Friday, December 16, 2005

NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005

Dr. Omar Sanchez recommends a visit to the NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005 , from The British Sub-Aqua Club,
Available at: http://www.bsac.org/techserv/increp05/intro.htm

From Buenos Aires, Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc.

NDC Diving Incidents Report 2005

Compiled by Brian Cumming
DivingSafety & Incidents Advisor

Introduction

This section contains the 2005 Diving Incidents Report, produced by The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) in the interest of promoting diving safety. It is important to note that it contains details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers of all affiliations, plus incidents occurring world-wide involving BSAC members.
Report Format
The majority of statistical information contained within this report is also shown in graphical form. Please note that all statistical information is generally produced from UK data only and does not include Overseas Incidents unless noted as ‘All Incidents’.

The contents of this report are split into an overview of the year, and then the details of nine incident categories plus some historical analyses. The various sections can be found as shown below;


i) Overview
ii) Fatalities
iii) Decompression Incidents
iv) Injury / illness
v) Boating & Surface Incidents
vi) Ascent Problems
vii) Technique Problems
viii) Equipment Problems
ix) Miscellaneous Incidents
x) Overseas Incidents
xi) Numerical & Statistical Analyses
xii) List of Abbreviations


Within each category the incidents are listed in the order of their occurrence, not necessarily that of Incident Reference. They are laid out in the following form:


MONTH/YR OF INCIDENT INCIDENT REF.
Brief Narrative of Incident....................................
..............................................................................

The nature of many diving incidents is such that there is usually more than one cause or effect. Where this is the case the incident has been classified under the more appropriate cause or effect. For instance an incident involving a fast ascent, causing decompression illness will be classified under 'Decompression Incidents'.

Brian Cumming,
BSAC Diving Incidents Advisor,
November 2005,