The Duke of Cambridge has followed in the footsteps of his father, the Prince of Wales, and grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, by taking on the role of president of the British Sub-Aqua Club (Bsac).
Speaking exclusively to Scuba magazine he said:
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 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.
Bsac chairman Clare Peddie spoke of the Duke of Cambridge appointment saying:
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, the Prince of Wales, for the four decades of committed service he has given to Bsac.
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