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  1. Suffolkmatireland

    Suffolkmatireland New Member

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    I hope this is in the right section! So i had a little search about on here about this subject. Just wondering what suggestions people have for some scuba related reading material? More the non training side so to speak? I have read Shadow divers, just finished Setting the hook, and one or two others. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have The last dive lined up to read, and also Under water to get out of the rain, which i was recommended, but i don't think its strictly a scuba book....
     
  2. John F

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    I just finished Deco for divers, it covers the history of the understanding of DCI and what is going on with your body as the pressure increases and as you off gas, as well as how deco models have developed over the years.
    Very interesting reading.
    John.
     
  3. Alex Denny

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    Deep Descent and Dark Descent are along similar lines as the last dive and shadow divers.

    The Deep (a great film of this too) is a ripping yarn about diving a shipwreck off Bermuda.
     
  4. jb2cool

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    It's a long list but these are my diving related books (some more so than others). Some of these are good, some of them are bilge. Some would have been good 10 years or so ago but are showing their age now. I had it in a list already so easier for me to simply copy/paste.

    • The Darkness Beckons: The History and Development of Cave Diving – Martyn Farr
    • Great Ocean Adventures – Monty Halls
    • Dive Scapa Flow – Rod MacDonald
    • Dive England’s Greatest Wrecks – Rod MacDonald
    • Scapa Flow Dive Guide – Lawson Wood
    • Into the Abyss: Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World – Rod MacDonald
    • The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession – Pipín Ferreras
    • The Silent World – Jaques Yves Costeau
    • Deep, Dark and Dangerous: Adventures and Reflections on the Andrea Doria – Gary Gentile
    • Zero Visibility – Ed Goodrich
    • Doing It Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving – Jarrod Jablonski
    • Truk: A Divers Guide – Roy Smallpage
    • Diving and Snorkeling guide to Truk Lagoon – Tim Rock
    • Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doris – Kevin F McMurray
    • Under Water to Get Out of the Rain - Trevor Norton
    • Ocean Gladiator: Battles Beneath the Ocean – Mark Elyatt
    • Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Men Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II – Robert Kurson
    • The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths – Bernie Chowdhury
    • Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World – Tim Ecott
    • Stars Beneath the Sea: The Extraordinary Lives of the Pioneers of Diving – Trevor Norton
    • Technical Diving from the Bottom Up: A Guide to Advanced Diving Techniques – Kevin Gurr
    • Diving Guide to Red Sea Wrecks
    • Sea Trek – Martha Holmes
    • Underwater Pembrokeshire – Steve Myatt
    • Deco For Divers: A Divers Guide to Decompression Theory and Physiology – Mark Powell
    • Great British Marine Animals – Paul Naylor
    • 100 Best Dives in Cornwall – Charles Hood
    • Top 100 British Shore Dives – Anita Sherwood
    • Fishes of the Red Sea – Muki Shpigel
    • Red Sea Reef Guide – Helmut Debelius
    • Indian Ocean Reef Guide – Helmut Debelius
    • Photographic Guide to the Sea & Shore Life of Britain & North-West Europe – Gibson, Hextall & Rogers
    • Coral Reef Guide: Red Sea – Ewald Lieske & Robert F Myers
    • Dive Dorset – John & Vicki Hinchcliffe
    • Dive Sussex – Kendall McDonald
    • Dive Wight and Hampshire – Martin Pritchard and Kendall Mcdonald
    • Dive South Cornwall – Richard Larn
    • Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea – Ned Middleton
    • The Great Shipwrecks of the Red Sea: Thistlegorm, Rosalie Moller
    • Getting Clear of the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving – Jarrod Jablonski
    • IANTD Mixer/Blender Manual: UK Supplement – Kevin Gurr
    • IANTD Blending and Partial Pressure Methods of Nitrox Mixing – Dick Rutkowski
    • TDI Understanding Nitrox
    • Dress for Success: The Essentials of Diving Equipment – Dan MacKay
    • GUE Fundamentals: Course Slides
    • PADI Open Water Manual
    • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
    • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
    • PADI Divemaster Manual
    • Sport Diving: The BSAC Diving Manual
    • The Divers Handbook – Alan Mountain
    • The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving – PADI
    • Scuba Diving – Jack Jackson
    • Deep Sea Odyssey – Yves Paccalet
    • 50 Places to Dive Before you Die – Chris Santella
    • Oceans – Paul Rose & Anna Laking
    • The Blue Planet – Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill & Martha Holmes
    • Diver – Tony Groom
    • Diver Down: Real-world scuba accidents and how to avoid them – Michael Range
    • Discover UK Diving – Will Appleyard
    • Raising the Dead: A true story of death and survival – Phillip Finch
    • Amazing diving stories: Incredible tales from deep beneath the sea – John Bantin
    • Dive: The ultimate guide. 60 of the world's top dive locations – Monty Halls

    There is also another one i'd recommend, this is pure fiction but it's still entertaining. It's Under the waves/Diving in deep waters by R.M. Ballantyne. I really enjoyed that. If you have a Kindle i can send you the file.
     
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    I’d second ‘The Darkness Beckons’. Very interesting book.
     
  6. Alex Denny

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    Oh, and “Deep descent” the book by bill stone about trying to dive the world’s deepest cave, and inventing the modern rebreather...
     
  7. Alex Denny

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    He’s also the guy who wrote the Foreword to Darkness Beckons...
     
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    Fataly flawed Verna van Schaik about the quest to dive the deepest, She was the land safety on Don Shirley and tragically Dave Shaws last dive, Diving into Darkness the last dive of Dave Shaw, . Like others have mentioned I also enjoyed
    The last dive thats how a father and son tragically lost their lives
    Deep descent
    Dark descent
    and setting the hook
    mostly about wreck diving the Andora or empress of India,
     
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    And in March...

    Technical Diving an Introduction - Mark Powell
     
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    I do have a kindle, but i have never used it, maybe this will kick start me into using it! Also off the list, is there any that you would avoid as they are bilge?..
     
  11. jb2cool

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    There is lots of info packed into these but they are both showing their age a bit now. I'd probably say give them a miss as they may put you off rather than encourage you.
    Doing It Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving – Jarrod Jablonski
    Technical Diving from the Bottom Up: A Guide to Advanced Diving Techniques – Kevin Gurr

    Don't bother reading anything by Bob Ballard, it should be an interesting topic but for some reason he makes it as dull as ditchwater.

    These are my top pics.
    • The Darkness Beckons: The History and Development of Cave Diving – Martyn Farr
    • Into the Abyss: Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World – Rod MacDonald
    • The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession – Pipín Ferreras
    • Deep, Dark and Dangerous: Adventures and Reflections on the Andrea Doria – Gary Gentile
    • Zero Visibility – Ed Goodrich
    • Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doris – Kevin F McMurray
    • Under Water to Get Out of the Rain - Trevor Norton
    • Ocean Gladiator: Battles Beneath the Ocean – Mark Elyatt
    • Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Men Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II – Robert Kurson
    • The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths – Bernie Chowdhury
    • Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World – Tim Ecott
    • Stars Beneath the Sea: The Extraordinary Lives of the Pioneers of Diving – Trevor Norton
    • Deco For Divers: A Divers Guide to Decompression Theory and Physiology – Mark Powell
    • Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea – Ned Middleton
    • Diver – Tony Groom
    • Raising the Dead: A true story of death and survival – Phillip Finch
    • Amazing diving stories: Incredible tales from deep beneath the sea – John Bantin
     
  12. Wibble

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    Shadow Divers is a great read and well written.

    The Darkness Below and Into The Abyss by Rod Macdonald are both good. Another good author.

    Couple of short story books I enjoyed:
    Amazing Diving Stories: Incredible Tales for Deep Beneath the Sea - John Batin
    Scuba Stories: Real life diving dramas - Dive Magazine

    For a straight technical book, I enjoyed Deco for Divers. Nice history part.

    I like Martyn Farr's books.
     
  13. snowman

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    I would support the recommendations for Deco for Divers and The Darkness Below and Into The Abyss by Rod Macdonald.

    The latter two really capture the essence of diving in the UK, I think.

    I will add a couple - "The Silent World" by Jacques Cousteau - He pretty much invented Scuba diving and the stories are in turn humorous and tragic.

    I got the feeling, though, from this book that WW2 was a bit of an extended holiday for him, so I was slightly surprised to read in "The Sea King" by Brad Matsen that he'd been awarded the Croix De Guerre for working with the French Resistance in the war! Makes him even more of a hero to me!

    The two, together, give an interesting insight into the father of Scuba diving.

    M
     
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    I have to agree that Shadow divers is a great book!
     
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    I'll look into them, thanks!
     
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    I did enjoy Mark Ellyatt's book Ocean Gladiators. Quite gang ho but some nice descriptions of very deep dives such as the Victoria off Lebanon -- vertical, nose down with the stern at 120 metres.

    He also described the 'enjoyment' of narcosis and the onset of oxygen overload diving air to crazy depths on a single!
     
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    Entertaining and interesting all so long as you don't view it as a learning resource.
     
  18. Wibble

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    Yeah, don't do this at home kids!

    His description of his record breaking dive to ~300 metres was good too. Not so his vestibular bend from IBCD - not knowing which way was up and throwing up for the whole deco time. Quite a pioneer.
     
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    I have just started Under Water to Get Out of the Rain as i have it with me at work, and so far despite the fact that it ins't exactly a diving book as such, it is really interesting
     
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    I also found Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson in my truck yesterday, which i read the other year. That was also an enjoyable read
     

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