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Deep Diving, Revised: An Advanced Guide to Physiology, Procedures and Systems Paperback – July 27, 1999
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I strongly recommend this book to all persons interested in any aspects of deep diving. -- Book testimonial
If you plan to slip outside the envelope your training agency mailed you with your C-card, this book is a -- In Depth
One of the best single source diving texts I have purchased. -- Book testimonial
The wealth of information compressed into these pages bridges the gap from kindergarten to graduate school for most divers. -- Book testimonial
This is the definitive guide, essential to the safe conduct of deep scuba diving operations. -- Book testimonial
About the Author
Bret Gilliam is the current world record depth holder (452 ft. on air). He is a thirty-year veteran of the diving industry with experience in military, commercial and saturation diving. He is licensed as a USCG Merchant Marine Master, submersible pilot and recompression chamber supervisor. A prolific technical writer and symposia speaker, his work has appeared in most diving-related publications. He is President of Ocean Tech, a diving and marine industry consulting company. He lives in Maine.
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I have been diving for 17 years, and even my technical dive training (TDI Extended Range) wasn't as informative to me (the theory part, at least) as this book. Just the historical references, including detailed accounts of fatal deep diving accidents, could make a book on their own, and really instill in the reader the value of training & advances in technical diving equipment systems, and provide a deep appreciation for the very expensive lessons that have been learned over the past half-century of experience.
I found this book to be more detailed in many aspects than many Technical Diving training manuals, and much more interesting to read. Certainly, this book is not a replacement for officially sanctioned manuals, though when I (soon) become a Technical instructor I plan to make my students absorb this text as required "additional reading".
Nevertheless, due to a lack of further updates beyond the first revised edition of 1995, readers should be aware that this book is slightly dated or completely outdated in the following aspects:
- New approaches to using helium mixes at much shallower depths than before, and more attention to breathing mixtures such as hyperoxic and normoxic trimix
- New developments in dive computers, particularly multigas, gas-switching computers such as the Suunto Vytec, the VR3, and Nitek He, the latter two supporting helium mixtures.
- Pre-dive planning of dive Multi-level, multi-gas profiles using PC-based software
- Various general diving and decompression procedures have become more standardized and stricter since this book's publication, particularly issues like gas-supply redundancy.
Despite these and some other less significant issues, this book remains a very important text which I think all technical divers should read, at least as a historical reference. Of course, it would serve both TDI and the diving community greatly if Bret Gilliam & co. would produce a new revision to this book, Which is why I am giving this book "only" four stars.
Better approaches to buddy procedures, use of trimix and heliox beginning at depths of 100' and other techniques are NOT mentioned, although they should be. Equipment configurations are not fully discussed with modern emphasis on more streamlined, cleaner configurations.