Review: Red Sea Wrecks Northern Egypt, Guide and Logbook
Red Sea Wrecks Northern Egypt
Rik Vercoe, Travelling Diver, £12.50 (2007).
Ever found yourself re-writing the dive guide into your logbook or copying the maps and text of the dive centreís books? If you have then you might consider buying the Travelling Diverís Guide and Logbook.
For £12.50 you get a guide-come-logbook for the Northern Red Sea Wrecks. The format is loose sheets designed to fit into a diving logbook binder.
The pack covers 16 wreck sites, including the Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller. It has 2 spare logbook sheets (4 dives). The sheets are standard 3-hole diving logbook size and contain a section for collecting dive data, a guide to the site including a 3D colour drawing, a detailed description of the wreck, its history, recommended dives and marine life. Finally there is a section for you to add your own notes on the dive.
The data section is very detailed and covers: the usual dive data on duration time, air consumption, weight as well as gas mix, tank type, visibility, water temp, sea conditions. In my view more than enough information.
The next section is on the dive site and includes a brief overview and 3D drawing as well as the recommended dives and detailed instructions on finding the location, including co-ordinates.
Turning over onto the back there is a detailed site overview including wreck history, detailed dive guide and notes on the marine life to be found. The final section is for the diver to make their own notes.
All in all it is a great little guide come logbook. The only criticism is that for me the section for your own notes is a little small and some blank notes sheets would have been useful.
The pack does contains some blank sheets for you to record dives not covered by the guided sheets. These allow 1 side per dive and again I personally would have liked a little bit more room for my own notes.
Overall a great idea and I like the idea of having a combined dive log and guide.
Review by Andrew Reay-Robinson
About the author
Rik Vercoe has spent many years as a professional dive guide and instructor. His passion for diving has lead him to complete more than 1000 dives within the Red Sea alone. An accomplished artist, his drawings of shipwrecks and reefs have gained international acclaim and a dedicated following within the diving community. Rik now lives in the UK, where he continues to feed his interest in diving and historical research.
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