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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Review: Diver Down my Michael Ange

First off, let me say that I have a fascination with Scuba Diving accidents. It started when I first became certified and started reading Alert Diver (Diver Alert Network's magazine). When I first started reading the accident reports from there, I think Todd was a little worried that it would scare me out of diving, but it didn't. In fact, I think my constant quest for knowledge about accidents has led me to become a safer diver with the utmost respect for the sport. I'm a regular reader of the "Accident and Incidents" forum at Scubaboard.com (although I don't usually post there, only lurk). This book was another way for me to continue my education on the subject. I've found things to correct in my diving, or at least things to remember and watch for.

Diver Down is a book that every scuba diver should read. It is a wonderful collection of both scuba diving information and real-world examples of incidents and accidents, including analysis on what went wrong and what divers can do to keep from repeating these same mistakes. The book is short enough to read fairly quickly and reading it can save your life. Too often divers take unnecessary risks, without truly realizing that they are even doing so. This book serves as a helpful reminder of why rules and procedures exist and the sometimes severe consequences of failing to follow them. If you are a scuba diver, I highly recommend picking this one up.

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