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An Introduction to Technical Diving Multimedia CD – January 15, 1999
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Multimedia CD, January 15, 1999
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"... a useful and visually compelling reference work that deserves a place in every diver's library." -- Australian Scuba Diver Magazine - July/August 1999
"... it will answer essentially everything about technical diving you've wanted to know ..." -- Sport Diver Magazine - January 1999
"An Introduction to Technical Diving is one of the most comprehensive compilations to date. Smartly written and beautifully illustrated, the CD captures the ethereal spirit of exploration ..." -- Scuba Times, January/February 1999 issue
"Looking through this you will never need to ponder why anyone would want to go cave diving again." -- Dive Girl - Summer 1999 issue
"The mysterious world of technical diving unfolds through this beautifully illustrated CD-ROM." -- GreatOutdoors.com - June 1999
From the Back Cover
Proceeds from the sales of this and future CD-ROMs will fund the exploration efforts of the Proyecto de Buceo Espeleologico Mexico y America Central.
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I can't help but shake the notion that the CD was just slapped together with no real fore-thought. There are a lot of nice photographs, but even then the captions are rarely informative. Don't expect a National Geographic, where it can be enough to just view the photos and read their captions.
The interface is visually engaging, but otherwise, the CD seems a bit empty to me. There are no in-depth discussions on the equipment used, and what makes them different from recreational type equipment, neither are there discussions on the special techniques or considerations for the type of diving involved.
Neither are there enough anecdotal information about actual technical dives done. There are no real stories, which would have made the disc completely worth it.
Perhaps the title is all too apt. It's what I would expect of the introduction chapter to a book about technical diving. I can imagine that a non-diver, or a diver who's really new into diving might find it very worthwhile.
Sadly, I find it not worth the value. More can be learned by simply surfing the 'Net for maybe an hour or so. Or better still get a real book on the topic.
If you're interested at getting into this type of diving, and expecting a searchable reference to serve as a means to jumpstart your knowledge base, this CD isn't it.
My two cents: skip this CD, and move on to something better.
Dive safe and often!
Most of what is contained in this CD can be found in greater detail in product manuals--in other words, stale. Furthermore, there is information I would classify as misleading and even dangerous in some cases. This CD is an impressive example of how to use Shockwave Macromedia, but lacking in substance
The products recently available from gue.com, such as "Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving" actually cost less and are far more appropriate for those looking into technical diving.