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Our Diving section has been subdivided into two sections. This one deals with basic sports diving. We have labeled all diving involving the use of breathing mixed gases, decompression tables, or involving any over head obstruction to a diver's ascent as "technical diving". The Technical Diving section is an entirely separate section, you have to exit here and go back to the list of sections on the right hand corner and click on Technical Diving. As always we caution that neither basic SCUBA diving or any form of technical diving can be learned from a book. Study is good but the new would be diver needs expert hands on instruction before attempting his or her first dive.You will also find some unique entertainment features in this section such as LISTEN TO THE OCEAN, a unique site where you can literally listen to live mikes on the sea floor or take a "Virtual dive" off of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia at LIVE VIEWS FROM TH E OCEAN FLOOR service of GOOGLE Earth.Hyperlinks to these sites are in this section. If you are looking for that first diving school you can link to some here as well. As always American Admiralty Books do not review or recommend specific instructors and there are many more who are featured in these pages.

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  Diving is a big subject as it is both a maritime professional activity and a sports activity. For the professional diver other sub-sea systems such as diving bells, manned and unmanned submersibles, mixed gas systems, and underwater communications systems are virtually part and parcel of diving. The sports diver also has a wide range of activities and skill levels that vary their interest in equipment and techniques. Thus we have divided our Diving Section into two or more sub categories. The first division is be between Sport Diving and Technical Diving. At first we place our reviews and descriptions of submersibles and other equipment mostly of interest to the professional, or salvage master, or very advanced diver under the "Technicall Diving" section. As our review of submersibles and other diver support, replacement, or augmentation systems literature grows, we will probably start a third diving section titled Sub-Sea Systems. At present we are just getting started on diving related literature and have only a very few publications to offer. However, like all parts of this site, "Diving" is under construction and will change and enlarge over time, please check back often.

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"Rebreathers" differ from traditional SCUBA gear in that they recycle the air that the diver breathes by removing carbon dioxide by use of chemical "scrubbers", and periodically replacing the oxygen that the diver metabolizes. 



When those of us with diving backgrounds here at AAB first started out in training 30 to 40 years ago, oxygen rebreathers were military equipment occasionally also used in shallow waters by photographers and marine biologists who wanted to get close to marine life without making the disturbing bubbles associated with standard SCUBA gear. The biggest advantage to rebreathers was this stealth aspect and their biggest drawback was their restriction to shallow waters (less than about 33 feet in depth). Things have changed radically in recent years but we still consider rebreathers in the realm of "technical diving" meaning something that is not covered in basic SCUBA certification courses, though it might be considered within the realm of "recreational" as well as commercial diving. We divide our our DIVING PAGES into two sections DIVING and TECHNICAL DIVING, with anything that has hazards that we feel a recreational diver should receive special training and guided experience with before undertaking as a recreational dive unaccompanied by a professional instructor as "technical". This rebreather post will eventually appear in both sections because we want to alert the recreational diving community to the new and improved rebreathers with their potential attractions especially for underwater photographers, and yet alert recreational divers that using these things requires training beyond your basic SCUBA certification. The good news is that the leading manufacturer provides reasonably priced instruction along with reasonably priced equipment. Learn more about modern rebreather diving at: Discover Rebreather Diving 

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 This listing isn't about a book. As we build our Oceanography site one subject that has spawned many volumes of text, and will spawn a number of book reviews here, is subsurface acoustics. Sound travels about five times faster in water than in the air and many marine species from fish to mammals make extensive use of sound for sensing and communications. That includes man;once we began to transit the seas in submarines and to hunt submarines from surface ships. This spawned the technology of SONAR. However even before we began to deliberately make sounds we were emitting a great deal of sound underwater as soon as we invented the steamship.


 Recent studies show that the sound of a passing ship on the surface dominates the subsurface sound scape to a depth of over a mile. The sound travels laterally through the water omni- directionally as well, perhaps for hundreds, if not thousands of miles. Our ability to estimate the lateral distance such sounds travel is limited by our passive listening technology which is constantly improving but hasn't yet reached the level of whale passive listening. It has been determined that certain whales can detect the "songs" of other whales at a distance of as much as 2,000 miles depending on a number of factors.


 Oceanographers who have studied whale and dolphin communications have found sounds so complex and varied that they often speak of them as "language." Imagine the complexity of whale and dolphin society. Not only do they exhibit a complex communication system it is long range and high speed. If sound travels five times faster in water than in air that makes the speed of oceanic sound on the rough order of  3,000 miles an hour. Whales a thousand miles apart are receiving communications in about 20 minutes. Whales and dolphins only a few to a 100 miles apart experience communications from individuals and pods almost instantly. Into the middle of this super complex and information loaded acoustic environment mankind is broadcasting daily intentionally and unintentionally an ever increasing volume of sound, some as information rich as the whale's song. Fortunately we have also begun to listen. Now anyone with access to the Internet can listen along with the scientist.


To help the scientific community and the public appreciate just how noisy the oceans have become Michel Andre, a bio acoustics expert at the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona has created a website listentothedeep.com which streams live sounds of the ocean floor from a vast loop of sea floor sensors off of Vancouver, Canada and 14 other sea bottom "observatories" around the world. We mention the Vancouver based "observatory" because it illustrates a problem of such observatories. The Canadian monitor loop encompasses a vast region of the North Pacific that is important to for American and Canadian naval operations including U.S. nuclear submarine activity. The sound feed from that sensor is first passed to a naval processing center which removes the sounds of war ships and returns the processed signal back to the website for broadcast minus the sounds of warships.


 This relates to a topic of concern that you may find in our Naval Interest section soon, the increasing difficulty of achieving "stealth" for war ships and planes in the sense of emissions reduction to below detection threshold. Detection capability keeps escalating as availability spreads from highly sophisticated and expensive equipment owned by superpowers and their allies to anyone with a computer.


 The sounds of the ocean at listentothedeep.com have been processed to bring them into human audible range since most are at a higher frequency. The sounds are also accompanied by  color graphs providing information about the sounds. Follow our link to the opening page, index of listentothedeep.com. and listen to the acoustic environment of 71% of the Earth's surface and 99% of its biosphere. You'll not be listening to how the "other half lives" but how the majority of life on earth communicates. The link below is for direct access to th elistening page and accompanying graphs.
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 The hyperlink associated with this write up isn't to a book on oceanography or diving, think of it as a visual aid to any such book. Google Earth offers a unique feature called SeaView which offers a number of underwater views of the world's oceans. This feature is undergoing dramatic improvement which will eventually allow it to function much like the present Google StreetView where viewers may rotate images 360 degrees, zoom in and zoom out on selected geographic features. Starting in September of 2012 the feature will include 360 underwater views of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using this feature in conjunction with the site "LISTENING TO THE OCEAN" for which we also provide a hyperlink, readers of recreational diver's guides and academic tracts on oceanography alike will soon be able to actually view and listen to in near real time the ocean regions they are reading about. Soon anyone with a computer can engage in virtual diving, and personal oceanographic research.

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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling for Dummies: by Michael Newman

ISBN 10-0764551515
ISBN 13-978-0764551512

 All right Goldfish listen up!  Listen TIGHT!  YOU ABSOLUTELY MAY NOT, CAN NOT, SHOULD NOT,  ATTEMPT TO SELF TEACH YOURSELF SCUBA DIVING FROM A BOOK, NOT EVEN THIS ONE! IF YOU DO THAT, YOU WILL WIND UP "COLD DEAD, AND ALONE" AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA! We apologize to the screen writers of the movie The Guardian for our crude paraphrasing of the "Senior Chief's" dialogue but we were hard pressed to find more definitive words for expressing our abject, complete, and total terror of the thought that anyone reading our words about diving might even remotely consider the idea of diving as a self taught activity.
 Get lessons from a competent and recognized source. Having said that, most diving schools do utilize a text book and generally require you to purchase it. The advantage of the guide "for dummies" is that it can serve as an easy to read introduction which at 376 pages is of sufficient complexity to give you a rather complete look at the technology and skills that you will have to master on the way to a recognized sport diving certification. By the way, in furtherance of the general consensus that you should never try to self teach yourself diving, it is very difficult to get SCUBA gear charged with air without being in possession of a recognized diver certification. The "for dummies" guide is as reasonably priced as all of the "for dummies series" and it's in stock via the hyperlink provided. We have also provided titles and hyperlinks to other well known general diving handbooks or guides that are in stock. We again suggest reading one before deciding to get into sport diving, but remind you that once you sign up for a school each school is highly likely to have preferred or required text that goes with the course, and may actually sell the book, possibly even requiring you to buy it with the course. So on that first introductory, pre school read watch the price unless you have money to burn.
 What's that Gold Fish? You still think that you may be able to teach your self SCUBA diving? Say that again Gold Fish and I'll personally rip your lips off! Drop! Give me fifty! Pop Tall! About Face! In the direction of school, double time, MARCH! 

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PADI- PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIVING INSTRUCTORS:

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 OK Gold Fish, listen up! Don't read another thing about diving past this point if you're not certified. No certified training, no SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving! PADI is one of the organizations that offers such training. The hyperlink here will take you to their web site where you learn about their various courses and find a course near you. You WILL complete one of the various certification association training programs BEFORE you stick your big toe in the water while wearing SCUBA gear!

 If you are a certified diver feel free to proceed past this point.
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OK GOLD FISH, I KNOW YOU"RE OUT THERE. If you've followed along this far through the basic how to guides to scuba, and all the where to guides, and maybe read through Cousteau's works but still haven't at least completed a basic scuba certification course....MOVE AWAY FROM THE BOOK SHELF! We are now entering the big boy section of books on diving far beyond the basic certification level. We're talking cave and wreck diving, deep diving , and cold water stuff.   THIS IS THE REALM OF TECHNICAL DIVING and while the big boys need books they also don't try anything new to them in technical diving without instruction and professionally led dives before attempting these dives on their own. So let's start with an overview of technical diving.....I SAW YOU GOLDFISH STEP AWAY FROM THE BOOK SHELF DROP! GIVE ME FIFTY!
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 It is said that there are "old divers and bold divers,but no old bold divers. If you are a professional diver you know the saying and you know its true.  Despite their own best efforts and following all of the rules and recommended practices some time the negligence of others lead to death and injury. Diving law is complex. Diving causes of action happen in a maritime context, often vessels are involved but the status of the diver as seaman or harbor worker is often complex and the tests are circumstantial. Injured divers or their survivors need specially trained and experienced lawyers. On the Central Gulf Coast you might try The Law Firm of Delise & Hall Attorneys at Law and Admiralty We are afraid that we can't recommend them per se as we don't actually know the firm or the individual lawyers but we have no negative information either. However we are in the business of reviewing maritime books and we can recommend a book they publish both on line and in print. Delise and Hall's LEGAL RIGHTS OF COMMERCIAL DIVERSThis is a work that every commercial diver who aspires to one day be an old diver should read. It provides a great deal of practical information on what to do in the wake of an accident with injury and what to expect as the maritime claims process proceeds. While the legal concepts are complete the book is written in non technical language and its messages are clear. The Price is spot on, it's free, as in zip, nada, zero. Basically the firm makes the book available on line at: http://www.divelawyer.com/for-divers/publications/legal-rights-of-commercial-divers/  and will also mail you a paper copy for the asking. If you click on either of the links above you will pull up the table of contents. Click on any subject of interest in the table of contents and the text will appear. OK you spent a lot of time learning about buoyancy compensation, the dive tables and decompression, special gases, the bends, etc. take a little time and learn about the laws that are supposed to protect you.  





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No pun intended, this is a serious overview of technical diving.

                                                     

While we have a separate technical diving section we thought this would be a good place for an over an over view of technical diving. The first problem is of course defining a "technical dive". Factor in any type of overhead obstruction, or the use of any gas mixture other than ordinary air and we are sure its "technical". Dives deep enough to require timed decompression are a grey area since use of the decompression tables is taught in basic scuba classes. However after considerable research our board of directors cyber elves have taken the editorial position that we will treat all timed decompression dives as "technical" so as to signal the extra danger involved and underscore our position that even basic certified recreational divers should only under take timed decompression dives after with a certified instructor until the instructor is satisfied that the new diver is both competent with the tables and with the dive planning involved. Remember: PLAN YOUR DIVE< DIVE YOUR PLAN



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MANFISH: by Jennifer Berne
 A charming and poetic book for youngsters about the life of Jacques Cousteau as a young boy.
We'll close our description of some of the available titles on or about Jacques Cousteau with "MANFISH" and borrowing some words of John Denver say:
Fly Calypso ........and thank you Swordwhale.
                                                           

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ISBN: 10:0810980681

ISBN: 13: 978-0810980686

THE OCEAN WORLD of Jacques Cousteau

  This publication is a virtual encyclopedia of the life of the sea with over 380 illustrations plus numerous maps, charts, and diagrams. Amazon had both new and used copies available at quite reasonable prices.
                                                        

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 Jacque Yeves Cousteau's Calypso by Jacques Cousteau

ISBN 10: 0810 90 7887

ISBN 13: 978-0810907881


 This is the definitive illustrated ship's history by the man who knew her best. It has also been a source for scale model builders over the years. Unfortunately we found the Amazon price for new copies high and the quantity limited, indicating that it may no longer be in print or nearing the end of a run. When we checked there were 29 used copies available at reduced price. This book is lavishly illustrated and won't disappoint the non model builder who just wants to know more of the little ship. 

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MY FATHER THE CAPTAIN: My Life with Jacques Cousteau by Jean Michel Cousteau
 For every great life there is something of legacy. Jaques Cousteau not only left behind inventions, books and movies, and changed attitudes and perceptions about the oceans and legions of amateur divers creating a market for maritime sanctuaries. Jacques Cousteau left behind an organization and son to run it.
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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving the Natural World by Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein.
 This was the last book by Jacques Cousteau in which he explains his philosophy for the protection and of the natural world for future generations.


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THE SILENT WORLD (National Geographic Adventure Classics)

 This is the classic by Cousteau as edited and illustrated by National Geographic in 1973 long after the book's first publication in 1974.
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Japan, Once Great Britain's Attentive Naval Student Dealt The Royal Navy A Stunning Blow Three Days After Pearl Harbor


Click on the smaller book cover icon at the end of the review for more information
 American Admiralty Books gives a rather qualified recommendation of this book for certified and highly motivated wreck divers , maritime historians, and the serious Pacific naval history buffs. The author Rod Macdonald has a good reputation in the UK for ship wreck diving guides for wrecks in the waters off of the UK. This book is his first attempt at examining British wrecks in more distant and warmer waters.

 We were drawn to the book because of all of the naval unrest in the South China Sea region which we take such pains to cover because of the lack of interest and understanding in the American general news media ("infotainment industry"). We have to acknowledge that sometimes our coverage might leave the reader with the impression that the South China Sea is not open to tourism. In fact it very much is. Serious shooting has not started yet. The area is full of great diving destinations and facilities. We would not recommend basing a diving vacation out of China since they are the source of the tensions and show no restraint. If open hostilities were to break out, tourist from the English speaking world could find themselves incarcerated as enemy aliens. By contrast, it should be relatively easy to get back home from most of the other nations surrounding the South China Sea, especially the Philippines. Tourist/dive facilities will be back up and running shortly in the Philippines. We urge Americans and other English speaking recreational divers to consider the Philippines as a vacation destination. However we are digressing from the book review.

 This book is neither a comprehensive wreck diving guide, nor a complete history of the wrecks, it would be inadequate as a single reference for planning a safe wreck dive on these ships. The book is a little bit of both and more. Unfortunately, it is a bit too little on both scores. We have to give it at best a  ":C+" for organization and  "B-" for some of the  narrative and prose, with the notable exception of the description of the sinking of the PRINCE OF WHALES and the REPULSE. which was actually a "cracker jack job". A "C " for editing would be a bit generous but we often fall short on that score ourselves. The illustrations of the wrecks rate a clear "A"  grade. So why do we recommend at all a book that we find falls short of its stated goals and rates rather mediocre grades for parts of its construction? We recommend this book to a rather specific audience because despite its flaws it is unique and seminal. It is a first treatment of its kind and provides a unique perspective. If anyone writes about these two ships either historically or as wrecks in the future they will benefit from reference to this book early in their research. This book is an excellent starting place for research into the these two ships and their loss. We don't predict that it will become a best seller, but we do predict that it will be a much cited reference well into the future. The serious student of British naval history, the South China Seas, or wreck diving will appreciate reading it and want to keep it for future reference.

 The loss of the HMS PRINCE OF WHALES and HMS REPULSE three days after Pearl Harbor was a major event in the early days of the Pacific war. The loss stunned the Royal Navy as it was administered by her former student , Japan and it helped set conditions for the rapid collapse of British resistance in the Far East. The loss of these two war ships is bound to generate at least passing mention in historical accounts of many aspects of the collapse of British resistance in the Far East in the opening days of the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War Two. Sometimes very useful and necessary books are not particularly well written or edited, but they serve and endure because they are the first to address a particular subject from a unique angle, serve as a beacon for more academic authors and better editors to follow , and store for ready reference vital information. Anyone who has watched the continuing evolution of American Admiralty Books can appreciate that we have not perfected our system of information storage and retrieval. However we never cease trying to improve it even as we continue to gather information. In our view, and that of most professional researchers some organization of vast collections of data is better than none. Data organization of important but relatively rarely used data tends to evolve over time. Organization has to start somewhere. We appreciate early, even if imperfect efforts. When it comes to the organization of the complete body of English language maritime information, we are such an effort. Come back in a decade though and watch not only the growth in content, but also organization. We appreciate this book , warts and all. For more information or to order the book click on the book cover icon below: 
Of Possible related interest:     The Diving Guide to Southeast Asia was written pre Tsunami, pre typhoon and was bit dated even before these events. But we could not find another guide published after the recent natural upheavals in the region which obviously would have an effect on the dive related businesses listed. But if you can snag a used volume for Under $11 all of the listed businesses and dive resorts etc. are definitely not out of business, many on going concerns today in the region maintain web sites, this volume might be a useful tool getting your research on a diving vacation in the region started. Again we urge our readers to give the Philippines a shot at your business. They are our staunch friends and could really use the trade right now. Please don't give your business to China, the Dragon is putting its Western driven profits to ill use building a giant navy to take territory from our friends in the region. The Dragon's efforts are delaying the economic development of the entire region. Why fund a regional wrecking ball? Your spending in the Philippines is circulated in a rebuilding democracy, free market economy, and constructive regional community member.  


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Now for one more supposedly global, and several regional "dive tour guides'.  These publications describe specific places to dive, generally provide numerous photographs, and contain such vital information as dive shop locations and diving services providers in the areas. American Admiralty Books has not reviewed these works but did not encounter much competition by region in the guides that we found, and all appeared reasonably priced.  We do suggest checking publication dates to ensure timeliness.
      




3 comments:

  1. Or perhaps the Cousteau books belong here: as the guy who invented scuba, Jaques Cousteau's Silent World and Living Sea are classics, showing the issues, obstacles and risks taken by explorers with new technology in a new, unexplored world.

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  2. >D Thanks for making the point that you truly need to have professional instruction to do SCUBA. There are often short courses taught at vacation sites, which allow you to taste the adventure in a safe setting (shallow, warm, clear water, supervision). Local dive shops often do "discover scuba" classes nearly anywhere there's a swimming pool; again, safe, shallow, clear water to taste test the sport (under supervision) and see if you want to go farther. When you're ready to really learn, go to your local dive shop or dive club and find a class. Learning in a cold, murky quarry (as I did)in a full 6mm wetsuit will make any other dive seem like a piece of cake with lots of icing flowers and Ben and Jerry's ice cream on the side.

    In the category of books: Clive Cussler's true life adventures in "The Sea Hunters" is a ripping good yarn, and interesting look at a bunch of guys having fun with underwater archaeology.

    And don't forget Eugenie Clark, the shark lady...

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    1. Thank You"Swordwhale":

      We are of course still under construction and have not forgotten Capt. Cousteau, Mr. Cussler et al. We are especially appreciative of your observations about marketing/ promotional courses in SCUBA. We remind our visitors that such courses are not a substitute for a proper basic certification course.

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