50 Water Adventures to do before you die

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This is a book that is a challenge to review because it does several things very well. As the title suggests, it is an inspiring bucket list of marine adventures for thrill seekers. It is also a collection of amazing photographs and a description of activities that are not all in common knowledge. As a source of information and collection of thrilling marine activities from the exciting to the mind blowing, this is a book with no rival. The bottom line is – go out and buy a copy and then start to try the experiences.

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NAME: 50 Water Adventures to do before you die
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 280814
FILE: R2036
AUTHOR: Lia Ditton
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 224
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: water, diving, photography, sailing, swimming, canoeing, white water, oceans, wind surfing, kiteboarding, submarining, kiteboarding, paddle boarding
ISBN: 978-1-4729-0113-2
IMAGE: B2036.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This is a book that is a challenge to review because it does several things very well. As the title suggests, it is an inspiring bucket list of marine adventures for thrill seekers. It is also a collection of amazing photographs and a description of activities that are not all in common knowledge. As a source of information and collection of thrilling marine activities from the exciting to the mind blowing, this is a book with no rival. The bottom line is – go out and buy a copy and then start to try the experiences.

In a life full of digital pressures, the amazing range of experiences open to all of us is under utilized. Time is the excuse as millions restrict themselves to smart phone and computer screens, experiencing life by remote control. There are many other excuses, such as the cost of trying something new and maybe extreme, and then suddenly there is old age and a reduced number of things that most people are able to engage in, but then age is frequently just another excuse.

This reviewer was involved in the support team for the solo sailor who attempted the first vertical circumnavigation by sea. The sailor was in middle age with relatively little blue water sailing experience and no solo sailing experience. He thought it one last chance to try something he had dreamt of from boyhood and it was a courageous decision. He succeeded in returning to the UK after a true circumnavigation from polar sea to polar sea and had the experience of a lifetime, demonstrating that great adventures can be undertaken later in life.

In the same way, veterans who skydive in their 90s for charity are rare but by no means unique. One recently was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who had never needed to use his parachute, but was then up for the challenge more than 70 years later for a good cause. In the same way, autogiro pioneer Wing Commander Wallace, perhaps best known for flying one of his autogiros, “Little Nelly” in a James Bond movie, was still flying at 95 and, shortly before his death, was planning further record attempts.

This book valuably provides a list of marine experiences that can be undertaken by a wide range of people and ages. Some are physically more demanding and may not suit those we tend to write off as ‘pensioners’, but the most adventurous may find that age is not the real barrier. It also provides a reminder that we should make early attempts at a thrilling list of adventures. No one knows what the future will hold, so don’t delay and do it today.

A great book that’s inspiring and enjoyable – buy a copy and stretch yourself

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