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blue o two’s Red Sea fleet gets a makeover

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blueotwo_LOGO_Hi_Res_2013_CMYKUK-based diving tour operator blue o two have upgraded their Red Sea fleet.

M/Y blue Fin, M/Y blue Horizon, M/Y blue Melody and M/Y Red Sea Adventurer have had a team of over 100 people working hard on each vessel over the last few months, updating both the interior and exterior of each boat.

Guests on board any one of the Red Sea fleet can spend their evenings in redecorated cabins with new fixtures and fittings, carpets and colour schemes.

The inside saloon of M/Y blue Fin in particular has been spoilt with up-to-date blinds and carpets, as well as new food and drink facilities to ensure ease for all guests making use of the saloon area at different times of the day in between dives.

Leaving the tranquil experience of the underwater world to the crystal blue surface above and on deck, a sky lounge sun deck has been created onboard M/Y blue Melody for the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day full of diving, providing a serene infinity view of the sea from mid deck surrounded by open space and brand new teak furniture.

Not only has M/Y blue Melody been fitted with a sky lounge sun deck, but the sun deck on board M/Y blue Horizon is now new and improved, extended by 1.5 metres, enhancing the infinity view of the sea from mid deck with a brand new Jacuzzi. Guests can bubble their evenings away taking advantage of the peaceful view whilst sharing their experiences from their day of diving.

Continuing the effortless layout of the vessels, bar areas in both the main saloon and on the sun deck of M/Y Red Sea Adventurer have been completely redesigned to create an open and comfortable space. M/Y Red Sea Adventurer has also received a complete new paint scheme, whilst the outside of the rest of the Red Sea fleet have been given a fresh lick of paint for an extra sleek look.

Built by divers, for divers, these incredible vessels allow guests to experience a variety of the top dive sites in the Red Sea. Basking in spectacular scenery and gliding above the rich and diverse ecosystem, the Red Sea is unique with a marine paradise that offers some of the most spectacular diving in the world.

blue o two provides a selection of itineraries to choose from ensuring everything that the Red Sea offers is included in an exciting trip for all. From the famous Northern Wrecks & Reefs to Daedalus & St Johns in the South, divers will witness the wonders of nature and experience a trip of a lifetime.

For more information about blue o two and their scuba diving holidays, visit www.blueotwo.com. Alternatively, contact the blue o two team by emailing divingholidays@blueotwo.com or by calling +44 (0)1752 480808.

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Students’ litter picking data to help clean up UK seas

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The Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean invites schools across the country to clean up the UK’s seas, no matter where they are.

The Marine Conservation Society has developed a suite of new educational resources for this year’s Great British Beach Clean, running from 17th to 26th September. There’s plenty of opportunity for students to get involved in a beach clean or inland litter pick and learn about ocean pollution no matter where they are.

The charity has created a pack of lessons and resources for primary and secondary ages focusing on marine litter. Students can explore the plastics problem from their classroom or take part in their own beach, street, park or playground clean.

Jenny Griffiths, Education Manager at the Marine Conservation Society: “The Great British Beach Clean is a fantastic way to bring the issue of ocean pollution to life. Whether you’re by the beach or miles from it, we’ve created a pack of helpful resources to engage young people with the issue of littering and explore the link to beach and ocean pollution. As well as in class and outdoor learning, our resources will help young people to identify practical ways we can all play a part in reducing marine litter and raise awareness of this important issue.”

For schools by the coast, students can take part in a beach clean and help gather data for the Marine Conservation Society using the charity’s survey form. Inland, the charity’s Source to Sea Litter Quest is a great way to illustrate how far pollution travels to make it to the ocean. The Litter Quest form pulls out some of the most common litter items on UK beaches and asks volunteers inland to see how many they can spot.

By taking part in the Litter Quest students can help to stop pollution at its source and keep the UK’s beaches clean from miles away.

Last year, Marine Conservation Society volunteers found an average of 425 items of litter for every 100 metres of beach cleaned in the UK. Inland, 70% of litter picks taking place on streets and in parks found PPE litter, 99% found drinks containers.

Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society: “All of the data our volunteers collect on beaches, streets and parks across the country helps to make a real difference. Data collected in previous years has helped us make the case for the 5p carrier bag charges across the UK. We’re now pushing for Deposit Return Schemes for all sizes and types of drinks containers. We hope that a deposit on these will mean that in the future, we won’t be seeing cans and bottles littered and data such as this helps us show just how significant this change can be.”

The data also helps the charity to see the impact of things like the 5p carrier bag charges. Since their introduction from 2011 in Wales the charity has seen a 55% drop in the amount of single-use plastic bags found across UK beaches. The more data volunteers collect, the more policies the charity can push for to make beach and ocean pollution a thing of the past.   

Teachers can find all the resources for the Great British Beach Clean, and Litter Quest, on the Marine Conservation Society’s website. Resources are available for primary and secondary ages and are suitable for schools and groups. 

Images by Alisdair Naulls

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Typhoon International’s new Storm3 Boot

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Typhoon International has introduced the Storm3 Boot, a wonderfully comfortable semi-soft boot that combines the comfort and thermal protection of a ‘wetsuit for the feet’ with a sturdy midweight sole for getting around on the water’s edge. A reinforced heel and toe provides even greater durability while maximising support at the same time.

The Storm3 Boot is made of 3mm neoprene, a popular thickness for year round use.  The neoprene fabric is super-stretchy so your feet and ankles can bend and flex the way they want to without any restriction.  A comfort-curved side zip makes the boot quick and easy to get in and out of.

The Storm3 Boot is perfect for dinghy sailors, surfers and windsurfers, in fact for all watersports enthusiasts, to give protection from the cold water. The boot is available in adult and children sizes. Also, as part of the 2021 Typhoon footwear collection, is the Storm3 Shoe.

The Storm3 Boot is part of Typhoon’s exciting new Storm3 range of watersports clothing which includes wetsuits, footwear and gloves, so water lovers can be dressed top to toe in Storm3 from Typhoon.

Visit www.typhoon-int.co.uk to see the full range and to find details of your nearest stockist.


Sizes:

  • Youth, 12 (30/31) UK1 (32/33), UK2 (34/35)
  • Adult 6 (39/40, 7 (41, 8 (42), 9 (43), 10-11 (44/45, 12 (46/47, 13-14 (48/49)

Prices:

  • Storm3 boot adult  £41.95 inc VAT
  • Storm3 boot child  £28.95 (VAT exempt)
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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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