In my opinion, Diver Down is best read after you’ve put in few dives but while you are still in the early stages of your diving career.

It serves as a good reminder of what you learned in Open Water and Advanced and what you’ve picked up from diving experiences since then.

To protect the identities of divers mentioned in the book, no real names are used, and I assume situations, locations and some other details are also further adapted. Unfortunately this takes away a little of the interest. I understand the need for anonymity, but it does make the book feel very much like a student textbook.

The title of the book may initially be off-putting but the incidents, even in the cases where death is involved, are dealt with academically. So, it will not put you off diving, just better equip you to do it well!

Although a useful book, it definitely doesn’t top my list of “pleasure reads.

Written by Candice Landau
I'm an active Divemaster, a lover of marine life and all efforts related to marine conservation, a newly certified tech diver and a member of various scuba organizations in the Pacific Northwest. I write articles related to diving and spend my non-diving time writing and providing digital marketing services to nonprofits and businesses.