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Rod Macdonald

World renowned shipwreck explorer, undersea adventurer and international best-selling author.


Rod Macdonald is one of the world's pre-eminent shipwreck explorers and undersea adventurers. He is an international best-selling author, known for his many publications about shipwrecks around the UK, in the South China Sea and the WWII Pacific theatre of Truk Lagoon. He is also one of the few people to have survived a dive into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool.


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About Rod Macdonald


Rod Macdonald is an internationally famous and world renowned shipwreck explorer and undersea adventurer. He is an international best-selling author of over seven publications about shipwrecks around the UK, the South China Sea and the WWII Pacific theatre Truk Lagoon. He is also one of the few people to have survived a dive into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, one of the largest in the world. He has an impressive encyclopedic knowledge of shipwrecks and their history and also trained and practised as a Partner in a large law firm for thirty years before concentrating on his writing career.

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  • Shipwrecks of Scapa Flow – diving the German WWI High Seas Fleet battleships and light cruisers scuttled on 21 June 1919.
  • HMS Hampshire – sunk by German mine off Orkney on 5 June 1916 with the loss of UK Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, and 737 souls.
  • Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon – the 40 Japanese ships sunk during the U.S. carrier air strike Operation Hailstone on 17&18 February 1944.
  • Shipwrecks of Palau – the 20 Japanese ships sunk during the U.S. carrier air strike Operation Desecrate 1 on 30&31 March 1944.
  • Force Z shipwrecks of the South China Sea – exploring the wrecks of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, 200 miles north of Singapore sunk on 10 December 1941
  • Diving the greatest ships around Britain
  • Technical diving – from earliest days to the state of the art today. 

Testimonials


"If I could sum it all up, I'd say for me 'The Darkness Below' is like a fusion of the most exciting presentations I've watched on National Geographic or Discovery; and reminiscent of the pioneering explorations of Cousteau. And as the opening chapter acknowledges: the late great Monsieur Cousteau may have been your idol Rod, but you're equally trail-blazing an awe-inspiring path yourself. - DiversInc
"As the organiser of the biennial series of OZTeK Diving Technologies Conferences, I am constantly tasked with sourcing inspirational speakers whose diving exploits and achievements are sufficiently impressive to warrant inclusion in an event that consistently attracts international acclaim. ....an engaging, articulate and charismatic presenter with a wealth of experience in underwater exploration, Rod Macdonald has - by popular demand from delegates - been invited to make a return visit to Sydney as a keynote speaker A gifted orator with enormous audience appeal, it is my belief that Rod Macdonald would reflect great credit on the organisers of any speaker-based event employing his services."

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