SCUBA TravelScuba Diving Book Review

Interviews with Authors and Diving Book Reviews

20 October 2014
At SCUBA Travel we not only review diving books, we seek out and interview the best diving authors.


Interviews with Diving Authors

Dive Atlas of the world
Neutral Buoyancy
Great British Marine Animals
Diver
Diving the Calf of Man
Baja
Rapture of the Deep
Richard Field
Author of photographic sealife identification guides, including the recent Reef Fishes of Oman.
Jack Jackson
Author of many diving and travel books, including the best selling Dive Atlas of the World.
Tim Ecott
Author of Neutral Buoyancy - Adventures in a Liquid World.
Tim Ecott - journalist, travel writer and diver - shares his motivation for writing Neutral Buoyancy and tells us of his pleasure at meeting WWII veteran Dickie Greenland, Hans and Lotte Hass and Dottie Frazier (the USA's first female diving instructor).
Tony Groom
We talk to Tony Groom, ex-Royal Navy Mine Clearance and commericial diver, about his book Diver.
Todd Stevens
Author of Wreck of the Colossus, The find of a lifetime.
Dan E Bailey
Author of World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon.
We asked the author, Dan E Bailey, about his background and what prompted him to create the definitive guide to diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon.
Paul Naylor
Author of Great British Marine Animals.
Paul Naylor discusses his fascination for sea creatures and his desire to tell people their stories. Paul is both a marine biologist and a renowned underwater photographer.
Steve Barsky
Author of many diving books, including Diving in High-Risk Environments and The Simple Guide to Rebreather Diving.
Steve Barsky tells us about his favourite dives, and the nitrox and underwater navigation books he's working on at the moment.
Dave Blackmore
Author of Dive as Deep as you Dare.
Kathy Brandt
Kathy Brandt is the author of the Underwater Investigation series featuring SCUBA diver and underwater crime scene investigator, Hannah Sampson. These include Swimming with the Dead, Dark Water Dive and Dangerous Depths.
Bill Sanderson
Author of Dive Sites and Marine Life of the Calf of Man and Neighbouring Area.
The Isle of Man boasts some excellent diving and Bill's book describes some of the best dive sites in the south of the island. Our interview investigates why Bill decided to write the book, and what distinguishes it from other dive guides.
Joyce Huber
Author of travel guides for divers, including the recently re-released Best Dives of the Caribbean. This was the result of 20 years of dive travel and note taking.
Michael and Lauren Farley
Authors of Baja California Divers Guide, the first guide to diving the marine-rich peninsula.
Jim Limbrick
Author of North Sea Divers - a Requiem.
Jim Limbrick pays tribute to the 58 professional divers who lost their lives in the North Sea between 1971 and 2000. He discusses his hopes for his book.
Tom Rapko
Author of Diving the Seamount.
Diving the Seamount is the product of Tom Rapko's love for both scuba diving and probably one of the finest diving destinations in the world
Susan Speck
Author of Diving Baja California.
Susan Speck tells us about her book and her love of diving unexplored places.
Andrew Ward
Author of Underwater guide to the Lot & Dordogne, France, Andrew Ward filled a gap with his guide to cave diving. Find out more in our exclusive interview.
Michael G Zinsley
Author of The Rapture of the Deep.
A collection of entertaining stories all with a diving backdrop. We talk to Mike Zinsley and discover his inspiration.

Book Reviews

Ocean of Life
Diving the World War II wrecks of Truk Lagoon
Scapa Flow Dive Guide
Great British Marine Animals
Oceans
Neutral Buoyancy

Diver
A divers' guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
Red sea wreck
Cool Waters, Emerald Seas: Diving in Temperate Waters
Fire in the Turtle House
The Enchanted Braid - Nature on the Coral Reef
Double Cross
Diving the Calf of Man
Cozumel
Rapture of the Deep
Wrecks
Wrecks
Wrecks
Ocean of Life
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Callum Roberts.
Our book of the year 2012. Ocean of Life details threats posed by the cosmetic industry, fishing, noise, rising sea-levels, global warming, acidification, fish farming and so on. Callum Roberts succeeds in presenting his case in a way that is open to everyone, and gives simple solutions to save life in the oceans.
World War II Wrecks of Truk Lagoon
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Dan E Bailey.
The definitive guide to diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon.
Scapa Flow Dive Guide
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Lawson Wood.
A comprehensive guide to diving the wrecks and reefs in Scapa Flow, Scotland.
Great British Marine Animals
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Paul Naylor.
Organised as an identification guide, what makes this book so special is the commentary on the behaviour of the animals featured. And, of course, the 350 delightful photographs.
Oceans
5 Star Rating: Recommended
The book of the BBC series of television programmes that revealed the hidden stories of the sea
Neutral Buoyancy - adventures in a liquid world
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Tim Ecott.
An entertaining history of diving minutely researched with interviews with many of the diving pioneers.
Reef Fishes of Oman
by Richard Field. Photographic reference guide which aims to help divers and snorkellers identify the most frequently seen reef fishes in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Although the title only mentions Oman, it is also useful if you are diving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Manta Rays and Margaritas: Tropical Travels to Dive the Oceans
by Karen Begelfer. Descriptive and charming, in this book Karen Begelfer tells of her diving travels from learning to dive, getting hooked and visiting both out-of-the-way and popular destinations.
Dive as Deep as You Dare
4 Star Rating: Recommended
by Dave Blackmore.
An autobiographical account of Dave Blackmore's years as a BSAC diver from the 1970's to date. A reminder of what we used to do with very basic kit, a lot of enthusiasm and very high tolerance of cold water.
Vertical Descent
4 Star Rating: Recommended
by Steve Turle
A diving adventure novel ideal for holiday reading.
DIVER
4 Star Rating: Recommended
Tony Groom recounts his underwater experiences as a Royal Navy Mine Clearance and a commercial diver.
Dive - The Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World's Top Dive Locations
4 Star Rating: Recommended
by Monty Halls.
Classy-looking book which describes diving areas and the best dive sites you will find there.
Northern Red Sea Wrecks and Reefs: Dive Guide and Logbook
Read about the dive sites you are likely to encounter on a Northern Egptian liveaboard.
Red Sea Wrecks of Northern Egypt
Guide and logbook of the Northern Red Sea wrecks, including the Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller.
Ghosts of Rosevear and the Wreck of the Nancy Packet
by Todd Stevens and Edward Cumming.
Tale of Scilly ghosts and wrecks.
Cool Waters, Emerald Seas: Diving in Temperatue Waters
by John Collins.
Share John Collins' enthusiasm for cool water diving with this handsome coffee table book.
The Essential Underwater Photography Manual
by Denise Nielson Tackett and Larry Tackett
Beautifully illustrated, practical guide to digital and film photography.
Fire in the Turtle House - The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean
4 Star Rating: Recommended
by Osha Gray Davidson.
Deals with the incredible pressures faced by the green sea turtle throughout the world. The book gathers pace from the first discovery of a debilitating turtle disease into a race-against-time; becoming increasingly difficult to put down.
The Enchanted Braid - Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef
4 Star Rating: Recommended
by Osha Gray Davidson.
A blend of aesthetic appreciation, scientific enquiry and environmental manifesto.
A divers' guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari.
Photographic guide to small creatures in the Indo-Pacific. Beautifully illustrated with over 800 photographs.
The Blue Planet
5 Star Rating: Recommended
A video review rather than a book - the Blue Planet series spectacularly captures life and behaviour in the oceans which was previously unobserved. From coral reefs, to arctic oceans, to the sometimes beautiful and sometimes grotesque deep sea creatures.
Dive Sites and Marine Life of the Calf of Man and Neighbouring Area
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Bill Sanderson, Bruce McGregor and Andrew Brierley.
The Isle of Man boasts some excellent diving and this book describes some of the best dive sites in the south of the island.
The Rapture of the Deep
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Michael G Zinsley.
A collection of entertaining stories all with a diving backdrop.
Dive Thailand
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Paul Lees.
Filled with colour pictures, the book features sections on sea life, underwater photography and first aid. All dives are given a star rating and are well described. An essential purchase if you're planning to dive in Thailand.
Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers.
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment.
Diving Guide to the Red Sea Wrecks
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Kurt Amsler and Andrea Ghisotti.
Packed with photographs, details 18 wrecks lying in the Red Sea. Each ship's story is told with fascinating detail.
The Simple Guide to Commercial Diving
5 Star Rating: Recommended
Barsky and Christensen's book covers the skills and attitudes needed by a successful commercial diver in a straight-forward and forthright way.
Double Cross
by Patrick Woodrow.
An action novel with plenty of diving.
North Sea Divers - A Requiem
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Jim Limbrick.
A tribute to the offshore divers of the North Sea.
Cozumel Dive Guide & Log Book
5 Star Rating: Recommended
Complete guide to the dive sites of Cozumel with excellent 3-D maps. Written by local instructors, boat captains, the Marine Park and the members of the Cozumel divers association.
Wreck of the Colossus, The find of a lifetime
by Todd Stevens.
The story of the discovery of the historic shipwreck, Colossus.
How to go Scuba Diving Anywhere in the World for Free
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Robert K Leah.
As the title suggests, this book attempts to help people go diving as cheaply as possible.
Marine Animals of the South West
5 Star Rating: Recommended
by Paul Naylor.
Filled with identification features and photographs showing fantastic behaviour of sea creatures.
Hurghada Dive Guide and Logbook
Located on Egypt's Red Sea coast, Hurghada offers vibrant coral gardens, exciting drift dives, diverse marine life and wrecks.
Red Sea Wrecks Northern Egypt
Ever found yourself re-writing the dive guide into your logbook or copying the maps and text of the dive centre's books? If you have then you might consider buying the Travelling Diverís Guide and Logbook.