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Cover Your Butt: Two Must-Have Dive Safety Books
You've no doubt read the many stories we've written about divers who found themselves in dangerous situations underwater and were faced with life/death choices. Some knew how to get out of their snarls safely, but far too many did not. Two books on dive safety are must-reads for anyone who takes diving seriously.
In Staying Alive, Steve Lewis revisits the survival guidelines originally proposed by legendary cave diver Sheck Exley, and illustrates them in eight chapters: attitude, knowledge, training, gas supply, gas mix, exposure, equipment and operations. If you're a technical diver or want to try it, Lewis has detailed information about gas supply, gas toxicity and operations. Any type of diver will benefit from his advice about gear. It's a good book to review at leisure when you want to think about how to do it right the next time you dive.
Scuba Diving Safety
Scuba Diving Safety by Dan Orr, the former CEO of Divers Alert Network and Eric Douglas, its former director of training, is more a book for divers to know how to take care of other divers who've gotten into trouble. This is definitely a good book for a dive operator or trip leader, but sport divers planning trips with their buddy will get a lot of good advice on surface rescue techniques, resuscitation, and diving first-aid.
A smart diver understands just how independent and alone he is. If you're keen on self-preservation, these two books belong in your diving library. You can purchase them both from the Books section on our website.
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