As an adventure sport, scuba diving naturally involves inherent risks. The greatest of these is your spouse finding out how much you have been secretly spending on new dive gear. That, and running out of air underwater. This book focuses on the latter, assuming you somehow survive the former.
Out-of-air emergencies are thankfully uncommon. Nonetheless, one of the first things which new divers learn is how to share air with a buddy. And this is where it starts to become complicated. Not only are there different ways to share, but opinions (on which approach is better and why) remain divided. Meanwhile, the choice itself is generally misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented.
Written in two parts, Give or Take? examines the matter from a wide variety of perspectives. It certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but it will definitely give you plenty to think about. And who knows, that may just save your life one day.
Who should read this book
The Give or Take? dilemma is relevant to all scuba divers – from novices who have just taken up the sport, to experienced divers who have been enjoying it for years. The book is written as an engaging discussion spread across five chapters. Photographs, illustrations and sidebar commentary make the journey more enjoyable.
I: Out of air
II: Sharing air
III: Moments of truth
IV: Rock, steel and deco
V: Give or take
3 to 5 hours
About the author
Saad D Bhatty is a technical instructor for open-circuit and rebreather diving. He holds certifications from BSAC, IANTD and PADI. Currently berthed in the UAE, he has been scuba diving for 17 years.