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True Tales of Trouble in the Deep and What You Can Learn from Them

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. 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

Captain Michael R. Ange is the Managing Director of the Americas Division for the Professional Scuba Association International and contributing writer and technical editor for Scuba Diving magazine. During his diving career, Ange has trained more than 3,000 divers and several hundred instructors from around the world.

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Table of Contents

Special Topics ContentsPreface: Dive Safety and This BookAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Scuba 101The "Rescuer"The Sailors' Cold and Lonely NightDying for MaintenanceA Killer Wreck DiveGood IntentionsThe Public Safety DiverThe Inexperienced Professional and an EgoThe "Trust-Me" DiveKiller ArroganceA Killer ShortcutHazards to NavigationA Simple Commercial DiveThe Dive Plan Failure: Narcosis Is for EveryoneA Snug-Fitting SuitThe Little Details That Get YouThe Expedient Gear TechnicianPracticing What You PreachThe Folly of YouthYou Can't Buy Common SenseThe "Top Guns"About the AuthorIndex

About the Author

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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