Members of NDC are volunteers led and appointed by BSAC's National Diving Officer (NDO), Dai Atkins. They bring a wealth of experience and work to support and develop all aspects of diving, snorkelling and training within BSAC.

The National Diving Committee (NDC) is always interested in hearing feedback from members. You may have an idea for an improvement or have a frustration that you would love to be resolved. Whatever it is, good or bad, please let it know. Feedback is welcomed and encouraged from all, from Ocean Divers in training through to members with many years’ of diving and training experience.

Email National Diving Officer (NDO) Dai

The NDC is made up of various specialist groups, as follows.

NDC Steering group

What we do

The NDC steering group forms a direct advisory group to the National Diving Officer and meets regularly to share information on the progress of projects and to plan future activities within their groups. 

The Steering Group's remit is to ensure that a consistent approach is adopted by all those delegated responsibilities by the NDO and to avoid duplication of effort. Email us for more information

The team

National Diving Officer

Dai Atkins Email Dai

Diver Training Group Lead

Sophie Rennie Email Sophie

Instructor Training Group Lead

Ginge Crook Email Ginge

Safety Group Lead

Jon Parlour Email Jon

Product Development Group Lead

Adrian Collier Email Adrian

Technical Chief Examiner

Dom Robinson Email Dom

Coaching Advisor

Mark Paisey Email Mark

HQ / Administrative Liaison

Jim Watson Email Jim


Diver Training group

The team

National Diving Officer

Dai Atkins Email Dai

Diver Training Group Lead

Sophie Rennie Email Sophie

Diving for All (DfA) Chief Instructor

Dennis Wigg Email Dennis

First Class Diver (FCD) Chief Examiner

Rob Sewell Email Rob

Snorkel Chief Examiner

Ade Cadman Email Ade

Expeditions Coordinator

Andy Hunt Email Andy

BSAC Expeditions Grants Scheme (BEGS) Officer

Max Ruffert Email Max

Diver Training Programme (DTP) Review

Sophie Rennie / Ginge Crook Email DTP Review

Skill Development Courses (SDC) Review

  Email SDC Review

Seamanship Coordinator

Hywel Dyer Email Hywel

Coaching Advisor

Mark Paisey Email Mark

Centres Advisor

Michelle Haywood Email Michelle

HQ / Administrative Liaison

Jim Watson Email Jim

Heritage Advisor

Jane Maddocks Email Jane

Military Advisor

Dom Robinson Email Dom

Scientific Advisor

Gavin Anthony Email Gavin

Universities Advisor

Alex Bicheno  


Instructor Training Group

What we do

The Instructor Training Group look after instructor training within BSAC, from the Instructor Foundation Course through to the National Instructor Exam. The team, all volunteers, are tasked with monitoring, refining and keeping up to date the instructor grades. They also look towards any improvements that can be made.

Importantly, the team are also active and enthusiastic members of the Instructor Training Scheme, practising what they preach! Email us for more information

The team

Instructor Training Group Lead

The Instructor Training Group (ITG) Leader's role is to provide direction and coordinated support for his team and ensure everyone is working towards the defined objectives of the Group, NDC and BSAC Council. The ITG Leader is also a link between the ITG and other Groups by being on the NDC Steering Group. 

Ginge Crook Email Ginge

Instructor Training Scheme (ITS) Staff Development

Ginge Crook Email ITS Dev

Instructor Training Scheme (ITS) Quality Assurance

Jamie Heptonstall  

National Instructor (NI) Chief Examiner

The National Instructor Chief Examiner plans and manages the annual national instructor chief examiner UK NI exam and awards the qualification of National Instructor to successful candidates. This is the highest instructional qualification awarded by the BSAC and is examined over four days. 

Dave Sydenham Email Dave

Advanced Instructor (AI) Chief Examiner

The Advanced Instructor Chief Examiner ensures consistency of AI exams for both UK and overseas events and awards the qualification of Advanced Instructor to successful candidates. The AI Chief Examiner also implements the current criteria, analyses all examination results and moderates reports from events, advising of any anomalies that arise. 

Steve Capes Email Steve

Advanced Instructor (AI) Chief Instructor

   

Open Water Instructor (OWI) Chief Examiner

The Open Water Instructor (OWI) Chief Examiner ensures consistency of all exams relating to the OWI qualification for both UK and overseas events, as well as awarding the qualification of Open Water Instructor to successful candidates. The OWI Chief Examiner also implements the current criteria, analyses all examination results and moderates reports from events, advising of any anomalies that arise. 

Luisa Smith Email Luisa

Open Water Instructor (OWI) Course Development

Andy Jarvis / Simon Child Email OWI Dev

Instructor Training Scheme (ITS) Manager

Andy Jarvis  

HQ / Administrative Liaison

Jim Watson Email Jim


Technical Training Group

What we do

Since the introduction of Nitrox in the early 1990s, the sport of diving has evolved radically and rapidly. The evolution of rebreathers and mixed gas diving has without question altered many divers' perception on the definition of sport diving. 

The Technical Team has been given the remit of reviewing current and future dive trends and to investigate the practical and safe integration of the more readily available technologies into BSAC. Part of the role is to educate divers by demystifying 'technical diving' and to ensure the timely evolution of the BSAC Diver Training Programme.

In order to address this scope of works, the BSAC is combining together all the technical elements under one mantle to enable a more pragmatic and cost-effective approach to the management of 'technical diving' and its associated issues. 

In addition, to provide more clarity to the BSAC membership when addressing issues and concerns. This is achieved through a network of designated representatives under the respective areas of responsibility and additional support from a range of advisors with specialist knowledge. Email us for more information

The team

Technical Training Group Lead

Dai Atkins Email Dai

Technical Chief Examiner

Dom Robinson Email Dom

Twinset / ADP Development

Scott Morgan  

Sidemount Development

Simon Fryer  

Advanced Wreck Development

John Adams  

DPV Development

Tim Gort  

Primary Donate Development

Alex Warzynski  

Mixed Gas OC Development

Dai Atkins  

Mixed Gas CCR Development

Will Schwarz  

CCR Air Diluent Development

Andy Botten   

Poseidon Se7en CCR Development

Gary Fell  

Liberty CCR Development

Nick Jewson  

HQ / Administrative Liaison

Jim Watson Email Jim


Safety Group

The team

Safety Group Lead

Jon Parlour Email Jon

Safety Chief Instructor

Jon Parlour Email Jon

Safety Advisor

Jim Watson Email Jim

Incident Analysis

Prof. Clare Peddie Email Clare

First Aid Development

John Adams  

AED Development

Ron Evans  

Lifesaver / Advanced Lifesaver Development

Ginge Crook  

HQ / Administrative Liaison

Jim Watson Email Jim


Product Development Group

The team

Product Development Group Lead

Adrian Collier Email Adrian

NDC Branches Rep

Sophie Heptonstall  

NDC Centres Rep

John Adams  

Council Rep

Davs Brander Email Davs

HQ Finance

Wendy Meadows Email Wendy

HQ Marketing

Debbie Powell Email Debs

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