On 23 October 2016 the majority of diver training agencies in the UK, including a representative of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club, held a joint meeting at the NEC to discuss ISO/DIS 18119.2, the draft standard for gas cylinders, seamless steel and seamless aluminium-alloy gas cylinders and tubes periodic inspection and testing.
Our initial objections and concerns were a distinct lack of evidence supporting the proposed change, along with an increase in cost for our members and the wider diving community, and its resulting knock on effect in terms of diving tourism and on diving clubs.
Our representative on the committee has attended the appropriate meetings, and ScotSAC have put our full backing behind opposing the proposed changes. We are working both with BSAC and the other representatives, and independently to represent the best interests of our members in this matter.
Read the full press release here.
You may have read in the diving press about a proposed change in the standards for the periodic testing of gas cylinders from visual testing every 2.5 years and hydraulic testing every 5 years, to visual testing every year and hydraulic testing every 5 years.
This has worrying implications for ScotSAC branches and for individuals. On the cost alone - a considerable rise.
However, the proposed standard BS. EN 18119 failed at the first vote with the UK and several other countries expressing disapproval. The standard will therefore be subject to review. The standard will not be open again to the public consultation which took place last year, but we are delighted to report that ScotSAC now has representation on the appropriate British Standards Committee.
The ScotSAC 2016 AGM will be held at Bannockburn Centre, Glasgow Road, Whins Of Milton, Stirling FK7 0LJ on 11th September 2016 and will begin at 1310hrs.
Members will receive a proxy voting form in the post over the next couple of days. Proxy voting provides full voting ability to all eligible members, whether they are able to attend the AGM or not and you are encourage to use this facility if you're unable to attend the AGM.
This year we have once again reviewed our current Byelaws and have prepared a revised copy of this document which is proposed for approval at the AGM. Further details and an advice note outlining the changes has also been produced.
Nominations have been received, and the following documents are now available for you to download:
Hope to see you all there!
The 2016 AGM will take place in Bannockburn Centre, Stirling, on Sunday 11th September. Further details, meeting calling notice and proxy forms will be issued to all members with our September issue of Scottish Diver.
Under our current byelaws, nominations for Directors on the Board and Members of the National Diving Council must be submitted by 31st July prior to the AGM.
Nominations are now invited for Directors on the Board to fill the following vacancies:
Director – 5 posts
The following Board members remain in post for the duration of their appointment
Mark Berrie (Director)
Rod Edser (Director)
Edna Ewan (Chair)
Gordon Young (National Diving Officer)
In addition to the above posts, nominations are invited for 6 positions of National Diving Council Members. NDC Members are elected for one year.
Job Descriptions for the posts can be found here and clearly define the duties and requirements of the Directors. This ensures any nominee is aware of their duties prior to nomination and of the skills/experience necessary to fulfil the role.
A nomination form is available here or by contacting ScotSAC Headquarters. All nominations for Directors or NDC Members and any resolutions for changes to the Byelaws must be received at ScotSAC HQ by 31st July 2016. In the event of any multiple nominations, ballot papers and personal statements will be circulated along with the AGM notice. Please refer to the Byelaws and Articles of Association for further information.