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3 October 2018. Deeper into the Darkness

With the publication of Deeper into the Darkness at the end of August this completes the trilogy of my true life diving adventures, which now runs from the early 1980's right through the development of our sport with deep air, Open Circuit Trimix and on to mixed gas Closed Circuit rebreather diving. In the latest book I dive some of the most famous WWI technical wrecks around the UK and in the Pacific at Truk, Palau and Guadalcanal. A new developemnt is that I've added in QR links at the appropriate places on the dives so that you can nip over to my YouTube channel and see the actual dive I've been writing about. 

 
4 August 2018. Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World is published

Just received my advance author copies of Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World. It has been re-issued as Vol I of my Diving Trilogy. Great fun re-reading it (in a dispassionate 3rd party way!) and re-living all my old adventures. Love the production work by Whittles, the cover looks really great and zippy, and the feel and design of the book is grand.

Vol III, Deeper into the Darkness - the printed books are expected in my publishers warehouse next week. Cant wait to see it a reality.

 
25 July 2018. Stoney Haar (II)

I sold my 7m dive RIB Stoney Haar last November - as I thought my days diving from RIB's were over. This is the first period since 1981 that I have not owned a boat - and I have absolutely hated been land bound!

I cracked 2 weeks ago and went and bought myself a nice black Humber Destroyer RIB, which I'm working on to bring up to speed as a dive RIB. There's still a lot of adventures to be had out there - and I'm not finished with the sea quite yet!

 
24 July 2018. Deeper into the Darkness & Into the Abyss

A few technical issues have held up the release of the reissue of Into the Abyss - Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World as Vol I of the Diving Trilogy and publication of my new book Deeper into the Darkness as Vol III. 

However, all is now sorted out and they are both set to publish on 31 July - cant wait to see them a reality.

I finished the manuscript for Deeper into the Darkness about 9 months ago - so it will be great to read it again and find out what I wrote!

 
Deeper into the Darkness

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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  totally rewritten and bang up to date centenary 6th edition is now published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet on 21 June 2019.

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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