Technically Speaking – Talks on Technical Diving Volume 1: Genesis and Exodus

Technically Speaking is the latest book from best-selling Scuba series author Simon Pridmore. It is a selection of themed talks telling the early history of technical diving—where it came from, how it developed, how it expanded across the world, who the important movers were and how, in the decade from 1989 to 1999, the efforts of a few determined people changed scuba diving forever.

Technically Speaking, by Simon Pridmore
Technically Speaking, a new book by Simon Pridmore
Simon Pridmore
Publishing Info

Hardback: 300 pages

Paperback: 350 pages

Kindle Edition: Published by Sandsmedia

Sold by: Amazon Worldwide, Apple, Kobo, Tolino

Language: English


ISBN-13: 979-8375190792

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These ten years saw the greatest shake-up the sport has ever seen but technical diving’s road to universal acceptance was anything but smooth, many obstacles had to be overcome and there were times when even viewed in retrospect, it seemed that its advocates might fail in their mission. Ultimately, success came down to perseverance, people power, good timing and more than a little luck.

What people are saying

“Simon Pridmore’s new book, Technically Speaking is an outstanding tour de force from one of modern diving’s most accomplished practitioners and best-selling authors.”

— David Strike, Oztek and Tekdive Convenor

“Simon has completed a complex task with consummate skill and has accurately unravelled the when's, the who's and some of the why's, much of which would have been unjustifiably lost in the mists of time if not for this work.”

— Kevin Gurr, Technical Diving Inventor &n Innovator

“It will take some doing to better this account of tech’s first steps… as no matter how much you know or think you know; you will still find many obscure historical gems...”

— Kevin Denlay, Early Adopter and Wreck Finder

About the author

Simon Pridmore has been at the sharp end of the scuba diving scene for 30 years. In the 1990s, he pioneered mixed-gas deep diving in Asia, first with Mandarin Divers in Hong Kong and later through his own shop in Guam, Professional Sports Divers, the first dedicated technical diving centre in the Western Pacific. He also held the regional franchise for IANTD. He later moved to the United Kingdom and became the IANTD licensee there, as well as working for cutting-edge mixed-gas computer and rebreather manufacturers VR Technology. Today, he is one of scuba diving’s most prolific writers, with a five-volume Scuba series, several guides for travelling divers, a biography, a novel and even a couple of divers’ cookbooks to his name. He and his wife Sofie currently live in Taiwan. Find out more on his website and via his Substack newsletter Scuba Conversational.