Four days after my mother's funeral I went scuba diving for the first time ... Surfacing from a dive ... I often think it strange that this mind-cleansing, emotionally charged experience is one that my mother never knew I had. It is something akin to the sense of regret I feel that she never met my daughter, born a few years after her passing. How odd that something so wonderful was not part of our shared experience.
The launch hype surrounding this book pushed it as scuba diving's answer to Nick Hornby's bestselling homage to football fandom, Fever Pitch, but even allowing for a hearty dose of wishful thinking on the publisher's part, there are two key similarities. Ecott, like Hornby, succeeds in explaining his passion in a way that speaks directly to the wannabe or even to the merely curious--lightly humorous; strong on characters; cross-references to popular culture (James Bond puts in an appearance); natural history in the TV prime-time style, rooted in personal experience. And just as Hornby's football fandom carries him back to the same sense of wonder and certainty of purpose that intoxicated him as a young boy, so Ecott portrays a link between diving and dissolving the anxieties and fearfulness of adulthood.
Be warned: if you are already a diver, Neutral Buoyancy will heighten the sense that you are wasting far too much precious time on dry land. For the rest, even if the last time you ventured underwater was in the bath, this inspirational book will have you contemplating a trip to your local swimming pool at the very least. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Having recently begun the path to open water certification, I was keen to find some literature on diving, that was rather less commercialised than the PADI manual!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Thompson
Yeah ok , it does start off a bit slow but stick with it because it just gets better and better as you go. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe K
I've read this book twice. I enjoy everything nautical, and have about 200 UK dives, plus Med, Red Sea, Caribbean and Pacific diving - this book was easy to read (very engaging)... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ed B
Great diving/travel book. Particularly loved his description of the diving in the Bismarck Sea it was absolutely spell binding. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nico
Educational, funny in places. Most importantly the whole book conveys the author's love of diving. A great read for divers and non divers alikePublished 13 months ago by Michael Loane
A very good book. . There is a lot of useful information for all level of divers. I wouldn't mind reading this again some timePublished 21 months ago by sv_lon
an introduction to history, development of aqua lung and travel destinations for sports divers not too long. I wished when finishing that he had written more. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2013 by ct
I go back to this time and again, it refreshes and revives esp when I cant go diving - enjoyPublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by Julia House