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Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology Paperback – October 18, 2008

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This is a truly remarkable book which covers all the various theories of decompression and ascents for divers in a most readable and understanding manner. There is no other comprehensive book on decompression to my knowledge which is so easy to read and understand by the average recreational or technical diver. Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc. Executive Director, UHMS. Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center. Founder & 1st President, DAN This is the most comprehensive and well-written text I've seen that attempts to explain decompression theory to divers. Dr Richard Vann Assistant Research Professor in Anesthesiology, Safety Officer and Director of Applied Research at the Duke Hyperbaric Center, and Vice President for Research at DAN. This book is a "must read" for those who have ever wondered about decompression tables and how they are created. It is a straight forward book and devoid of technical jargon. It starts with the scientific giants who developed the physics of the gas laws and the physiology of diving and ends with M-values and tissue bubbles. For the curious diver - and all divers should be - it will be money well spent! Michael R. Powell, MS, PhD. NASA (retired), Medical Sciences Division, Johnson Space Center, Texas

About the Author

Mark Powell has been diving since 1987 and instructing since 1994. He operates Dive-Tech a company teaching technical diving for several leading agencies at all levels up to and including Advanced Trimix. He is a contributor of Sport Diver Magazine and has a monthly Technical feature discussing different aspects of technical diving.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AquaPress (October 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905492073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905492077
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book for the average diver who wants to know more about decompression theory, or for the diver who is getting started in technical diving and needs a good solid background. It is important when reading this book to pay particular attention to the text and accompanying graphs or formulas. There are several typographical errors which a good reader should be able to pick up quite easily. I can strongly recommend this book.
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Mark Powell's book is one of those rare books which takes complicated concepts and renders them into simple and readily understandable terms. The author is not a scientist, but a technical diving instructor whose interest goes beyond the superficial. In this excellent text he bridges the gap between short and simplistic diving textbooks and obtuse and arcane research papers. The result is short, readable and interesting, particularly for technical and serious recreational divers. A superb addition to any divers library.
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This title lives up to its reputation. This is a very thorough historical and technical presentation of decompression theory yet it is presented in a language everyone can understand. The book, however, does contain a large amount of typos and misspelligns but this does not interfere with the content. It covers decompression theory as well as all related subjects including recompression, hyperbaric medecine, neurological examinations, nitrox and bubble models, etc.
If I had to use a text as a basis for a course, this would be it.

If you are interested in decompression, ratio deco and how this has evolved over the years, this is the text to use.

I would only recommend that the publisher have the manuscript re-edited for typos and misspellings.

Christian L.
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There is a saying, "The more you know, the longer you live." Seldom is it that dire in diving. [However, I do know of someone who died thinking that dive tables were "fine tuned" and made a bad deco choice.]
This book explains that fine tuning is not the case, and it does so in an easy-to-read fashion. Divers will do themselves a favor by reading this very interesting volume.
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This is the best, most thoughtful and most comprehensive explanation of decompression theory ever. It clears up all the confusion and misinformation that permeates discussions of deco theory in the dive community. Buy this book and read it. Raphael
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This is a great book for anyone wishing to understand the theory of decompression diving, mixed gas theory, and the physiologic basis of decompression illnesses. I would recommend it more for the advanced student or someone considering rebreather or mixed gas technical diving. I believe it's a must read for anyone teaching students at the instructor level or above. It reads more like a college physiology or science text, but that is necessary in order to impart the information it needs to. The book is well organized, concise, and very clear. The author has done a nice job in taking a complex subject and make it very understandable without "dummying it down."
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Great book that breaks down physiology and deco theory in easy-to-understand language. His only real misstep is in the discussion about bubble models vs. tissue tension models (i.e., VPM vs. Buhlmann) and his dismissal of the NEDU study and those done by the Italian Navy as irrelevant to technical diving.

Highly recommended.
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Fantastic book. Written in a non-technical style with TONS of information for the recreational diver through Trimix diver. One of my 3 must read scuba books. The other 2 being Steve Lewis's "Six Skills" and "Staying Alive".
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