Amazing Diving Stories: Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea

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Wiley, Sep 14, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 280 pages
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A collection of thrilling diving stories

There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Each tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of divers everywhere and some are illustrated with colour photographs.

Take the plunge and read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Sea's most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers' lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub–aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life.

The exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport, and some are even brought to life by the author's photography. This global tour takes you everywhere: from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves.

Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading – or a wonderful gift – for divers everywhere.

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About the author (2012)

John Bantin was born in North London, immediately after the Second World War and grew up through the 60s.  After a 25 year career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director, he took a year off to go scuba diving. One thing led to another and his life took on a major change. He worked for a short time as a dive guide on a pioneering liveaboard dive boat in the Red Sea in 1992, he also ran a dive centre in the Mediterranean before settling down to become Technical Editor of the long-established Diver Magazine in the UK. Since then he has spent more than twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and writing about the experiences he has enjoyed as well as some that he has not. During this time he has achieved an enviable reputation for telling things the way they are. He has also been regularly published in both the USA in Undercurrent Magazine and in Scandinavia in DYK. He lives in West London with his second wife and two teenage daughters while his grown-up son left home to pursue a career in the sound recording industry some years previously.

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