“ENGAGE” With Alex Brylske – ScubaGadget’s Editor’s Choice Dive Book


Do you remember the last time you read a truly engaging, entertaining and educational scuba article? Recall how it drew you in and made learning about diving clear and exciting. It’s a very good bet that article was written by Alex Brylske, Ph.D. If there were a prize Pulitzer for scuba training Alex would have a collection of them. He is so good at communicating scuba that when I sat down to write this review, I was overcome with a Wayne and Garth, “I’m not worthy” moment.

Now you can have a banquet of his finest prose in his latest book, The Complete Diver: The History, Science and Practice of Scuba Diving. The Complete Diver offers any diver, from beginner to instructor trainer a wealth of accessible growth and learning. The book covers the breadth of scuba diving via engaging, inspiring and delightfully manageable articles gathered into chapters on history, physics, physiology, diving medicine, health, safety, decompression, diving techniques, the future of diving and more. I would be amazed to meet the reader who could honestly say they did not learn something new from this book. I bring my copy to every dive class I assist with and encourage all of our students to get a copy.

As the former Educational Program Development Manager for PADI and current senior editor of Dive Training magazine since 1991, Dr. Brylske’s takes scuba education to a fine art. His ability to engage with the reader and expand their minds is not by happenstance. He is the most published writer in the dive industry and has become a master craftsman of the 1600 word article.

As a connoisseur of elegant education (and in case you haven’t guessed), I join with a chorus of  other readers and give this book five enthusiastic stars. In addition we award The Complete Diver a ScubaGadget Editor’s Choice Award. If you’re a diver or want to become a diver, read this book now.

Just a few of the Amazon 5 Star reviews

By martysnyderman on October 31, 2012
I am a longtime diver, and a longtime reader of Dr. Brylske’s work. I think of him as a mentor to the diving world. His numerous articles and books are always thoughtfully written, based in fact and personal experience, very educational, highly entertaining, and they are a wonderful contribution to our sport. Five stars for The Complete Diver, and for all his books. That’s just the way Dr. Brylske rolls.

By diverz on October 31, 2012

The Complete Diver is a must-have for scuba instructors. It doesn’t matter what training agency you are affiliated with. The info in Dr. Brylske’s book is important for divers of all experience levels, from Open Water thru Divemaster. And it is a very valuable resources for instructors. Invariably, students “want more” of an answer than the training materials offer. Hand them a copy of this book and your job just got a whole lot easier. Alex Brylske is very good at breaking down complex scientific theories into easy-to-understand, practical concepts. We plan to have several “loaner” copies available at our dive center. Anyone who dives should read it.
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By Ellen J. Behrle on October 21, 2013

I am a new diver and bought this book to enhance my understanding of all aspects of diving. This book filled in a lot of gaps that you cannot possibly learn in a basic open water diver course. I read it from cover to cover over two days and handed it to my husband (my diving buddy!) to read. As “older beginners” (58), we are naturally a bit more cautious trying new things than we were in our twenties, however, with the additional insights and information gleaned from this book, I feel armed with important knowledge that will enable us to have safe and enjoyable diving experiences. Dr. Brylske’s writing style is conversational as well as tutorial which enhances the learning experience. In my humble opinion, ALL new divers, young and old, should read this book.
Alex has done it again!, April 7, 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Diver: The History, Science and Practice of Scuba Diving (Paperback)
Alex Brylske is one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated educators the diving industry has ever known. We are blessed again with an extremely well written, comprehensive text that should be required reading by all newcomers to the underwater world. It is also a fascinating history lesson about a beautiful world that many of us learned to love when we were kids.