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Mark Powell’s book on technical diving is finally available

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by divezonescuba, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    I have read the first third and skipped forward to read particular bits to see the treatment.

    It is easier than Deco for Divers, and approaches the subject is a comprehensible way. In particular it discusses things quite broadly rather than focusing on narrow points, but explains why a thing matters.

    It is clearer than the TDI materials, it is trying to be readable more than agency courses do and being for a different purpose it manages that.

    It covers more stuff than I expected, covering trimix and reabreaths to an extent.

    I think it would be interesting to anyone with an interest in how diving works and anything beyond following a guide. Pretty much anyone on SB who actually dives (excluding the pub people arguinging for the sake of it) would find this book interesting.

    Actually, I would say everyone who dives should read it, even if they never intend to do deep, long dives, there will be something that makes them say ‘oh, I see now!’.
  2. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Brighton, UK
    And a nice bloke too. He even had time for me on the morning of his daughter's wedding for my Nitrox practical!!

    If his interpersonal skills are anything to go on then the book should be thorough and clear. I’m not planning on going down the technical route but I’m tempted to buy the book for the reasons KenGordon suggested.
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  3. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    @KenGordon Can you give a couple of examples of things you have learned from the book?
  4. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Melbourne Bch FL
    Ordered mine, Only 2 left on Amazon
  5. Marie13

    Marie13 Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Great Lakes
    I’m about 8 chapters in. I already think this is better than TDI’s Intro to Tech manual (which I’ve already read several times and have already done the bookwork ahead of ITT in August - it’s winter here on the Great Lakes! :wink:)
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  6. Jeremy Williams

    Jeremy Williams Nassau Grouper

    Deco was available as an ebook and I’m holding out for this one to get posted too.
  7. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    aquaCorps history.
    That a particular turn of phrase can lead to reading in a Welsh accent.
    That I must have missed the point of how to place chest D rings.

    So far I have only read chapters which are reasonably introductory and I expect to have good knowledge of. I have done courses that cover almost he entrire book so I’d hope there is nothing too new in there, just stuff I have forgotten.

    There is a lot of basic material diving attitude, on how to chose and configure kit, core skills and core theory. That is all good to read and far better presented than in the agency manuals. It has discussion of pros and cons of various ways of doing something, that is not usual in agency materials.
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  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Great Lakes
    The only thing that could be improved is the font used! It’s a very light black. Could be much darker.
  9. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    The Brits like to save money in every way possible even in ink. Masters of efficiency!
  10. LetterBoy

    LetterBoy he who lacks empathy ScubaBoard Supporter

    We don't always just argue for the sake of arguing.

    Sometimes we do it because we're not allowed to troll regular users :wink:
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