BSAC Incident Report publishes

Incident level remains depressingly constant

Author: Pat
3rd April 2012

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The British Sub-Aqua Club’s annual catalogue of mistakes, errors and incidents has just been published.

Despite a push to improve safety, the total number of reported incidents remains roughly in line with previous years.

an invaluable resource

There were a total of 375 incidents throughout the UK, with diver age and health issues emerging as critical factors implicated in fatalities.

There were fewer ascent related problems last year, but more problems with boats, boat traffic and lost divers.

Brian Cumming, the National Diving Committee’s Diving Safety and Incidents Advisor, spoke positively about the report.

He reiterated it was an invaluable resource in the continued promotion for safe diving practices.

“As has been stated many times before, most of the incidents reported within this document could have been avoided had those involved followed a few basic principles of safe diving practice.

“Please browse through the details in this report and use them to learn from others’ mistakes.”

He added: “They have had the courage and generosity to record their experiences for publication, the least that we can do is to use this information to avoid similar problems.”

The Annual Diving Incident Report 2011 is available to download from the BSAC website.

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