Diver Down: Real-World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 18, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
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One diver, after a seemingly brief period below the surface, discovers that his gas supply has run perilously low. Another, paralyzed, bobs helplessly on the surface, and when a poorly trained divemaster attempts rescue, things go from bad to worse. Two other divers, fascinated by the bountiful undersea life of the Caribbean, fail to notice that a powerful current is sweeping them rapidly away from their unattended boat.

These are just a few of the true stories you’ll find in Diver Down, most of them involving diver error and resulting in serious injury or death. Each of these tales is accompanied by an in-depth analysis of what went wrong and how you can recognize, avoid, and respond to similar underwater calamities. This unique survival guide explores the gamut of diving situations, including cave and wreck diving, deep-water dives, river and drift diving, decompression sickness, and much more. It shows you how to prevent tragic mishaps through:

  • Inspection and maintenance of primary and secondary diving gear
  • Learning and following established safety protocols
  • Confirming the training and credentials of diving professionals
  • Practicing emergency responses under real-world conditions
 

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Diver Down: Real-World Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them The recent dive fatality in Thousand Island made me dig out my bookshelves for this book to reread it again. When I first read this book a ... Read full review

Contents

Scuba 101
1
The Rescuer
18
The Sailors Cold and Lonely Night
28
Dying for Maintenance
36
A Killer Wreck Dive
45
Good Intentions
58
The Public Safety Diver
66
The Inexperienced Professional and an Ego
73
A Simple Commercial Dive
120
Narcosis Is for Everyone
128
A SnugFitting Suit
137
The Little Details That Get You
144
The Expedient Gear Technician
153
Practicing What You Preach
161
The Folly of Youth
169
You Cant Buy Common Sense
176

The TrustMe Dive
86
Killer Arrogance
94
A Killer Shortcut
103
Hazards to Navigation
113
The Top Guns
185
About the Author
197
Index
199
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Michael R.Ange is a senior member of the Technical Training Staff for Scuba Diving International & Technical Diving International and contributing writer and technical editor for SCUBA Diving magazine. He has trained 2,000 divers and hundreds of instructors and has written five textbooks on diving.

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