Book Review: Diving Equipment – Choice, Maintenance and Function


Diving Equipment - Choice, Maintenance and FunctionThe Author

Jonas Arvidsson

Review by Jeff Goodman

First thing I have to say about this book is that every sports diver should have one.

In the past, diving manuals would often leave me cold and I would keep asking myself, do I really need to know all this? I wonder how many of us have had conversations about diving equipment, what to choose and how it works, without really knowing 100% what we were talking about. Please tell me I’m not the only one. This book ends all that with a very comprehensive table of contents and index, all fully supported by clear, precise and colourful graphics.

For many scuba divers, after their basic training is completed, they will happily buy, hire or borrow equipment to explore the underwater world. They often do this with absolute blind trust in the manufacturer, the salesman or the friend who has lent it. It is extraordinary really. This equipment is literally maintaining your life while you are underwater.

This well written and easy to understand book takes the reader through what each bit of equipment is for, how to choose what is best for you and how it works, from free diving and snorkelling right through to scuba and technical diving.

This book covers the options of cold water and tropical diving and looks closely at the different gear needed for each environment.

There is far too much in this book to cover in this short review but I’m sure that if you have a question about choosing your equipment and how to look after it then this publication is a must.

Diving gear is not cheap and can become a serious investment, so knowing what to choose and how best to ensure its long and reliable life is to my mind definitely worth the cost of this book.

About the author

Jonas Arvidsson is a former Head of Education at PADI Sweden, dive centre owner and PADI Course Director. He translated nearly all PADI training material into Swedish and has also instructed in Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand. A former biology and chemistry teacher, Jonas is now a writer, illustrator and translator.

Available now in paperback for £19.95 (ebook forthcoming) from, online and from retailers.
ISBN 978-1-909455-13-9 | 202 pages (including 100+ illustrations) | 234 x 156 mm

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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