If you are a diver, much of what you learned about topics such as decompression sickness and narcosis in your scuba diving class is over-simplified and some of it is just plain wrong, as diver training agency texts have not kept pace with the science. Scuba Physiological provides us with a good summary of what we know, a glimpse of where current science is taking us, and some good tips to make us all safer divers now.
Despite 170 years of research, the nature of decompression sickness and decompression stress remains unknown. Great advances have been made to make diving safer, but there are still glaring gaps in our knowledge.
The chapters in Scuba Physiological were originally written by scientists in the field of decompression research as part of a three-year project called PHYPODE (Physiology of Decompression). Simon Pridmore is not an expert on diving medicine but, when he came across the material, he knew that many people in scuba diving beyond the scientific community would be interested in it. So, he contacted the original authors and proposed an abridged, edited, simplified and re-formatted e-book, which would make the information more accessible to the general population of divers. They thought it was a great idea and Scuba Physiological is the result.
Simon Pridmore is an author of scuba diving books, travel books and, as you might expect, scuba diving travel guides. He also writes regular columns for a variety of magazines and speaks about diver training safety at conferences all over the world. Visit the author's website at: SimonPridmore.com.
What people are saying
“This book makes it easy to understand the latest discoveries in diving research and our current understanding of what happens to our bodies when we dive.”
— JP Imbert: Decompression designer and technical diving pioneer
"There are some lovely thought-provoking ideas and questioning of current dogma. This book is well worth the read. Some of the early chapters on decompression models and the blood vessels got my brain working hard."
— Dr Ian Sibley-Calder, HSE Approved Medical Examiner of Divers, Occupational Health Physician
“This is an enjoyable, simplified read of a complex subject, which is easy for a non-scientist to comprehend. I would consider it an essential text for every diver's shelf.”
— Joseph Dituri PhD (c), CDR, US Navy Saturation Diving Officer (ret)