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New Year, new holiday offers from Diverse Travel

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Get your 2018 off to a great start with these holiday offers from the team at UK-based Tour Operator Diverse Travel.

Indonesia | 7 nights | Emperor Raja Laut

This beautiful schooner sails within Komodo National Park, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat with diversity like no other place on earth.

From just £2845 per person including return flights for 6 nights on board + 2 nights half board in airport hotel.

Valid for travel on 20 February to 1 March 2018


Red Sea day diving | Marsa Alam and El Gouna | Just £58 a day

Dive in with Emperor Divers for just £58 per day. Includes 2 dives a day, guide, tanks, weights, weight belt, transfers to/from hotel, port fees, surcharges.

ADD more value to your diving: add ‘All-In’ to 5 days’ boat diving for just £90 your lunch and drinks on board, 3 x 3rd dives, the daily Environmental Tax and 12 litre Nitrox are included.

Valid for diving: Jan-Dec 2018


Red Sea | Marsa Alam 5* Resort + Diving

Perfect for learning to dive and for the more experienced diver. Explore the shallow wreck near shore, enjoy the house reef, snorkel with dolphins, dive with turtles or even an occasional dugong. Combine this with a stay at the 5* Sunrise Marina Resort and you have the recipe for a perfect diving holiday!

© Sunrise Marina Resort

From just £695 per person including return flights, 7 nights’ All Inclusive at Sunrise Marina Resort, 5 days’ boat diving, up to 2 guided day dives a day, transfers

Valid for travel on certain dates between January and March 2018 | Booking deadline: 31 January 2018


Red Sea | Emperor Echo February Offer

The latest addition to the Emperor fleet. Great value for money and perfect for small groups of buddies with a ‘Book 5 and 1 dives for FREE’ offer all year round.

From just £885 per person including return flights, 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days’ diving & more.

Valid for travel on certain dates in February 2018 | Booking deadline: 31 January 2018


Red Sea | Emperor Elite March Offer

Dive the famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea, Fury Shoals and the remote St Johns, Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone.

From just £1095 per person including return flights, 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days’ diving & more.

Valid for travel on certain dates in March 2018 | Booking deadline: 31 January 2018


Maldives | Emperor Atoll January 2018 offer

Perfect for small groups of friends and families.  Dive famous sites and experience the majestic mantas, night dive with sharks and, if you’re lucky, a whale shark or two! Personal service with just 12 divers.

From just £1870 per person including return flights, 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days’ diving – total of 17 dives (incl. 1 night dive), free Nitrox and lots more.

Valid for travel on certain dates in January 2018


Maldives | Emperor Serenity January 2018 Offer

A luxury contemporary liveaboard built to hotel standards. Spend your days diving these wonderful atolls and your evenings relaxing with a cocktail watching the sun go down.

From just £2025 per person based on sharing including return flights, 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days’ diving – total of 17 dives (incl. 1 night dive), free Nitrox and more.

Valid for travel on certain dates between January and May 2018 | Booking deadline: 31 January 2018


Maldives | Emperor Orion 2018 Offer

Always a firm favourite with guests, she looks even more the part now with a ‘facelift’ both inside and out.

From just £1895 per person including return flights, 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days’ diving – total of 17 dives (incl. 1 night dive), free Nitrox and more

Valid for travel on certain dates between January and May 2018 | Booking deadline: 31 January 2018


Find out more at: www.diversetravel.co.uk/news

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

Freediving Blogs

British freediver sets new national record with 112m dive

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British freediver Gary McGrath has set a new national record at the prestigious Vertical Blue freediving competition in the Bahamas.

Using only a monofin for propulsion, Gary swam down a measured rope to a depth of 112m (367ft), returning to the surface to receive a white card from the AIDA International judges to validate his dive.

Gary, 41, held his breath for three minutes and 13 seconds to complete the dive.

Freedivers descend underwater on a single breath of air and the atmospheric pressure on their bodies increases as they go deeper.

At 112m deep the pressure is 12 times greater than the surface, meaning the air in Gary’s lungs would have shrunk to less than a twelfth of its original volume – around the size of a golf ball.

Freedivers train to cope with the physiological strains placed on their bodies by their sport, and Gary uses his background of yoga and meditation to help his physical and mental preparation for deep dives.

He has also had to overcome physical challenges after contracting Covid last year during preparations for a previous national record attempt.

Gary said: ‘Diving below 100m is a totally unique environment, it’s my therapy. 

‘This year has been extremely challenging for my mental health and freediving has helped me overcome that for sure. 

‘At depth I have complete isolation from the everyday world we live in. Down there it’s just me and nature. It’s that escape that all freedivers crave. 

‘There are moments of extreme mental clarity and purity that I can only achieve when underwater. The flow state that a deep dive allows me to experience is unique and addictive.

Gary, originally from Twickenham, began freediving in 2006 and has been competing since 2008.

A former tree surgeon, he became a professional freedive instructor in 2014, and he and his partner Lynne Paddon run Yoga and Freedive Retreats in Ibiza.

Remarkably, he completed his 112m national record dive on Tuesday (August 9) despite being forced to compete wearing a borrowed monofin which was a size too small for his feet.

His entire kit bag containing his monofin, bifins and two wetsuits was lost by an airline as he travelled to the competition.

Despite his careful preparation, Gary said he suffered nerves on the morning of his national record dive, and relied on a phone call to his partner Lynne, who helped him focus on breathing techniques and visualisation to calm his nerves.

Speaking immediately after his dive, he said: ‘That was all for Lynne – this whole week has been about her. I could not do it without her. I hope that everyone finds someone they can click with, it’s the most magical thing in the world.’

Gary also thanked supporters who helped him to crowdfund to raise the money needed for him to travel to the Bahamas and compete.

Vertical Blue is considered one of the most elite events on the freediving calendar and has been dubbed the ‘Wimbledon of Freediving’.

Owned and run by world record freediver William Trubridge, the event takes place in a 202m (663ft) deep sinkhole known as Dean’s Blue Hole, off the coast of Long Island.

The previous British national record of 111m was set by Michael Board in 2018, also at a Vertical Blue competition.


All Photographs courtesy of Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

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Miscellaneous Blogs

Film Review: Thirteen Lives

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Ron Howard’s recreation of the 2018 rescue of a Thai junior football team is impressive. Even though we know what happens in the end the tension and drama played out is palpable.

On 23 June 2018, 12 members of a Thai junior football team, the Wild Boars, and their coach became trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave system by rising flood water. The film details the incredible international rescue efforts that ensue. And Ron Howard has judged the tone perfectly. There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour and the two leading actors: Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen, who play John Volanthen and Rick Stanton respectively, capture the intensity of the situation perfectly.

The diving scenes are claustrophobic in the extreme. Although I suspect that the visibility was even worse than the film depicts as you have to be able to see something in the dramatization! All the way through the film I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the extraordinary feat these divers pulled off. The skill and bravery required still impresses after watching films, hearing them speak in public and reading about the rescue.

I loved that, whilst the divers took centre stage in the film, the heroic rescue efforts of the water engineer and his team was also given the attention they deserve, as well as the incredible Thai Navy Seals and the thousands of people that flocked to the region to help.

Thirteen Lives is a must watch movie about an incredible cave rescue. It’s sober tone hits the mark. The cinematography is skilled and creates an impressively tense experience. It is available on Amazon Prime right now.

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