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Scuba Confidential

An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver
Narrated by: Craig Beck
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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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.

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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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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.

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  • Michael H Gabrielson
  • 25-02-2015

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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  • dustin crist
  • 09-09-2015

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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  • Dusty roads
  • 03-02-2016

Worth it

Lots of great information, some "no duh" information. Good book, captivating, definitely worth reading, ya.

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  • David
  • 17-07-2015

Scuba Necessities

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

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  • Robert Pruitt
  • 08-03-2015

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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  • celeste
  • 04-03-2015

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • rikki menz
  • 13-04-2020

Must read for Divers of all levels

Loved this book. Both informational and entertaining. Regardless the level of diving, you will find this information to be valuable in become aware or reassess what you have become comfortable with in your skill set. This book left a hunger in me to advance my skills into technical diving. I am anxious to read Simon's Scuba professional book!

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  • James Morehouse
  • 15-08-2019

Great read!

As a new scuba diver and inexperienced it was extremely enlightening to hear discussion points, warnings, do's and don'ts, location descriptions, and gear analysis. It won't teach me but it does prompt questions to ask and things to consider in situational awareness.

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  • Christian Smith
  • 07-08-2019

SCUBA tips for the beginner to the "professional"

If you want to have some ideas to think about to improve your SCUBA skills then this is the book for you. Excellent information, great stories and wonderful advice. I've already started reworking my gear based on the suggestions in this book.

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  • John
  • 19-06-2019

meh. good for beginners.

good for new divers. i was looking for a little more. it had some great insight, but it left me wanting for more.

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  • John McCluskey
  • 14-08-2017

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If you could sum up Scuba Confidential in three words, what would they be?

Informative, detailed, flat

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Simon should have narrated himself. Wasn't as enjoyable as the other books.

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  • Dr Ward
  • 12-06-2017

Excellent for all divers - must listen

A great synopsis of basics, with many words of wisdom for the more experienced. Tips on how to organise your kit, gases and gleanings from tec/ cave diving relevant to recreational divers much appreciated. I now want to go to Lombok.

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  • Istvan
  • 19-07-2016

Great to listen to an expert.

I flew through this book as I enjoyed it so much. gave me good tips and a different perspective. I would go as far it made me a better diver. going to listen to the next book of Simon's!

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  • Slymother
  • 26-05-2016

A great reference guide.

Highly recommended for both novice and profession alike. it covers everthing from buying a mask to tek trimix, entering the pool to deep see dives and everything in between. A great reference guide.