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Diver Down: Real-World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them Paperback – October 18, 2005
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True Tales of Trouble in the Deep and What You Can Learn from Them
One diver, after a seemingly brief period below the surface, discovers that his gas supply has run perilously low. Another, paralyzed, bobs helplessly on the surface, and when a poorly trained divemaster attempts rescue, things go from bad to worse. Two other divers, fascinated by the bountiful undersea life of the Caribbean, fail to notice that a powerful current is sweeping them rapidly away from their unattended boat.
These are just a few of the true stories you’ll find in Diver Down, most of them involving diver error and resulting in serious injury or death. This unique survival guide explores the gamut of diving situations, including cave and wreck diving, deep-water dives, river and drift diving, decompression sickness, and much more. It shows you how to prevent tragic mishaps through:
- Inspection and maintenance of primary and secondary diving gear
- Learning and following established safety protocols
- Confirming the training and credentials of diving professionals
- Practicing emergency responses under real-world conditions
Captain Michael R. Ange is the Managing Director of the Americas Division for the Professional Scuba Association International and contributing writer and technical editor for Scuba Diving magazine. During his diving career, Ange has trained more than 3,000 divers and several hundred instructors from around the world.
About the Author
Michael R.Ange is a senior member of the Technical Training Staff for Scuba Diving International & Technical Diving International and contributing writer and technical editor for SCUBA Diving magazine. He has trained 2,000 divers and hundreds of instructors and has written five textbooks on diving.
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Top Customer Reviews
While Ange's book presents some harrowing evidence that our sport can be dangerous and deadly, we must consider that this applies to almost any sport, and even to life in general. More accidents happen in bathrooms than anywhere else, and no one would consider them especially dangerous or deadly places. The value in Diver Down is that it describes what CAN go wrong if rules are not observed and common sense does not prevail. That is the gist and primary value of this book, to point out what can go wrong if we do not pay attention, become over-confident, or cut corners.
Each chapter is dedicated to a single topic: Nitrox, trimix, over-confidence, lack of experience, cave diving, wreck diving, decompression sickness, dry suits, lack of maintenance, navigation, rebreathers, following rules, and so on. Ange presents a scenario, describes what happenes, often to the bitter end, then analyzes the situation and closes the chapter with a set of rules on how the accident could have been avoided.
What makes the book extra valuable is the technical explanations inserted into each chapter. They explain, in plain English, the underlying concepts, physics, and technology. Likewise, the book's lenghty introduction serves as a Scuba 101 course (and is actually named "Scuba 101").Read more ›
If you don't have your cert. card, and you are thinking about doing so, wait to read this book. More than likely, this will scare the bejeesus out of you, making you run far far away from a dive shop. If you are interested, go talk to your local dive instructor, and he/she can answer the questions you have, and get you on your way to exploring the beauty of underwater habitats. Once you experience diving first hand, you are very likely to scrap your diving future for anything shy of death.
This book is a great read for after you are certified, but in nearly all of the accounts, the major theme is arrogance, stubbornness, and, quite frankly, stupidity. One account was something that could not have been prevented by even the best prepared, most experienced diver. Honestly, however, i don't think that particular account should have been included in the book. It was, to me, about like having a book of single vehicle car crash stories, all being based on inexperience or drunk driving, and then including one where a guy crashed into a tree after suffering a brain aneurysm. Some medical functions happen regardless of your shape, activity level, or financial stability.
The moral of this review, and book for that matter, is listen to your instructor, dive master, boat captain, fellow divers, and your conscience. Don't dive beyond your abilities or comfort level, or you will eventually encounter problems. Thats actually like day one, hour one of almost all training agencies videos though.
Or what about the 35-year-old women on a shallow water river drift dive who are so exhuberant that they let the currents pull them downstream far from their group with their dive flag and end up under a pontoon boat who's churning propeller could instantly do them in.
Or how about the two pro cave divers with a novice on the end of the cave dive line and when they turn the dive he leads them back the way they came but being untrained he gets himself off into a side tunnel because he didn't know what a gapped life line meant, while the others go out only to find him missing....permanently.
Ange shows us one fatal or near fatal accident after another and analyzes the often small but fatally critical mistakes divers make. Read these lessons and remember them. They could save you or your dive buddy from serious troubles. I have made over 5,000 dives in my lifetime and know the value of this book. I wrote the book The Cave Divers back in 1976 long before any training program to save divers from killing themselves in caves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Along with the scary dive accident stories there is a lot of good information on avoiding accidents. Well worth reading.Published 14 hours ago by Neil Ensign
This is a book that could really make you think in advance some problems you might find yourself faced with. Read morePublished 8 days ago by B. Schuerman
Decent read. Gives enough information to be useful in helping the reader to understand the key take aways. Somewhat overly simplisticPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have been scuba diving for 45 years. Never even came remotely close to having any kind of problem, ever.
I am also a private pilot who owns a small plane. Read more
Great book. Love the scenario format. Makes a lasting impression.Published 3 months ago by D. Ferraro
This is an account of SCUBA injuries and deaths and what the victims did to cause them. Interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ellen foster
I'm a Divemaster and I would recommend this book for everyone from entry level divers to dive professionals. It's a very good read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David