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Nick Lyon

The Diver’s Tale


This is NOT a diving manual. Do not try this at home, in the sea or in any body of water!

Due for release 6 February 2019.


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The Diver’s Tale is a warts-and-all account of British diving based on the author’s 40+ year experience. These humorous, embarrassing and tragic true tales will have you roaring with laughter one minute and wincing in pain the next. From ill-fitting homemade wetsuits to technical closed-circuit rebreather diving, this book is an insight into the ‘glamour’ and history of scuba diving in the UK by a man who has done it all.

Britain is an island nation so, unsurprisingly, scuba diving is a popular British pastime enjoyed by some 50,000 keen participants and just as many of the armchair variety. A carefully structured programme of training ensures that the British diver is well prepared for the challenging conditions which may be encountered beneath our seas. Or does it? How many trainee divers were taught about the perils of high-speed testicular trauma during descent? Or about the dangers of having sex in a tent with a deaf person? Why bacon should be in your first aid kit. How to build a space shuttle using salvaged ammunition? Or why Valerie Singleton is so very, very special?

During a 40 year odyssey through the strange and exotic world of British diving, Nick Lyon and his disparate collection of buddies have answered all these questions from personal experience and many more besides. It may not be pretty, it may not be painless but to those in the know, it’s real British diving.

The Diver’s Tale is not a diving manual. Quite the opposite. This is how not to do it, why not to do it, when not to do it and who not to do it with. Usually hilarious, frequently embarrassing, often unpleasant, and occasionally tragic. Dive into the world of the real British diver!

Review of The Diver’s Tale

‘When it comes to celebrating the depressive/compulsive nature of the British diving condition, there is no writer like the talented Mr Lyon… I cannot recommend it highly enough’— SCUBA.

About the author

Nick Lyon has been obsessed with the underwater world since his childhood. He is an instructor trainer with the British Sub-Aqua Club. On two occasions he has won the Alan Broadhurst award for displaying the highest standards of diving conduct whilst performing an underwater rescue. Following 28 years spent working as an operating theatre practitioner Nick left the NHS to write and dive full-time. Since then he has worked in the diving industry and contributed articles and a regular column to dive magazines.

Previous edition published 2012 by Hallmark Press International Ltd.

Additional information

Weight280 g
Dimensions156 × 10 × 234 mm





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