The Certified Diver's Handbook: The Complete Guide to Your Own Underwater Adventures (Google eBook)

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 17, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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The real-world guide for divers who want to enjoy their sport to the fullest

More than half of the 1.5 million people who achieve scuba certification each year are stymied in their pursuit of the sport because they lack time and money to enjoy the exotic diving experiences they've read about, and don't want to be confined to group dives. The Certified Diver's Handbook is the only guide to help them create their own diving adventures on any budget, on any schedule, in waters local or distant, and without the restrictions of group demands. Thirty-year diving veteran and photojournalist Clay Coleman provides the insider's tips and how-to advice divers need to equip, plan, and execute their own diving expeditions. Divers will learn how to:

  • Buy or rent the best SCUBA equipment at the best prices
  • Plan dives to maximize enjoyment and safety
  • Find great diving sites close to home
  • Master underwater rescue procedures and shore- and night-diving techniques
  • Explore wrecks, reefs, and underwater caves
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Switching Attitude Gears
3
Chapter 2 Equipment
16
Chapter 3 Gear Maintenance
70
Chapter 4 Gadgets That Work and Good Ideas
91
Chapter 5 How To Buy Equipment
108
Chapter 6 Kindred Spirits and First Trip
115
Water Weight and Density
126
Chapter 10 Going Diving
197
Chapter 11 Staying Out of Trouble
230
Basic Rescue Procedures and Diver Problems
257
Chapter 13 Diving In The United States
280
Chapter 14 International Dive Travel
313
Underwater Photography
333
Resources
361
Index
364

Wind and Waves Storms and Currents
139
Chapter 9 The Marine Environment
159

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About the author (2004)

Clay Coleman (Baton Rouge, LA) has been scuba diving since 1973 and is a freelance undersea photojournalist for national magazines. His photos have appeared in Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, and Boating Life.

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