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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: techdiver Publishing (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098122802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981228020
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contains useful advice to an inexperienced diver like myself working to get into tech diving and aquire the basic skills. However the style of the book is loose chit-chat interspersed with jokes irrelevant comments and frequent disclaimers with the result that you have to sift through the junk to find useful information. This defeats the purpose of the book I think. Beginners require concise, solid facts and when information is inconclusive, a discussion of pros and cons. This book needed more editing...
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I found the book interesting to read, with sound practice guidance. It will only interest those would are seeking to improve their skills to be become safer divers. The subject of fitness is especially interesting. The physical form of many divers still depict the charuturers ters of cartoon
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By Jim Blake on 19 Oct. 2014
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A really interesting read, makes you think a little deeper about your diving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get it, read it, dive it! 28 July 2013
By Leam Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book for a new technical diver or someone considering tech. The author conveys his ideas and thoughts in a clear, easy to read manner. Unlike some other books that discuss voodoo and glorify the author, Steve stays focused on the reader.

Chapters are:

1. Technical Diving and how to get there from here
2. Buoyancy, the force that opposes gravity
3. Trim, the streamlined approach to diving
4. The skill of movement and position
5. Breathing, beyond the standard advice not to hold your breath
6. Situational awareness, the chess master's skill
7. Emotional control
8. Dive execution, equipment configuration, doing what works
9. The deco curve
10. Accident analysis, and chalking the four lines
11. Parting shots

It is possible to get all the information from the book in conversations with experienced divers. However, you can't take those diver's to work and pick their brains on your lunch schedule. Further, many of them don't like you sticking a recorder in their face so you can do a playback when you forget something.

Get it, read it, dive it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guidance for advanced / technical divers 11 Jan. 2013
By BVI Diver - Published on Amazon.com
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The Six Skills is a book which Steve Lewis compiled from a series of lectures he gave a number of diving issues to relatively sophisticated diving audiences. Accordingly, it is really a collection of six shorter essays which are not closely connected to each other. As Steve is the "Big Man" (not sure of his official title) at TDI, the leading technical diving training institution, he is probably one of the four or five most respected technical diving instructor-trainers in the world. Ergo, what he says is usually worth reading. Steve has a relaxed easy narrative style and makes good use of accessible metaphors, which makes the lessons more digestible, even for divers less experience than the target audience.

Normally worth five stars, the book is let down by some slightly sloppy copy-editing which leads to some (occasionally amusing) typos which break the flow from time to time. But overall a highly creditable effort which belongs on the shelf of any serious diver.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Solid book 25 Jun. 2012
By jam9 - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased a copy of this. The book is easy to read and the content should be of value to most divers. The choice of topics for each chapter is good. For people who are either open-water divers or tech divers who haven't read much, if anything, beyond the manuals that accompanied their courses, they will likely find much of what is discussed here to be new and of value. The style and perspective make the book very accessible. For a more experienced or well-read diver, I think it's unlikely that they will come across much that is new. However, having a straightforward presentation of the material all in one place is nice in itself. Two small quibbles. First, as with most diving texts, the editing could be a little better. Second, the actual printed text is not black but rather a dotty grey scale that makes reading a bit hard on the eyes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtfully written, eclectic, and a good resource to enhance your diving skills 11 Mar. 2013
By Bradley Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I found a lot of good information to help enhance and support my diving activities. There are excellent discussions on dive planning, gas planning, and getting the weighting correct. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in developing and enhancing their diving skills.
Lots of context without Lots of Technical Jazz 24 Oct. 2012
By Peter R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book informative yet a great read. It was over and above the standard TEXT BOOK method of teaching about technical diving, yet it did not cover the Tooth and Nails of charts, diagrams and equations found in other books on the same subject. Hence, this book is best identified as a strong STRATEGY play for those wanting to get into technical diving, rather than labeled as a teaching book for students who need to take an exam on the subject. As for me, I wanted to read about the GUTS, the SMELLS, the inside TRIPPING HAZZARDS of technical diving. And, this book presented the material well. Oh, yeah. Those who gave this book a four star should not compare it to NOAA Diver Manual. No, no, and again, no. Instead discover this book completes the picture. Get both these books, please. God Bless my NAUI scuba shop in East Hanover, New Jersey for making me think outside the box.
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