|I prefer to call diving
on air for fun and pleasure - recreational diving. Sport gives the connotation
of competition, which it must never be. We can strive to improve our skills,
but not with the aim of 'beating' a competitor. Rather, recreatioinal diving
is all about enjoyment, and one great way of gaining enjoyment is to assist,
educate and encourage others.
should go without saying that scuba divers must be adequately trained by
an instructor authorised through one of the professional dive instruction
associations. The following books are an adjunct to texts used in formal
training, and should not be used by the novice without formal training.
See you local dive shop for further information.
and Technical Diving for advanced techniques.
UNDER MAGIC - The Early Years of Skin and Scuba Diving
Softcover, 282 pages, many
All early Melbourne divers
in the fifties, sixties and early seventies would remember Bill Silvester,
or at least certainly know of him. Through the Black Rock Underater Diving
Group, and his Associated Divers' Academy (which he founded), many would
have been trained by Bill and his insructors at ADA. After a soujourn in
spearfishing (like so many others), Bill easily moved into scuba in the
early days of the development of the sport. It is his reminiscent memories
of these early days of the establishment of scuba in Melbourne that make
the book so interesting - and as a valuable document in the oral - and
now written - history of the sport. I was a johnny-come-lately to scuba
and not trained by ADA in 1970, but five or so years later I did a ‘refresher'
course with ADA to gain the FAUI open water card, then a necessity (along
with others) to get a fill, hire gear etc. By then Bill had moved on to
New South Wales. Down Under Magic is what I understand to be the first
in maybe a trilogy of Bill's autobiography, and for Victorian divers, the
most interesting I am sure as it reflects the play-ground that we are so
familiar with. After a couple of chapters of Bill's early life as a young
Pommy immigrant, (he arrived in Melbourne in 1946), Bill shares his early
days of spearfishing before scuba. Surprisingly perhaps, it was Bill's
father who saw a spearfisherman off Mornington one day which encouraged
the elder Silvester to take up the sport, and young Bill soon followed,
with such enthusiasm that is still typical of the man to this day. Spearfishing
championships followed, and the formation of Black Rock Skindivers, as
it was then. As scuba entered the scene and ad-hoc training was by friend
and clubs, it was inevitable that commerial scuba courses would soon follow.
The establishment of ADA (when?, I could see no date) resulted from a need
- many spearfishers were itching to get on to scuba, (perhaps for the wrong
reasons), and willing to pay four quid for a course. By now we are about
half-way through the book, and Bill goes on to describe some superb dive
sites around the Victorian coast and Bass Strait, Mout Gambier and
the Capricorn Group (Qld), that we still enjoy. To many older divers, these
reminisces will bring back fine memories. They were the pioneering days
of wreck diving and Bill was not averse to putting a stick of AN70 down
his pants and blowing up a wreck to retrieve the non-ferrous material.
Even if not trained by ADA, the authoritive textbook for scuba training
in the seventies was The Down Under Scuba Diver by Bill. He followed this
up with The Magic of Scuba many years later. There are several reasons
that establish Down Under Magic as a valuable book - its historic record
(could use more dates, Bill!), its parochial nature of Victorian divers,
and its easy casual read. It's the sort of book that you can dip into,
or just read of those wrecks and incidents of relevance to your own past.
It is certainly a book for us oldies, but the younger divers would do well
to read of how scuba was developed in Victoria. Quite fascinating really.
Bill and his mates were true pioneers of diving in Australia.
CALHOUN'S ‘BASIC' BOOKS.
I am pleased tro be able
to offer a range of seven small - basic - no-nonsence books that cover
a range of diving subjects as a very reasonable price. The information
contained in them is pertinent, concise and of value to the scuba diver,
from novice to experienced divemaster and instructor. Apart from the general
knowledge gained, I can virtually guarantee that the reader will pick up
one hint that will improve his/her diving, for enhanced enjoyment and improved
safety. The author knows his stuff; a professional engineer, he has been
involved with scuba diving since 1953, a true pioneer, teaching developing
equipment, making movies, an administrator, a dive boat skipper,
and passing on his knowledge through books and seminars. The books are
simple in their production, 21.5 x 14 cm, card cover, saddle-stitched,
34 to 75 pages. Illustrations are simple line drawn in mono - there is
no colour. The value is clearly is its content.
All books $16.00 each. Multiple
copies, same or mixed, $15 each.
- THE GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED
Captain Fred Calhoun.
Of course you don't need
to read this book as you, like I, are a qualified diver and we know it
all! But even though the book is a good starter for anyone interested in
scuba diving, even the experienced diver can gain something, some tip,
to improve his/her divcing techniques. If yiu know of someone considering
scuba diving, maybe a gift of this modest book will given thenm a useful
start. I guess, because I havn't dived for a while, I need to read the
whole book - wouldn't do me any harm. I would suggest that dive instructors
and divemasters read the book - not so much for any doubt in their knowledge
but because it will give a better insight into what a novice diver needs
to know. Sometimes we can take the obvious for granted which can lead to
a provblem with communication. 60 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle stitched,
RIGHT: SURVIVOR'S GUIDE TO RECREATIONAL SCUBA. Captain Fred Calhoun
Doing Scuba Right is a compilation
of tips and techniques from Fred's 50 years of scuba diving experience.
You won't find many of these tips in the training manuals of certifying
agencies and some of them are quite irreverent. But all of them are thought
provoking and you can't help but becoming a better diver by reading this
handy collection. Some of the suggestions seem so obvious - but do we do
it? This is one of the most handiest books I have come across. I guarantee
you will find at least one ‘trick' to make your diving easier and hopefully,
safer. Most of the book is based on things you can do with your equipment,
often little things like using a piece of tape in an appropriate place,
or ensuring that a certain part of the gear is maintained closely. Even
how to store and transport gear is important. There are fifty-six ‘hints',
all well illustrated, that can be considered. 96 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle
stitched, line drawings.
AND ANATOMY FOR SCUBA DIVERS: A MANUAL FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED
Captain Fred Calhoun. Edited
by Cecile Christensen
This book provides an introduction
to physiology and anatomy as they apply to breathing air and other gases
while submerged underwater. Many of the effects resulting from increased
pressure underwater can cause serious accidents. Safe diving involves understanding
what physiologial effects are to be encountered, recognizing the limits
that are imposed, and knowing how the effects can be avoided or reduced.
This book provides a very general discussion of human phisiology and anatomy
and the effects produced by diving. 46 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle stitched,
DIVERS: A MANUAL FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED
Captain Fred Calhoun. Edited
by Cecile Christensen
This book provides an introduction
to physics as it applys to underwater swimmers. Within the text mathematics
is kept simple, and all computations are fully explained. The imperial
system of measurement is used, not the metric system. 75 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8,
saddle stitched, tables.
Captain Fred Calhoun. Edited
This book is a basic training
manual for techinical diving. Technical diving is the practice of utilizing
comfortable and proper scuba equipment containing air, and respirable gases
other than air, while practicing extended depth/schedule diving. The principal
aspects of basic technical diving are mixed gases knowledge and decompression
knowledge. Technical diving is not defined as wearing an excessive amount
of equipment, hoses, bottles, straps, buckles or brass snaps.The knowledge
gained from this book is no replacement for experience. Contents include:
The Buddy System, Common
Considerations, Travel Gas For Descent, Air Required For No-Decom Dives
Below 180 feet, Air Required For Ascent Gas, Safety Stop, Extended
Schedule Air/nirox Decom Diving, Air Required For Extended Technical
Dives, Nitrox Required For Decompression, Omitted Decompression Equipment,
Decompression Sickness, Respitory Minute Volume calculations., U.S. Navy
Decompression Table, Appendix.
As a non-technical diver
the book gave me a greater insight into what is involved and would be useful
for anyone contemplating the journey into technical diving, and also for
those already engaged in this advanced use of technology. A very useful
42 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle
NITROX DIVING: A MANUAL FOR NITROX SCUBA DIVERS
Captain Fred Calhoun, with
Recently updated to reflect
the latest U.S. Navy dive tables, this book is for experienced divers who
are acquainted with and wish to lessen the occurence of narcosis and decompression
sickness. Its purpose is to describe the features and advantages of nitrox
scuba diving, and to provide individuals with the knowledge that will assist
them in becoming certified at the Nitrox Scuba Diver level.Table of contents:
Foreword Two Diving Diseases (The Problems) Nitrox Diving (A Solution)
Nitrox Nomenclature Air and Nitrox No-Decompression Tables (Tables 1,2,
and 3) Equivalent Air Depth (EAD) No-Deco. Limits (Min) for Air, Nitrox-I,
Nitrox-II Switching Gas Mixtures (Using Tables 1, 2, and 3) Making Nitrox
(Mixing Gas) Cleaned for Oxygen Service Maintenance Marking and Labeling
of Nitrox Scuba Cylinders Some Useful Formulas and Information Purity Standards
for Air Oxygen Poisoning (Ox-Tox) CNS Oxygen Toxicity The CNS Oxygen Scale
Pulmonary (Whole Body) Oxygen Poisoning Avoiding Oxygen Toxicity Table-1
Air No-Decompression Table Table-2 Nitrox-I No-Decopression Table Table-3
Nitrox-II No-Decompression Table Table-4 Nitrox-I and Nitrox-II Decompression
Tables Table-5 Oxygen/Nitrogen Limits Table Table-5 CNS & OTU Loading
Definitions and Abbreviations Expanded Air Residual Nitrogen Times Table
Expanded Air No-Decompression Limits Table. 34 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle
||THE HISTORY OF SCUBA
GEAR - (50 + Years in the Making)
Captain Fred Calhoun.
This is a very interesting
book as it took me back to the days of rubberised ‘life-saving' vests (I
never had a Fenzy), the old J-valves on the steel 72s, and long-johns.
I never went back as far a twin-hose regs, but I did once use a snorkel
with a ping-pong ball! But the book is more than a trip down memory lane.
I shows the development of scuba gear up to present times - but not into
the mdoern technical equipment that is becoming quite popular. The book
is also most useful in giving the reader a better idea of how equipment
works. A very interesting book.
60 pages, 8-1/2x5-3/8, saddle
||THREE NEW TITLES FROM
DIVING AND DIVE COMPUTERS
Steven M. Barsky.
In this book, you'll learn
about the proper procedures for deep diving, whether you dive in the tropics
or cold water. You'll also learn how a dive computer works and how to select
the dive computer that best suits your needs. Included are the following
topics:Physiology of deep diving, risks of deep diving, equipment for deep
diving, understanding and selecting dive computers, how to use a dive computer,
planning deep dives, making deep dives, emergency procedures, and how to
extend your capabilities.
Softcover, 175 pages, index,
glossary, further reading. $38.00
we have no more stock - may still be in print.
UNDERWATER NAVIGATION, AND LIMITED VISIBILITY DIVING
Steven M, Barsky.
Underwater navigation is
a skill that is poorly understood by most basic scuba divers, but one that
can lead you to new discoveries underwater. With good underwater navigation
skills, you can get back to any reef or wreck, over and over again, without
wasting time looking in the wrong place. In this book you'll learn how
to build on your navigation skills and integrate them with night diving
adventures and the challenge of diving in limited visibility. Every aspect
of these skills is explained in a clear, practical manner using the techniques
that divers follow in the real world.Topics covered in this book include:
Underwater navigation gear; Natural navigation; Compass navigation; Night
diving; Limited visibility diving; Triangulation.
Softcover, many mono photographs,
index, glossary, additional reading, 109 pages.
AND DRIFT DIVING
Steven M. Barsky
Wreck diving is one of the
most popular activities in the world. It combines adventure, romance, and
history into one irresistible package. Exploring sunken ships is something
almost no diver can resist. One of the best ways to participate in wreck
diving is from a dive boat, be it large or small. Boat diving opens up
new vistas for divers that may otherwise be unreachable. Drift diving is
a unique experience, perhaps most similar to soaring in a glider. As you
drift effortlessly over a dive site, you gain a unique perspective that
a swimming diver cannot equal. In this book, Wreck, Boat and Drift diving,
you will learn helpful hints, secrets, and techniques for these activities
that you won't find in most other books. Extensively illustrated, this
guide will open the door to new diving adventures.
Softcover, many mono photographs,
index, glossary, additional reading; 142 pages.
Taking Your Diving Further.
Geoff Hide and Andy Hunt.
A BSAC publicatiuon, publisahed
by Circle Publishing, Surry, UK, 2010.
Softcover, 159 pages, index,
full colour throughout.
Often our diving is in remote
locations where the regular safety and medical facilities are not readily
available, so it is important to give extra consideration to safety, not
only with respect to accident prevention but also to the availability of
assistance. This booik is no doubt more of use to the expedition leader,
although as the blurb indicates, it is of use to anyone who dives. The
book'ss base is on effective organisation and planning, both of which reduce
the opportunity for things to go wrong, and help to achieeve the objective
of the expedition, be it just for recreational diving or a more objective-related
activity ssuch as marine survey or wreck inspection. The case studies preovide
examples of what can go wrong and how undesirable situations can be avoided.
An excellent book in many respects, unique in its content, and very well
produced. From the blurb:A must-have for all divers who want to extend
their personal diving skills and experience diving as part of a team, The
Expedition Manual is good reading for all levels of diver - from those
with only a few dives to those who have been diving for years. Chapters
focus on all aspects of diving expeditions, from leadership, through research
and planning, to the equipment required and how to deal with emergencies.
Actual case studies are used throughout this practical manual, and are
complemented by many diagrams and photographs. $45.00
12 June 2013
||A GUIDE FOR
TEACHING SCUBA TO DIVERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
This excellent book proivides
a guide for scuba instructors teaching individuals with special needs.
It dicussed techniques for accommodating the special pysical needs which
result from spinl cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, and other difficulties
tht would be associated with scuba diving. Subject matter includes etiquette,
medical aspcts, equipment, taching techniques, and develoiping a program.
Softcover, about 160 pages, mono prints.
DIVING PHYSICS AND APPLICATIONS.
author is section head in the Applied Theoretical Physics Division of the
Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has a Masters in nuclear physics. The
book covers more than just the basics and would be useful for all instructors
and serious divers. Topics include the usual theory of diving physics but
also extends deeper into molecular transactions and biophysics. S
SUB-AQUA CLUB TITLES.
SPORT DIVING - British Sub-Aqua Club.
British 'bible'. An excellent technical and general instruction text not
out of place in Australia. Softcover, 256 pages.
AND RESCUE FOR DIVERS. British Sub-Aqua Club.
accident prevention, first-aid, rescue techniques, equipment and management.
Softcover, 144 pages, colour.
no more copies available.
Keatts and Brian Skerry.
Guide to Diving Wrecks" First, find your wreck.... the book covers search
methods, equipment, dive procedure, wreck identification, relics and preservation.
It of course leans toward American procedures but that should not deter
the Australian wreck diver.
theory of decompression with actual work examples. Ideal dive instruction.
well out of print now, none available.
Advanced Guide to Physiology, Procedures and Systems."
physiology and preparation, oxygen toxicity, equipment and safety, mixed
gas, dive computers , narcosis and tables. A useful instructional text.
352 pages, mono photographs, drawings..
||DEEPER INTO DIVING. Second
Edition. Highly Recommended.
John Lippmann and Dr. Simon
The first edition of this
excellent book was published in 1990. This second edition is a complete
re-write for the the experienced diver, the technical diver, dive instructor,
other professionals using diving skills, and the diving doctor. It contains
a mass of information on a wide variety of data that is not readily available
in general diving texts. This book goes beyond the basics, hence its well
rspected status into providing insight into diving physiology and various
physical and medical aspects of deeper diving. Divided into four
sections: 1 - Physical, sensory, physiological. 2- Decompression systems.
3- Altitude considerations. 4- Technical and occupational diving. Appendices
include the US Navy air diving tables, the Canadian DCIEM tables and the
Buhlmann High Altitude tables. Instructor/author Stan Bugg writes, "I have
read it virtually from cover to cover, and it is excellent value. It is
concisely expressed, with a lot of complicated concepts explained simply,e.g.
bubble formation, VPM, RGBM, origins of various deco algorithms. It is
a very good summary of current thinking on deep diving." Softcover, 512
pages, mono prints, charts, tables.
DOWN - Real-World Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them
Michael R. Ange. $36.00
As a mororist, why on earth
would I read a book on car accidents? Do you? Probably not, even though
it may improve your on-road attitude somewhat. It seems hardly entertaining,
satisfying only the morbid curiosity that is inherent in us mere mortals.
So, as divers, why should we read a book about diving accidents and deaths?
I guess the parellel here ends with an appreciation that a book such as
Diver Down can indeed save lives - perhaps your own. By understanding ‘what
went wrong', we can claerly relate an event back to our own situations.
With more knowledge of the dangers of diving (and I hate using such an
expression but perhaps it is appropriate here), we can better ‘protect'
ourselves and those we dive with. Of vital importance, those who
are in charge of others, such as instructors and dive leaders, will gain
much and I suggest this book be compulsive reading for anyone in such a
responsible position. It is an excellent book, written with authority (the
author is the Technical Editor for [USA] Scuba Diver magazine), with no
histrionic drama, yet the tension is there as you know that something tragic
is about to happen. Each case ends with a ‘Strategies for Survival' section,
a sensible analysis of what tragedy happened and how it could have been
prevented. Throughout the book, ‘boxes' of specific text provide
further relevant details, such as Wreck Diving, Regulators, Dive Planning
etc. Photographs are limited - those present are most relevant, and none
intruding on any personal tragedy. I continue to read this book, even though
I have many years of recreationl diving experience and will rarely dive
again. Perhaps if something similar were available three decades ago I
wouldn't have made some many mistakes! May I insist that all those in the
business of recreational diving - read the book. Your life, and the life
of those whom you are in charge, is always at risk. This book helps to
minimise the risk. Softcover, 210 pages, a few photographs and drawings,
A PRO - 101 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SCUBA SKILLS AND SAFETY
Robert N. Rossier.
You can do all the specialist
courses, perform dozens of dives and read countless books, and yet often
the fundamentals of good safe scuba diving are forgotten. If it is too
much of a cliche to say that this book will save your life, it will at
least make your diving easier, more comfortable, more ‘profssional', and
more safe. What more could you want. One of the credentials of the vry
experinced author is that he was on the team that deisgned th support systems
for the NASA Space Station. Not much water up there, but he hs the skills
to pass on fropm his many decades of sport and commercial diving.
Softcover, 104 pages, no
no more copies available.
Elements of Safe Night Diving.
must-read for anyone who engages in night diving. Why night dive? Because
this is when the ocean is at its most lively, when the nocturnal animals
come alive. The book covers all tecnical and safety aspects of night diving,
what to expect, how to be prepared, and what equipment to use.
full colour throughout, 110 pages.
WITH SHARKS and other Adventures Dives.
practical advice for experienced divers.
photographed and presented, this is an interesting books for those who
have ventured beyond the odd dive at the end of the jetty. Covers the fascinating
experieinces of diving with sharks, whales, dolphons, manta rays, and turtles,
potato cod and sea snakes, with locations throughoput the world, including
Australia of course. There is an informative section on diving in strong
currents, and wreck diving covers twelve sections including the Yongala,
Andrea Doria and Truk Lagoon, and of course the Prsident Coolidge. Finally,
the chspter on closed overhad environmnts includes cavern and sinkhole
diving, and under the Antarctic ice. A very interesting read, informative
and beautifully presented. An appendix provides a brief directory of locations
with a star graded system for experience required.
large A4 format, 160 pages, full colour throughout.
Long & Stinton.
must for anyone using a dry suit, or contemplating buying one. Chapters
include: Why thermal protection is important; Contaminated water diving;
Types of dry suits; Dry suit valves, undergarments, and accessories;
Setting up and dressing; Diving in a dry suit, Maintenance and repairs.
185 pages, many mono photographs.
||HANDBOOK FOR SKINDIVERS
First published 1962, Afco
Pty Ltd, Sydney. Continued into many editions through fifteen years.
By the fifth printing (this
book on offer) in 1971, it had changed publishers to Pollard Publishing,
Fifth edition, 1971,
hardcover, dust jacket, 169 pages, plus 4 pages colour plates; 1977
Ben Cropp rates with the
Taylors as one of Australia's greatest pioneers of recreational diving,
a great spearfisherman , cinematographer, documentary maker, wreck diver,
and adventurer. Whereas the content now is rather passe, it was a good
read in its day and no doubt encouraged many a diver. Now a collectors
From the fly (fifth edition):
This book provides an engaging
introduction to skindiving and a reference work which will remain invaluable
long after the fundamentals have been mastered. Australia's internationally
respected underwater filmmaker, skindiving instructor, spearf isher man
and underwater explorer, Ben Cropp, takes the reader step-by-step through
all the skills involved in fully enjoying the underwater world.The book
has a wide scope, covering the purchase and care of skindiving equipment,
SCUBA diving, underwater photography, all our main fish species, crayfish
hunting, the habits of rays, sea snakes, barracuda and other creatures,
the procedures in hunting for sharks, salvaging from old shipwrecks, the
medical aspects of skin-diving, and how club competitions are conducted.
The text has been painstakingly prepared to ensure that all of these features
of the sport are explained in terms all can understand — there is a minimum
of technicality and a maximum of common sense.
A book such as this could
only be written by a man of wide experience in skindiving. It is both authoritative
in scientific terms and practical from the standpoint of every day diving.
Through it all there is an underlying understanding of the skindiver's
problems and even of his fears. This probably explains why all the most
experienced Australian skindivers—including those who make a living from
the sport — always keep a copy of this book handy.
offer: Fifth edition, 1971, hardcover, dust jacket, 169 pages, plus
4 pages colour plates; 1977. Excellent condition. Dust jacket excellent,
no tears. Slight 'sticky-tape' staining on front and back endpapers. $28.00
**** SOLD ******
& FITNESS IN PLAIN ENGLISH.
last, a book that is honest in telling us how, and why, we should be exercising.
Superbly written by the author of the acclaimed Diving Physiology in Plain
English, it disproves the myths of the commercial weight-loss and exercise
programs, and replaces them with a practical program together with why
they are important. I've personally learnt great deal from this book, and
whereas I am not shedding pounds of fat, I now know why I am not fit, and
what I should do about it. Covers abs, stretching, workouts, body-building,
weights, what works & doesn't, heart, cholesterol, osteoporosis, body
fat tests, weight loss, nutrition, vitamins, health foods, diets, supplements,
ergogenc aids, pain & injury, back pain, neck, shoulder, and knee pain,
ankle sprains, leg cramps, headaches; Fun Facts and an A-Z Glossary Step-by-step
instructions for better health and fitness. Funny, jam-packed, practical,
easy to understand, everything-all-in-one-source. And a genuine money-back
guarantee if you dont think this is the best book available on keeping
fit and healthy.
363 pages. $54.95. Sorry, no more copies
A Complete Manual for Compressed
Tom Mount and Akira J. Ikehara.
First edition 1974. University
of Miami Press, Florida. Hardcover, dustjacket, 190 pages, a few mono drawings,
no photographs, tables, bibliography. Includes a sample exam paper.
Tom Mount went on to be one of Ameroca's top divers with several excellent
books to his name. Whether this is his first I am not sure. It would certainly
have been a well respected book for its day, authoratitive and well written.
From the fly:
"This source book, clearly
written and fully illustrated, puts together for the first time in a single
book all the long-sough after information needed by dive students, advanced
divers. and instructors. From basic safety guidelines for the inexperienced
dive student to detailed technical computations for the advanced, research,
or cave diver. Practiical Diving covers every aspect of survival, relaxation,
and learning in the undersea world. With information unavailable in any
other general diving book on the marker today, this manual compiles the
latest state-of-the-art in diving technology. Diver qualification levels
are discussed from shallow water diver (30 feel) to dive master 140 feet).
Standard dive tables from the U.S. Nary Diving Manual, 1974. are given.
along with decompression times for diving at extreme exposures and at high
altituBook on offer is in excellent condition with a computer generated
facsimilie dustjacket in protective library-quality film. No markings except
for tiny owners name-stamp on back endpaper under fly.des.”
second-hand copy on offer is in excellent condition with a computer generated
facsimilie dustjacket in protective library-quality film. No markings except
for tiny owners name-stamp on back endpaper under fly. $28.00
SCUBA DIVING. A Guide to Safe Diving. Highly
Sinclair and Russelll Kenley.
many years there has been a dearth of good, independant, dive ability books
that cover more than the basics without being too technical, all within
the parameters of a true sport diving level. This is an exceptional book
and provides the diver with the functional knowledge necessary to continue
diving after basic instruction. It is a must for any diver, even those
who perhaps have the expereince underwater but need to brush up on their
theory. It is also an excellent book for the non-diver, the potential diver
attempting to determine the skills that will be aquired and required for
open water dive certification. It complements the formal dive school and
association text, taking the required knowledge just step further.
Softcover, 242 pages, many mono photogreaphs, drawings and charts.
DIVING - A WOMAN'S GUIDE.
written by a woman for women divers and potential divers, with ‘a woman's
voice', and ‘a woman's approach', I would have thought there would be more
information relevant to the physiology of women and how their diving differs
from that of men, for which most of the ‘how-to' texts are written. However,
what is provided is relevant and questions like ‘are women at greater risk
o decompression sickness whilst menstruating?' are awnswered well. Pregnancy
of course is mentioned, as well as general fitness, body fat etc. Softcover,
142 pages, mono prints, drawings and charts. $36.00
out of print, but see 'Women and Pressure'.
EQUIPMENT CARE AND MAINTENANCE.
Farley and Charles Royer.
excellent book was first published in 1980, and has had an update in 1988
and now in 1996. It is an extremely popular book and a must for all divers.
Covers all equipment from mast and wetsuit to dive lights, photography
equipment, dive computers, BCs, tanks and valves - you name it. As they
say, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure and this book could
save you heaps.
mono photographs, 176 pages.
all gone. I think it is out of print - certainly out of date if not fully
the R.L.S.S. of Canada, used in Australia as a definitive instructional
text. Softcover, 186 pages. $24.00
||SHALLOW WATER DIVING
AND SPEAR FISHING
Hilbert Schenck, Jr. and
Henry Kendall. Illustrated by Vincent Vitale.
LCC# 53- 9687. Cornell Martime
Press, Cambridge Maryland,USA. 1954.
Line drawings and photographs,
251 pages, teal dust jacket with picture of helmet diver.
Cover teal cloth gold lettering
One of the earliest diving
texts. Covers ‘helmet diving', ‘mask diving', recirculating equipment,
‘self-contained throw-away diving equipment', spearfishing, diving science,
the ocean and its inhabitants, deco tables and other chapters. The equipment
photos are fascinating.
The following is from the
advertising blurb on the back fly of Schenck's 'Underwater Photography'
(Revised 2nd ed).:
" In this book the authors
of Underwater Photography cover the subject of shallow water diving and
spearfishingin view of the many new developments of the past five years.
Shallow Water Diving and Spearfishing covers the subject from A to Z in
all its phases. Throughout, the emphasis is placed on "know-how and how-to"
with safety. It brings to the underwater sporting enthusiast a complete
coverage of this fascinating sport. Every phase of the subject is covered
in a sane, practical manner for those already engaged in the sport and
for the many interested in joining the call of the silent world. Chapter
Content: Diving Science-Helmet Diving-Mask Diving-Self-Contained Recirculating
Diving Equipment-Self-Contained Throw-Away Diving Equipment-Spearfishing-The
Ocean and its Inhabitans-Commercial Shallow Water Diving-Special Diving
Applications-That Underwater Vacation-Decompression Tables-Equipment Sources-Bibliography
-Index. For the homecraftsman, the construction of home made equipment
is discussed, plans shown and evaluated as to cost and suitability, compared
with commercially available equipment.”
copies on offer. One copy is in excellent condition with original dustjacket
and with a protective comuter generated facsimie, itself protected in library-quality
film. Very small previous owners stamp on endpaper. Collector's item. $42.00
second copy is as the first except no original dust jacket, but does have
facsimile jacket. $32.00
Art of Underwater Self-Sufficiency'. A controversial topic; the book explores
the for and against arguments.
published 1968 - an interesting general book on the basics but not quite
up to date. Some good info for a low price. A good primer.
gone and just as well, as well out of date.
useful book. Informative.
Its great that the ‘older',
or should I say more experienced idvers, put pen to paper and leave a record
of the fascinating years of diving before PADI and all the other alphabet
soup instructor groups came on the scene. Not that their safety induced
instruction wasn't warrented, but perhaps some of the excitement went out
of the game. ‘Forty Crazy Years Under Water' - a collection of interesting
and humourrous anecedotes from an instructor and retailer. "Its been forty
years of laughs, adventures, and interactions with some pretty spectacular
people". I particularly liked the chapter on "Scuba Students to Remember',
and ‘Is Scuba For You?' covering 18 misconceptions of. A very interesting
and funny book. Softcover, 204 pages, all text.
COMPLETE SCUBA DIVING GUIDE
presented British book; easy to read, clear diagrams and photographs.
is an exceptionally well produced book, full of colour on virtually every
page, and gives a great background to sport diving. Although not an instruction
book, it is nevertheless a book full of detail and educational material.
Chapters include A Brief History of Diving, The Natural Laws of Diving
(exceptionally well illustrated), Equipment, Health and safety, The Sea,
Reefs, Dangerous Marine Organisms, and an excellent chapter on various
types of diving and diving activities. Would make a brillliant gift to
any diver, be they a novice or experienced. Interesting reading and well
worth having. A great gift to a new diver or a budding diver to give inspiration
as to what you can do as a scuba diver - so much to achieve and enjoy -
so much better than ghetting towed up to the top of a hill and sliding
down on a freezing butt!!
medium format, dust jacket, 160 pages, gloss art paper, full colour.
ESSENTIALS OF DEEPER SPORT DIVING. Highly
detailed technical text for all advanced divers. Strong on technique and
decompression. Provides a thorough discussion on physiological and psychological
considerations of deep diving,; also altitude diving, oxygen administration,
planning and conducting a dive.
252 pages, medium format, mono photographs, diagrams and charts.
EXPEDITION & DIVING OPERATIONS HANDBOOK.
Arrington. Twenty-four chapters and several checklists on preparing for
a div expedition. I didn't think it was so complex, but then we are not
talking about a quick dive at portsea Pier. The author is the chief diver
for the Cousteau Society, and here we are talking about a more substantial
dive trip where he covers such subjects as cameras and dive equipmnt, medical,
airports, customs and forms, accommodation, home and location bases, chartering,
various specialty diving (wreck, ice, high altitude), emergency etc etc.
A very useful book for anyone planning a dive trip involving several people
to a remote location. Great for dive operators planning trips overseas.
130 pages. $48.00
no longer available.
MAGIC OF SCUBA DIVING
with advice for the novice and advanced diver. Ideal for the diver who
wants more information on diving principles and practice. Based on the
original instructional text for Australian divers, Down Under Scuba Diver.
This edition printed 1987, but still a very interesting book, and excellent
massive 452 pages.
- all gone, now well out of print.
Bill Silvesters new book 'Down Under Magic', above.