|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
Softcover, 136 pages, mono.
The Advanced Book covers wreck penetration, deep diving procedures, decompression, artefact recovery, preservation and restoration, photography and research. There is also an interesting section on catching lobsters - why I have no idea.
See also Primary Wreck Diving.
OF ENRICHED AIR MIXTURES (THE)
Edward A. Betts.
A4 size, 128, comb-bound, still board covers.
Designed to be used as a training guide, the manual is a comprehensive guide to the use of oxygen-enriched air in diving. Chapters on development and use of enriched air mixtures, safety, pathophysiology of oxygen.
DECOMPRESSION THEORY AND APPLICATION.
Bruce R. Wienke.
Hardcover, 316 pags, many many calculations.
The 2nd Edition has been extended and updated with new material. It takes all rudiments of decompression theory and phase mechanics to considerable depth, while focusing on diving applications in a historical perspective. The targeted audience is the commercial diver, hyperbaric scientist, doctor, technical diver, and instructor. Recent developements in diving tables, decompression meters, and decompression management software are presented. The 1st Edition of this publication was a sellout; second edition is much more detailed, and comprehensive.
DIVING PHYSICS AND APPLICATIONS.
Softcover, 320 pages.
The 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,advanced divers, and commercial and professional divers. Topics include the usual theory of diving physics but also extends deeper into molecular transactions and biophysics.
DIVER TRAINING MANUAL. New 5th edition.
Developed by the training departments of four leading commercial diving schools in the USA, specifically to enrich the trainee's classroom exercises and the applied phases of practical surface-supplied air diver training. Supplements the U.S. Navy Diving Manual and other textbooks. A superb training maanual for comercial and industrial divers. Used extensively in Australia for training to Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme standards where diving is used in the workplace. Approx 400 pages.
With stiff board covers in large metal spiral-type binding.
INTO DIVING. Second Edition.
John Lippmann and Dr. Simon Mitchell.
Softcover, 512 pages, mono prints, charts, tables.
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."
IN HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS
OF UNDERWATER INVESTIGATIONS.
Robert Teather, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
This is a specialist book directed at police officers, the military, insurance investigators and anyone concerned with search and rescue. To the layman the photographs may have a morbid fascination but this is not a book for the casual diver - although it does give a detailed explanation as to what to expect and what to do in the case of marine deaths. Chapters such as Drowning - What Really Happens; Body Recovery; Scuba Fatality - Accident Investigation - are important knowledge for the dive leader but the remaining information is the prerogative of the qualified investigator: Investigation of Death; Recovery of Skeletal Remains; Firearms, Aircraft, Vehicle Recovery; Court testimony, Collection and Types of Evidence. A valuable book for the professional. Metal spiral bound, board covers, A4 size, 185 pages, many colour photographs and diagrams.
BOOK OF MIXED GAS DIVING.
Theory, Technique, Application.
Heinz K.J. Lettnin.
Based on the training activities of the personnel at GKSS Research Centre Geesthact. Decompression and treatment procedures comprise a large part of the book. Only technical methods, not medical issues, are included. The book is directed to professional diving and offshore personnel as well as anyone intersted in the technical aspects of mixed-gas diving.
A4 size, 50 pages, board covers.
What is Nitrox and who should use it. Explains the use of nitrogen-oxygen mixtures for the sport diver in simplified terms, covering physics, physiology and safety. An excellent guide to assist the diver in the decision to go onto Nitrox.
REBREATHERS - UNDERSTANDING REBREATHERS
Jeffrey E. Bozanic
Hardcover (laminated boards), 548 pages, full colour throughout, many charts and tables.
Fourteen chapters and fourteen appendicies cover, I presume, all tyere is to known of rebreather systems. Not being personally familiar with the equipment (I am too old and too committed to the desk to learn), I can only take advice from others more experienced than I, and to this end, the author has produced an excellent book. Subject matter includes the equipment, diving physics and physiology, dive preparation and technique, post-dive procedures, maintenance, emergency procedures, and an interesting chapter on travel - ‘when travelling by camel, be sure breathing hose ports are blocked to prevent fleas from entering brathing loop' - fair dinkum. A must-read for anyone into technical diving, which seems to be the way to go nowadays, if you can afford it.
FOR COMMERCIAL DIVERS
Softcover, large A4 size, 204 pages.
Covers direct equations and tables for all aspects of commercial diving, but predominantly gas physics, use of mkixed gases, cmaber operation, diving bells, and a section on lifting (weight and thrust). The chapter ‘Physics of Disaster' covers brath holding, bad air, vhamber blow up and down, fire. Twelve Appendicies provide equations and tables.
WRECK DIVING GUIDE
Softcover, 160 pages, colour.
The Primary book is aimed at the general sport diver who likes to dive on shipwrecks, and includes such topics as the anatomy of a shipwreck, equipment and gearing up, physical protection, the art of shipwreck diving, photography, stings and things, survival aat sea, medical, and - a chapter on women divers.
Robert N. Rossier.
Softcover, 82 pages, mono prints.
An excellent authoritative primer into the subject, with coverage of physics and physiology, oxygen toxicity and limits, safety and procedures, equipment, and planning. Includes latest NOAA oxygen limits. This book will give you the necessary introduction to Nitrox diving which is not of course a subsstitute for professional training.
NITROX GAS BLENDING MANUAL
Specifically for those involved in mixed gas blending with three objectives - to direct the operator in the safe methods of blending Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx), to inform the user as to what types of blending systems are currently available, and to provide the best return on investment for your situation. As more divers understand the benefits of using nitrox, the need for a rady supply of the gas mix increases. Chapters include: Oxygen, Oxygen Cleaning, Oxygen Compatitbl Air, Gas Blending Methods, Gas Mixing Formulae. Includes a Nitrox Partial Prssure Fill Chart.
GRADIENT BUBBLE MODEL IN DEPTH.
Bruce R. Wienke.
Hardcover, 96 pages, many charts and calculations.
The intent of this book is to present a working view of the reduced gradient bubble model (RGBM), decompression mechanics, and applications to technical diving. It is directed to the reader with some rudimentary understanding of decompression. Some have called it a revolution in modern diving. The RGBM has already gained widespread acceptance and popularity with growth in prominence, particularly in the deep, decompression, and mixed gas sectors. This is due to released Tables (NAUI's), meter implementations, computer software, testing, validation, and wholesale positive results and feedback by real divers across all venues.
A Practical Guide for the Research Diver.
John N. Heine.
Seven chapters and appendicies covering General Scientific Diving Guidelines, Aquatic Habitats and Ecosystems, specialised equipment, locating, mapping sites, mesuring physics, biotic factors and sampling, undrwater photography. Obviously for the professional scientific and research diver working on marine science related prrojects. Hardcover, laminated boards, 226 pages, full colour throughout.Extensive bibliography at end of each chapter.
Available but check price first: around $100.
SCIENTIFIC DIVING - A GENERAL CODE OF PRACTICE
Edited by N.C.Fleming and M.D.Max. Important text. British authors.
DIVING FROM THE BOTTOM UP
A Guide to Advanced Diving Techniques. Kevin Gurr.
Forewords by Richard Pyle and Tom Mount.
The author is a a leading technical diving, the first outside the USA, (he is based in the UK), and internationally recognised for his technical expertise, dive leadership, and engineering design. His involvement with early rebreather systems led to the production of the world's first mixed-gas dive computer. The book, which has become a technical standard for mixed-gas and rebrather equipment, contains chapters on phychology, equipment, gases, gas properties and mixing, the maths required, ‘skills and drills', respiratory system and the body, decompression, dehydration and thermal considerations, diver propulsion vehicles, operationa; safety, rebreathers... and many many more. A most important work for the dedicated technical diver - which means all technical divers.
Softcover, 252 pages, large A4 size, mono and colour prints.
DIVING IN DEPTH.
Hardcover, 428 pages, many mono photos, drawings, graphs and charts.
Don't even think of this book unless you have a pretty good knowledhe of mathematics. It is aimed at the very serious technical and commercial diver, instructors and physicians, engineers and bilogists. Topics include thermodynamics, pressure and density, gass kinetics, free and dissolved phase transfer, enerygy and maatter interactions, nucleation and cavitation, oxygen dose mixtures, buoyancy, maladies and drugs, waves and currents, oceanography and geophysics, solar energy and radiaation - and much more. Good grief, if we had to know all of this there would be very few recreational divers around.
Hardcover, 428 pages, many mono photos, drawings, graphs and charts.
INTRODUCTION TO ENRICHED AIR DIVING
Edward A. Betts.
A manual to provide the knowledge and technology necessary to use (oxygen) enriched air mixtures. In terms of the physical size of the book, the cost seems excessive, but it sells in the US for $43.00 US dollars so I suppose it is the information that you pay for. A4 size, 64 pages.
PROFESSSIONAL DIVER'S HANDBOOK - Third Edition, 2011.
Editor John Bevan. Produced by Submex, the international underwater consultancy company.
Limp-bound, heavy plastic sleeve protection, A4 size, 370 pages, numerous diagrams, some colour in charts, index, glossary.
Not being a commercial diver, I can only rely on comment from those who are better familiar with the value of its content. Considering the publisher and author, that in itself is adequate endorsement, but its acceptance by professional divers is a better indication. The fifteen sections cover such topics as offshore diving, inspection diving, applied techniques, operational equipment, submersibles, chamber operation, explosives, gas analysis and hazards, diving equipment, communications, marine fouling, navigation, weather and sea, health and safety, rescue, regulations et al. The line drawings are detailed and provide excellent examples of the instruction provided. A valuable text for all commercial divers, and those interested in taking up the profession.
Note: The first edition of this authoritive book was published by Submex in 1982, with editor David Sisman.
SIMPLE GUIDE TO REBREATHER DIVING.
Steve Barsky, Mark Thirlow and Mike Ward.
Softcover, 228 pages, colour.
Includes both semi-closed circuit and full closed circuit systems. Rebreathers are not new, but their use for sport divers has only gained interest in the past few years. As Barsky indicated in large letters, "Diving with a rebreather presents more risks than diving with open circuit equipment", and goes on to indicate those risks, whilst educating and encouraging the use of the equipment in well trained hands. This book is not a ‘do-it-yourself' kit, and the use of rebreathers should only be after adequate classroom and ocean training. Subjects covered include a brief history (fascinating), applications, hazards, equipment - full closed and semi-closed; and even tips for the buyer. An absolute must for anyone, particularly the instructor and advanced diver, wishing to keep up to date with new (and enhanced) technology.
TECHNICAL DIVING HANDBOOK.
Technical diving has come of age. Underwater explorers can now share the benefits of space-age spin-off hardware and developing decompression methodologies. The present volume incorporates recent innovations that were unavailable until only a few years ago. Acquaint yourself now with such new and exciting devices as the programmable nitrox wrist decompression computer, the personal computer interface, the hoseless pressure gauge, a heads-up mask display, decompression software for laptops, a submersible electric heating pad, and more. Also included in this handbook are equations and tips for blending nitrox, trimix, heliox, and heliair; instructions on how to build an in-water oxygen decompression station; the procedures and the chemicals needed to clean tanks, valves, and regulators for oxygen service; and a complete chapter on how to plan and conduct expedition style mix-gas diving operations. Large Format, 192 pages, 125 color photos, 12 tables, 12 equations, fully indexed.
TECHNICAL GUIDE TO GAS BLENDING.
Softcover, 160 pages, mono photographs and charts.
This book assists in evaluating and selecting the most appropriate blending method; the planning and execution of blending, the preparation of equipment, and safety aspects. ‘The author takes a scientific approach in every logic, explaining the subject matter from first principles. Long-standing, erroneous assumptions are challenged and critical thinking is encouraged throughout the text'. Sections include the responsibility of the gas blender, establishing a station, generating clean air, mixing procedures and gas analysis, trimix blending.
WRECK DIVING GUIDE