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Titles featured in Scottish Diver

Almost every month one or two books or DVDs are featured or reviewed in Scottish Diver. This page collects together these items along with their reviews and a link to Amazon for anyone wishing to purchase them. More reviews and recommendations will be added gradually. If you would like to review or recommend a diving-related book or DVD please contact the

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The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques by Martin Edge

Written by one of the most experienced teachers of underwater photography this popular, `hands-on' manual demonstrates how to take stunning underwater photographs that will not only give you a personal feeling of satisfaction, but will improve your chances of achieving award winning results.

Review by Alan Lissimore, September/October 2006

Shadow Divers: Robert Kurson

June 1991 - A group of deep-sea divers hear about the wreck of a U-boat 260 feet beneath the sea. There are virtually no records of the Nazi submarine, and an on-location investigation is extremely dangerous. But twelve divers decide to take the risk. Over the next six years they eventually piece together an incredible story. In the process three of the divers die, marriages collapse, and history is made. Deep water wreck diving is the world's deadliest sport, and John Chatterton and Richie Kohler pushed its limits.

Reviewed by Kev Watson, September/October 2006
Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas"
by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

The Jacques Cousteau Odessy: 3-DVD Set

Features the complete 12 episodes of the Odyssey series, spanning forty years of exploration in search of lost civilisations and underwater sanctuaries. Jacques Cousteau and his crew explore Easter Island, the source of the legendary Atlantis in Greece and the Aegean Sea in search of the Britannic, sistership to the Titanic.

Review by Alison Fuller-Shapcott, July/August 2006

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain: Trevor Norton

This is the beautifully told tale of Norton's growing love of the sea, from family holidays in Whitley Bay as a boy, to his first over zealous attempts at diving. All that we know and love of the British seaside weaves throughout this funny, nostalgic and richly told memoir.

Review by Kev Watson, July/August 2006

 

Whales and Dolphins of the World - Mark Simmonds

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) have captivated and intrigued humankind for centuries. They are incredibly diverse and have evolved a fascinating range of specializations to allow them, despite being air-breathing mammals, to exploit habitats ranging from the surface waters to the abyssal depths. Whales and Dolphins of the World is a stunningly illustrated celebration of their variety - there are over 80 species - behaviour and natural history. It describes what we know of their lives such as feeding, reproduction, communication and social structures, and outlines the factors that affect them, from hunting to pollution. The strong relationship between our species and theirs is also considered, with a look at dolphin therapy, as are the pros and cons of whale- and dolphin-watching and what makes a good trip.

Review by Alison Fish, Jan/Feb 2006

Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World - Tim Ecott

BBC journalist Tim Ecott recounts his ongoing adventures in the "liquid world" of scuba diving--from battling rip-tides off the Dorset coast to exploring the shark-rich waters of the Caribbean--musing along the way on the history and meaning of man's fascination with diving, and reflecting on how his underwater experience has reshaped his life.

Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas" by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

Return to Midway: Robert D. Ballard & Rick Archbold

An account of Dr Ballard's search for ships sunk during the battle of Midway in 1942, fought between the American and Japanese navy.

Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas" by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

 

Dive - The Ultimate Guide: Monty Halls

Dive is a dive guide with a difference giving you all the information you need to choose the right dive destination. With authoritative, in depth reporting on 60 of the world's top dive locations including detailed accounts of the best dives and marine life at each location, this beautifully designed guide is packed full of practical dive information and well-designed data tables that enable the reader to identify key facts easily and quickly.

Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas" by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

Shadow Divers: Robert Kurson

June 1991 - A group of deep-sea divers hear about the wreck of a U-boat 260 feet beneath the sea. There are virtually no records of the Nazi submarine, and an on-location investigation is extremely dangerous. But twelve divers decide to take the risk. Over the next six years they eventually piece together an incredible story. In the process three of the divers die, marriages collapse, and history is made. Deep water wreck diving is the world's deadliest sport, and John Chatterton and Richie Kohler pushed its limits.

Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas" by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

Wreck Detectives Series 1 (DVD)

The first series of Channel 4's "Wreck Detectives" on 2 DVD's including programmes on; The Swan, HMS Hazardous and the Earl of Abergavenny.

Featured in "What Every Diver Wants for Christmas" by Alison Fuller-Shapcott Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

Scapa Flow From Graveyard to Resurrection: Simon Mills

The original account of the greatest scuttling in naval history by the commander of the Imperial German Fleet, Vice Admiral Ludwig von Reuter.

Reviewed in Scottish Diver Nov/Dec 2005

The DDRC Underwater Diving Accident Manual

"An essential part of your diving first aid kit". This 56 page waterproof manual is intended as a guide for those involved in all aspects of diving, to aid the recognition and initial management of a diving accident victim. As well as management of emergency situations this book covers all likely diving injuries and medical conditions from decompression sickness to stings from marine life.

Review by Andy Murray, Jul/Aug 2005

Collins Field Guide to Sharks of the World: L Campagno, M Dando, S Fowler

Set to become a classic natural history title, Collins Field Guide to Sharks describes and illustrates the world's 440 species of shark. Shark families are grouped together and for each individual species there is detailed identification information, an original colour illustration, and a distribution map showing where in the world that species can be found. Covering all aspects of these extraordinary creatures, from their behaviour, breeding, feeding and ecology, right through to the impact of humans on sharks throughout the world, this is one of the most important shark books ever written.

Review by Jim Anderson, May/Jun 2005

Diving Science: Michael B. Strauss, Igor V. Aksenov

Diving Science is specifically designed for divers, marine and sports medicine specialists and exercise physiologists. This book blends theoretical and scientific aspects with practical and directly applicable diving physiology and medical information. Practical illustrations, photos, tables and clear definitions in each chapter will aid the reader's comprehension of the information provided throughout the book.

Review by Adam Curtis, Mar/Apr 2005

Marine Fish and Invertebrates of Northern Europe: Frank Emil Moen, Erling Svensen

An essential book for marine life identification. The well written and informative text is brilliantly supported by exquisite photographs.

Review by Jack Morrison, Jan/Feb 2005

Mastering Rebreathers: Jeff Bozanic

An introduction to rebreather design and use, plus information on physiology, dive planning and techniques.

Review by Alex Gallego, Jan/Feb 2005

Shipwrecks of the Cayman Islands: Lawson Wood

This book discusses the history of the Cayman Islands and looks at how to date a wreck from the design of it's anchor. The main part of the book is given over to the wrecks littered around the three islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Braci including those sunk deliberately to enhance the experience of divers visiting the area.

Review by Jack Morrison, Jan/Feb 2005

Into the Maelstrom. The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla: Colin Brittain

The HMHS Rohilla sailed from Leith in October 1914 bound for Dunkirk, her mission to rescue wounded soldiers, enroute she ran aground in a fierce storm off Whitby in North Yorkshire. This book describes the tragedy and the bravery of the Lifeboat men who struggled for days to rescue 146 souls.

Review by Alison Fuller-Shapcott, Nov/Dec 2004

 

Argyll Shipwrecks: Peter Moir, Ian Crawford

This recently updated version of the well known guide to Argyll wrecks contains information on new sites along with detailed information on what divers can expect to see if they dive the sites today.

Review May/Jun 2004

 

Clyde Shipwrecks: Peter Moir, Ian Crawford

Third edition of this guide to shipwrecks in the Clyde covers 170 wrecks in detail.

Review May/Jun 2004

Into the Abyss. Diving to Adventure in the Liquid World: Rod MacDonald

From the author's first dive to an adventurous excusion into the Corryvreckan this book is an expanded version of Rod MacDonalds' personal dive log. The journey from dive novice to internationally reknowned dive writer is set out here with humour and originality.

Review by Jack Morrison, Mar/April 2004

 

100 Best Dives in Cornwall: Charles Hood

A guide to the best places to dive from Looe to Padstow, if you're heading down south to dive make sure you pack this book.

Review by Jack Morrison, Mar/Apr 2004

Dive Atlas of the World - An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites: Edited by J Jackson

Regional maps feature specific dive sites (like the Umbria Wreck), to help divers select and locate the type of diving experience they are looking for. Icons identify wreck dives, dive centres and emergency facilities with decompression chambers. These maps are cross-referenced with site text entries describing diving each site, highlighting special features and profiling dive conditions. For those inspired to travel to any of the featured sites or regions, there is an appendix with lists of travel and dive information, climate, best time to go, contacts, dive operator and emergency facilities.

Review by Jack Morrison Jan/Feb 2004

Lost Patrols - Submarine Wrecks of the English Channel: Innes McCartney

Most of the 121 submarines lying on the seabed in the English Channel got there as the result of war and peacetime accidents. The first was lost in 1774; the last was the tragic accident that befell HMS Affray in 1951, the last British submarine to have been lost at sea. An experienced recreational diver, photographer and historian, Innes McCartney has long been interested in the submarine wrecks of the Channel and has personally located and identified 18 of them, which mark the graves of 552 submariners. Each submarine has its own story told in a concise history, focusing on the circumstances of its loss and where the wreck can be found.

Review by Jack Morrison Jan/Feb 2004

 

The Decompression Matrix: Bob Cole

This is a book about Decompression illness (DCI). Using plain English the author discusses the latest in physiology and physics that surround decompression with a dedicated chapter on women and decompression. It sheds some light for the diver on micro-bubble production, limitation and avoidance. It offers sound strategies for the avoidance of DCI. The author also deals with dive computers, and advanced diving techniques including: Nitrox, Trimix and Rebreathers and practical decompression in the real world. This is supported with chapters on planning, Risk Assessment, DCI recognition and DCI first Aid.

Review Nov/Dec 2003

Dive England's Greatest Wrecks: Rod MacDonald

Twelve of England's most famous wrecks, with a separate chapter dedicated to each. Every chapter features: information on the life and history of each ship, its construction and the highlights of its career; a cutaway sketch showing the depths to the highest and deepest parts of each wreck; a specially commissioned painting of each wreck as it lies on the seabed today by marine artist Rob Ward; illustrations where appropriate using archive material and underwater photographs; and an essential information panel which provides a summary of important details for divers, including depths, currents, visibility, launching, local conditions and the nearest compression facility. Featured wrecks include the SS Salsette, the SS Kyarra and the Piludski, Yorkshire's biggest shipwreck.

Review by Jack Morrison Sept/Oc 2003

Dry Suit Diving: S Barsky, D Long, B Stinton

A whole book on drysuits and diving in them. Why thermal protection is important, types and designs of suit, valves; who makes them and where to wear them, what to wear under your suit, how to control bouyancy. In fact everything you've ever wanted to know about drysuits!

Review Jul/Aug 2003

Photographic Guide to Reef Fishes, Corals and Invertebrates of the Caribbean Including Bermuda: E Wood, L Wood

Designed for divers, snorkellers and underwater photographers, this text is a concise photographic identification guide to the marine life of Caribbean reefs. The book features at-a-glance symbols to habitats, diet and behaviour, and covers reefs stretching from Florida to Venezuela.

Reviewed by Gordon McSkimming Mar/Apr 2003

Reef Fishes Corals and Invertebrates of the South China Sea: E Wood, M Aw

Covering 275 species, this volume contains full-colour photographs, identification details and at-a-glance information on the diet, habits and habitats of the array of fish, corals and invertebrates to be found throughout the region. Designed to be of practical use to divers, snorkellers, and underwater photographers, this guide is for visitors to South-East Asia.

Reviewed by Gordon McSkimming Mar/Apr 2003

Lost Warships - an Archaeological Tour of the War at Sea: James P Delgado

Spanning the period from the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium to the 1946 nuclear detonation at Bikini Atoll, this work presents a "you are there" tour of the world's sunken battlefields, placing each shipwreck in a broad, historical narrative of maritime warfare. The text mixes archaeological and anthropological research with first-hand accounts from combatants to provide an unusual insight into the world's great battles, as well as the personalities, ships, and weapons involved.

Review Sept/Oct 2002

Snorkelling for All: BSAC

Snorkelling is harder to master than Scuba diving! This training manual from the BSAC is packed with practical and theoretical information on technique, equipment and some advanced skills such as photography

Review Mar/Apr 2002

The Bull and the Barriers - the Wrecks of Scapa Flow: Lawson Wood

The title comes from the last two chapters - the 'Bull' of Scapa Flow is Gunther Prien commander of the U47, the submarine that sank HMS Royal Oak in 1939. The barriers are the concrete causeways and blockships used to protect the fleet moored in the Flow during the second world war. This book appeals to divers, historians and the general reader.

Review by Jack Morrison, Sept/Oct 2001

Diving with Sharks and Other Adventure Dives: Jack Jackson

Aimed at the experienced diver, this guide covers diving with Great White, Hammerhead and whale sharks, as well as cave and wreck diving, and diving under ice. Each chapter is a combination of specialized technical and environmentally aware diving advice, site information and anecdote.

Review Mar/Apr 2001