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Scuba Confidential

Scuba Confidential
Simon Pridmore
An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Better Diver
Available on Amazon in print and Kindle-ebook versions. Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 599 KB Print Length: 314 pages Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.Ă  r.l. Language: English ASIN: B00EZINCJ4

Scuba Confidential is a unique book packed full of valuable tips and expert advice, giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers. With Scuba Confidential, you will learn how to master skills and techniques that will make you a more confident, capable and safe diver. 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.

The book 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.

For instance, have you ever wondered ...

How to look as comfortable in the water as the professionals do?
What it is like to dive inside caves and shipwrecks?
Which training courses are most worthwhile?
How to choose a dive instructor?
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 actually be safer solo diving?
How to make sure you buy the right equipment?
Where to find the world’s best 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.
Chapter Listing

Section 1 Safety
Chapter 1: Mental Preparation for Scuba Diving 

Chapter 2: Detecting and Dealing with Stress

Chapter 3: Trials and Tribulations 

Chapter 4: Five Essential Strategies for Survival 
Chapter 5: Why Divers Die 

Chapter 6: Solo Diving: A Buddy - Indispensable Partner or Complete Liability?

Section 2: Skills
Chapter 7: Acquiring Perfect Buoyancy

Chapter 8: Improving Navigation Skills 

Chapter 9: The Art of Conservation! 

Chapter 10: Demythologising Deco

Chapter 11:Ten Things Tech Diving Teaches Us

Chapter 12: Don’t Always Copy The Pros

Section 3: Training
Chapter 13: Picking your way through the Training Minefield 

Chapter 14: Beneath Dark Waters - Night Diving

Chapter 15: Going All the Way In – Wreck Diving 

Chapter 16: Below Frozen Seas – Ice Diving 

Chapter 17: To the Extreme - Technical Diving 

Chapter 18: Current Events – Drift Diving 

Chapter 19: Learning Your Lines - Cave Diving

Section 4: Equipment
Chapter 20: Running the Rule over Regulators 

Chapter 21: Taking Control of Your BCD 

Chapter 22: Faith or Science? – Computers, Tables & Software 

Chapter 23: Look Behind You! – Cylinders and Valves 

Chapter 24: Surface Safety 

Chapter 25: The Concept of Configuration 

Chapter 26: Accessorize Wisely

Section 5: Gases
Chapter 27: The NITROX Revolution 

Chapter 28: The Black Gases 

Chapter 29: Diving Under the Influence – How to Handle Narcosis

Chapter 30: The Folly of Deep Air and the Joy of Mix 

Chapter 31: Rebreathers- Are They the Future?

Section 6: Travel
Chapter 32: Great Diving and Where to Find It 

Chapter 33: Life on Liveaboards 

Chapter 34: Behave Yourself! - Diver Etiquette 

Chapter 35: Hidden Treasures - Muck Diving

Chapter 36: What is that? What is it doing? - Marine Life Diversity & Behaviour

Simon Pridmore has worked in scuba diving as a guide, divemaster, instructor, instructor trainer and instructor trainer-trainer. He was one of the pioneers who introduced technical diving to Asia and over the years has owned a dive centre, run a regional diver training agency and been international sales manager for a computer and rebreather manufacturer.

He has organised dive tours all over the world, written articles for a host of dive magazines and spoken at conferences on four continents.

Scuba Confidential reflects what Simon has learned from thirty years of diving and twenty years of teaching and writing about the sport. He currently lives in Bali, Indonesia surrounded by the best diving on the planet and can be contacted via