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Introducing the new Socorro Aggressor



Aggressor liveaboards have announced the latest addition to their fleet, the stunning Socorro Aggressor. Launching in December 2018, this luxurious new liveaboard will take divers to two premier liveaboard destinations; the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe.

The Socorro Aggressor, a 135ft long yacht, is easily-recognisable with her sleek shape and red exterior. Designed with safety and stability in mind, she has a wide beam and is perfect for reaching the remote Socorro Islands and Guadalupe in comfort. The Socorro Aggressor accommodates 26 guests, with 13 master and deluxe staterooms that all have air conditioning, a porthole view window, hair dryer and en-suite bathroom. Sea crossings can be passed in no time at all with a 32-inch flat screen TV in each stateroom showing around 400 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Computers can even be plugged into the TV screens for photograph and video editing.

The diving at the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe need no introduction, being exceptional for large marine life encounters. Take your pick from great white sharks at Guadalupe to giant manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins and sharks at the Socorro Islands. You can expect to be diving up to 4 times per day at either destination with the Socorro Aggressor, and there are both surface and submersible cage diving options available at Guadalupe.

Filled tanks, weight belts and weights are included in the safaris and rental equipment can be booked in advance. There is a full photography and videography centre onboard, with a camera table and rental photography equipment available. A professional videographer is available to capture your diving memories on DVD.

The air-conditioned salon, bar and library provide plenty of entertainment and relaxation options when not diving. The large sun deck is bound to be a popular choice and the jacuzzi is ideal for post-dive warmth. Presentations on marine life and diving, plus movies and games, feature in the evening entertainment options.

We all know that diving is a hungry game and the Aggressor team have made food a top priority. Guests can enjoy breakfasts cooked to order, followed by buffet lunches, plenty of snacks and varied chef-prepared dinners. Both alcoholic (wine and beer) and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary, and guests can bring their own liquor.

The Socorro Aggressor will run Socorro Islands 8-day safaris from November to May and Guadalupe 5-day safaris from August to October each year. She launches with the first Socorro Islands safari on Christmas Day 2018. Places can be booked from now onwards.

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Midlands Diving Chamber donates £20k to Bite-Back



Hyperbaric and dive medical experts, Midlands Diving Chamber (MDC), has underpinned its long-term support of Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation with a one-off donation of £20,000, as the Rugby-based diving doctors wind down the charitable side of its operation.

The donation represents the single biggest financial contribution made to Bite-Back, delivering a huge boost to its campaigns to end the UK trade in shark products.

Spokesperson for Midlands Diving Chamber, Sally Cartwright, said: “For years we’ve admired and supported the ground-breaking work that Bite-Back is doing to save, protect and celebrate sharks. It’s a genuine pleasure to help ensure it stays at the forefront of shark conservation in the UK.”

Midland Diving Chamber first supported the charity at the inaugural Bite-Back at Cancer event in 2007 and then annually for the next six years. It even hosted its own James Bond-themed party on the Thames to fundraise for the marine NGO.

Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “We can’t thank MDC enough for its continued support and now for this massive contribution to our pioneering shark conservation campaigns. It makes us very proud that the country’s premier diving medical experts have chosen to back our campaigns that extend from parliament to primary schools. This financial windfall will allow us to continue to lead the shark conservation agenda in the UK and deliver measurable shark conservation breakthroughs to keep the oceans healthy.”

Bite-Back’s No Fin To Declare campaign to end the UK’s import and export of shark fins is now just months away from achieving Royal Ascent into law and, earlier this month it launched a free 56-page teaching resource for Key Stage 2 & 3 students on the importance of sharks and the threats they face.

Midlands Diving Chamber is based at St. Cross Hospital in Rugby and operates a hyperbaric decompression chamber offering NHS funded recompression to divers with Decompression Illness (DCI) together with other Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments. Any diver with medical concerns should contact MDC on either 01788 579 555 or 07931 472 602.

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Watch The Real Watergate from Live Ocean Foundation (Trailer)



Sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke established Live Ocean Foundation out of their deep concern for health of the ocean and the life in it. Through their sport they champion action for the ocean, taking this message to the world.

Many of the issues the ocean faces are out of sight, but the science is clear, the ocean is in crises from multiple stressors; climate change, pollution and over-fishing. We’re not moving fast enough, not even close.

Live Ocean Foundation supports exceptional marine scientists, innovators and communicators who play a vital role in the fight for a healthy future.

Thanks to generous core donors who cover their operating costs, 100% of public donations go directly towards the marine conservation projects they support.

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