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The Editor's Book Picks
The Best of the Dive Books for Serious Divers

A portion of the profits from any books ordered
will be donated to preserve coral reefs.

 

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Complete List of Diving Books

Prices indicated below are valid at the time of posting, though Amazon.com may change them.

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Deep Deep
by James Nestor

My fellow divers, I can't imagine that anyone who has had a chance to slip below the surface and marvel at the life there won't find this a fascinating read. James Nestor, a fine journalist (he has written for Outside, Men's Journal and the New York Times) with a keen eye, has produced the best underwaterfocused book since Shadow Divers a decade ago. It's a fine adventure and a thrilling ride all the way from the surface down to 28,000 feet, and back.

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Trapped Under the Sea Trapped Under the Sea;
One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

by Neil Swidey

In 1999, hundreds of feet under the ocean, five divers traveled to the end of the new Boston sewer tunnel - devoid of light and air - to complete the construction; one didn't return and another was sentenced to a life of trauma-induced drug addiction and prison. It was a "dry penetration," but commercial divers were selected for the job because they were trained in mixed gas technology and could handle construction in dark and dangerous circumstances. Neil Swidey, a staff writer for the Boston Globe, tells the compelling tale of the harrowing and deadly task, against the backdrop of bravery, corporate greed, political infighting and construction incompetence. A great book for mixed gas divers.

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Treasure Hunter Treasure Hunter
by Robert MacKinnon with Dallas Murphy

Robert MacKinnon made a career out of salvaging coins, silverware, weapons and other valuable artifacts from sailing ships that met their end in the dangerous shallows off Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. The "Death Coast" is known for its strong currents, rocky shoals and submerged rocks. In his book Treasure Hunter: Diving for Gold on North America's Death Coast," MacKinnon and co-author Dallas Murphy tell the story of 40 years of exploration.

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NOAA Diving Manual, 5th Edition. NOAA Diving Manual, 5th Edition.

For years, the NOAA Diving Manual has been a mainstay in the library of every professional diver and plenty of us serious divers, too. Hands down, it is the industry's major, unbiased diving reference. Last published in 2001, it has now been updated into the all-new Fifth Edition. With 875 full-color pages, it's the most detailed diving reference book available, yet written in lay language for all divers to thoroughly understand and enjoy.

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Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users
by Maria Munn

Today's compact camera systems can give sophisticated SLR setups a run for their money when it comes to fabulous shots, and they can do so at a fraction of the price and the bulkiness. But many divers who bring them along underwater still need to know how to use them. They often turn to Maria Munn for help to improve their techniques, and her compactcamera courses, held in her native Britain and on liveaboards abroad, fill up quick.

Now she has placed the knowledge and tips from her courses into this 175-page book, with easy-tofollow techniques opposite hundreds of full-color photographs to show how easily it can be done, and what results can be achieved.


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Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

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Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

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Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices Amazon.com has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)

Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, Amazon.com price: $27.17.

Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.

Oceanic Wilderness A Diver's Guide to The Art of Underwater Photography
by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari

This book by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari is filled with spectacular images, designed not only to offer great technical guidance, but also help the underwater photographer discover and develop the artist within. Clearly the best and most beautiful 'how-to" book ever produced. Rigorously field-tested digital techniques; the hidden techniques behind imaginative framing and lighting, wide-angle and fish-eye to macro photography, from fish portraits to above/below split images, from basic point-and-shoot digital pocket cameras to complex housed professional DSLR systems, it's all here in a highly-readable, technically-accessible, step-by-step guide. 9 x 9 inches, 360 color photos, $60.

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Underwater Photographer The Underwater Photographer, Third Edition: Digital and Traditional Techniques
by Martin Edge

A prodigy of Jim Church, Martin Edge has produces the third edition of his classic book. While he provides the basics for beginning photographers, he delves deeply into the digital revolution, helping even the skilled underwater shooter better use his LCD screen, read histograms, or, if one wants to shoot manually, use exposure modes and solve metering, focusing and TTL issues. Edge accompanies hundreds of his own issues with description of his his technique and mechanics, a great teaching tool. 392 pages softbound. Click here to order.

Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you. The book, priced at $35, is only available at New World Publications.


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Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.

Malaysia Macrolife A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
by Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari

We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life. It was published late last year by marine photographers and writers Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari, who have several other winning books in their portfolio. They picture and describe in full detail 600 different species, focusing on those found in the South China, Sulu, and Sulawesi seas. From colorful nudibranchs to cleaner shrimps and pipe fish, to larger species like cuttlefish and clown fish. Each description offers an insight on distribution, habitat, size, life habits, and U/W photo tips. Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary color photographs and written in a clear, concise, informative style, this book is both a macro and fish field guide for all serious divers from the Maldives to Australia. A must for traveling divers.
$38.25, 468 pages, paperback, in a handy 6"x7" travel size.
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Lionfish Cookbook Lionfish Cookbook
by Tricia Ferguson and Lad Akins, Photography by David Stone

We've written much about lionfish, and how the Pacific native is threatening reefs and marine life in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Lad Akins, director of operations for REEF, belives humans are the best hope as the lionfish predator, and his motto is "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em." He worked with Tricia Ferguson, a "personal chef to the stars" to create The Lionfish Cookbook, a collection of 45 lionfish-based recipes, each with a full-color photo. It also has background on the lionfish invasion and its impacts, and details on how to effectively catch, handle and prepare the fish. After participating in a lionfish roundup, whip out this book to make a tasty dinner. Paperback, 126 pages, $16.95 list price.

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Diving Southeast Asia Diving Southeast Asia
by Beth & Shaun Tierney

This just-published, 302-page, soft-bound guide by Beth and Shaun Tierney, is a must for anyone contemplating diving in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand. Where is Sipadan? Raja Ampat? Komodo? Richeliu Rock? Maps make it easy to pinpoint dive destinations and travel routes. Destination and 250 dive site descriptions (with tables on depth, visibility and currents) help you determine whether you’ll see big fish in the blue or pygmy seahorses in the muck. There’s a lot of supplemental information such as travel tips, health tips, and resorts and liveaboard descriptions.

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The Wave The Wave
by Susan Casey

As a diver, you know what it's like to be tossed around by waves. If they're higher than three feet, you can get bounced off a boat hull or even rocks, lose a mask and easily lose sight of your boat. While 60-foot waves can sink a 500-foot container ship in minutes, the boldest surfers seek 100-foot waves just for the thrill.

The Wave, a 408-page best-seller by Susan Casey published in 2011, takes you on a ride with tankers, sailors and super-human surfers like you'll never forget. You will surely remember these stories the next time you're bobbing around waiting for your dive boat.


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Sea Hunt TV Series (24 Hour Marathon) Sea Hunt TV Series (24 Hour Marathon)
Starring Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges

If you're old enough, you'll remember how you first got hooked on diving by watching Mike Nelson, ex-frogman turned freelance scuba diver, outwitting villains, disarming nuclear missiles and rescuing victims underwater, all while wearing a wetsuit and fins. The series Sea Hunt, which ran on TV between 1958 and 1961, ignited the craze for recreational scuba diving at a time when it was still brand new. Each episode (with star Lloyd Bridges doing mostly voiceover narration as obviously it's hard to emote while underwater) brought adventure and included pleas to viewers to understand and protect the marine environment.

Sea Hunt's four seasons of episodes have been hard to find on DVD until now. Sea Hunt - 24 Hour Television Marathon, an 8-DVD collection priced at $30, just went on sale at Amazon. Bridges' two sons, Beau and Jeff, started their acting careers here, making appearances when both were tater tots. You can also order Seasons 1 through 4 separately for $15 each.


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Setting the Hook: A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria Setting the Hook: A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria
by Peter Hunt

A Diver's Return to the Andrea Doria, is a personal account of Peter Hunt's explorations of the 240 foot-deep wreck beginning in 1983, and his compelling urge to return to the ship many years later. It brings a unique perspective to a well-covered subject. Hunt reveals some of the mysteries behind the collision that sunk the ship, and how the early divers tried to unravel them. It's his personal relationship to the ghost ship that makes this book unique. A gripping subplot is touched on in the first chapter: while preparing for his return to the Andrea Doria, Hunt was dealing with the onset of Parkinson's disease, adding both poignancy and urgency to his quest to recapture his daring youth. You'll need to read the book to see whether he achieves his goal.

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Amazing Diving Stories Amazing Diving Stories
by John Bantin

In the search for great underwater adventure writing, one needs to look no further than this absorbing new book by John Bantin, one of Undercurrent's top-notch contributors. He has compiled dozens of true tales that will intrigue and delight everyone from the seasoned diver to the bathtub snorkeler. Consider the British diver who barely survived a crocodile attack while diving from a Indonesia liveaboard, or the divers fired upon by the military when diving in the Red Sea. Bantin, who makes 300 dives a year, gets behind the scenes of terrible tragedies, applies his great wit to his own travels and travails, and explores unusual and bizarre behaviors ­ both animal, fish and human ­ that take place a few fathoms down.

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The Scuba Snobs Guide to Diving Etiquette The Scuba Snobs' Guide to Diving Etiquette: Book 2
by Debbie and Dennis Jacobson

Last year, we published excerpts from Dennis and Debbie Jacobson's self-published book "The Scuba Snobs" Guide to Diving Etiquette. After receiving so much fan mail asking for a sequel, here it is, with plenty more flouted and unspoken rules of diving. Based on additional "reporting" from recent dive trips and direct input from their readers, the Jacobsons have all new Dos and Don'ts for sport divers to follow, from buddy-diving etiquette to when men should and shouldn't wear tank tops.

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Diver Down Diver Down: Real-World Scuba Accidents and How to Avoid Them
by Michael Ange

A survival guide discussing the gamut of what can befall you in diving situations, including cave, wreck and drift diving, and decompression sickness. Each tale of a real-life diving accident is followed by an in-depth analysis of what went wrong, and how you can recognize, avoid and respond to similar underwater calamities.

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Sharks Up Close Sharks Up Close
by James Abernethy

Jim Abernethy makes a living with his Scuba Adventures shark dives in the Bahamas by baiting and chumming sharks to get them up close to his diving clients. While some deplore his techniques, he has done an admirable job as a shark-saving advocate. Abernethy's latest effort is "Sharks Up Close", featuring his excellent photography and detailed data about sharks biology and their significance in the food chain. Buy it for that youngster you're trying to get interested in scuba diving and ocean conservation, and you may even pick up a few shark facts you didn't know before.

81 pages, with color photos on each. The hardcover version is $25, the paperback is $20.


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Beneath Cold Seas Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest
by David Hall

It's hard enough to take a first-rate photo of reef life in the best of conditions. Try doing it in murky, bone-numbingly cold water while wearing a dry suit with 40-plus pounds of weights around your waist, and thick, insulating gloves that make it hard to use the camera controls. That's what David Hall had to endure while photographing in Canadian waters, but those physical disadvantages make Beneath Cold Seas all the more amazing.

Hall's book successfully disputes the belief that cold-water reefs are drab and dismal. He has regularly photographed the world's most beautiful dive spots for major magazines from National Geographic to Time. While Hall's shots are taken entirely at Browning Passage in British Columbia, the reef life he shoots resides along the Pacific Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska, and they are as diverse and spectacular as any creature in Raja Ampat or Fiji.

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Ocean Soul Ocean Soul
by Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry has photographed ocean life for more than 30 years. With his new book, Ocean Soul, Skerry has partnered with National Geographic and Conservation International to raise awareness of the plight of the world's oceans through his photos and stories of marine life. Beautiful photos aside, Skerry's personal stories about his encounters with marine life, the preparation and research done before diving in, and the explanations of how he got those world-class shots give the book its heft.

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Four Fish The Raja Ampat:
Through the Lens of

by various photographers

For armchair divers, the 288-page coffee-table book lets you see the kinds of critters you only read about, from the pygmy seahorse to the picture dragonet, as well as the seascapes of amazing hard and soft coral. The text is informative, as are the bios of the nearly two dozen famous shooters, including David Doubilet,Mark Strickland, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock, Gerry Alan and Rogers Steene.

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Afraid of Sharks? Or Love Nemo? Here are fish that swim in the air! Perfect gifts for a diver's kids, that dive buddy, or for just for yourself -- Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish and/or Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark .

Both are available at Amazon and our profits go to help preserve the marine environment.

Diving the World Diving the World: A Guide to the World's Most Popular Dive Sites
by Beth & Shaun Tierney

Authors Beth and Shaun Tierney describe 220 dive sites in 19 nations, along with site maps, country reviews, seasonal dive information, destination ratings, preferred dive operators and liveaboards, good travel information and hundreds of color photos. If you're interested in the Caribbean, you won't find much besides the Yucatan, Honduras, Belize and Grenada. But the key countries in the Pacific and Indian Ocean are all covered. If you're an adventurous traveler, there's a lot of good reading here. .

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The Scuba Snobs Guide to Diving Etiquette The Scuba Snobs' Guide to Diving Etiquette
by Debbie and Dennis Jacobson

Sport diving is laden with unspoken rules. We've published most of them over the years, but there is no single resource where the new diver, the first-time liveaboard diver, or the spouse of a longtime diver can turn to find them. At least, not until now. Dennis Jacobson has been diving for nearly 15 years, his wife Debbie for 10. Hooked on diving, they've traveled extensively, they've learned the rules, and they have observed too many of their fellow divers ignore the social rules that maintain order and composure in our sport. We published a few humorous but too-true excerpts in our November 2011 issue, read the rest by buying the book through us.

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