DESCRIPTION: This is the first book to span the depth between traditional sport diving books, and the more complex medical/commercial texts. It provides a balanced view of the fascinations and hazards of deep diving through extensive factual development of its technical chapters. It includes first-hand accounts and perspectives by top experts such as Dr. Bill Hamilton, Bret Gilliam, Tom Mount, Sheck Exley, John Crea, Jim Lockwood, Jim Bowden, and Dick Rutkowski.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S): Bret Gilliam is a twenty five-year veteran of the professional dive industry with over 14,000 logged dives worldwide. He is licensed as a USCG Merchant Marine Master, submersible pilot and recompression chamber supervisor. A prolific writer, photographer and speaker, he is author of seven books on diving including: Mixed Gas Diving, Nitrox for Sport Divers, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, and The Guide to Caribbean Live Aboard Dive Vessels. He is a member of the Explorer’s Club and is listed in Who’s Who in Diving. He is president of Ocean Tech, a diving consultancy company. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board for NAUI, and the founder of Technical Diving International. Bret is the ex-world record holder for deep diving.
Robert von Maier is the president of Bluewater Publishing, and the Publisher/Managing Editor of the WWII Military Journal. He is the Marine Science Consultant for Watersport Publishing, Inc. and an editor for Discover Diving magazine, for which he authors Ocean Facts, a semi-technical column about marine life. An Instructor Trainer and Course Director, Robert is a well-known seminar speaker and is listed in Who’s Who in Diving. He is the author of Solo Diving: The Art of Underwater Self-Sufficiency.
John Crea is a practicing anesthesiologist and one of the U.S.’s most respected custom dive table experts. He is an active cave diver and conducts training through his company Submariner Research, Ltd., and is a member of the Board of Directors for technical Diving International.