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The Certified Diver's Handbook The Complete Guide to Your Own Underwater Adventures,9780071414609

The Certified Diver's Handbook The Complete Guide to Your Own Underwater Adventures

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 5/17/2004
Publisher(s): International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

The real-world guide for divers who want to enjoy their sport to the fullestMore 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 Handbookis 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

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(2)
CHAPTER 1 SWITCHING ATTITUDE GEARS 3(13)
Diving as a Lifestyle
7(1)
Pursuing Your Own Interests
8(2)
A Realistic Assessment of Risk
10(4)
A Realistic Assessment of Cost
14(2)
CHAPTER 2 EQUIPMENT 16(54)
Masks, Fins, and Snorkels
18(3)
Dive Knife
21(1)
Regulators
22(11)
Buoyancy Compensators
33(12)
Depth Gauges
45(1)
Dive Computers
45(9)
Exposure Suits
54(8)
Tanks
62(4)
Weights and Weight Belts
66(3)
Dive Bags
69(1)
CHAPTER 3 GEAR MAINTENANCE 70(21)
Mask
71(1)
Regulator
72(5)
Submersible Pressure Gauge
77(1)
Computer
78(2)
Buoyancy Compensator
80(5)
Tanks
85(6)
CHAPTER 4 GADGETS THAT WORK, AND GOOD IDEAS 91(17)
Hose and Gauge Retainers
92(4)
Clip Systems
96(1)
Dive Lights
97(1)
Dive Slates
97(1)
Plastic Ties
97(1)
Clip-On Weights
98(1)
Spare Air
99(1)
Moldable Mouthpieces
100(1)
Safety Sausages
101(1)
Dry Boxes
102(3)
Dry Bags
105(1)
Medical Dive Insurance
105(1)
Dive Equipment Insurance
106(2)
CHAPTER 5 HOW TO BUY EQUIPMENT 108(7)
Buying New Gear
109(2)
Buying Used Gear
111(3)
Personalizing Your Gear
114(1)
CHAPTER 6 KINDRED SPIRITS AND FIRST TRIPS 115(11)
Finding Dive Buddies
116(4)
Where to Go
120(6)
CHAPTER 7 AN INTRODUCTION TO MOTHER OCEAN: WATER WEIGHT AND DENSITY 126(13)
The Characteristics of Ocean Water
127(4)
How Water Density Affects Light
131
How Water Density Affects Sound
36(103)
CHAPTER 8 THE WEATHER: WIND AND WAVES, STORMS, AND CURRENTS 139(20)
Wind and Waves
140(5)
Thunderstorms
145(3)
Currents
148(11)
CHAPTER 9 THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT 159(38)
Organization of the Ocean
161(1)
The Four Life-Forms
162(2)
Anatomy of a Coral Reef
164(10)
Spooky and Potentially Hazardous Marine Animals
174(23)
CHAPTER 10 GOING DIVING 197(33)
Diving from Charter Boats
198(13)
Diving from Privately Owned Boats
211(3)
Diving from Shore
214(4)
Drift Diving
218(2)
Night Diving
220(10)
CHAPTER 11 STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE 230(27)
Underwater Navigation
231(18)
Buddy Problems
249(8)
CHAPTER 12 WHEN A GOOD THING GOES BAD: BASIC RESCUE PROCEDURES AND DIVER PROBLEMS 257(23)
Rational-Patient Surface Assist
258(3)
Passive-Patient and Panicky-Patient Surface Rescue
261(3)
Unconscious-Patient Surface Rescue
264(1)
Unconscious Patient on the Bottom
265(1)
Decompression Sickness
266(5)
Lung Overpressure Injuries
271(3)
Some Problems of Breathing under Pressure
274(3)
Hypothermia
277(1)
Hyperthermia
278(2)
CHAPTER 13 DIVING IN THE UNITED STATES 280(33)
Road Trip
282(1)
The Gulf Coast
283(15)
The East Coast
298(8)
The Great Lakes
306(2)
The West Coast
308(4)
Inland USA: A Place Near You
312(1)
CHAPTER 14 INTERNATIONAL DIVE TRAVEL 313(20)
Getting There
315(8)
Where to Go
323(10)
APPENDIX UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY 333(28)
Resources 361(3)
Index 364

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