Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

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Penguin, 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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NEUTRAL BUOYANCY: Adventures in a Liquid World

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An enticing catalogue of undersea diving experiences, with extended side trips into the sport's history and culture, from BBC reporter Ecott.As a sport, diving is a mere 50 years old, so there is ... Read full review

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User Review  - breic2 - LibraryThing

This book is a bit scattershot, full of episodes focused mostly on the development of scuba diving but with excursions to cover other aspects of diving as well. For example, it goes into some detail ... Read full review

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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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