Drawing on six decades spent in a variety of diving roles, David Strike’s personal misadventures and occasional lapses in good judgement provided him with more than enough material for a regular magazine column; one that ran for many years in Asian Diver magazine and other regional diving publications.
This is a complete collection of the tales that featured in that column, along with some other whimsical scuba-diving-related notions that have crossed David’s fevered brow from time to time.
With an irreverent take on sometimes-serious diving issues – ranging from training and practical diving techniques, through to marine conservation, equipment and safety – it is easier to introduce this book by telling you what it is NOT about.
Although containing references to diving’s past, this is not a history book. Nor is it about: underwater photography, technical diving, health & fitness, physics, philosophy, equipment, training programmes, dive travel, marine life, the environment, political correctness, or any of the other topics covered in its pages.
It is, in fact, nothing more than a collection of light-hearted commentaries peopled with largely fictitious characters. However, should you discover a little of yourself in its pages then it may well be time to give serious thought to returning to those old diving manuals gathering dust on your bookshelf.
And that’s one of the great paradoxes of diving: That those who get the most fun and enjoyment out of the activity are usually those people who take it the most seriously.