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10 May - Deeper into the Darkness nears publication

Just finished checking the final laid out proofs for Deeper into the Darkness and the new edition of Into the Abyss - Divign to Adventure in the Liquid World. Its been a long process, but the books are looking great.

 

I've been a bit slow with getting these done for my publishers with being away in Florida for TEKDiveUSA, but my work is now done (yeh!) and its over to them to do the rest. Publication may slip into June as a result.

 
2 May 2018. TEKDiveUSA Orlando

Just back from an awesome time at TEKDIveUSA's 3rd biannual conference. Presented about the wreck of HMS Hampshire and attended a series of lectures on both days, especially liked the wrecks of Guadalcanal and the medical lectures about such diving delights as immersion oedema, inwater recompression. 

 
13 April 2018. Deeper into the Darkness

The proofing of the 1st volume of the DIve Series, Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World is now finished and we are good to go for publication on 30 May to coincide with the release Vol III, Deeper into the Darkness.

 
31 March 2018. Whittles Dive Series

I am Editor for the new Whittles Dive Series of quality books on all aspects of diving, The 1st book in the Series was Underwater Potholer by Duncan Price.

The 2nd book Diving for Treasure by Vic Verlinden and Stefan Panis has just been published, a fascintating revelation from the depths!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diving-Treasure-Discovering-history-depths/dp/1849953252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522502980&sr=8-1&keywords=Diving+for+Treasure

 

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Speakers Associates

 

Rod Macdonald ready to diveI took up diving in the early 1980's - it seems so long ago now - before even Wham were popular. I went on to develop an interest in shipwrecks after my first dive trip to Scapa Flow in Orkney where the remains of the German High Seas Fleet from Word War I still lie on the seabed - 4 cruisers, 3 gigantic battleships along withn many other shipwrecks.

When I was there I struggled to find any decent information for divers on the German wrecks and this led me to come up with the idea of writing a Dive Guide to the Scapa wrecks. The First Edition of Dive Scapa Flow was published in 1990 and a 5th edition is in hand for publication late 2016.

Dive Scotland's Greatest Wrecks†first published in 1992 covered the histories of the classic Scottish wreck dives and was followed by†a complimentary book about the top 10 wrecks south of the border Dive England's Greatest Wrecks

Each of these 3 wreck manuals covers the history of the wreck, its current condition and is beautifully illlustrated by Rob Ward of Illusion Illustration to reveal the shipwrecks on the seabed.

Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World†published in 2003 is a collection of all the incidents, hilarious and serious, that crammed themselves into my early diving career from novice diver, through the dangers of the 'deep air' days until the arrival of open circuit Trimix diver opened up vast areas of the sea previously out of reach for standard air divers. It covers my panic stricken first sea dives and subsequents forays into increasingly deeper water in search of virgin wrecks - with a dive into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, one of the largest in the world, thrown in as well.

The Darkness Below, was released in October 2011 and covers my transition from deep air diving to trimix diving - where we use helium gas mixes to make deeper diving safe - and on to trimix rebreather diving - and along the way covers diving in Scapa Flow, the South China Seas, Norway, Truk Lagoon, Palau and other fabulous wreck sites, some lost and forgotten for aeons.

Great British Shipwrecks - A Personal Adventure was released in December 2012 and focusses on 37 of the most famous shipwrecks around the UK that I have personally explored. In a coffee table style format, the history of each wreck is looked at in detail and beautifully illustrated with topside and underwater photographs and stunning illustrations of the wreck on the seabed today.

Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea - HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse was released in March 2013 at OZTeK 2013 and covers the careers of these two famous British capital ships and their subsequent demise to a massed attack by 85 Japanese bombers - the sinking of PoW heralding the end of the era of the battleship.

Dive Truk Lagoon - the Japanese WWII Pacific shipwrecks was released in October 2014 and covers the 37 major shipwrecks and aircraft wrecks of the world's greatest wreck diving location; the legacy of the American Operation Hailstone of 17/18 February 1944.

Dive Palau - the Shipwrecks†was published in April 2016. It covers the 20 major shipwrecks of the American Operation Desecrate 1, that followed just 6 weeks after Truk Lagoon was neutralised in Operation Hailstone.

Join with me to dive, see and experience these hidden wonders from history.

Rod Macdonald...Posing.

 
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