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I got concussed recently (probably a little more prone to from for years of sparring) and having a blasting headache, couldn’t read or work, or do pretty much anything for a few weeks. This brought me back to audiobooks, and the one I picked was Simon Pridmore’s “Scuba Confidential”.
The book is a part of a five books series whose intention is, basically, to make you a better diver.
The other four books are:
- Scuba Fundamental: Start Diving the Right Way (The Scuba Series Book 1)
- Scuba Exceptional: Become the Best Diver You Can Be (The Scuba Series Book 3)
- Scuba Professional: Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations (The Scuba Series Book 4)
- Scuba Physiological: Think You Know All About Scuba Medicine? Think again! (The Scuba Series Book 5)
“Scuba Confidential” is a great listen. The topics covered are ranging from prerequisites for a technical diver to advice on air consumption, solo diving, rebreathers, and much more. Simon has been a scuba professional for decades, and it shows in his views and principles, which he effortlessly passes on to the reader.
It is not another training manual, but rather a unique and interesting blend of subjects any diver will be interested in. This was probably my favorite read on scuba diving.
I went through the book in two days as the chapters build nicely one on top of the other, never boring the reader/listener. The audiobook’s narration is also very solid (in comparison to the celebrated surfing book “Making Mavericks”, for example, which was unlistenable).
I have also decided to pick up the next book in this series, The Scuba Exceptional, in the hopes it is as interesting as this one. I will leave my thoughts on it once I’m finished with it.
To summarize, the book’s mission is to make you a better diver, and I would conclude that it delivers.