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Spotlight on safety June 2007
Sure you’re more likely to hurt bicycling or showering in your home bathroom than while diving, but that may be because smart
divers keep their minds on safety. Leading the field is Divers Alert Network, whose Dan Orr and Eric Douglas have recently
Scuba Diving Safety which is sure to provoke thoughts on diving. The 200-page soft cover on Human Kinetics covers the
“what ifs” and “what to dos” to avoid and overcome diving’s inherent hazards. The 15 chapters are broken into three parts: Safe
Planning, Rescue Techniques and Special Environments and Situations. Diving equipment, environments and scenarios are examined
in the simplest of terms, which reflects the reality that it’s the little things going wrong that cascade into tragedy. References in the
appendix provide leads to further reading and the comprehensive index eases finding specific points in the book. It’s a handy
refresher on diving skills that goes beyond points covered in a typical rescue diver class. As DAN president, Orr is well versed in
diving safety. And besides being a novelist, Douglas is DAN’s director of training.
ISBN: 0-7360-5251-8
Public Safety Diving  July 2007
It’s not a new book, but Public Safety Diving by Walt “Butch” Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes and Craig Nelson is a handy one even for those
with no interest in diving in muck looking for dead thing. The 350-page soft cover from PennWell Corp. has 21 chapters that examine
everything from setting up a public safety dive team to various scenarios members will face, including plans and contingency plans. Fitting
for a book to be used as a text for such teams, every chapter ends with study questions for a test. Sections on diving equipment
maintenance and safety, search patterns, psychology, training and maladies have helpful information for even casual recreational divers.
Members of public safety teams will find this book a handy refresher for essential skills and procedures needed at accident and crime
scenes. Those who aspire to join or form teams will find it as a good starting point to providing an essential service in their locales.
Hendrick and Zaferes, who operate Lifeguard Systems and train teams nationwide, are well qualified to present this material.
ISBN: 0-91221294-2.
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Deeper Into Diving April 2007
A lot of advancements have been made in diving theory and science since 1990, when John Lippmann and Simon Mitchell, Ph.D.,
first published
Deeper Into Diving and their recently released second edition from Aqua Quest is revised throughout. The 512-page
soft cover has four sections, physiology sensory and psychological considerations; decompression systems; altitude and diving; and
technical and occupational diving. Navy, DCIEM and Buhlmann altitude tables are presented in the appendix and it includes a very
detailed index. This is a great text / reference book for divers who are interested in pushing the envelope with cutting edge
technology or pursue careers in diving, hyperbaric medicine, public safety and commercial work. With their extensive knowledge
gained from years of work in diving research and medicine, Lippmann and Mitchell could easily have written a dense tome. Yet they
explain complicated theories in laymen’s terms, with comprehension eased with hundreds of photos, diagrams and illustrations.
ISBN: 0-9752290-1-X.
Dive into the "what ifs" February 2007
Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations is not for the faint of heart. But for those who want to know exactly what can go
wrong – especially public safety divers – there is no resource like Cpl. Robert G. Teather’s book from Best Publishing Co. Teather
shares his notes from 25 years as an investigator with the Royal Canadian Mount Police. The 186-page notebook-bound soft cover’
s 13 chapters examine the mechanics of drowning, and recovering victims, vehicles and most importantly evidence. Every site is a
crime scene until it’s proved to be an accident. Sample pages for logging data are included throughout the book to prepare readers
to be meticulous in note-taking. The detailed table of contents eases looking up specific topics, and the extensive glossary that closes
the book translates medical terms to street language. A workbook is available that allows public safety dive teams to use the
encyclopedia as a text for a correspondence course. ISBN: 0-941332-26-8.
Reading fit for divers June 2006
Fit for Scuba authors Jessica and Jaime Adams believe that your “body is your most essential piece of dive equipment,” and offer
this strength and conditioning handbook as a way to “maintain it as well as the rest of your gear.” Reading about dive accidents is all
too common these days. Let’s face facts that recreational divers are often out of shape and this may be a factor in some of these
accidents. This book is aimed at correcting this problem, and promoting more fitness so divers can enjoy diving more as well. The
authors describe all the muscles as they relate to particular diving activities. Then they show how to exercise each muscle with
explanations, figures, and routines that work in the gym and at home. Warming up, improving strength and flexibility, cardiovascular
conditioning, cooling down, and logging your program are well explained. To say that northeast divers need this book to be better
able to do shore and boat diving is an understatement. The authors are dive and physical fitness instructors with masters degrees in
exercise physiology who teach physical fitness at the college level and were interns with Divers Alert Network.
ISBN: 0-7414-3111-4.  
– Tom Gormley
Mending The Bends  September 2007
Instructors, dive boat operators, hyperbaric medicine personnel, public safety divers and anyone with a curiosity about decompression
sickness mechanics and treatments should have David Merritt’s “Mending The Bends” book on their shelves. The 76-page spiral-bound
notebook from Best Publishing is crammed with information on assessing, managing and treating DCS. In 10 chapters, it covers the
physics how gasses and pressure affect divers’ bodies and minds. Ways to minimize chances of getting DCS are presented as well as how
to assess symptoms, treat them and care for victims before and after treatment. Theories on DCS that are the foundation for dive tables are
explained, and medical conditions that can enhance DCS chances or even preclude people from diving are detailed. It ends with two
appendixes. One shows various recompression treatment tables, the other is a compilation of formulas and tables to help planning dives at
sea level, at altitudes and in cold conditions. The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat on a chamber operator’s desk, and a unique d-clip
in the spine is handy for hanging on a peg-board as a quick reference. Merritt is a Navy flight surgeon and diving medical officer, so his
writing tends to be more clinical than laymen’s terms, but still comprehendible. ISBN: 0-930536-05-4.
Take home responsibility  October 2007
Bringing home souvenirs from the bottom carries with it a responsibility to preserve these items. During a short time underwater, especially
saltwater, even artifacts that literally are as tough as nails become saturated with salts and chemicals that cause them to disintegrate rapidly
upon exposure to air. Armed with
The Artifact Hunter by New Jersey wreck diver and author Tom Gormley, amateur archeologists can
not only prevent their artifacts from turning to dust, but turn them into prizes to display on the mantle in the den as well. The 116-page 8.5-
by 11-inch soft-cover book gives step by step directions to preserve and restore anything from china and metals to leather and wood,
including how to build an electrolytic bath to drive out salts. The seasoned wreck diver even shares his tips on what to look for and where
underwater to find artifacts, and suggests ways to improve documentation and further research wrecks and the artifacts they hold.
Gormley published his book through Safe Scuba, his own company. ISBN: 978-0-9795925-0-8.
Be prepared December 2007
Public safety divers have a new text to consider, Underwater Crime Scene Investigation, from Best Publishing Co. It focuses on the initial
response to incidents that demand investigation, and organizing the operation to fine tune the investigation. It's the planning tool that may
prepare public safety teams to deal with the field conditions that Royal Canadian Robert Teather describes in his Best book on "Underwater
Crime Scene looks at probing sites with remotely operated vehicles and sidescans while "Underwater Investigations"
considers body bags. "Crime Scene" authors are criminologist Thomas Kelley, forensic scientist H. Dale Nute, Advanced Science Diving
program director Michael Zinszer and "Nautical Archaeologist" senior Mark Feulner. All have extensive backgrounds in documenting
evidence underwater. Potential crime scenes are as recent as the on-going search in Aruba for evidence relating to a missing U.S. teen.
Spiral binding on the 8.5- by 11-inch notebook eases photo copying forms to document data at investigation sites. ISBN: 1-930536-37-2.
Refer goodness December 2007
There's a handy way to support conservation and learn a lot about critters by region. Pick up a CD-ROM Teaching Module from the Reef
Environmental Educational Foundation. REEF has modules on Caribbean / Florida, Gulf of Maine, California, Pacific Northwest, Baja /
Galapagos and Hawaii regions. The CDs are plump with images and scientific data about the denizens by region. Packaged along with the
CDs are tools that mesh with PADI fish identification specialty certification classes, including a survey slate with bungeed pencil, and a
waterproof ID booklet and survey paper. The modules could help divers get familiar with denizens of destinations they plan to visit. For
instructors, it's a quick way to have reliable course material for a fish ID class. A one-year membership in REEF is included in the
purchase, so you get updates on reef issues along with a handy guide. ISBN: 6-72985-99998-5.
Practice diving at OM March 2008
It's always good to stretch and limber up before beginning a sports activity, even one that's supposed to be low-aerobic like diving. Todd
and Kimberlee Jensen Stedl take the stretches to a new level with
Yoga For Scuba Divers, a 128-page soft cover from 8th Element Yoga.
Todd, now a PADI instructor, was becoming rapt in diving Puget Sound and Kimberlee was embarking on a yoga teacher-training program
when they met in 2002. As they pursued their interests in the two fields together, they noticed that their diving improved as they toned their
bodies, minds and spirits through yoga's stretches and breathing exercises. In 10 chapters,
Yoga introduces readers to basic thoughts on
the discipline's benefits for divers, and then shows poses and related breathing exercises that can build body strength and improve breath
control. Yoga entails developing a relaxed, in-control mindset as well. All of these elements are handy for diving, whether lugging gear or
dealing with surprises above or below the water. Black and white photos throughout illustrate the poses, and accompanying text explains
their execution and benefits for diving. It closes with a list of books, DVDs and Web sites to further readers' interests in yoga and diving.
This book will help divers improve their skills and their lives in general during days or weeks between dives.ISBN: 978-0-6151-5432-9.
Really cool diving book January 2008
Divers planning ice dives this month or who want to prepare for their winter and early spring dives will want to plunge into the pages of
John N. Heine's
Cold Water Diving: A Guide To Ice Diving. Best Publishing is recirculating the 128-page soft-cover that was initially
printed in 1996, and Heine's tips are as valid now as then. The past president of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences divided the
topic into five chapters: an introduction, training, equipment, operations, and safety and emergency procedures. In easy to digest English,
he explains how to prepare teams execute dives under the ice. Many common pieces of gear like regulators, valves and zippers on drysuits,
and even ropes have different characteristics in cold temperatures, so the gearing section si especially handy in planning. While resort
divers may think it's crazy, ice diving does afford a chance to see favored sites in extremely clear water, and it's great for team building.
Heine shares historic shots of excursions to the Antarctic among the more than 100 color photos and illustrations in his book. It closes with
a comprehensive table of contents and an a bibliography to point readers to information.
ISBN: 0-941332-52-7
Master recycling air June 2008
It's not a new book, but Jeffrey E. Bozanic's Mastering Rebreathers is a good one for any open-circuit scuba diver considering switching
to recycling air. The 550-page hardcover from Best Publishing covers everything from the history and types of rebreathers to the physics,
psychology and diving techniques of the devices. Preparation, post-dive procedures, maintenance and emergency bailouts are among the 14
chapters as well. Everything is described in easy-to-read terms by Bozanic, an active instructor and presenter at various dive shows. A
comprehensive index makes it easy to find specific references throughout the book. He also includes 14 appendices with handy check-off
information on various rebreather models, glossary of terms and lists of references and Web sites where readers can learn more about
rebreathers. Best suggests that a new edition is in the works. Meanwhile this 2002 book is great to further thoughts on rebreather options,
and chances are it will be required reading when you sign up for training.
ISBN: 0-941332-96-9.
Tips from the pros July 2008
Even divers who do not aspire to quit the land-based day job to join the ranks of diving professionals will learn a lot from Best Publishing's
Commercial Diver Training Manual. The 9.5- by 11-inch hardcover is spiral bound to lay open flat while readers' hands are busy working.
While its companion book the "NOAA Diving Manual" covers physics and physiology of diving, the Commercial Manual covers nuts and
bolts working underwater. Hopefully most of us won't want to rig explosives underwater or recover evidence from crime scenes.
However, many of its 17 chapters have tips that can help wreck and marina divers find and recover items or check hulls and pilings for
deterioration. Chapters on seamanship, navigation and diesel engines may be helpful to boat owners. Diving Emergencies covers
contingencies we hope to never face, and even the sections on report writing and underwater photography may help aspiring writers to
take notes for stories. Each chapter is a standalone approach to the topic and most end with a glossary and a quiz. Publisher Jim Joiner
tapped the expertise of top industry personnel to prepare this 5th edition with updates throughout.
ISBN: 978-1-930536-44-9.
CD new Navy Manual August 2008
Rebreather, technical and other serious divers will have a hard time staying away from their computers once they've loaded in the compact
disks of the latest version of the
Ú.S. Navy Diving Manual. It's the sixth time the diving manual has been updated since 1956, and the
Navy claims it's the most extensive revision to date. Of special interest is a new air table based on the Thalmann algorithm. Besides air
diving and general diving policies, the manual includes volumes on surface-supplied mixed-gas diving, closed- and semi-closed rebreathers,
diving medicine and recompression chamber operations. Best Publishing Co. squeezed the manual onto five CDs that take up much less
space and are much lighter in weight than the print version that was published in April. The data can be viewed in black and white or in
color. The CDs are said to be compatible with PC and Mac operating systems. The Navy Manual is a good companion for the NOAA
Manual that Best published earlier this year. ISBN: 9781930536517
Fit for medical assessment November 2008
Instructors, instructor trainers and medical personnel who have divers among their patients should have Assessment of Diving Medical
Fitness for Scuba Divers and Instructors
at a handy spot on their shelves. Best Publishing worked with Peter Bennett, Frans Cronjé and
Ernest Campbell, Alessandro Marroni and Neal Pollock to prepare a comprehensive guide to medical, physical, physiological and
psychological conditions that should be considered by divers. Three parts of the 242-page hardcover examine the instructor's role in
evaluating conditions, the diver's responsibilities and common conditions and disorders that are grouped by condition. All are presented in
easy-to-understand layman's terms. The book closes with references that can be a guide to more information, a list of acronyms and
abbreviations and a detailed index. ISBN: 978-1-930536-31-9.
Theoretically a gas at depth November 2008
Bruce Wienke sifted and assembled his extensive notes on gases and decompression into Diving Physics with Bubble Mechanics and
Decompression Theory in Depth
. The 570-page hardcover monograph from Best Publishing examines how gases are believed to behave in
free and dissolved phases in our bodies. The two phases and the body's reaction to them are central to Wienke's Rapid Gradient Bubble
Model, which is being incorporated into the algorithms of an increasing number of diving computers. Besides being an instructor trainer for
NAUI, Wienke is a pro at the physics of tiny matter, being a program manager in nuclear weapons technology simulation and computing
office at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Wienke presents the equations, tables, thoughts and data that led to his RGBM, but holds fast to
the fact that all decompression models are theories. This is a book for divers with scientific or engineering backgrounds who are curious
about just what happens inside the body at depth. ISBN: 978-1-930536-33-3.
Tune up your diving December 2008
Essentials of Diving Safety is not new, but it's good to dust off the advice of Wesley Y. Yapor, M.D., now and then to reconnect with
basic diving safety practices. The 133-page soft cover from Best Publishing breaks dive planning into chapters on gear and technique. It
examines features of each item that are good to think about whether the reader is a veteran diver assembling a personal dive kit or a novice
looking over rental items. The importance of having spares of critical pieces is stressed and suggestions on creating first aid and emergency
kits are provided. Techniques chapters include tips on dealing with diving emergencies above and below the water, buddy procedures,
documentation, liability and insurance. Travel advice covers what to bring and not to bring on a trip, and how to pack suitable protection
suits for your intended destination. Pointers from open water, advanced and rescue diver certification courses are collected into one handy
book, making it the underwater version of the driver safety course that state motor vehicle agencies urge motorists to take every few years.
ISBN: 094-13328-88.
Diving Safety Guide
Think freely about dive safety September 2009
You don't even have to go to the bookstore or spend a penny for the most comprehensive study on diving safety and incidents. Divers Alert
Network has its
DAN Annual Diving Report – 2008 posted on-line, and it's accessible to all who want to read it, even non-members. The
140-page report is based largely on 2006 and 2007 data on diving injuries, fatalities and breath-hold incidents. The lag time allows time for
the data to get reported and analyzed by the organization. There also is a chapter on information gleaned from DAN's Project Dive
Exploration, which allows divers with compatible computers to upload dive data to DAN. This provides a growing base of data on the 99
percent of typical dives that do not result in an injury or fatality. In appendices individual injuries, fatalities and breath-hold incidents are
described and analyzed in further detail. This is a handy reference for those interested in diving safety, and what diver shouldn't be. Printed
versions of the report can still be purchased, but the PDF version is available free of charge by clicking to
A book to treasure January 2010
Captain Daniel Berg has developed a handy guide to help divers and non-divers find more fun and valuables in and around the water. "Beach
and Water Treasure Hunting With Metal Detectors" from Berg's Aqua Explorers publications is a slim soft cover. Yet its 68 pages cover
anything a neophyte needs to know to get started looking for treasures at beaches and at depth. It starts with descriptions of the various
detectors' features, explaining which are useful where. He then suggests techniques that could improve the odds of returning from an
outing with valuables instead of bottle caps and very historic pop-top aluminum can openers. The book is illustrated throughout with
gem-studded rings, coins that are hundreds of years old and other artifacts, many recovered by his hunting buddy and fellow diver Mike
McMeekin. The only thing lacking is an index, but it's hardly needed because of the good organization of the chapters. This is the most
recent in a line of diving books that are available in many dive shops or on-line as eBooks or PDF downloads.
ISBN: 978-0-557-14768-7.
Dan Berg, Treasure
A fish, of course January 2010
Dive trips are more fun if you know the destination’s locals, the critters that is, not the resort staffers. New World Publications in
conjunction with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation has a series of DVD-based curricula to get travelers up to speed before
they head to Florida, Caribbean or Indo-Pacific destinations. Authors Paul Humann and Ned Deloach developed the educational material that
can be used as for home-study or to supplement a classroom underwater naturalist certification course. Fish are sorted into “chapters” in
the DVD, with each presenting in-depth descriptions of the species’ identifying markings, behavior and other traits. The information is
accompanied with footage of each creature in situ. Also included with the package is a waterproof ID book that can slip into a buoyancy
vest pocket, a slate to log sightings underwater and a survey log to track discoveries. The survey can be sent to REEF for compilation in
the non-profit organization’s fish count data base. The DVD was incompatible with a couple computers in the office, but was entertaining
and educational once a proper program was found to decode it.
REEF Fish ID Course