Returning to Diving: HSAC summary of current BSAC guidance

BSAC has published extensive guidance for returning to diving on its website. The committee has drafted this summary so HSAC members are aware of the new rules, guidance and advice. All members should read this and refer to the BSAC website before they start diving. If people have questions or concerns, contact the Diving Officer (Richard Clegg divingofficer@hackneydiving.org) or another committee member. To the best of our understanding this information is correct as of 18th June 2020.

Medical

If you have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 you must seek advice from a UK DMC Medical referee before returning to diving. If you have suffered significant symptoms of COVID-19 you must be signed off by a medical referee before diving.

We require a new medical declaration from all club members before they can dive in the pool or open water. Medical declarations or sign off from a doctor must be sent to the membership officer (Jane Ahn membership@hackneydiving.org).
Download medical form here

Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/medical-guidance/

Travel

According to the current government guidance we should avoid sharing a car with someone outside our household/bubble and should wear protection if we do. We should be taking public transport as little as possible and not at peak hours. We still cannot travel when it involves an overnight stay

Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/travel-guidance/

Equipment

There is a risk of the virus spreading through shared diving equipment. To minimise the risk everyone should use their own kit if they have it. If trainees need to use club kit, you need to contact Garry or Chris in advance and a set of HSAC kit will be assigned to you, for your use only. You will be responsible for cleaning it and storing it at home. If you cannot store or carry kit to/from your house please let Garry or Chris (equipment@hackneydiving.org) know and we will make alternative arrangements.
Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/equipment-guidance/ 

Shore/Quarry diving

Some inland sites are now allowing bookings. Government advice is that you maintain 2m distance where possible. BSAC advice is that you try to maintain 2m but obviously it can be necessary to help people kit up. In this case you should be wearing face masks and facing away from each other if possible. A maximum of 6 people can be in the party. As usual, please inform the Diving Officer (Richard Clegg divingofficer@hackneydiving.org) about any dives. With more than 2 people you need a Dive Manager.
Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/shore-diving-guidance/

Pool diving

Currently pools are closed but we anticipate government advice may soon change, allowing us access to York Hall. We will not be doing rescue drills and will modify drills so we never need to share regulators (eg testing octopus regs). We will update the pool advice as the situation changes.
Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/swimming-pool-guidance/

Boat diving

No charter boats are currently allowed. If government advice changes, we anticipate a maximum of six people on the boat. More advice will follow soon.
Full BSAC guidance: https://www.bsac.com/document/boat-diving-charter-boats/

Link to all BSAC guidance:
https://www.bsac.com/advice-and-support/covid-19-advice-and-support/safe-return-to-diving-guidance/

Link to medical declaration form: https://www.bsac.com/safety/medical-matters-and-medical-forms/diving-fitness-and-medical-information/