Bottom Time

The Adventures of a Commercial Diver

by Norbert Weissinger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2007

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467098694
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781425966027

About the Book

Join author Norbert Weissinger as he narrates his most memorable dives, starting with his first scuba dive while attending college, to the grueling work in the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial oilfield diver. Experience the thrills, terrors, mystifying beauty, and awful monotony of life at sea. Meet the colorful and eccentric personalities that risk their lives daily in the development of offshore oilfields. Commercial divers go under water every day to earn a living. Strangely, they enjoy the abuse of the sea, and if they survive a ten-year career, they can take home a wealth of memories about a world that few have ever seen.

            Bottom Time is filled with travel anecdotes, dive narratives, and vivid descriptions of the undersea world. While working on the sea floor was sometimes lonely and frightening, the author experienced sublime moments when he felt privileged to be a visitor to an alien realm. The triggerfish, tarpon, groupers, sea turtles, and barracuda became his friends, and he wished that bottom time would never end.

            After spending countless hours under water, the author found not only beauty and exotic marine life, but inspiration. Life spent on the bottom is truly living in the moment, where past and future dissolve, and nothing matters but a breath.

About the Author

Norbert Weissinger was born in Germany and grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University where he majored in Biology. After college he enrolled in a commercial dive school in Oakland, California. He has logged more than 500 commercial dives in depths ranging from 40 to 200 feet. Diving for work or pleasure has taken him to many parts of the world including Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia. He currently lives in Arkansas and works as a database administrator. This is his fourth book.