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Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World Paperback – 30 May 2002
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This title includes a brilliant mix of vivid reportage, history and science. Historical diving bells, Greek sponge divers, world war two frogmen and record-setting breath hold divers compete for space with misunderstood sharks, weeping turtles, smiling dolphins and erotically shaped sea slugs. From Ireland to Florida, Papua New Guinea to Vienna and the Bahamas to Seychelles, "Neutral Buoyancy" is travel writing of the most fascinating, readable kind; providing a window - or a view from a glass bottomed boat - on a rich, unfamiliar and unique destination. Travel writing of this quality makes "Neutral Buoyancy" a must for all armchair travellers, not just divers.
About the Author
Tim Ecott joined the BBC World Service as a producer and correspondent in news and current affairs. A specialist on Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean he spent two years based in the Seychelles where he developed a parallel career as a dive leader. He lives in Richmond, London.
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To be honest I wasn't sure what to make of it at the outset. I wasn't sure I especially needed to know about how people dived before scuba, or even why they bothered. Surely scuba with all its possibilities must be the only thing worth reading about nowadays? But I trusted my friend's judgement (we read lots of other similar books) and so I pushed on past my initial misgiving.
What a result! This is such a fascinating, beautifully-written book.
Tim Ecott has written about the technology (no it is NOT boring!), the real-life heroes, and the needs and wants of divers and diving through centuries of human endeavours; he also met some of the modern icons and has such an admiration for them that the interviewees gave plenty of time to him.
In any book there are high points. One I didn't expect was Umberto Pellizzari. Why should I be interested in free diving? Some people who just hold their breath and dive - why don't they use cylinders etc.? But Tim Ecott captures the passion and excitement of these athletes so wonderfully that I savoured every word.
He also spends alternate chapters covering his own diving experiences. He doesn't hold back, his passion for the sport is infectious and his emotions so near the surface [sic] that it is quite moving.
Anyone with even a mild interest in diving, be it free diving, snorkelling, scuba or whatever, should read this. The imagery of the author's own dives and his fascinating research into others is brilliantly conveyed. And to be honest I would recommend it to almost anyone else too. It's a fine read.
By chance, I discovered a colleague of mine was also an avid scuba diver and as it turns out a friend of the author, as such he recommended this book to me.
And what a rewarding read it is, this is a fantastic portrayal of the history of diving with Tim's own personal diving tales intertwined throughout.
Some of which really illustrate the contrasts of the sport, be it a perilous dive in the channel in strong currents, poor vis and rough sea with a nervous buddy thrown into the mix, to the endless visibility of the tropics
The historical side of the book is fascinating, full of excellent interviews with many legends of the sport who laid the path to scuba diving as it stands today!
I don't want to describe too much of the content for risk of spoiling anything, however I suggest anyone with an interest in diving should really give this a read!
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