotSAC), and related agencies feed into our system.

Incident Report Presentation

As in previous years the Incidents and Safety Advisor presented the data by online webinar.

Additionally a version of the report tailored for the Diving Industry was presented on 5th December 2023. This was to recognise the existing contribution to the report from the industry and to further widen the awareness of the report and promote continued development of 'lessons learned' from the analysis.

 Safety Advice

The presentation signposted other Safety advice available on this website to further inform all divers, instructors and industry specialists to help promote Safe diving and keep divers safe.

Examples quoted included:


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