12 April, 2008

A Fetish for the Morbid?

You may have noticed that under the heading News from the Deep on the right-hand side of the page you can select to view news about scuba diving accidents.
I am not trying to spoil your fun and I certainly have not developed a fetish for stories about deadly or near-death experiences. The truth is that much can be learnt from other people's mistakes especially when engaging in an activity, like diving, which presents some real potential and life-threatening dangers.
It was with this idea in mind that I picked up a book titled "DIVER DOWN - REAL-WORLD SCUBA ACCIDENTS and HOW TO AVOID THEM" by Michael R. Ange.
One chilling account after the other these are true tales of trouble in the deep with a difference. Unlike most books where the sad events are normally dramatized and laid out to entertain the reader, in this book Michael Ange not only provides a very factual account but also provides a detailed analysis of what went wrong, why it went wrong and how it could have all been prevented.
To put it simply this is not a simple reading book, DIVER DOWN is a unique survival guide that explores the gamut of diving situations, including cave and wreck diving, deep-water dives, river and drift diving, decompression sickness, and much more. So much so that, in my personal diving literature collection, it is actually shelved along with diving manuals.
As far as I am concerned this book should become a feature in every diving instructor, dive master or diving enthusiast's collection. In fact I believe it should become a compulsory reading as part of any scuba diving introductory level course!

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