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Book Review: Confessions of a Divemaster

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“Confessions of a Divemaster” by Kris Mears is an unfiltered, honest account of a life spent in diving. Kris has spent many years living and working in some of the best dive locations in the world. He has been fortunate to have a myriad of incredible encounters to make most divers green with envy and inspire non-divers to get in the water.

Kris writes in a no-nonsense way about his experiences and his descriptions ring true to me as a dive professional. The joy discovering the underwater world and pursuing a dive career; working with interesting customers and bosses; adapting to different cultures and falling totally in love with the underwater world are all very familiar to me. Having worked in Utila myself, I found those chapters held many familiar place-names that took me back to that small island life; I could almost taste the baleadas again.

As his first book, Kris Mears’ self published memoir, has an unpolished style and reads as a series of anecdotes told to friends over a beer. I’m sure those who know and have worked with Kris over the years will enjoy reminiscing over those times when reading it.

A word of warning for those who do not like coarse language or drink and drug references – this may not be the book for you. If you do give it a go, I’m sure many divers, travelers and Cardiff City fans will find plenty to relate to and entertainment within the pages of “Confessions of a Divemaster”.

Publisher : Independently published (23 Nov. 2020)

Paperback : 386 pages

ISBN-13 : 979-8550763384

CJ and Mike are dive instructors who have travelled all over the world pursuing their passion for the underwater world. CJ is a PADI MI and DSAT Trimix instructor with a degree in Conservation biology and ecology, who has been diving for 15 years. She loves looking for critters and pointing them out for Mike to photograph. Mike is a PADI MSDT who got back into diving in 2010. He enjoys practicing underwater photography and exploring new and exciting dive locales, occasionally with more than one tank. Follow more of their diving adventures at www.facebook.com/bimbleintheblue.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Dan Abbott of Save The Med Foundation

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Gemma and Ian chat to Dan Abbott.  Dan works at Save The Med Foundation.  He is incredibly passionate about marine conservation, underwater filmmaking, drones and helping people understand the world of sharks. It’s probably safe to say sharks are his main passion, and he has spent the last five years traveling around the world filming various species including great white sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks.

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Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Andy Forster of Dive Project Cornwall

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Gemma and Ian chat to Andy Forster.  Andy is the Project Director at Dive Project Cornwall.  He tells us about his own passion for diving as well as how Dive Project Cornwall is going to educate and inspire many youngsters over the coming year.

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Find out more at www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk


Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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