HRH The Duke of Cambridge takes the lead at BSAC
The Duke of Cambridge will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to become BSAC’s new President.
He has spoken of how he hopes his Presidency will inspire his little son George and other youngsters to explore the underwater world.
The Duke has taken over the lead from his father, The Prince of Wales, who took over the Presidency from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh.
And he has marked his new presidency by writing a foreword for the June 14 issue of SCUBA magazine.
In the June issue, which is out from the 12 May, The Duke wrote: “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.
“I hope that one day my son, George, will also experience the wonders that snorkelling and scuba diving have to offer.”
BSAC outgoing Chair, Clare Peddie, said: “This is a very proud moment in BSAC’s history to welcome The Duke of Cambridge after his father and grandfather before him.
“It comes just after BSAC’s diamond jubilee and having The Duke at the helm of our organisation as we move into a new era is a huge and special privilege.
“It is also a chance for us to say thank you to his father, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, for the four decades of committed service he has given to BSAC.”
The Duke of Cambridge said: “The underwater world truly captures the imagination and broadens horizons.”
He stressed he was keen to continue his father’s determination to preserve and protect the marine environment, wildlife and heritage.
The Duke added: “I have been fortunate enough to have dived in some stunning locations around the world. 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. Which is why, 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.”
But he also spoke of his own goal as the new BSAC President and said:
“I look forward to working with BSAC to encourage 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.”
To watch a video of BSAC Chief Executive Mary Tetley talking about the announcement and welcoming HRH The Duke of Cambridge to the Club, click here.
Jeff chats to… Christopher Bartlett, MD of Indigo Safaris, about scuba diving and safaris in Africa (5 of 5)
In the last in this exclusive series of five videos, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Christopher Bartlett, Managing Director of Indigo Safaris, about their diving and wildlife adventures, and four of their top destinations. In this episode Christopher talks about Africa.
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PADI makes a splash at Palma International Boat Show
PADI created a buzz at the recent Palma International Boat Show in Mallorca where a real-life PADI branded mermaid engaged exhibitors and guests to showcase their PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Mermaid Courses.
The Palma International Boat Show, a prominent event in the yachting and boating industry, witnessed an impressive gathering of 271 participating companies, alongside a stunning display of 252 boats at sea. Drawing an enthusiastic audience, more than 32,000 people attended the show, setting the stage for PADI to captivate a diverse range of individuals with their mesmerising mermaid concept.
Over the course of two days, the enchanting mermaid made an eye-catching appearance, gracefully circulating among attendees while distributing flyers highlighting the PADI courses. As the summer season approaches, this interactive approach aimed to create awareness and generate interest in PADI’s Open Water Diver and PADI Mermaid courses, inviting water enthusiasts of all ages to explore the wonders of the underwater world.
“Our presence at the Palma International Boat Show allowed us to engage with a wide range of yachting and water sports enthusiasts,” said Josep Lluís Massuet, PADI EMEA Regional Manager, Spain.
“By featuring our PADI branded mermaid, we aimed to capture attention, spark curiosity, and promote our courses that empower individuals to begin their underwater adventures, explore and save the ocean.”
The PADI branded mermaid at the Palma International Boat Show served as a symbol of adventure and environmental stewardship, embodying PADI’s commitment to seek adventure and save the ocean.
For more from PADI, please visit www.padi.com
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