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SCUBA Diver Training

Diver training is really a life-long event. Every dive can teach you something. When you begin to learn there are several qualification agencies to choose from. Our qualifications page gives brief notes on them. See also our account of the PADI fast track course and the article on diving safely.

If you have a diving project involving underwater mapping, see our technology page. We also have a guest article on the differences between SCUBA Diving International (SDI) and Professional Association of Dive instructors (PADI).


Recommended Books for Beginners

The Diving Manual
Circle Books, Paperback, 164 pages, (2002).
From the British Sub-Aqua Club. Aimed at those interested in taking up diving, and written with the forthcoming European Diver Training Standards in mind, besides supporting divers following the BSAC system this generic diving manual will also be useful to divers following other training systems.
Available with 30% off from Amazon.co.uk
NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
James T. Joiner, Best Pub Co, Hardback, 660 pages, (2002).
One of the most detailed diving reference books available and is a valuable resource for all who are interested in a complete encyclopedia of diving technology, equipment, techniques and procedures.
More details at Amazon.com
Available from Amazon.co.uk (but cheaper from Amazon.com)
PADI Manual

Available from eBay. Click here for details.