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Almost Tranquilo  (An Insider's Irreverent Guide to Love and Scuba Diving) (English Edition)
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Almost Tranquilo (An Insider's Irreverent Guide to Love and Scuba Diving) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

A. Yarom Lee

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Scuba diving, like all tourist industries, has a happy facade. But diving differs from, say, a museum tour in that a very real risk of a seriously gnarly death lurks just below the surface, awaiting a mistake or complacency by the diver – or by his guide, divemaster or instructor. Is that funny? It can be absolutely hilarious.

Here’s an inside look at the recreational scuba diving industry, presented by a writer who is both a journalist and a full-time professional scuba instructor. Set in Central American countries where he’s worked, A. Yarom Lee delivers a humorous, no-bull eye-opener about what happens to professionalism and safety in quirky Third World cultures when there is no urinalysis testing, no liability lawsuits, and no consequences for trading certifications for sex, pretending to be an instructor, or for showing up drunk to captain the dive boat.

Not a disgruntled kiss-and-tell – Lee is still actively teaching scuba – the author takes us behind the glitzy scuba marketing to show us the realities (“Q: What’s the difference between a divemaster and a large pepperoni pizza? A: The pizza can feed two people.”) and the oddball characters attracted to the “dive-party-repeat” lifestyle of Central American diving.

Woven throughout is a story of lost love, new beginnings and the tough choices that life throws at us. The author’s conversational style is keenly analytical and he speaks directly to the reader, presenting some technical subjects such as gas physics, dive physiology and reef ecology in layman’s terms. The traveler will find his first hand descriptions of daily life in Central American cultures – why you must NEVER talk on your cellphone in a bank, for example - far more useful than any travel book tips.

More than that, "Almost Tranquilo" is also a glimpse into a life of adventures, loves and obstacles that reflects back to readers their own experiences, strengths and hopes. By the last page, you’ll realize you’re actually living a life of adventures too, and that no matter how low you may get, the horizon always lies there in front of you. All you need is the courage to go toward it.

You don’t have to be a scuba diver to understand the author’s search for personal tranquility in a high-stress world of contradictions, conflicts and lies the TV tells us. But if you’re planning to dive in Central America, toss out those glossy scuba magazines, put aside "Lonely Planet" and read "Almost Tranquilo" before you go.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 381 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 184 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : 3AL Press (11 janvier 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00B070IM2
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting! 19 janvier 2014
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I liked how the author wrote this book. Humor along with facts. I didn't know much about the life of a DM or instructor and gained a lot of insight into trying to live off of the money made in either of these careers.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Needs proofing 17 juillet 2013
Par Michael J. Schneider - Publié sur
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Many grammar errors make reading this book quite distracting. There were many misuses of your and you're, etc. It should have been proof read more carefully.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Doesn't flow 6 avril 2013
Par Earendil - Publié sur
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I expected a book in line with "Ocean Gladiator" or at least "Lost Wife, saw barracuda".
The tale doesn't flow, not a page turner by far.
The environmental ranting and the diving agency bashing (I'm not a fan either of some diving agencies) it's just commonplace.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tropical Depth 1 mars 2013
Par Caere Dunn - Publié sur
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Part scuba expose, part environmental rant, part bittersweet and witty love story, this is an engaging read. I learned things about those "near Paradise" locales and activities that I never suspected and am not sure I really wanted to know.
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