Experience the diving that Myanmar and Thailand has to offer from the comfort of Thailand Aggressor
Aggressor Fleet has announced three routes for the Thailand Aggressor which includes exploring the remote and dramatic reefs found off Myanmar. Dive the best of Thailand and Myanmar and get a bonus one night free.
The new itineraries are offered throughout the year and include the Andaman Sea (North and South) with famous sites such as the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng, Koh Raja and Shark Point, where the warm water draws large schools of tropical fish, manta rays and the awe-inspiring whale shark. The wealth of aquatic life will delight underwater photographers and marine naturalists when scuba diving Thailand and Myanmar.
The Thailand Aggressor offers seven-night and ten-night Itineraries:
- Thailand & Myanmar, seven-nights, dives Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai before clearing customs in Kawthung, then heading north for Myanmar diving Three Islet, Black Rock, North-South Twins and more. (Departs Tap Lamu Pier)
- North Andaman Sea, seven-nights, including the Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock, Koh Racha Yai and more. (Departs Phuket)
- South Andaman Sea, ten-nights, route explores Phi Phi Islands, Hin Daeng, Tarutao National Park and more. (Departs Phuket)
Pay for 9 Nights and Get 10th Night free in Myanmar & Thailand. Fly into Phuket International Airport, drive one hour to Tap Lamu Pier where the Thailand Aggressor docks. Guests will then depart that evening where diving will begin the next morning for 8 1/2 days of diving.
10 Nights/Pay for 9 Special applies to the following charters: Feb 7 – 17, 2015; Feb 18 – 28, 2015 and Mar 11 – 21, 2015
Thailand is known for crystal clear water, spectacular reefs, beautiful rock formations and its variety of colourful marine life. It lies only eight degrees north of the Equator and enjoys a tropical climate year round.
Diving, accommodations, personal touches like delicious chef-prepared meals, warm freshwater showers and pampered service from an attentive crew, between dive snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, sodas, local beer and wine and around-the-clock service are all included for one great price. Guests can relax on the Thailand Aggressor’s sprawling sun deck with wet bar or retire to their well-appointed stateroom in between dives.
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British freediver sets new national record with 112m dive
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)
Film Review: Thirteen Lives
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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