One of the diversions in my life, is commercial diving and all that is connected with work in the depths of the oceans of the world. It is a welcomed diversion, because it allows me to learn and see things which are alien to my own work in hospitals. It gives me a chance to forget about what is familiar and be amazed by people who work in a very different profession and environment.
Earlier this week I ran into Chris Swann at a small gathering at Lad's Pad to introduce the editor of a new magazine, Offshore Diver, to some of the industry's pioneers. It was a chance for these giants of the early commerical diving world to learn about the editor and his vision for the new magazine.
Chris and I met a couple of years ago at another diving gathering and discussed both of our efforts to publish our books. His new book is the History of Oilfield Diving: An Industrial Adventure took 13 years to complete. In over 800 pages, it defines the era when commercial diving moved from relatively shallow water to depths never before thought possible!
I've heard many of the stories, but look forward to reading Chris' book. Unfortunately, it isn't out on audio, so it may take a while!