BSAC, acting as the National Governing Body for Scuba diving and working with SAA and PADI, has been negotiating on behalf of all divers and diver training agencies with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with respect to the interpretation of the legal requirements for divers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA).
The initial guidance, issued on an MMO website for divers in 2012, challenged safe diving practices and was restrictive on normal diving activities. After lengthy consultation, a set of guidelines for all divers diving in English waters has now been agreed. These guidelines enable divers to go about their standard normal diving and training activities without a requirement for a licence and divers can use the guidelines to ensure that they remain within the law.
Activities that do not now require notification or a licence include:
Deploying and recovering temporary shot lines for divers
For other certain activities, the MMO still requires either prior notification or an application for a licence; the MMO can be consulted for guidance in these cases. Similar guidance will be available in due course for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish waters.
All diver-training agencies active in England endorse these guidelines and actively encourage their instructors, members and divers to abide by them.
For further guidance please refer to the Marine Licensing: Guidance for Recreational Divers information sheet (pdf)
FOR ALL ADDITIONAL QUERIES OR QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE
NEW GUIDELINES, PLEASE CONTACT THE MARINE
MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION (MMO) DIRECT:
This update has been issued by:
British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)
Global Underwater Explorers (GUE)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Professional Scuba Association International (PSAI)
Scuba Schools International (SSI)
Sub Aqua Association (SAA)
Scuba Diving International; Technical Diving International (TDI, SDI)