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Books about diving that I've read and enjoyed:

A ship wreck is found in deep water off the New Jersey coast. It is quickly identified as a U-Boat, but no U-Boat was ever reported as sunk in those waters. And, then the hunt to identify it begins. Dive after dive comes up empty as does research attempt after research attempt on land in archives, libraries, museums and interviews with WWII particiapants. Chatterton and Kohler's adventure is a modern day example of real men doing extraordinary things. I was mesmerized. These guys risked everything for this: family, health and literally their lives. This was not a walk in the park caribbean dive. You can't put this book down. Sure there's a lot of diving history as well. It's a great follow-up to "Last Dive"
Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, catch the diving bug and become some of the most proficient divers in the world. And, they hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame. Read this before Shadow Divers!! This is what precedes Chatterton and Kohler's work in discovering the "U Who." What I liked best is the excellent integration of diving history and technique into a very tight and compelling story. You do feel that you know these guys before you finish.
Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her -- and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream. Essential reading for any potential deep diver or wreck diver.
"A gripping true story of treasure hunting and tragedy on the Doria, the world's most dangerous shipwreck."
-- Daily News

"Should be required reading for all divers."
-- Immersed

"Well researched, well interviewed, and written without frills. It doesn't need frills. Wreck diving is already on the edge, an extreme sport with virtually no margin for error. Drama is built in."
-- National Geographic Adventure
On May 29, 1914, after a collision in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Empress of Ireland sank in minutes, taking 1,012 passengers and crew to their deaths. The disaster shocked the world but then was forgotten with the torpedoing of the Lusitania and the engulfing cataclysm of World War I. Now, in Dark Descent, acclaimed author and diver Kevin McMurray revives the story of this forgotten maritime catastrophe.

Dark Descent takes readers down into the frigid depths to explore the controversies of the ship's fatal night and the many attempts to salvage her contents, from the first hardhat diver sent down to recover loved ones to today's "adrenaline junkies" who risk≠≠--and often lose≠≠--their lives in pursuit of the perfect descent."
The Huautla in Mexico is the deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere, possibly the world. Shafts reach skyscraper-depths, caverns are stadium-sized, and sudden floods can drown divers in an instant. With a two-decade obsession, William Stone and his 44-member team entered the sinkhole at Sotano de San Augustin. The first camp settled 2,328 feet below ground in a cavern where headlamps couldn't even illuminate the walls and ceiling. The second camp teeter-ed precariously above an underground canyon where two subterranean rivers collided. But beyond that lay the unknown territory-a flooded corridor that had blocked all previous comers, claimed a diver's life, and drove the rest of the team back. Except for William Stone and Barbara am Ende, who forged on for 18 more days, with no hope of rescue, to set the record for the deepest cave dive in the Western Hemisphere.
Submerged is Daniel Lenihan's remarkable story of 25 years as founder and head of the Submerged Cultural Resource Unit (SCRU)óranging from ancient ruins covered by reservoirs in the desert Southwest to a World War II submarine off the Alaskan coast; from the Isle Royale shipwrecks in the frigid Lake Superior to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor; from the HL Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship, in Charleston Harbor to the ships sunk by atomic bombs at Bikini Atoll, and much more.
"By far the best literary collection about scuba diving."
-- Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine

More than 35 passages from novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, and scientists detail an intertwined passion for diving and the written word in this collection. From Robert Stone's portrayal of a diver who faces the terrorizing prospect of his air running out to Clare Booth Luce's search for the treasures of the underwater realm, every passage reveals a perspective of the world that only divers have known. Humor columnist Dave Barry battles a lobster and explains why staying on the ocean's surface is like "going to the circus and staring at the outside of a tent." From Rangiroa to the Red Sea, from deep within caverns to the eerie light under ice, from the lethal silliness of nitrogen narcosis to the elation of soaring over unfathomable depths, every selection, like every dive, is a unique experience.
When the economic recession hit California in 1991, I lost my "real" job and headed off to the South Pacific to become a scuba instructor. Seven years later, I was still doing it, after venturing through the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.

And that's how Michael Zinsley's adventure begins. He's very candid about his adventures abroad and with students who have no business learning to dive. It was to quick a read. I was left wanting more. I wish he'd write a follow-up.
Required reading: in Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott takes you on a guided tour of the history of undersea exploration and the emergence of diving culture. He tells the extraordinary story of man\'s attempts to breathe underwater, from the sponge divers described by Aristotle, to the development of sixteenth-century diving bells, to the invention of modern scuba equipment. Along the way, Ecott intersperses the story with his own thrilling adventures, from the waters of the South Pacific to the remote islands of the Seychelles, from explorations in the clear, flowing tides of Sardinia to a near-death experience in the cold gray depths of the English Channel.
This authoritative guide provides in-depth discussions of physics, physiology, oxygen toxicity and oxygen limits. It reviews the latest safeguards and procedures, equipment considerations, and guides the reader through easy-to-follow nitrox dive planning examples. Included are nitrox planning tables plus the latest NOAA oxygen limits. This book is a must for every certified or prospective nitrox diver.
The Complete Diving Guides to scuba diving in the Eastern Caribbean, including descriptions of ALL dive sites, dive stores and operators. Island maps show the location of dive sites and stores. Dive sites are illustrated by underwater maps and photographs.

Volume 2 gives you everything you ever need to know about scuba diving on these fantastic Caribbean islands: Anguilla, St Martin & St Maarten, St Barts, Saba, Statia, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Guadeloupe.

OK, it doesn't give you everything you need to know about Saba. But, you're just going to have to learn that one yourself. Go visit.
This detailed guide puts you on the inside track to island adventure, from vibrant Carnival festivities and rain-forest treks to sun, sand and the sound of steel bands.

Covers: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, St Barthelemy (St Barts), St Eustatius (Statia), St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin/Sint Maarten, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

I like Lonely Planet - they do a good job of cutting through the useless travel guide info and getting right to what I need to know.
This terrific, little handy reference has step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every conceivable scuba diving first aid situation. It easily fits into a BCD vest or dive bag pocket for quick accessibility. Sturdy, waterproof construction--including a spiral binding and plastic pages--makes this a perfect guide when you need it most: in the water! The diagrams are easy to follow and tabbed pages allow for quick indexing. Very professional. A+. Appropriate for novices, intermediate and advanced divers alike.

Well made. This will last a lifetime and it's filled with everything you'd need to know. It's only about 3x4 inches!
The Certified Diver's Handbook supplies all the advice and information you need to make diving an ongoing and rewarding part of your life. This definitive, real-world guide is packed with helpful facts and suggestions on everything from equipment, safety, and rescue procedures to techniques for shore diving, drift diving, night diving, and much more.

Comprehensive but written for the novice.
Gorgeous pictures and dreamy writing. By that, I mean it will take you away to a distant sunny place every time you pick up from your coffee table. Can't you hear the steel drums when you leaf through this book?

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