Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2002 - Deep diving - 345 pages
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In Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott takes you on a guided tour of the history of undersea exploration and the emergence of diving culture. He tells the extraordinary story of man's attempts to breathe underwater, from the sponge divers described by Aristotle, to the development of sixteenth-century diving bells, to the invention of modern scuba equipment. Along the way, Ecott intersperses the story with his own thrilling adventures, from the waters of the South Pacific to the remote islands of the Seychelles, from explorations in the clear, flowing tides of Sardinia to a near-death experience in the cold gray depths of the English Channel. Filled with engaging stories of humanity's conquest of the undersea world -- and heart-pounding action that will leave you breathless -- Neutral Buoyancy is a compelling blend of history and adventure, an exciting overview of the world of undersea diving. "As elemental, entertaining, and stimulating as the environment it traces." -- Kirkus Reviews "Engaging ... Neutral Buoyancy will certainly become cult reading for divers." -- Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary Supplement "Ecott's encyclopedic recounting of diving history ... should be awarded a place on any diver's reference shelf." -- Paul McHugh, San Francisco Chronicle

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Review: Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

User Review  - Grzegorz - Goodreads

Thrilling! Almost impossible to lay down. Read full review

Review: Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

User Review  - Derek - Goodreads

As a diver I believe this is a book by a diver for a diver. Without any experience in the water it is nearly impossible to related to Tim Ecott's experiences. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Tim Ecott joined the BBC World Service as a producer and correspondent in news and current affairs. A specialist on Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean he spent two years based in the Seychelles where he developed a parallel career as a dive leader. He lives in Richmond, London.

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