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Publisher's Summary

Scuba Confidential is a unique audiobook packed full of valuable tips and expert advice, giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers. With Scuba Confidential, you will learn how to master skills and techniques that will make you a more confident, capable, and safe diver. It offers an informed, balanced view on some of scuba diving's most contentious issues like going solo, deep diving, and rebreathers and includes a comprehensive analysis of how diving accidents happen and how to make sure you do not become a statistic.

Scuba Confidential also gives you valuable insights on a vast range of topics such as what it is like to do a cave diving course, how to make sure you buy the right equipment, what to consider when choosing an instructor, things even the pros get wrong, and where to find the best diving in the world. This is candid, no-nonsense practical advice from a professional who has been involved over the last three decades with virtually every aspect of the sport. Scuba Confidential answers a whole host of questions. For example, have you ever wondered... How the professionals look so comfortable in the water? What it is like to dive under ice and inside shipwrecks? Which training courses are worthwhile and which might just be a waste of time? If you would make a good technical diver? If you should be considering a rebreather? How you can reduce your air consumption? Whether you might actually be safer without a buddy sometimes? Or: How muck diving can possibly be any fun? Scuba Confidential has the answers to all these and many more.

©2013, 2014 Simon Pridmore (P)2014 Simon Pridmore

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A must read for all divers

I'm a new diver and found this book immensely helpful in educating me and filling in the gaps of hard-to-find information. It clarified topics and cut through myths and brought theoretical knowledge into the real world. A must read for anyone that wants to be a safer and better diver.

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  • Dusty roads
  • SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN, United States
  • 02-03-16

Worth it

Lots of great information, some "no duh" information. Good book, captivating, definitely worth reading, ya.

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What a great book! The title sums it up!

A great book for the person who is interested in diving, the person who is new to the sport, and the diver who is well versed in the sport but wants to "Become a Better Diver". I can see myself reading this again and again as I progress in the sport.

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if you're a diver, this book isn't optional.

I've been diving for many years, I'm a DM, and not a chapter went by that I didn't learn several things

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Scuba Necessities

Awesome! Must have for any scuba diver whether you are just starting out or a pro.

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I'm a commercial diver and found useful tips

Fantastic! Entertaining, useful and educational. The narration was excellent as well. I was surprised to find out how similar recreational diving has become to commercial diving. The author gives a lot of updated information about mixed gas driving and rebreather technology. He also told Santa diver of the kids, good locations and doesn't depth about just about every category of equipment. I will be listening to this again and again.

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Great for all levels of Divers

What made the experience of listening to Scuba Confidential the most enjoyable?

The information was on point and the narrator was a good fit.

What did you like best about this story?

This book has information about diving that could save someone from a bad situation, it also goes into detail on many different types of diving, the gear types, types of air, and etiquette underwater.

What does Craig Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was a good narrator.

Any additional comments?

This book has information about diving that could save someone from a bad situation, it also goes into detail on many different types of diving, the gear types, types of air, and etiquette underwater.

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Amazing scuba book

Book was informational for both beginner and advanced divers. Gave you an no inside look at all kinds of styles of diving.

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very informative

loved it. it may be difficult for non-divers to finish but for divers the information is invaluable. well thought out and entertaining. a must read or listen I guess in this case for any diver. beginner to advanced. as a dive instructor I have taken away lots of things to incorporate in my classes that I never thought about. I wish I could have every one of my students read or listen before beginning class. Maybe I'll find a way to make that happen. it would make my job so much easier. I also believe it would make better divers out of my students.

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Good for Beginning Divers through Advanced

If you are thinking of becoming a SCUBA diver, a beginning diver, or an avid recreational diver...this book has enough of the myriad facets of diving to keep you more than interested! Well worth money and time spent. You will not disappointed.

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  • John McCluskey
  • 08-14-17

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If you could sum up Scuba Confidential in three words, what would they be?

Informative, detailed, flat

How could the performance have been better?

Simon should have narrated himself. Wasn't as enjoyable as the other books.

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  • Dr Ward
  • 06-12-17

Excellent for all divers - must listen

A great synopsis of basics, with many words of wisdom for the more experienced. Tips on how to organise your kit, gases and gleanings from tec/ cave diving relevant to recreational divers much appreciated. I now want to go to Lombok.

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  • Istvan
  • 07-19-16

Great to listen to an expert.

I flew through this book as I enjoyed it so much. gave me good tips and a different perspective. I would go as far it made me a better diver. going to listen to the next book of Simon's!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-16

A great reference guide.

Highly recommended for both novice and profession alike. it covers everthing from buying a mask to tek trimix, entering the pool to deep see dives and everything in between. A great reference guide.

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  • Mauricio Bermudez
  • 07-15-18

The best book about diving by far

Being an instructor and a diver for more than 15 years I just loved this book,
It is very well structured and easy to read (listen)
I lost count of the times I told to myself, "I'd wish had known that before"

The book is a must for beginners and experienced divers, honestly , listen to all the advices gives might help you to save a lot of money during your diving, but better, it will save your life eventually.
I liked the printed edition but I give it a try on the audiobook.....Craig's narration put a lot of emotion making stop doing anything else and keep listening.

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  • benjamin
  • 01-21-15

worth a listen if diving is of interest

great really opened my eye's as a novice diver, giving me tips and tricks while highting my passion to pursue other areas of the diving world.