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Diving on the Edge, by Michael Bane September 21, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Diving Books and Films.

Written 10 years ago, this little book helped motivate me to take more training. Different from any other book I’ve read on diving, it covers why you dive, picking a good instructor, mental preparation, handling narcosis, getting into decompression diving, advanced training and so on. It’s surprising that out of only half a dozen books on diving at my local public library, this would be one of them. Not a single colour plate of a tropical fish to be found, except on the front cover.

I recommend Michael’s book to anyone who is currently an open water or advanced diver, is looking to get more out of diving and hasn’t yet decided on a path forward. It’s a little dated by now but much of the text is as relevant today as it was on first publication. It’s also a quick read, so if you’re looking for a technical diving reference, this ain’t it. It is published by the Lyons Press, ISBN 1-55821-540-9. Its recommendation for taking deep air training would be controversial to some divers. I’m not one of them. Narcosis is my friend.

I read lots of diving books. Three books about wreck diving off the north east coast of the US, “The Last Dive” by Bernie Chowdury, “Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson, and “Deep Descent: Adventure and Death on the Andrea Doria” by Kevin F. McMurray, chronicle deep air diving at 200+ feet in mostly the late eighties and early nineties. These adventures created diving luminaries of many of the survivors of that period. The same characters appear in all three books, and some day I hope to build an event timeline to compare the three. I noticed one glaring discrepancy between the first two books dealing with the helicopter evacuation of the doomed father and son team of Chris and Chrissy Rouse.

McMurray also penned “Dark Descent: The Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland” that had some connections to the Toronto area where I now live and Syracuse, N.Y. at the time I lived there long ago



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