Scuba diving books

Scuba diving books

Scuba diving books

 

Scuba diving books are a funny one, they’re either captivating or terrible, and there never seems to be an in-between. I’ve found that books offering “hilarious” anecdotes from an instructor’s perspective are always terrible. Thankfully, there are a range of other topics available. A lot of scuba books are travel-based, and offer information on the best places to dive. There are also a lot of “how to” books giving advice on how to improve buoyancy or air consumption. Most of these don’t really go any further than what you would learn on a course, but a couple are very insightful.

The best books, in my opinion, are those that tell a story about a particular wreck, cave, or diving expedition, or biograph one of the diving pioneers such as John Scott Haldane.

 

Let me know if there are any books that you loved that aren’t listed.

 

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Books about Dive Training

Scuba Diving: A short guide to open water training- Richard Devanney

Considering that I wrote this book, I have to give it 5 stars in every respect. More of a short reference than a book, it’s aimed at anyone who is interested in learning to dive and provides information on how to choose a course based on their intention to dive locally or on vacation.

I would be really grateful for a review if you get it.

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Scuba Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver- Simon Pridmore

If you’re already a qualified diver, this book provides great insight into how you can improve your diving, and over time how you can branch out to get involved in different types of diving such as technical diving.

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Scuba Fundamental: Start Diving the Right Way- Simon Pridmore

If you’re thinking of learning to scuba dive, this book lays out everything you need to know.

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Scuba Professional: Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations- Simon Pridmore

If you’re thinking of becoming a dive professional, read this book. It provides realistic account of what the diving industry is like, and how it works; warts and all. It will dispel a few myths but also lay to waste any romantic notions you have of an easy life.

Current dive professionals should also read it.

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SCUBA: A Practical Guide for the New Diver Paperback- James A Lapenta

Very heavy focus on what’s wrong with general scuba training, and tips on how you can do it better.

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SCUBA: A Practical Guide to Advanced Level Training: aka Advanced Open Water Training- James Lapenta

Again, very critical of the overall dive industry and it’s approach to training beyond open water. Gives tips and advice on how to seek better training.

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Technical Diving: An Introduction- Mark Powell

Very up to date account of what technical diving is, with a little bit of myth-busting thrown in.

This is a great read for anyone potentially interested in starting technical diving.

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Books about Marine Life

Our Blue Planet: An Introduction to Maritime and Underwater Archaeology- Ben Ford

This book provides a great introduction to the field of maritime and underwater archaeology. For anyone interested in learning more, this is a great place to start.

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Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life- Brandon Cole

Very accessible book describing the most common marine life that you’re likely to encounter as a diver. Covers everything from the open ocean, to coral reefs, to rock pools. Great accompaniment for a diver.

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Nudibranchs of the World- Helmut Debelius and Rudie H. Kuiter

A very comprehensive guide to over 1180 species of Nudibranch around the world, including detailed descriptions and photos.

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Nudibranchs of Britain, Ireland and Northwest Europe: Second Edition- Bernard Picton and Christine Morrow

The most comprehensive book on Nudibranchs out there. Over 195 species are included, with detailed drawings and beautiful photos.

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The Diver's Guide to Marine Life of Britain and Ireland: Second Edition- Chris Wood

Very comprehensive book covering over 300 species that reside in the waters of the UK and Ireland.

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Coral Reef Curiosities: Intrigue, Deception and Wonder on the Reef and Beyond- Chuck Weikert

If you’ve ever wondered how the lives of marine animals pan out at your favourite coral reefs, look no further than this book. It goes into detail about which marine species live in coral reefs, and what they do all day. It also outlines symbiotic relationships, such as why and how groupers join forces with morey eels to hunt. A great book for curious people, divers or not.

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Books about Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography Masterclass- Dr. Alex Mustard

With over 30 years experience in underwater photography, Alex shares his knowledge on photography techniques, camera equipment, lighting, lenses, and information on the marine life that he photographs.

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Books about Diving in the UK

Dorset Dives: A Guide to Scuba Diving Along the Jurassic Coast- Will Appleyard

Comprehensive guide to diving on the Jurassic coast of England.

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Top 100 British Shore Dives- Anita Sherwood

Detailed descriptions of every dive, including entry and exit points, photos, dive site maps, nearby filling stations and local coastguard information.

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Diver Guide: Dive South Cornwall- Richard Larn

An old but very comprehensive guide to diving in South Cornwall.

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Dive Weekends in South West England- Anita Sherwood

The Southwest of the UK has a lot of good diving. This book covers many of the best sites- over 140 are included, along with information about entry and exit points, local filling options and marine life for each site.

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UK Dive Guide: Diving Guide to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales- Patrick Shier

Describes 100 dives that can be done from the shore or by boat within the British Isles. Includes maps of the dive sites, photos, and information on the marine life.

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Books about Worldwide Diving Locations

Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites- Jack Jackson

Beautifully illustrated, this book will give you a lifetime of diving holiday destination ideas. Well written and pretty detailed on the top dive sites in the world.

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Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations- Chris Santella

I don’t know who these experts are, but all top diving destinations such as Raja Ampat are in the book. It also provides information on each location that would help you to plan a dive trip there.

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