• Scuba Confidential

  • An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver
  • By: Simon Pridmore
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Would you listen to Scuba Confidential again? Why?

I think I picked up and retained most of it the first time, so no I would not.

What other book might you compare Scuba Confidential to and why?

None that I know of.

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I was hoping the author would take a stand against the buddy system, but he stopped well short of taking that stand. But this book isn't just about solo diving, it's got lots of good info about all sorts of diving. Yes I'm biased against the buddy system, I didn't like it at summer camp when I was 10 and I like it even less now in any form, and especially scuba diving.

For the most part it doesn't read like a PADI manual, and by that I mean like the warning label on the back of a bottle of rat poison (one sentence of actual information and a paragraph of garbage). This is a good thing.

Do you know this is the first place I heard about a 15 second breathing cycle? I sort of figured it out with a little common sense, but you would think organizations like PADI would talk about something that important.

My biggest complaint about the book is that author's contention that a dive should be called off if you have a "bad feeling" unaccompanied by evidence to back it up. That's fine if you believe in your psychic powers, but I don't put much stock in voodoo or "bad feelings" and I don't want to be restricted by someone having a bad feeling.

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

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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.

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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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New diver

As a new Scuba diver I found this audiobook very informative, I have listened to it a couple times, very happy with it.

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Not was I was hoping for.

Didn't like the narrator. The writing was drenched in egotistical bravado. Not was I was hoping for.

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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.