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Greetings waterlings, can anyone recommend a couple of good books, to get the old grey matter bubbling along,
Newbie  myself half-way through an Ocean diver course in Swansea, and getting very excited about NEC next Sunday.
 

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Hiya!

Welcome to the forum.

Bubbles in your grey matter are probably the last thing you'd want
 but I recently read 'Neutral Buoyancy' by Tim Ecott and thought it was pretty good.

Cheers,
Tom
 

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"Silent World" by Jacque Cousteau if you want a poetic look at scuba, but I'm sure a plethora of recommendations for techie style books will follow, just don't let these "boil your noodles" at this stage of the game.

For wildlife ID try Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor, British Sea Fishes by Frances Dipper, and for a pocket book, Collins guide to the sea shore.
 

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Goldfinder by Keith Jessop.  A Yorkshireman, need I say more?
 

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Thanks  I'll check them all  out on amazon


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<font color='#000F22'>Neutral Buoyancy was a fairly interestine & amusing look at the history of the aqwualung & it's uses. What sort of books were you interested. There's a new guide to the "best dive sites in the world" as advertised in Sunday's travel section of the Times. Or Deep Diving by Bret Gilliam a medium grade book, provides the vitals without some of the doctor / mathematical knowledge req'd. or plenty of wreck books, as your just down the M4 there are some good books on Pembrokshire by Len Bateman or on Wrecks bt Tom Bennett (these are know out of print I think). There'll a lot of choice at the show, it depends upon what you want  it for.

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Hi Gareth,
What books? ones that'll keep me one step ahead of the next lesson  
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<font color='#000F22'>try this website it's aimed predominantly at instructors for reference, but you should find it useful.

http://www.diveinstruct.org.uk/

Other options are all the online articles here & as some other inferior forums or online dive mags etc.

enjoy

gareth
 

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The Last dive wasn`t a bad read either
 

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<font color='#000080'>Agreed, the last dive is a an interesting and moving book, Deep Descent is also a very entertaining read even if it is a bit hardcore
 

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The Last Dive and Deep Decent are esential reeding IMHO. They show how young the sport realy is and the masive advances made since the mid 90's. They also demonstrate how accidents can happen even to very experianced divers. You reed the books and thing God we wouldent dreem of doing that these days and then you realise they were only going back to 1998. Amazing.

Technical Diving From the Bottom up by Kevin Gurr is an excelent referance book and you shouldent be put off by the tital as the info is relevent to all diving an especialy to Nitrox and decompresion diving. This is the one that is often pulled from the shelf for data and has influanced a lot of my kit configuration.

JJ's book Getting Clear on the Basics is also good referance material if a bit of a grind to get through.

Bret Gillihngam and Deep Diving is another interesting read.

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"120 Days of Sodom", by the Marquis de Sade, fair bit of 'diving' in that.......



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<font color='#000F22'>IMHO


Photographic guide to sea and shore-life of britain and NW europe. Gibson, Rogers and hextall, with a handy waterproof cover. If you're V knowledgable apparently there are a couple of errors but I find it really easy to browse and you discover so much more than you thought you see.

Last dive,  by bernie chowdrey, very moving story and great intro into more complicated diving without having to sit down and read the manual, eg tech diving from the bottom up.

Scapa - if you want a book with a little more interest than 'dive scapa flow' then 'the bulls and the barriers' (can't remember by who), is really good written by a historian who dives, as many pictures/photo as words and all the story from a diving point of view, also how they salvaged some, amazing from an engineering point of view but not too long winded or jargony.
 

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The Last Dive - great book, very moving, there's a section in it where the author describes being disoriantated inside a wreck during a silt out and having to feel his way out - that bit made my toes curl!!
 

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Quote[/b] (Mary @ Nov. 11 2003,14:48)]Scapa - if you want a book with a little more interest than 'dive scapa flow' then 'the bulls and the barriers' (can't remember by who), is really good written by a historian who dives, as many pictures/photo as words and all the story from a diving point of view, also how they salvaged some, amazing from an engineering point of view but not too long winded or jargony.
The worlds greatest Chinese whisper occured at Scapa flow. The captain originally said "I think it's time for a subtle retreat" and by the time it was whispered down to the semaphore guy it had turned into "I think it's time to scuttle the fleet".
"The Grand Scuttle" is a great book about Scapa as well.

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"Stars beneath the Sea" by Kenneth Norton is a fascinating collection of stories about early diving pioneers - some inspiring and some very scary!
 

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A while back I read a book think it was called "The Man Who Sold" (or Bought) a Navy.
The story of Cox and Danks the company that did the initial salvage work on raising most of the Scuttled German Fleet at Scapa  All done in the hard hat days, some epic tales.  

Also not what I would describe a riveting read "British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-1918" also the same title covering second world War, good reference source and gives you an idea what actually went down etc etc
 

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'The Man Who Bought A Navy'

by Gerald Bowman

A quite superb book.
 

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I fully agree, an excellent read. Though TBH if I met the guy (Cox?) who salvaged the fleet I don't know whether I'd congratulate him on a marvellous feat of engineering or slap him in the chops for nicking all those lovely wrecks:;):
Yes I know he's dead...
 

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<font color='#FF0000'>Penthouse Mayfair Razzle to name but a few, these will teach you all you need to know about breath hold diving, muff diving and getting out of sticky situations. Also got lots of realy good pictures just to keep the old gray cells working! overtime.
 
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