Scuba Exceptional reflects the same philosophy of safe diving through the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The themes are new and again Simon provides us with a whole host of extremely useful knowledge, advice and techniques, illustrated by real life experiences and cautionary tales. The focus this time is more on issues that experienced divers face. There is more technical diving content and Simon covers some relatively complex issues in his usual clear and easy-to-read style. In many cases, the issues that concern technical divers reflect those that affect scuba divers at every level. After all, as Simon writes, technical diving is on the same spectrum as conventional sport diving: it is just a different frequency.
Scuba Exceptional also deals in detail with the psychological approach to scuba diving, broaching topics from new angles and borrowing techniques and procedures from other fields of human activity.
While most of Scuba Exceptional focuses on the diver, it also takes a look at the wider picture and highlights a number of areas where scuba diving professionals and the "industry" as a whole are letting divers down. As always, Simon is realistic in his assessments. He may shine a little light on the dark side of the scuba diving world, but he does this in order to illuminate bad practice and encourage change, while offering solutions.
He also provides insights on a wide range of subjects. For instance, do you want to know...
what makes someone a good diver?
how to swim against a current without getting exhausted?
how you can be out of air while you still have plenty to breathe?
what the concept of failure points is?
how to be a defensive diver?
how preconditioning applies to scuba diving?
how long you should really wait between diving and flying?
when to call DAN (and when not to call)?
how corals could possibly be animals when they look like rocks?
how to avoid being left behind in the ocean?
what's happening in the world of rebreather diving? or
what the perimeter of ignorance is?
Scuba Exceptional has the answers to these questions and a lot more
There is quite simply nothing like this book: the ultimate backstage pass into the business of scuba.
Jill Heinerth, Technical Instructor Trainer & Filmmaker
Terrific, really good! Simon captures the key characteristics of the diving instruction milieu with insight and clarity.
Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, Diving Physician
The closest thing we have to an insiders guide to the dive industry.
Peter Symes Publisher X-Ray Magazine
I wish this book had been available 20 years ago!
Tamara Thomsen, Owner Diversions Scuba, Madison
Freediving was still a relatively unknown sport around the turn of the millennium, but as organized freediving has increased, knowledge of the sport has also grown rapidly. At the same time, certain risks associated with the sport have been recognized. However, when performed correctly, freediving is safe and rewarding. Spreading correct information and promoting safe practices among the general public has become an important point of focus for the core group in the freediving community.
Unlike scuba diving, freediving is something almost anyone can take up. All that is needed is some basic equipment and a place to dive.
Some may feel that freediving is easy and that taking lessons is unnecessary. While leisurely snorkeling is usually quite safe and easy, adding the elements of increased performance and evaluation into the mix will inevitably introduce some risks. Adequate knowledge combined with good skills helps in controlling these risks.
This book is intended to be a basic guide to freediving. Even the experienced diver will find new perspectives and good tips in this book, while the beginner will gain a solid understanding of the basics. Our effort has been to present matters in a neutral, intelligible and personal way, and it is our hope that the practice of safe freediving will spread far and wide.
It offers an informed, balanced view on some of scuba diving's most contentious issues like going solo, deep diving and rebreathers and includes a comprehensive analysis of how diving accidents happen and how to make sure you do not become a statistic.
Scuba Confidential also gives you valuable insights on a vast range of topics such as what it is like to do a cave diving course, how to make sure you buy the right equipment, what to consider when choosing an instructor, things even the pros get wrong and where to find the best diving in the world.
This is candid, no-nonsense practical advice from a professional who has been involved over the last three decades with virtually every aspect of the sport.
Have you ever wondered?
How to look as comfortable in the water as the professionals do?
What it is like to dive inside shipwrecks?
Which training courses are most worthwhile?
If you would make a good technical diver?
If you should be considering a rebreather?
How you can improve your diving skills?
How you can reduce your air consumption?
Why diving accidents happen and how to prevent them?
Whether you might sometimes actually be safer solo diving?
How to dive deep safely? Or
How muck diving can possibly be any fun?
Scuba Confidential has the answers to these questions and many more.