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Scuba diving & snorkeling for dummies
Newman, John.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, Calif. : IDG Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxii, 336 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.

"Version 1.1"--CD-ROM.
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For millions of Americans, diving offers the chance to get away from everyday life and enter a world of stunning natural beauty and fascinating complexity. And getting started is a breeze! Anyone can learn to dive safely and explore the world's wondrous oceans - all it takes is a little training and basic equipment.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies presents all the fundamentals for anyone interested in getting dive certified or just looking for good snorkeling while on vacation. Written by PADI-Certified diver John Newman, this friendly guide covers everything you need to know to:

Get certified Plan a great diving trip Save money on equipment Dive or snorkel safely

This user-friendly guide starts by helping you evaluate your underwater skills and walking you step by step through a typical certification program. Once you're certified, it helps you pick a dive site, purchase and set up your equipment, and take care of any fears you might have. Then you'll discover what to expect on your first dive - from which creatures are dangerous to how to protect fragile sea life. Scuba  Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies also covers these topics and more:

Free diving Special breathing techniques Emergency procedures How to avoid the bends Handling dive anxiety The physics and chemistry of diving Staying healthy on dive trips Ocean ecosystems Rip tides and tidal waves Ten great dive destinations

In addition to beautiful full-color photography and all the information you need to plan a dive trip, the book also includes a handy appendix of dive organizations and publications, as well as a CD-ROM sampler from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Whether you're a novice diver or an old hand, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies is perfect for anyone who wants to see the beauty of the ocean from a fish's point of view.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file. 

Author Notes

About the Author John Newman, a PADI-Certified diver, was the Editor and Art Director of Dive Travel magazine for ten years. He travels and dives all over the world and contributes regularly to Sport Diver magazine. John is also an avid surfer, waveskier, and kayaker who has won five Phelan Literary Awards for his fiction.

Table of Contents

Part I Water, Water, Everywhere!
Chapter 1 The Lure of the Sea
Chapter 2 Gearing Up
Chapter 3 Breathing Lessons
Part II Making a Splash
Chapter 4 Not Wet Yet
Chapter 5 Getting Down
Chapter 6 Physics and Physiology
Chapter 7 Feelin' All Right
Part III Under the Sea
Chapter 8 Ocean Reveries
Chapter 9 What's Down There?
Part IV The Wet Set
Chapter 10 The Dive Traveler
Chapter 11 Where in the Watery World?
Chapter 12 Keeping Up
Part V The Part of Tens
Chapter 13 Ten Great Snorkeling Adventures
Chapter 14 Ten Rules of Safe Diving
Chapter 15 Ten Great Dive Destinations
Chapter 16 Ten Ways You Can Help to Save the Reefs
License Agreements
Installation Instructions
Book Registration Information