Rutley dives in at scuba event

Macclesfield Express - - NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S MP David Rutley plunged into the deep end of a swimming pool dur­ing a re­cent ‘Try Dive’ taster ses­sion.

The event, or­gan­ised by East Cheshire Sub-Aqua Club ( ECSAC), took place at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre.

ECSAC is a not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based in the town which has been an ac­tive part of its com­mu­nity for more than 50 years.

The club of­fers ex­pe­ri­ence of wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties that re­quire spe­cial­ist equip­ment and qual­i­fied tu­ition for peo­ple of all ages which are taught in a friendly and ex­pe­ri­enced en­vi­ron­ment.

ECSAC is also cur­rently in the process of hav­ing a grant ap­pli­ca­tion con­sid- ered by Sport Eng­land, which if suc­cess­ful would pro­vide funds for much needed new en­gines for its boat. David has writ­ten to Sport Eng­land in support of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

David said: “Tak­ing part in the ‘Try Dive’ was great fun and I hope that many more peo­ple have the chance to take part in fu­ture ses­sions. I was very pleased to be able to support the im­por­tant grant ap­pli­ca­tion and wish the club con­tin­ued suc­cess for the fu­ture.”

ECSAC en­joys strong links with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as lo­cal Scout groups and Sea Search Marine Con­ser­va­tion. It is also pro­motes en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness through lec­tures and pre­sen­ta­tion evenings on sub­jects such as marine ar­chae­ol­ogy and marine life preser­va­tion.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing div­ing mem­ber­ships, ECSAC also pro­vides so­cial mem­ber­ships, so that any­one can feel an ac­tive mem­ber of the group, even if they pre­fer to stay on dry land. As well as hold­ing popular weekly div­ing ses­sions at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, ECSAC is keen to give par­tic­i­pants as much ex­pe­ri­ence of open wa­ter div­ing as pos­si­ble, by mak­ing reg­u­lar trips to out­door div­ing lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide. Dur­ing last sum­mer the club or­gan­ised ex­pe­di­tions to An­gle­sey, Ply­mouth and Mull, in ad­di­tion to vis­it­ing the Nemo33 deep in­door div­ing fa­cil­ity near Brussels.

To find out more about the club go to its web­site at www.ecsac.org.uk.

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