We have an award winning Snorkelling group within our branch who share the pool with the divers and are an active part of the club, we welcome members from as young as six and can teach all of BSAC’s Snorkel grades from Dolphin Snorkeller up to Advanced Snorkeller. (ECSAC were awarded the accolade of Snorkeling Branch of the Year by the British Sub Aqua Club).

When do we meet?


We meet at Macclesfield Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings. We run courses for individuals and families as well as Scouts and other groups, on a course by course basis. Please contact us to arrange your place on the next available course.  The pool session runs from 8:00pm to 9.00pm. Please allow 15 minutes before your session is due to start.

email Mike Vale our Snorkel Leader for more information.

What do we do?

This section of the club exists to teach young and old how to safely enjoy the sport of snorkelling, and to introduce you to the fantastic world under the sea.


The club training is based on progressing through a series of BSAC courses.

We have a number of dedicated Snorkel Instructors including our latest instructor, Jo Watson, who was featured in Scuba magazine!

Theory lectures are given to complement practical sessions in the pool (much of this is similar to topics covered in Science at school). Advancement occurs at your own pace, through several grades:

  • Basic Snorkel Diver
  • Snorkel Diver
  • Ocean Snorkel Diver
  • Advanced Ocean Snorkel Diver
  • Snorkel Dive Marshall

Basic training is also given in first-aid, rescue and resuscitation techniques as part of the Snorkel lifesaver award.

There are also opportunities to train as Instructors and Assistant Instructors. We run Assistant Instructor courses within the branch and facilitate attendance at regional instructor courses.


snorkel3During the summer months, the club organises day trips so that open water skills can be taught and tested.
Recent trips have included Anglesey and Coniston Water and Devil’s Bridge which were all excellent days out.


snorkel1The club will provide you with basic equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for your first few sessions. Once you have settled in, you will be expected to obtain your own equipment. Before purchasing any equipment, it is recommended that you talk to any of the instructors for advice. You will also learn the basics of equipment choice and maintenance early in your training.

Safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults

ECSAC has adopted and implemented Buddy Guard the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Procedures.

Download the Policy here.

All queries regarding safeguarding should be addressed to our Club Welfare Officer either by phoning 01625 502367 (24 hour answering machine), email to or by letter to Club Welfare Officer, East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club, Lower Bank Street, Macclesfield, SK11 7HL