Scuba Professional is an excellent source of out-of-the-box ideas and independent, objective advice for instructors and dive operators. It is also an indispensable guide for those aspiring to become dive professionals with chapters such as "Do You Have What It Takes?" and "Which Training Agency?"
In short, this is everything you wanted to know about working in scuba diving but never dared to ask.
Scuba Professional is not only for professionals. Serious divers who take more than a passing interest in their hobby and want to know what goes on behind the scenes will be fascinated by the topics addressed and the insights offered.
From a dive safety point of view, Simon looks at the bigger picture and, in a series of chapters on avoiding and handling accidents, sets out a framework for developing the safety culture within our sport. He also examines the present state of key aspects of the dive industry and speculates as to the future.
There is quite simply nothing like this book. Scuba Professional offers an invaluable guide to divers who want to excel in the scuba world. This is the ultimate backstage pass into the business of scuba.
Jill Heinerth, Underwater Explorer, Technical Instructor Trainer and Filmmaker
Terrific, really good! Simon captures the key characteristics of the diving instruction milieu concisely and with insight and clarity. It took me back to my many years of diving instruction and I was able to tick a mental check box against almost every key point he makes.
Associate Professor Simon Mitchell, Consultant Anaesthetist and Diving Physician
Required reading for every scuba professional and anyone with hopes of becoming one. In fact every diver can learn from this distillation of hard-earned wisdom. Simon Pridmore is one of the most thoughtful and readable of divers.
Steve Weinman, Editor, Diver Magazine
Author, educator and technical diving pioneer Simon Pridmore has distilled more than three decades of diving experience, wisdom and culture into Scuba Professional. A must-read for instructors, operators, other dive professionals and anyone considering making a career out of diving.
Michael Menduno, founder of aquaCORPS Journal
Many dream of turning their passion for scuba diving into a rewarding career and the key to making the transition successfully lies in these pages. I wish this book had been available 20 years ago!
Tamara Thomsen, Master Instructor, Cave Instructor and owner Diversions Scuba, Madison, Wisconsin