The Kingston & Elmbridge Junior Snorkellers Club was formed in approx. 1974, when the National Snorkellers Club (N.S.C.), headed by Lionel Blandford, started a training group for children to learn the sport. It was a division of the British Sub Aqua Club (B.S.A.C.), the Governing Body of Sport Diving in the UK and quickly gained a strong following in the diving community.
In 1991 however, B.S.A.C. replaced the N.S.C. in the running of snorkelling clubs around the country, after the sad passing of Mr Blandford. Since then B.S.A.C have managed us with the same enthusiasm and helpfulness, building on to bigger and better practices and training opportunities.
We are now fully regulated by the British Sub Aqua Club, who set the standards that we adhere to, with the aim of increasing the knowledge of the sport to others. Our club has approximately forty members plus instructors, and meets every Tuesday at Xcel Leisure Centre Walton on Thames between 7.30pm and 8.30pm
We regularly hold annual trips to Dorset for the more senior groups to experience snorkelling in the sea. Staying at YHA hostels at either Lulworth Cove, Swanage, or Portland to experience various dive sites in some of the best diving areas in the world. We even organise trips to the various Dive Shows held around the country, and experiences to places like the London Aquarium.
We hold many firsts, being one of the oldest snorkelling clubs in the UK. We were part of the world record attempt to have the most snorkellers in the sea at any one time (Project Wave Makers in aid of Millys Fund); and our current Dive Officer and Senior Instructor, Nick Stevens, a member of the club since 1988, became the youngest Club Senior Instructor at the age of 17 years when the previous leader retired. He then went on to be the youngest Instructor Trainer in the world a few years after that! We were also the first snorkelling club to win a certificate of commendation for the Heinke Trophy.
We hold strong links with the local community, the diving world at large, and work closely with the other snorkelling clubs in Surrey, Woking Scuba and Snorkelling and Dorking Snorkelling Club, to ensure every opportunity is obtained to promote our sport, and to supply excellent experiences to our members.
We have worked hard to make our happy group what it is today, and we look forward to welcoming you as a member in the future…