by Ben Thomson
Memoir of a uniquely well-travelled diver who has dived around the world – wreck diving, cave diving, drift diving, dive instructor, PADI diving, BSAC diving, dive accident, dive rescue, diving little explored Japanese warships, great white sharks, whale sharks, Mozambique, Bazaruto Islands, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Philippines, Thailand.
About this book
‘From a young age, I was flirting with the sea and its power.’ says Ben Thompson.
This is the colourful and moving story of a boy who realised at an early age that the sea was his calling and followed his dream. By the age of twenty-five, Ben Thompson was being paid to dive the world’s most exquisite coral reefs. Few people have worked as dive instructors in such varied locations around the world as he has. From exploring the far reaches of South East Asia by local yacht to off-roading through sub-Saharan Africa looking for new dives, Ben sees the world through a diver’s mask. Along the way, he dives one of the world’s only vertical wrecks (at a top-secret location) just as it ruptures its gas tanks and causes an international incident, is held up at gunpoint by a militia group in the Philippines, rescued by pirates in Indonesia, and visits the Caicos with America’s largest naked diving group.
His story will fascinate divers, travellers, seafarers, and adventurers of all stripes. It’s an exhilarating tale of escaping the humdrum, and also a cheering love story as his ever-patient partner and dive buddy, Vic, accompanies Ben on his escapades around the world.
About the Author
Ben lives in St Lucia with his partner Vic, where, when he is not falling from the skies whilst kitesurfing or losing his phone overboard, he runs a sailing school. He has a BA Hons degree in Marine Environmental Leisure Management as well as being a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer (MSDT), BSAC Dive leader and certified RYA Yachtmaster.
‘An inspiring tale of travelling, diving and adventure that shows how amazing life can be if you follow your heart and your dreams. The Beach meets Blue Planet.’ – Emma Bamford, author of Casting Off and Untie the Lines’
Additional InformationTable of Contents
1. In the Beginning There Was a Chip Special: Yorkshire, England
2. Thrown In at the Deep End: Costa Brava, Spain
3. Turning Professional: Thailand, Australia, Indonesia
4. A Boat, a Boat, My Kingdom for a Boat: Philippines and Indonesia
5. Living Aboard a Pirate Ship: Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Indonesia
6. Mixing with a Different Crowd: Pulau Moyo, Indonesia
7. Au Naturel in the Caribbean: South Caicos and Cuba
8. Wreck Diving: Koh Chang, Thailand
9. Between Two Oceans: Into Africa
10. Could This Be the Place? Mozambique