Scuba Professional is the natural successor to Simon Pridmore’s first book, Scuba Confidential - An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver. Whereas Scuba Confidential focused on how to scuba dive, Scuba Professional looks at how diving is taught and how dive operations are conducted.
Scuba Professional is currently available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions.
Scuba Professional is an excellent source of out-of-the-box ideas and independent, objective advice for instructors and dive operators. It is also an indispensable guide for those aspiring to become dive professionals with chapters such as “Do You Have What It Takes?” and “Which Training Agency?” In short, this is everything you wanted to know about working in scuba diving but never dared to ask.
Although primarily aimed at those who make a living from recreational diving, principally instructors, Scuba Professional also offers a fascinating insight into the business side of the sport that all divers will appreciate. Everyone who takes more than a passing interest in scuba diving will be fascinated by the topics addressed and the insights offered. From a dive safety point of view, Simon looks at the bigger picture and sets out something of a framework for developing the safety culture within our sport. He also examines the present state of the industry and analyses recent trends with a view to the future.
Over the last three decades, Simon Pridmore has worked as an instructor, instructor trainer and instructor trainer-trainer. He was one of the pioneers of technical diving in Asia and has owned a dive centre, run two regional diver training agency franchises and been international sales manager for a dive computer and rebreather manufacturer. He knows this industry! He is the author of Scuba Confidential – An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Better Diver, has written articles for a host of dive magazines, spoken about diving at conferences on four continents and organised dive tours all over the world. He currently lives in Bali, Indonesia.
“There is quite simply nothing like this book: the ultimate backstage pass into the business of scuba.” Jill Heinerth, Technical Instructor Trainer & Filmmaker
Terrific, really good! Simon captures the key characteristics of the diving instruction milieu with insight and clarity” Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, Diving Physician
“A must-read for anyone considering making a career out of diving.” Michael Menduno, founder aquaCORPS Journal
“I wish this book had been available 20 years ago!” Tamara Thomsen, Master Instructor, Cave Instructor & Owner Diversions Scuba, Madison