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The certified diver's handbook : the complete guide to your own underwater adventures
Coleman, Clay, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Camden, Me.. : McGraw Hill, [2004]

Physical Description:
ix, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV838.672 .C65 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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

More 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 Handbook is 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 Notes

Clay Coleman, began diving, photographing, and spearfishing beneath the oil rigs off the coast of his native Louisiana in 1973. A member of the Louisiana State Bar since 1979, his first article appeared in Sport Diver magazine in 1994. His writing and photographs have been published in numerous diving, conservation, and boating magazines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Switching Attitude Gearsp. 3
Diving as a Lifestylep. 7
Pursuing Your Own Interestsp. 8
A Realistic Assessment of Riskp. 10
A Realistic Assessment of Costp. 14
Chapter 2 Equipmentp. 16
Masks, Fins, and Snorkelsp. 18
Dive Knifep. 21
Regulatorsp. 22
Buoyancy Compensatorsp. 33
Depth Gaugesp. 45
Dive Computersp. 45
Exposure Suitsp. 54
Tanksp. 62
Weights and Weight Beltsp. 66
Dive Bagsp. 69
Chapter 3 Gear Maintenancep. 70
Maskp. 71
Regulatorp. 72
Submersible Pressure Gaugep. 77
Computerp. 78
Buoyancy Compensatorp. 80
Tanksp. 85
Chapter 4 Gadgets That Work, and Good Ideasp. 91
Hose and Gauge Retainersp. 92
Clip Systemsp. 96
Dive Lightsp. 97
Dive Slatesp. 97
Plastic Tiesp. 97
Clip-On Weightsp. 98
Spare Airp. 99
Moldable Mouthpiecesp. 100
Safety Sausagesp. 101
Dry Boxesp. 102
Dry Bagsp. 105
Medical Dive Insurancep. 105
Dive Equipment Insurancep. 106
Chapter 5 How to Buy Equipmentp. 108
Buying New Gearp. 109
Buying Used Gearp. 111
Personalizing Your Gearp. 114
Chapter 6 Kindred Spirits and First Tripsp. 115
Finding Dive Buddiesp. 116
Where to Gop. 120
Chapter 7 An Introduction to Mother Ocean: Water Weight and Densityp. 126
The Characteristics of Ocean Waterp. 127
How Water Density Affects Lightp. 131
How Water Density Affects Soundp. 136
Chapter 8 The Weather: Wind and Waves, Storms, and Currentsp. 139
Wind and Wavesp. 140
Thunderstormsp. 145
Currentsp. 148
Chapter 9 The Marine Environmentp. 159
Organization of the Oceanp. 161
The Four Life-Formsp. 162
Anatomy of a Coral Reefp. 164
Spooky and Potentially Hazardous Marine Animalsp. 174
Chapter 10 Going Divingp. 197
Diving from Charter Boatsp. 198
Diving from Privately Owned Boatsp. 211
Diving from Shorep. 214
Drift Divingp. 218
Night Divingp. 220
Chapter 11 Staying Out of Troublep. 230
Underwater Navigationp. 231
Buddy Problemsp. 249
Chapter 12 When A Good Thing Goes Bad: Basic Rescue Procedures and Diver Problemsp. 257
Rational-Patient Surface Assistp. 258
Passive-Patient and Panicky-Patient Surface Rescuep. 261
Unconscious-Patient Surface Rescuep. 264
Unconscious Patient on the Bottomp. 265
Decompression Sicknessp. 266
Lung Overpressure Injuriesp. 271
Some Problems of Breathing under Pressurep. 274
Hypothermiap. 277
Hyperthermiap. 278
Chapter 13 Diving in the United Statesp. 280
Road Tripp. 282
The Gulf Coastp. 283
The East Coastp. 298
The Great Lakesp. 306
The West Coastp. 308
Inland USA: A Place Near Youp. 312
Chapter 14 International Dive Travelp. 313
Getting Therep. 315
Where to Gop. 323
Appendix Underwater Photographyp. 333
Resourcesp. 361
Indexp. 364