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DIVE AUSTRALIA

by Peter Stone

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Dive Australia started off with two small Directories of dive shops in 1978. The first edition of DIVE AUSTRALIA was published in 1982. Then in 1986, 1990, and 1999. The fifth edition was released in October 2012. Will there be a sixth edition? That depends on somebody taking it over. 
THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO ALL ASPECTS OF 
DIVING IN AUSTRALIA.

FIFTH EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE

CONTENT

Australia leads the world in recreational dive facilities, training and safety standards - and superb dive sites. Although we have always had a close affinity with the sea, on-going education and awareness of the marine environment needs to be encouraged. There is no better way to appreciate the ocean and its wondrous creatures than by snorkelling and scuba diving.
This fifth edition of the acclaimed Dive Australia, greatly expanded since its first edition in 1982, aims to inform and educate the novice and experienced recreational scuba diver and snorkeller so that the reader may enjoy the marine environment to its fullest. 
More than two hundred divers have contributed significantly to the book. It is very much a personalised effort, including the author’s own experiences, observations, and comment. It is an invaluable guide for all divers and snorkellers, of all ages, of all levels of experience. The predominant aim is to inform - the author does not hesitate to direct the reader to other important and perhaps more informative references, be they in print or on the Internet: websites are listed throughout, together with a comprehensive reading list.

The book is HARDCOVER with laminated boards for ease of use.
Within these 1022 pages you will find:
* 553 mono photographs, 58 colour photographs over 16 pages, 60 maps, and over half a million words 
* state by state descriptions of over 2000 dive sites and the facilities available,
including shipwrecks, marine life and general terrain, including the type of
diving available, be it from shore, boat or off (and under) a jetty, and any
concerns that the diver need be aware
* a 'hundred and one' questions that you have been afraid to ask!.
* a description of our coastal environment and management
* the legalities of diving and dive training, boat regulations and marine parks..
* the Great Barrier Reef, its natural history, marine life, management, and future
* the many islands under Australian administration are covered in detail
* Bass Strait gets a chapter of its own because of the unique quality of its diving.
* historic shipwrecks  -over five hundred are listed in some detail
* diver associations and specialty services
* government departments and relevant semi-government instrumentalities
* travel guide - how to visit and 'dive Australia'
* alphabet soup' and terminology
* emergency contacts and hyperbaric chambers
* a comprehensive reading list and web site references
* oversea travel to the Pacific and other near locations
* specialty diving - how to further your interests

CONTENTS 

 Preface

 Chapter One An Island Nation     1
 Chapter Two Taking the Plunge   25
 Chapter Three Brief History of Diving in Australia 93
 Chapter Four Victoria    115
 Chapter Five New South Wales   219
 Chapter Six  Queensland    317
 Chapter Seven Great Barrier Reef   467
 Chapter Eight Northern Territory   509
 Chapter Nine Western Australia   527
 Chapter Ten South Australia   677
 Chapter Eleven Tasmania    759
 Chapter Twelve Bass Strait Islands   789
 Chapter Thirteen Australian Administered Islands 813
 Chapter Fourteen Historic Shipwrecks  843
 Chapter Fifteen The Law and the Diver  881
 Chapter Sixteen Specialty Diving   891
 Chapter Seventeen Diving Overseas   923 
 Appendix One Further Information   949
 Appendix Two Associations   956
 Appendix Three   Alphabet Soup   978
 Appendix Four Travel Facts   985
 Appendix Five Further Reading   993
 Appendix Six Emergency & Hyperbaric  1005

 Acknowledgements
 History of Dive Australia.
 Author
 

COST FIFTH EDITION: $56.00

Postage anywhere in Australia: $12.00.  (Victoria $8.00)

For orders:
* email peter@oceans.com.au
* phone peter 03 5182 5108
* mail Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971.

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard), cheque, or Australian money order.
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HISTORY - DIVE AUSTRALIA.  Peter Stone.
First published in 1978 as a small pocket Directory of dive shops and air-fill stations around Australia, it grew to a much larger Divers Directory in 1980, and then into a full book Dive Australia in 1982. The concept started soon after the formation of the Scuba Divers Federation of Australia in 1978. The inaugural Administration Manager was Peter Stone who prepared the first Directory, a small booklet of just 4 inches wide x 5.7 inches. Such was its popular that two years later it expanded into an 86-page booklet of 6 x 8 inches and included much more information: diving clubs and associations, instruction associations, Australian dive locations (brief) and some popular overseas locations and tours, medical practitions, recompression chambers, the law as it relates to diving, and dive publications, including an index of Skindiving in Australia magazine with reference to dive locations. Again, this was the work of Peter Stone. The Divers Directory was the precursor to the full book Dive Australia, (the yellow-cover one) published in 1982 by Oceans Enterprises, Melbourne (now Yarram). Peter Stone has remained the author throughout all editions, a period of over thirty years. Four editions of Dive Australia were published up to 1999. A fifth edition iwas released in 2012. 

The first edition (of the book) , softcover, 268 pages, mono photos and maps - it has grown to over one thousand pages and many photographs (with colour plates)  and maps.  First edition subtitled: A Directory of Dive Locations, Dive Shops and Services in Australia compiled by Peter Stone. It was the first book as such in Australia to publish services and locations throughout the island continent. The first edition contains advertisements of many of the dive shops operating at the time. Fourth edition is called Peter Stone's Dive Australia - A Handbook for Scuba Divers. Rhe fifth edition (2012) is back to Dive Australia - A handbook for Scuba Divers.


 
PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The fourth edition of the acclaimed Dive Australia, greatly expanded since its first edition in 1982, aims to inform and educate the novice and experienced recreational scuba diver and snorkeller so that the reader may enjoy the marine environment to its fullest. 

It is now called Peter Stone's Dive Australia because it is very much a personalised book, including the author's own experiences, observations, and maybe even controversial comment. It is an invaluable guide for all divers and snorkellers, of all ages, of all levels of experience. 

The predominant aim is to inform - the author does not hesitate to direct the reader to other important and perhaps more informative references, be they in print or on the Internet. A comprehensive bibliography is listed, with recommended reading, and an appendix of interesting web sites. 

This popular and extremely useful manual of scuba diving in Australia is more than just a location and services guide. It provides information on scuba training, the law, the oceans surrounding our country and the effects of currents and climate on our diving; historic shipwrecks and the relevant laws, marine parks and reserves, marine life - and dangerous marine life, diving with whales, seals, sharks and whale sharks, and many annecdotal references of interest. It has an extensive section on the Great Barrier Reef - the dive locations and services, and the biology and formation of the reef. One of the greatest benefits of this book is that it references to other more definitive sources of information on locations, wrecks and marine life. This is a must for all divers, a 'bible' so to speak of our brilliant and diverse diving. There is no comparable book to this in Australia. 

Within these 608 pages you will find: 
* 190 photographs, 36 maps, 372,000 words, 14,000 word index. 
* a description of our coastal environment and management, the currents and ocean tides, 
    marine protected areas and legislation, your role as a concerned citizen and diver. 
* diver training - what you should expect from a dive course - and a ‘hundred and one' 
    questions that you have been afraid to ask!. 
* the legalities of diving and dive training. 
* boating regulations. 
* state by state descriptions of over 2000 dive sites and the facilities available, including
    shipwrecks, marine life and general terrain, including the type of diving available, be it from 
    shore, boat or off (and under) a jetty, and any concerns that the diver need be aware. 
* the Great Barrier Reef, its natural history, marine life, management, future indications and the 
    best way to see and enjoy this wonderful reef system. 
* the many islands under Australian administration are also covered in detail. 
* Bass Strait gets a chapter of its own because of the unique quality of its diving. 
* historic shipwrecks play a large part in recreation diving and over five hundred are covered in 
    some detail - their history, condition, and legislation. 
* diver associations and specialty services are listed. 
* government departments and relevant semi-government instrumentalities.
* travel guide - how to ‘dive Australia'. 
* ‘alphabet soup' and terminology. 
* emergency contacts and hyperbaric chambers. 
* a comprehensive bibliography and web site references, and index.

      CONTENTS
      Preface
      Chapter One  -  A Land of Coastal Plains 
      Chapter Two - Taking the Plunge
      Chapter Three - A Brief History of Diving in Australia 
      Chapter Four - Victoria
      Chapter Five - New South Waleshapter Six Queensland
      Chapter Seven - Great Barrier Reef
      Chapter Eight - Northern Territory
      Chapter Nine - Western Australia
      Chapter Ten - South Australia
      Chapter Eleven - Tasmania
      Chapter Twelve - Bass Strait Islands
      Chapter Thirteen - Australian Administered Islands
      Chapter Fourteen - Historic Shipwrecks
      Chapter Fifteen - The Law and the Diver
      Appendix One - Associations
      Appendix Two - Specialty Services
      Appendix Three - Alphabet Soup 
      Appendix Four -Travel Facts
      Appendix Five - Further Reading
      Appendix Six - Internet References
      Appendix Seven Emergency
      Acknowledgements, Late Contributions, Notes, Index, Author.