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Wanting to start diving? Read this review first
on April 20, 2011
I have been an avid diver for 3 years now. I picked this book up because i thought it might hit on some stuff i hadn't encountered. It did. There were 20ish true life stories that I have never encountered. The book also went as far as to tell you what you can do to prevent these from happening to you. Sounds like a great read, right? Well don't buy it yet.
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.