The British Sub-Aqua Membership (BSAC) has launched its newest annual Diving Incident Report, exhibiting that UK diving had largely returned to pre-pandemic ranges by April of 2021, with the variety of incidents subsequently reported similar to 2019.
Because the Nationwide Governing Physique for UK scuba diving, BSAC has been compiling annual experiences on diving incidents within the UK, from all diver coaching businesses, for nearly 60 years. The information is gathered largely from indivuals by means of the BSAC incident report types, with extra knowledge being offered by the Maritime and Coastguard Company (MCA), Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment (RNLI), Well being and Security Government (HSE), DDRC Healthcare and different diving organisations and businesses.
The 2021 Diving Incident Report has recorded a complete of 235 incidents – 17 of which have been abroad – and a complete of 16 fatalities for the yr, in comparison with 354 incidents – 84 of which have been abroad – and 13 fatalities in 2019.
Decompression sickness was essentially the most reported type of incident, adopted by floor/boat incidents and accidents. There was additionally a slight enhance within the variety of equipment-related incidents, with proof that some equiment failures could also be associated to a protracted layoff in diving.
Of the fatalities, the report signifies that ‘separation and solo diving’ have been key elements within the incidents; three instances have been confirmed as heart-attacks with the general common age being 54.9 years of age, in comparison with 58.2 in 2019
As BSAC continues to observe the occurence of immersion polumonary oedema (IPO) in scuba diving incidents, the report notes that doable indicators or signs of IPO have been present in 12 of the full variety of incidents reported, though none have been confirmed.
BSAC Incident Advisor Jim Watson mentioned: ‘As with earlier Incident Studies printed over a few years, some incidents reported in 2021 may presumably have been averted had these concerned adopted a number of fundamental rules of protected diving follow. As well as, lots of the unavoidable incidents are prevented from escalating into one thing extra critical by the immediate utilisation of rescue abilities and the fast help of the rescue companies.
‘BSAC publishes on-line recommendation on ‘Secure Diving‘ summarising all the important thing components of protected diving follow, and we urge all divers to make sure gear is maintained correctly and to guage their very own private health ranges,’ added Watson. ‘Incident evaluation reveals that by means of steady coaching, abilities follow and cautious dive planning divers are in a position to enormously scale back their possibilities of struggling an incident.’
The 2021 incident report is accessible to obtain on-line at bsac.com/incidentreport. BSAC may also current its findings to dive business professionals by means of a brand new webinar on Monday 28 November 2022 at 2pm. Instructors and dive professionals from all businesses are invited to attend on a first-come, first served foundation. Anybody wishing to attend can register on-line, and a recording of the webinar will probably be accessible afterwards.
Divers can report incidents confidentially at any time on-line at bsac.com/incidentreporting