Prince William has held a number of titles over the years and in May 2014 received another when he was named President of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). His appointment continues the organisations association with the royal family, with the Duke of Cambridge following in the footsteps of his father, Prince Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip, in taking the role of President.
It was through BSAC that Prince William first learned to scuba dive and the club has been at the forefront of training and support for those interested in diving since it was founded in 1953. They offer training programmes at their dive centres and affiliated clubs for all levels of skill from complete novices to instructor courses and currently represent in excess of 30,000 snorkellers and scuba divers.
One of Prince William’s first acts as President was a contribution to the June edition of SCUBA magazine. He penned a foreword for this in which he stated how proud he was to be taking on the role and that he intended to carry on the important work of his father in protecting the marine environment to preserve its heritage and wildlife for future generations.
He also told of his hope that his son, Prince George, would grow up to enjoy the wonders of snorkelling and scuba diving as much as himself and that he would work with BSAC to encourage other youngsters into the sport. Prince William has been fortunate to have dived in a number of beautiful spots around the world and this has allowed him to enjoy many stunning sights. It has also gained him an understanding of the responsibilities mankind has in protecting the underwater world, which should stand him in good stead for his new role.
BSAC Chair Clare Peddie thanked Prince Charles for the work he undertook during his four decades as President of the organisation. She also told of how proud they were to welcome Prince William to the role and that it was a special privilege to have him at the helm as they moved forward to a new era.