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Old 7th November 2007, 05:52   #1 (permalink)
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CCR Trimix Simplified -- Book Review

CCR Trimix Simplified
by Mel Clark
Published by Silent Scuba LLC

Book Review by Joel Silverstein

I split from DEMA Friday afternoon for a 5-hour flight back to Vegas. That gave me time to do an information dump from Mel Clark's new book into my already packed brain. If it could get in without me going "huh?" then I would be pleased.

This self-published 98-page text is all but outstanding. Mel has taken the complicated subject of Trimix diving with CCR and simplified it so that you don't leave off any section in wonder. She combines practical applications of diving to the CCR with helium-based mixtures.


At first glance it looks like this was started as a training manual for an agency but then jumps back to a practical text. A few typos here and there, some syntax issues, and some uses of acronyms in areas I would not have used them, can all be cleaned in the next production run.

The text is organized in nine chapters. Each builds on the information from the previous one. She uses clear, concise examples when it comes to numbers and formulas that if all you ever learned in the past was basic Nitrox you can fully understand the direction and concepts being explained. It is non-unit specific though at times she will mention a Megladon or a Kiss unit which I suspect is because of her intimate knowledge of those units. But, the information is applicable to all rebreathers whatever brand.

Chapter 1 - Overview
Chapter 2 - CCR Trimix (how it works)
Chapter 3 - Gas Properties
Chapter 4 - Decompression Physiology
Chapter 5 - Human Physiology
Chapter 6 - Dive Planning
Chapter 7 - Dive Medicine
Chapter 8 - Equipment
Chapter 9 - Survival Operations

The book is nicely illustrated with photos, graphs, charts, pull-quotes, and some exercises that the reader can use to verify that they understand the material. In addition the chapters on Gas, Decompression, Physiology, and Dive Medicine are spot-on. The information is extremely accurate and she has not taken any liberties here. Her discussions of dive planning, what-ifs, and survival options are reminiscent of the way Billy Deans would have trained someone. Mel takes the opportunity here to explain some complex problems in a simple way. She has done an outstanding job.

As dive manuals go this one needs to be in EVERY rebreather diver's library whether or not they dive with Trimix. All of the information is applicable to air - diluent CCR diving and open circuit diving. This book reaches the levels of Blueprint for Survival, Understanding Rebreathers, and the NOAA Diving Manual. Mel Clark's expertise really shines in this, her second text on the subject of rebreathers. I will look forward to her next book.

The book is in short production runs and will be available from Rebreather World Store shortly.

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Dont suppose there is a down-loadable version is there ????
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Old 7th November 2007, 06:39   #3 (permalink)
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Re: CCR Trimix Simplified -- Book Review

Have to agree with the above.

Had a 30 hour trip home and read through the manual twice
Once between Detroit and Tokyo, then again on the flight to Perth.

No good movies on the plane

Overall a great read on tmx and deep CCR diving. Mel has done a wonderful job putting this sometimes very confusing subject into plain english.

I am kicking myself I didn't buy some more copies as I have had 5 pm's from Aussies in the last couple of days asking if I have spares.

I would highly recommend this manual to anyone that is thinking of getting into tmx and deeper diving on the CCR, its a good base to start and gives the basics to build a sound understanding on.

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Post man just deliverd my copy, looking forward to reading it later today, first glimps show a well put togeter colour manual.
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My manual turned up in the post today too......

Looks like another late night tonight ;)
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I'm halfway through it at the moment. I'm reading up prior to doing my CCR Entry Level Trimix next April. At my stage of the game this manual is a godsend. Superb stuff. Well done.
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