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Diver Down: Real-world Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Diver Down: Real-world Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them

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By (author) Michael R Ange

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  • Publisher: International Marine Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Rockport, ME
  • ISBN 10: 0071445722
  • ISBN 13: 9780071445726
  • Sales rank: 83,883

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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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Michael R.Ange is a senior member of theTechnical Training Staff for Scuba Diving International &Technical Diving International and contributing writer andtechnical editor for SCUBA Diving magazine. He has trained2,000 divers and hundreds of instructors and has written fivetextbooks on diving.

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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.

Table of contents

Special Topics Contents Preface: Dive Safety and This Book Acknowledgments Introduction: Scuba 101 The "Rescuer" The Sailors' Cold and Lonely Night Dying for Maintenance A Killer Wreck Dive Good Intentions The Public Safety Diver The Inexperienced Professional and an Ego The "Trust-Me" Dive Killer Arrogance A Killer Shortcut Hazards to Navigation A Simple Commercial Dive The Dive Plan Failure: Narcosis Is for Everyone A Snug-Fitting Suit The Little Details That Get You The Expedient Gear Technician Practicing What You Preach The Folly of Youth You Can't Buy Common Sense The "Top Guns" About the Author Index