The Duke of Cambridge has become patron of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), which regulates scuba diving in the UK, and has admitted he wants his son to take up scuba diving! BSAC, who has over 120 centres and represents over 30,000 divers and snorkelers in the UK, have made William their new patron, and The Duke is keen for George to take up the sport and share his passion for the underwater world. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales and have previously held this position, Charles doing so for 40 years, so William will be following in his family’s footsteps.
To mark this new position, William wrote a forward for SCUBA magazine, the BSAC’s publication, saying: “Just like my grandfather and my father, I am proud to say that I learnt to dive with BSAC, and share your passion for the sport and the underwater world. As BSAC’s new President, I hope to continue my father’s legacy of striving to preserve and protect our precious marine heritage and environment for future generations.
“I look forward to encouraging even more young people into the sport, for they are the next generation of underwater explorers, pioneers and protectors. The skills and experiences gained through snorkelling and scuba diving can have a positive and lasting impact on their lives, giving them confidence and building their aspirations.”
William learnt to dive as a child and throughout his life has dived in some diver’s paradises around the world, including the Maldives, the Seychelles and exclusive island retreat Mustique, all of which he has visited on holiday with wife, Catherine.
“I have been fortunate enough to have dived in some stunning locations around the world.” the Duke said to SCUBA magazine. “Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world.”
“I hope that one day my son, George, will also experience the wonders that snorkelling and scuba diving have to offer.” Though only 9 months old, it seems The Duke is keen to get Prince George into a wet-suit and fins, perhaps to prepare George for role as patron of the British Sub-Aqua Club in future?
If the gifts received for the young Prince on The Cambridge’s recent tour of Australia and New Zealand are anything to go by, George will have many a water-based pastime as he grows!
Photos: Ⓒ Chloe Howard 2013 and Government House NZ /Woolf/Crown