Here’s an inspirational piece written for Telegraph Men by world-renowned diver David Harrison Beckett. A terrific BBC Radio interview. And an exclusive free chapter from David’s autobiography, The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver, in which he recounts his many incredible diving experiences
Diving enthusiasts, along with anyone intrigued by man’s ability to thrive in extreme conditions, will be gripped by Beckett’s amazing stories. The book is gritty, honest and at times comical, as it offers an insight into life at sea – more precisely, at the bottom of it.
Click here to read the Telegraph Men article:
10 Things They Never Tell You Before Becoming a Deep-Sea Diver
Click here to listen to David Harrison Beckett interview with BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver
A twist of fate saw Beckett become a deep sea diver at the end of the 1960s – which led him to working in a saturation chamber, submerged to depths of over 500 feet. Beckett has had brushes with death on multiple occasions, notably when helping to recover 45 bodies of the victims of the Sumburgh chinook disaster in the Shetland Islands in 1986.
Amongst the perilous accounts there are also joyous moments including treasure hunting in the Philippines, almost clinching a contract to salvage the Bursar’s safe from the Titanic, and surviving a 24-hour typhoon and perilous 80-foot waves crashing against his boat.
Written alongside experienced biographer Paul Zanon, who has previously worked with former boxers Paul Ingle and Jimmy Tibbs, The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver gives an in-depth personal account of the hardships faced in this obscure profession.