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Recommended Scuba Diving Books

The Certified Diver’s Handbook: The Complete Guide to Your Own Underwater Adventures by Clay Coleman
This guide will help you create your own diving adventures "on any budget, on any schedule, in waters local or distant, and without the restrictions of group demands."
DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving by Dan Orr and Bill Clendenen
A good book to keep in your dive bag. Easy reference for what to do in emergency situations.
Dive: The Ultimate Guide to 60 of the World’s Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls
A great resource for whenever your going to be trip planning. Includes an in depth rundown of the world’s best dive sites.
Footprint’s Diving the World by Beth Tierney and Shaun Tierney
Complete background on diving locations around the world. General information, location details, gear reviews and trip planning resources.
Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Series
These are dozens of mini-guidebooks for dive areas. Written by various authors, this series from the world’s number one guidebook company covers the top dive and snorkel destinations around the world.
Scuba Diving by Dennis K. Graver
This is a broad guide to scuba diving, covering all aspects of the sport. There’s easy to read charts, descriptions of equipment, notes on maintenance, and listings of training organizations.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling for Dummies by John Newman.
You know who you are. All around info for the complete idiot to the expert that needs a refresher.
Scuba Divers Sign Language Manual by James P. Smith
Communication under water is made much easier with sign language and this
Scuba Diving Magazine
"The Magazine Divers Trust." Gear reviews, dive site highlights, resort and tour information, and a general update of everything happening in the dive world each month.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs by Mark D. Spalding
The most colorful and unusual aquatic life often is found nearby coral reefs and this atlas lists them all.

Useful Scuba Diving Websites


Diving at the top Dive Sites (http://www.greatestdivesites.com)
Background details about all dive sites, dive plans, and all sorts of aquatic life.
Lost Treasures of the Seven Seas (http://www.oceantreasures.org)
If diving for sunken treasure and underwater archaeology is your thing look no further.
PADI (http://www.padi.com)
Multi-lingual website of the official worldwide dive certification organization. Loads of information for beginners, on certification courses, teaching, dive centers, trips, and an mÈlange of useful data.
Scuba Diving Singles (http://www.scubadivingsingles.com)
Dating site for scuba divers. Meet someone who shares your same passion.
The Scuba Spot (http://www.scuba-spot.com)
Database of scuba links and resources including job listings for dive instructors.
Zen Diving (http://www.zendiving.com)
Great online resource for connecting with other divers to discuss gear, locations and finding a diving buddy.


Michael McFadyen’s Scuba Diving Website (http://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info)
More than 600 pages of information on scuba diving in Australia and the South Pacific.


Asia Dive Site (http://www.asiadivesite.com)
A large collection of diving information for Asia.

North America

ACUC (http://www.acuc.org)
Canadian based training and teaching organization. The website has general data, lists of training centers, news, insurance, and much more.

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