The British Sub-Aqua Club is launching a new campaign to support the organization’s colleagues and friends in the charter boat industry.
The “Save Our Skippers” (SOS) campaign is encouraging BSAC members to “use it or lose it” when it comes to the services charter boats provide, and book them to support club activity.
Several charter boat operators have highlighted concerns that the industry is struggling due to low booking numbers. BSAC is launching the SOS campaign to raise awareness of this and encourage more divers to use charter boat services.
The skills and expertise of experienced skippers and crew are crucial when it comes to many mission-focused expeditions run by some of BSAC’s more experienced divers. It also reduces costs as you don’t have to maintain the boat.
BSAC Chief Executive Mary Tetley says:
“Charter boats are also a great way to organise a club day trip, keeping the focus on safe and sociable diving, rather than running the boat — not to mention supplying copious cups of tea!”
Additionally, BSAC will now be working with divers and charter boat skippers to showcase some of the innovative dive projects being carried out and share their stories, like the Scapa 100 project and the Normandy 75 expedition.
“We are keen to do all we can to minimize the risk of losing this vital resource from UK waters, so we are encouraging BSAC divers to support the charter boat industry by using them whenever appropriate.”
BSAC is also pledging to celebrate collaborations between charter boat companies and BSAC divers, sharing stories and highlighting the best and most exciting diving the UK has to offer.
So if you’re a BSAC diver working on a project with a charter boat company which you would like the organization to showcase, send Mary Tetley an email to [email protected].
(Photo credit: Jane Morgan)