4 November 2009

 

SCUBA Travel release last quarter's bestselling books list

The SCUBA Travel best selling diving books in the third quarter of 2009. Yet again the Dive Atlas of the World keeps its top spot. Previous quarter's position is shown in brackets.
  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)
  2. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella's bestselling "Fifty Places" series. (2)
  3. Dive in Style
    by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.(3)
  4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (5)
  5. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (6)
  6. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (--)
  7. The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques
    by Martin Edge
    Hints, tips and advice on taking underwater photos. (--)
  8. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (10)
  9. Top Dive Sites of the World by Jack Jackson
    With contributions from authors like Lawson Wood, Guy Buckles, Nick Hanna and Paul Naylor, focuses on 75 world-class dive sites in waters as diverse as the icy Northern Atlantic and the tropical seas of the Pacific. (--)
  10. Diving and Snorkeling the Sea of Cortezs by Susan Speck
    91 Dive sites of Baja California described in detail. (--)

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20 April 2009

 

SCUBA Travel release last quarter's bestseller list

SCUBA Travel have just released their list of best selling diving books and DVDs of the last quarter. Yet again the Dive Atlas of the World keeps its top spot. The previous quarter's position is shown in brackets.




  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella's bestselling "Fifty Places" series. (2)

  3. Dive in Style
    by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.(4)

  4. Dive Red Sea: The Ultimate Guide by Simon Rogerson and John McIntyre
    Covers popular Red Sea diving areas: mostly Egypt.(--)

  5. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (3)

  6. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (8)

  7. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there. (6)

  8. Diver Down: Real-World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them by Michael R. Ange
    Reveals how scuba diving accidents leading to severe injury or death usually result from a chain of events that can and should be prevented before a tragedy occurs. (7)

  9. Red Sea Reef Guide by Helmut Debelius
    Guide to marine life of the Red Sea (10)

  10. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (5)


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22 January 2009

 

Win a Red Sea Diving Guide

SCUBA News is offering you the chance to win a logbook and guide to Northern Wrecks and Reefs of Egypt's Red Sea. To win your copy just e-mail news@scubatravel.co.uk with the number of diving guides currently in the Travelling Diver series. For a hint see Issue 104 of SCUBA News.

The prize comprises a loose-leaf pack of pages in full colour, each dedicated to a single dive site. Every page gives a detailed dive site description or wreck history, with room for you to write your own notes. There is also a very good map of the dive site, information on difficulty and location. As well as being a guide the pages are designed as a dive log, with boxes for you to fill your dive details: sea conditions, temperature, maximum depth, bottom time, etc.

The guide really does manage to pack loads of information into a small space and covers most of the dives you will do on a week's liveaboard holiday.

The pack has two spare logbook sheets with room for you to log four dives. The sheets are standard 3-hole diving logbook size.

The Travelling Diver series make it easy for you to record your dives in much greater detail than the few notes most of us scribble down about the site. Focusing on a very small area - just the dives you might experience on a week's trip - means the guide is compact and light. No need to pack several thick, heavy books. The downside of course is if you visit different areas of the Red Sea often, it can become expensive to have to buy a new guide for each trip. Although not if you win one in the SCUBA News competition!

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9 January 2009

 

Top Ten Diving Books and DVDs of 2008

SCUBA Travel are pleased to release their list of the 2008 best selling diving books and DVDs. For the fifth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot! Its author, Jack Jackson, achieves two entries in the list: Diving with Giants is a new entry at number nine. Another new entry, this time at number three, is Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die. This was only published last October but sold masses of copies in the run up to Christmas. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD which has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year's position.

1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

2. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (6)

3. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
The fifth in Santella's bestselling "Fifty Places" series. (--)

4. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (7)

5. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides), by Tim Rock
Dive guide to Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (--)

6. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)

7. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (3)

8. Diving the World, by Beth and Shaun Tierney
Reviews 200 dive sites. (--)

9. Diving with Giants, by Jack Jackson
Features the best places to dive with pelagic species. (--)

10. The Blue Planet DVD
The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (9)

SCUBA Travel (scubatravel.co.uk) provide an impartial guide to diving around the world. The SCUBA Travel website includes descriptions of dive sites, reviews of dive operators, notes on how to get to destinations and book reviews. In short, it aims to help divers plan their next diving expedition and find the best dive sites whilst they are there. The SCUBA Travel Best Seller list is compiled from purchases made at the SCUBA Travel web site throughout the year.
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22 October 2008

 

The SCUBA Bestsellers of the last quarter

SCUBA Travel have just released their list of best selling diving books and DVDs of the last quarter. (Previous position is shown in brackets.)

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (--)

  3. Dive in Style by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.(3)

  4. Sardinia (Eyewitness Travel Guide) by Fabrizio Arditio
    Guide to exploring Sardinai. (--)

  5. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (--)

  6. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (2)

  7. Diving the World by Beth and Shaun Tierney
    Reviews 200 dive sites (7)

  8. Raising the Dead: A True Story of Death and Survival by Phillip Finch
    A true story of death and survival whilst cave diving in the Kalahari Desert (--)

  9. Sardinia Diving Guide by Egidio Trainito
    Guide to the dive sites of the Italian island of Sardinia (--)

  10. The Rough Guide to Thailand's Beaches and Islands (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Paul Gray
    Includes notes on diving the islands of Thailand (--)

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9 January 2008

 

Top 10 diving books of 2007

SCUBA Travel today releases its list of the best selling books and DVDs bought by SCUBA divers in 2007. For the fourth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot! A surprise entry at number three is a guide to the Italian island of Sardinia - a very popular diving destination last year. Another new entry is Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea, by Ned Middleton. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD. This has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year's position.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)

  3. Sardinia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) by Paula Hardy
    Complete, practical regional guide for independent travellers. Includes dedicated activities chapter including the best dive spots. (--)

  4. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (7)

  5. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (--)

  6. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
    An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (4)

  7. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (3)

  8. Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Baja California by Walt Peterson
    Guide to the dive sites of Baja California. (--)

  9. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (9)

  10. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea. (--)



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9 October 2007

 

Meet the Author: Todd Stevens

Wreck of the ColossusTodd Stevens is the author of Wreck of the Colossus, The find of a lifetime. The story of the discovery of a 200 year old historic shipwreck and its aftermath.


What prompted you to write the book?
I was living my dream and wanted to write about my experiences. Incorrect reporting within the media regarding the discovery of the wreck and its carving were also factors. There also seemed to be many misconceptions written about the Colossus and its history.
How long did it take you to write?
In total-6 years!! I first had to learn to write and then to use a computer. My first two years of one finger typing (about 100 pages) were lost when the computer crashed and the file was irretrievable. After starting again it took 4 years to complete.
What were the main lessons you learned from your experience with the Colossus?
Not to trust those in authority, archaeologists, the media, or anyone wanting to make a buck from diving and salvage.
Do you still get the same satisfaction from searching for wrecks?
Yes, since the Colossus I have discovered five new wrecks in my local area, one of which was protected by the government in 2005. Another I am working on at present has, due to the fantastic history behind it, prompted me to write a second book. (It will be out next spring hopefully)
What do you do when you are not working or diving?
Hunting for shipwrecks; writing; researching; I like walking and am also a keen snorkeler. I am also a trustee of my local museum and currently have a weekly show on local radio .
What would you say is the biggest change in diving since you started?
I suppose it would be the types of people the sport now attracts, there are no longer the swash buckling types around that there once were.
About the author
East London drop out heading nowhere; my brothers and I took up diving with the BSAC in Northampton in 1979 and the sport has kept me on the straight and narrow ever since. Carpenter by trade I was extremely active in the sport all around the British coast. I moved to the isles of Scilly in 1999 to hunt out undiscovered shipwrecks found the stern of Colossus in May of that same year. I lost the wreck to anyone who thought they had a vested interest in it, then wrote the book. Along with my wife Carmen (who is also a keen diver) I am now head of a small team that actively hunts for undiscovered historic wreck sites - there's usually treasure involved.

You can purchase Wreck of the Colossus by sending a cheque for £17 (including p&p) made out to Colossus Publications to Colossus, Pilot's Retreat, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NA. Alternatively visit the web site at http://www.hmscolossus.co.uk/.



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3 October 2007

 

SCUBA diving bestsellers list updated



The SCUBA Travel best selling diving books of the last three months. (Previous quarter's position is shown in brackets.)

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Sardinia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides)
    by Paula Hardy
    Complete, practical regional guide for independent travellers. Includes dedicated activities chapter including the best dive spots. (2)

  3. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there. (3)


  4. The Rough Guide to Sardinia
    by Robert Andrews
    Reviews the best places to eat, drink and sleep around the island. (--)

  5. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (5)

  6. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (8)

  7. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Features a selection of dives experts to beginners. (--)


  8. Dive in Style by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.(--)

  9. Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers by Jack and Sue Drafahl
    Handbook for underwater photographers explains how to edit, fine-tune, retouch and enhance underwater images with the help of Adobe Photoshop. (--)

  10. Diving with Giants: The World's Best Pelagic Dives
    by Jack Jackson
    The best places to dive with the big, open water, species: sharks, manta rays, dolphins, whales... (--)


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5 July 2007

 

Scapa Flow Dive Guide


On Midsummers Day in 1919, a German Admiral ordered the German High Seas Fleet to be scuttled. Seventy-four German ships had been anchored at the Orkney Islands of Scotland. They were sunk to prevent them being divided up amongst the allies. Many of the ships were recovered for salvage; but those remaining submerged have helped make Scapa Flow into one of the most popular dive sites in Europe.

Lawson Wood's latest book is a comprehensive guide to diving Scapa Flow. The book begins with an introduction to the Orkneys and a history of the German High Seas Fleet. It goes on to cover travelling to, and staying in, Scapa. The rest of the book is a guide to the diving

It is a very extensive guide covering 75 wrecks and 9 reefs. Wood gives the history of each wreck and has plenty of photographs of the dives and the ships. He also provides sea-bed scans of the wrecks and detailed descriptions of each dive site. For each site there is a key points box with a summary of vital information such as location, depth, access and diving experience required.

Many divers assume that you must be extremely experienced to dive Scapa Flow, but the book makes plain that even novice divers can enjoy a good diving holiday there. All of the Motor Torpedo Boats and Blockships are in less than 18 m (60 ft) with many in less than 9 m (30 ft). Lawson Wood rates these as "quite possibly some of the best shallow shipwrecks in the world".

If you are considering going to Scapa Flow then this book is a must. I would buy it well in advance to help you prepare for the trip, deciding where to dive and what equipment to take. It is a great diving guide which is a blend of detailed diving information, wreck history and local information.

About the Author
Lawson Wood has written more than 40 historical and diving guides, including the successful Shipwrecks of the Cayman Islands. He is a founding member of the Marine Conservation Society and founder of the St.Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve in Scotland. He made photographic history by becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers solely for underwater photography. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Review by Andrew Reay-Robinson

The Scapa Flow Dive Guide is available from Aquapress, Amazon and all good bookshops.



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20 March 2007

 

New book sheds light on more than 300 undiscovered wrecks

Nigel Pickford, bestselling author of Atlas of Shipwreck and Treasure, has just had his new book published by Chatham Publishing.

Lost Treasure Ships of the Northern Seas takes a closer look at some of the thousands of wrecks that still lie undiscovered in the relatively shallow waters of the North Sea and the Baltic, and identifies more than 300 such sites, giving concise details of ship, voyage, cargo and current state of knowledge. This represents a large proportion of the most valuable wrecks in the designated area. A significant proportion may be regarded as high-value - either in financial terms or because of their potential contribution to historical knowledge - but few have been precisely located.

The book contains a fascinating gazetteer of all these sites and offers a treasure-trove of information for divers and armchair adventurers.

In addition, there are fifteen chapters, each a case-study of a different wreck, chosen to illustrate the range of problems – and rewards – likely to be encountered when treasure hunting, and these offer invaluable lessons to divers. They include a wide variety of ship types, from a Roman trading vessel to a German liner sunk in the Baltic by the Russians in 1945.

Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white, this new book is a practical guide for divers, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the maritime history of a region where ships have fought and traded for thousands of years.

NIGEL PICKFORD is the author of four previous books, including the bestselling Atlas of Shipwreck and Treasure.

LOST TREASURE SHIPS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS: A Guide and Gazetteer to 2000 Years of Shipwreck is now available in bookshops, through the Chatham Publishing web site, from Amazon, or can be ordered by ‘phone on 020 8458 6314.

ISBN 978-1-86176-250-4, RRP £19.99.




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1 February 2007

 

SCUBA Bestsellers 2006


For several years we've been compiling our bestseller list of diving books and DVDs. For third year in a row the Dive Atlas of the Word retains its top spot. The highest new entry is also on diving around the world: Dive in Style by Tim Simmond. Figures in brackets show last year's position.



  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (3)

  3. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (2)

  4. Dive in Style
    by Tim Simond,
    An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (--)

  5. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling the Red Sea by Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gavin Anderson, Peter Harrison
    Guide to the dive sites of the Red Sea. (--)

  6. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (9)


  7. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (--)

  8. Scuba Diver's Travel Companion by Jeremy Agnew
    Tells you for what level of diver a dive destination is suitable. (10)

  9. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (5)

  10. Sardinia Diving Guide by Egidio Trainito
    A diving guide to Sardinia. (--)


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2 November 2006

 

Cool Waters, Emerald Seas: Diving in Temperate Waters

John Collins shares his enthusiasm for cool water diving with this book of 120 exquisite photographs. He captures the extraordinary colour, form and diversity of life in temperate waters, and inspires you to get your kit and visit the dive sites illustrated.

A coffee-table format book, each chapter starts with a beautifully written essay extolling his dive areas and underwater encounters. The photos are interspersed with quotes from diving pioneers, authors and naturalists like Jaques Cousteau, Rachel Carson and Philippe Tailliez.

Cool waters are those from 4 to 20 oC, from the tropics to the polar regions. The author illustrates the richness of the North Atlantic around Ireland and Scotland, and the Pacific waters of Vancouver, Tasmania and South Africa. As Collins says, "Most new divers are surprised to learn that our cool seas are the ocean's most productive...they create the ocean's richest ecosystem."

Collins portrays subjects from jellyfish to great white sharks as well as some beautifully composed marinescapes with fish-tank clarity.

A couple of things I would have liked in the book are an index of places and things photographed, and Latin names for the animals shown. However, the common name of the animal and its location are given.

About the Author
John Collins is lives in Kinsale on Ireland's south coast with his wife and two daughters where they operate a family-run pharmacy. A passionate photographer from his teens, he started diving at college in Dublin and was immediately was keen to photograph the underwater world. Many of his photos have been successful in competitions and widely published. John Collins is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.

Cool Waters, Emerald Seas: Diving in Temperate Waters is available from amazon.co.uk or signed copies from the author's web site at http://www.johncollinskinsale.com/.


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20 October 2006

 

Best Selling SCUBA Books

The best selling SCUBA diving books of the last quarter were...
  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling the Red Sea by Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gavin Anderson, Peter Harrison
    Guide to the dive sites of the Red Sea. (--)

  3. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (7)

  4. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (--)

  5. Scuba Diver's Travel Companion by Jeremy Agnew
    Tells you for what level of diver a dive destination is suitable. (6)

  6. Red Sea Reef Guide by Helmut Debelius
    Identification guide to fish, coral and other marine life of the Red Sea (5)

  7. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)

  8. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
    An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (--)

  9. Diving the World by Beth and Shaun Tierney,
    Some 200 prime dive sites have been carefully selected, reviewed and photographed by experienced husband-and-wife team, Beth and Shaun Tierney. (--)

  10. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (9)


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19 July 2006

 

SCUBA Diving Best Selling Books and DVDs

Our list of the best selling books and DVDs with a SCUBA related theme is again topped by The Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites. (Previous quarter's position is shown in brackets.)
  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (3)

  3. Double Cross by Patrick Woodrow,
    An action novel with plenty of diving (--)

  4. Lonely Planet : Sardinia by Paula Hardy,
    Guide to the Italian island of Sardinia (7)

  5. Red Sea Reef Guide by Helmut Debelius
    Identification guide to fish, coral and other marine life of the Red Sea (8)

  6. Dive Sites and Marine Life of the Calf of Man and Neighbouring Area by Bill Sanderson, Bruce McGregor, Andrew Brierley
    The Isle of Man boasts some excellent diving and this book describes some of the best dive sites in the south of the island.

  7. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (3)

  8. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (9)

  9. Sardinia Diving Guide by Egidio Trainito
    A diving guide to Sardinia. (--)

  10. The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent Into the Ocean's Depths
    by Bernie Chowdhury
    The story of a father and son and their fatal diving accident (--)


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26 May 2006

 

Interview with Diving Author Joyce Huber

Best Dives of the Caribbean
Joyce Huber's first book was a travel guide for divers titled Best Dives of the Caribbean. The original was published in 1988, but an updated version is out this month.

This first diving book spawned another on the sea - Best Dives' Snorkeling Adventures. This came about when she put her email address in an edition of the diving book, and was inundated with questions. Not from divers but from snorkellers.

After many nights staying up until 3 am answering the e-mails, Huber decided the snorkellers should have their own book. Her publisher, Michael Hunter, didn't see a market in snorkelling, but she had worked in print for so many years that it seemed simple enough for her to put a snorkelling guide together for them. It is now in its third edition.

Her scuba diving guide has been in need of an upate for a few years - but she put it on hold as her co-author/dive buddy/husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002. He died in 2003. She was so devastated she did nothing till 2005. His name as co-author is on the new edition of the guide as he contributed much time to it.

The first dive book was the result of 20 years of dive travel and note taking. Back in the 1970's, Joyce and her husband Jon put on slide shows of underwater sites for their local dive club. Friends asked about places to stay, best time of year, where to eat etc. It grew into a book from there.

Joyce signed a contract with Dodd Mead publishing, but the publishing company folded. Putnam Publishing bought out the contract. They dropped "Best Dives". Since she was a new writer, she hired a crusty editor - Eliot Tozer - to make the book more saleable. He got hooked on the subject and took off for Bermuda for a resort course. He nearly drowned when his mustache let water in his mask.

Simon and Schuster's editor then wanted the book, but she was over-ruled as no one had ever published a dive-travel guide and they didn't want to be the first. Meanwhile, Michael Hunter started a travel book company. He moved to south Florida and lived on the beach where he saw lots of divers going in and out of the ocean so he figured there must be a market. He published the first Best Dives book in 1988 and it was an instant success. "We meant it to be for new divers" says Joyce "but everyone loved it."

You might imagine that writers on diving have been a major influence on Joyce Huber, but oddly enough she sites instead people from Flying Magaine and Aviation International News. She worked on aviation magazines as an art director for many years and in corporate and general aviation doing promotional work. She is a licensed seaplane pilot.

Huber grew up in northeastern New Jersey, an area that is a suburb of New York City. She spent summers in south Jersey swimming and beach-combing and watching seaplanes. After studying art at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League she worked as everything from a fashion designer to a mural painter. She went back to school for writing specifically to do the dive books when she was 35 years old. She's now 58 now.

Joyce Huber's books are available from Amazon, with up to 35% off.

Best Dives in the Caribbean is available from:
amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

Best Dives' Snorkeling Adventures is available from:
amazon.com and amazon.co.uk


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3 February 2006

 

Bestselling Diving Books of 2005

Discover the top ten bestselling diving books and DVDs
of 2005. The list features three guides to the best
diving destinations, diving guides to Bali and Truk
Lagoon, a couple of sea life books and even
a map. Top of the list for the second year running
comes Jack Jackson's Dive Atlas of The World.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (1)

  2. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (9)

  3. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls, Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (--)

  4. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling Bali and Lombok by Tim Rock, Susanna Hinderts
    Guide to the dive sites of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. (--)

  5. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (2)

  6. Sardegna (Michelin Regional Maps)
    Map of the Italian island of Sardinia (--)

  7. Lonely Planet : Sardinia by Damien Simonis,
    Guide to the Italian island of Sardinia (--)

  8. World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon, by Dan E Bailey
    The definitive guide to Truk Lagoon. (--)

  9. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (4)

  10. Scuba Diver's Travel Companion by Jeremy Agnew
    Tells you for what level of diver a dive destination is suitable. (10)

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10 November 2005

 

SCUBA Diving Bestsellers of the last Quarter

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1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
by Jack Jackson
300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1843303647/

2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations
by Monty Halls,
Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and
highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/dive.html

3. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might
see whilst diving on coral reefs.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/fishbook.html

4. Lonely Planet : Sardinia
by Damien Simonis,
Guide to the Italian island of Sardinia
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1740590333/

5. Sardegna (Michelin Regional Maps)
Sardinia has obviously been a popular destination for
holidays this year
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/2061008712/

6. The Blue Planet DVD
The BBC television series on DVD - action shots of the
intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary
by David Attenborough.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/blueplanet.html

7. Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Baja California
by Walt Peterson
Guide to the dive sites of Baja California.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0864425724/

8. World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon
by Dan E Bailey
The definitive guide to Truk Lagoon.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/truk.html

9. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling Bali and Lombok
by Tim Rock, Susanna Hinderts
Guide to the dive sites of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1864501294/

10. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World
by Tim Ecott
Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of
diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs,
the free divers, etc.
http://www.Amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0718144023/

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3 November 2005

 

Sea Salt: Memories and Essays

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New World Publications have just released Sea Salt: Memories and Essays by Stan Waterman, recounting his 50 years of filming sharks and other exciting marine life. Read first hand accounts of diving with sharks in the open ocean (out of the cage) and filming them for the movies Blue Water, White Death the Deep and more. In 1994 the Discovery Channel presented a two hour special about The Man Who Loves Sharks, Emmy Award winning underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman.



Faced with a decision in life to remain a blueberry farmer and lead a modest life, or take a chance for a bit of adventure like his heroes Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau, Waterman chose the latter. In 1951 he purchased his first Aqualung underwater breathing system and took his first step toward a life-long career in the underwater world. Soon thereafter he commissioned the building of a forty-foot dive boat, packed up the family and angled the bow toward the Bahamas to start a life in the diving business.

Waterman is the true legendary gentleman of diving. "... And not just a gentleman but a filmmaker, an adventurer, an explorer, a daredevil, a gallant, a poet, an intimate of creatures as exquisitely exotic as the leafy sea dragon and the sloe-eyed cuttlefish and - this above all - a true pioneer in the discovery of our last frontier, the sea. Stan Waterman has spent more than half a century in, on and under the sea, and in these pages he takes you with him on the amazing ride he calls his life. There is excitement enough in his encounters with wild animals and weird people to fill a hundred lives and all their fantasies. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dive in the open ocean with a huge school of … sharks as they gorge on the carcass of a whale … at night? Probably not. But hang on, because when Stan recounts scenes from the filming of the classic 1971 documentary feature film, Blue Water, White Death, you’ll be there beside him, and astonished that anyone lived to tell the tale."-- from foreword by Peter Benchley (Author of Jaws).

Sea Salt: Memories and Essays begins with Stan’s haunting recollection of the contents of his home on the coast of Maine that succumbed to a fire in 1994. Through his description of treasures and artifacts from his world travels that filled the old Maine house, he leads you on adventures to the Aegean Sea, the Amazon, Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Aldabra, Cocos Keeling and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The second half of the book is a collection of his writings (most originally published in Ocean Realm magazine in the 1990’s) describing his adventures underwater. Vivid descriptions of encounters with a “monster” in the Caribbean, sea dragons in New Guinea, 62 whale sharks in Australia, a shark feeding frenzy in the Socorro Islands, his manta ray riding son (pictured in National Geographic), many different shark encounters and stories from his various expeditions around the globe.

Stan’s filmmaking career was launched in 1965 when National Geographic purchased rights to his family’s tropical odyssey in Tahiti. In 1968 he collaborated with Peter Gimbel on the classic shark movie Blue Water, White Death, and then later directed underwater photography for the film version of The Deep. It was during his ten years of production work with Peter Benchley for ABC’s American Sportsman that he garnered five Emmy Awards (more than any other underwater filmmaker).


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20 October 2005

 

The Simple Guide to Commercial Diving

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The Simple Guide to Commerical Diving
Are you thinking about a career in commercial diving? If so read "The Simple Guide to Commercial Diving". Barsky and Christensen's book covers the skills and attitudes needed by a successful commercial diver in a straight-forward and forthright way.

The book starts with a scary warning page before you even get to the contents, summarising the physical and emotional dangers of commercial diving. Once you get past that it describes the training you need to be a commercial diver, the types of work the divers do, the equipment used and the the attitude you need to be successful. The book is amply illustrated with 160 black and white photos and diagrams.

At the end of each chapter the authors elegantly illustrate their points by recounting their own experiences: foolish dives they shouldn't have done, near misses, equipment failures...

If one of the lines in the book is true: "The more you know the longer you live" then any aspiring commercial diver should buy this book for the insight and advice it provides.

The Simple Guide to Commercial Diving is available for $25.46 from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/ and also from Hammerhead Press for $29.95 at http://www.hammerheadpress.com/

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Steve Barsky started diving in 1965 and was certified as a diving instructor in 1970. He trained as a commercial diver between 1974 and 1976. He has since worked as a diver in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, before moving to first Diving Systems International then Viking Dry Suits. In 1989 he started his consulting company - Marine Marketing and Consulting. He has written 16 books and in 1999 formed the publishing company Hammerhead Press.

Bob Christensen was a US Navy diver before becoming a commercial diver. In 1969 he was invited to become an instructor at the Marine Diving Technician Program in Santa Barbara. He ultimately taught in this program for 16 years before retiring in 1985. A few years into retirement Bob started working with Kirby Morgan Diving Systems Inc and is still associated with them.


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12 October 2005

 

Complete Diving Manual

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Just published, the Complete Diving Manual by Jack Jackson. From basic diving certification topics and techniques to advanced technical diving, the manual includes:
- Choosing, using, maintaining and storing equipment;
- Illustrations and diagrams explaining the theory and practicalities of diving;
- Technical diving, including the use of rebreathers, diving in currents, night diving and diving in enclosed overhead environments (caves, ice and shipwrecks);
- Underwater photography, archaeology and marine biological research;
- Dangerous underwater animals and what to do in an emergency.

Jack Jackson has published many scuba books. A feature of his work is his excellent photography. He told SCUBA News that as long as the current is not too strong,
on every dive he carries 2 Subal housings for Nikon F90x, one with a 55 mm micro lens and macro port and the other with a 14 mm rectilinear lens and dedicated wide-angle port.

The Nikon 55 mm micro is sharper than the newer 60 mm lens. If very large animals are possible he also carries a Nikonos V camera with 15 mm lens. On night dives he might use a Nikonos V with 2 8mm lens plus close up lens and a home-made 2-sided framer. He uses a single wide-angle flash with the wide angle lens and 2 flash guns, one set for twice as much output than the other for macro. Flash guns are either Subtronic 3000 pro, Sea + Sea 300, Sea + Sea 350 pro, Sea + Sea YS-30 or one of 2 Nikon SB-24's
in a Subal flash Housing.

The Complete Diving Manual is available for just £11.54 (or £13.99 for the hardback version) from Amazon.co.uk or for $15.61 from Amazon.com


Complete Diving Manual, Jack Jackson, International Marine Publishing ISBN: 0071457836.


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