This profusely illustrated book, written by one of Britain’s leading cave divers, is a spectacular introduction to the world’s most dangerous sport. The Darkness Beckons describes the techniques and fascinating history of cave diving from the first known cave dive in 1878 with the familiar globe shaped helmet, heavy boots, and sturdy air lines fed by surface pumps, to the sophisticated rebreather systems used by divers today. This internationally comprehensive book includes stories from the United States, France, Switzerland, The West Indies, Mexico, South Africa, UK, and Australia. This new book includes both historical anecdotes and accounts of the most interesting recent dives. It is a chronicle of outstanding sporting endeavor, as yet little known outside an elite specialist world, but sure to inspire anyone with a taste for adventure.

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Beyond the Deep

Setting the Hook

Diving the World takes the underwater adventurer on a magical tour of many of the world’s top dives. Some 200 prime sites have been carefully selected, reviewed, and photographed by experienced husband-and-wife team Beth and Shaun Tierney; from the pristine reefs of Papua New Guinea and the warm waters of the Belize Barrier Reef, to the legendary wrecks of Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon, there’s something for everyone. The guide also features personal opinions and anecdotes from both experts and other divers, as well as recommendations of what to do and see on dry land.


The earth’s oceans hold many wondrous surprises;be they the small, colorful “critters” off the coast of Papua New Guinea, opportunistic red demon squids in the Sea of Cortes, or naval wrecks in the lagoon of Bikini Atoll. In Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die Chris Santella has invited diving experts from around the world to share some of their favorite destinations, so ardent divers can experience these underwater wonders for themselves;either on location in their SCUBA gear, or at home in their armchair.


The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series, the book takes divers from hot-spot destinations like Raja Ampat (off the coast of West Guinea) to old Caribbean favorites like Grand Cayman Isles. Readers will swim among whale sharks off Myanmar, befriend wolf eels off the coast of Maine, and marvel at the giant mola mola of Lembognan, Indonesia. These wonderful creatures;plus the brilliant coral reefs that often provide their backdrop;are captured in 40 gorgeous color photos from the world’s greatest underwater photographers. And for readers who want to travel to these breathtaking locales, Santella provides complete “If You Go” suggestions to help you plan your trip.


Recognized as the birthplace of diving in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands are among the world’s top dive destinations with their clear waters, plunging walls and prolific marine life – including the famous rays of Stingray City. This book describes the well-established dive operations and the best sites in the region, some just minutes from the beach.


In this Guide:

  • Detailed dive information to 68 sites

  • Full-color photos throughout

  • Easy-to-read maps of dive regions

  • Guide to marine life

  • Travel logistics and topside attractions

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The essentials of CAVE DIVing

With more than 7000 islands and countless coral reefs, the Philippines offers a plethora of diving opportunities. Whether it’s snorkeling alongside whale sharks, cruising with mantas or thresher sharks, exploring WWII wrecks or simply hanging out near the kaleidoscopic walls and reefs, this tropical paradise will fascinate divers of all skill levels.


In this Guide:

  • Detailed dive information to 125 sites

  • Full-color photos throughout

  • Easy-to-read maps of dive regions

  • Dive icons and skill evaluation for all sites

  • Diving services and live-aboards

Diving The World

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Bathed by the waters of two oceans, Thailand’s varied diving environments are home to colorful coral reefs and an impressive diversity of marine life. Live-aboard ships explore the offshore islands with their beautiful white-sand beaches and lush vegetation, and go beyond the Thai border to newly pioneered dive sites in Myanmar. A rich culture and well-developed infrastructure make this the most popular diving region in Southeast Asia.


In this Guide:

  • Detailed dive information to 76 sites

  • Full-color photos throughout

  • Easy-to-read maps of dive regions

  • Guide to marine life

  • Travel logistics and topside attractions

Fifty Places to dive before you die

This book is the fourth book in the diving series after The Art of Gas Blending, Dive Computers, Deep and Safety Stops, Including Ascent Rate and Gradient Factors and is about the effects of diving on the human body, especially long duration and deep diving.


Some of the topics covered are:

  • Why People do deep dives
  • Training needed to dive deeper than 130 feet safely
  • The mental shift needed to transform from a recreational diver to a survival diver
  • Handling unforeseen events underwater when you cannot surface immediately
  • BCD-breathing
  • Swapping regulators underwater
  • Caffeine and diving
  • Smoking and diving
  • Sugar and diving
  • Fatty foods and diving
  • Certain medication and diving
  • Breast implants and diving
  • Diving while breast feeding
  • Effects of oxygen to the brain and body
  • Isobaric counter diffusion decompression sickness covered in-depth with example calculations
  • Depth records
  • Rebreathers compared to open circuit
  • Women and diving
  • Men and diving
  • Supplements for deep diving
  • Breathing exercises for deep diving
  • Common mistakes made in deep diving that can kill you
  • Handling missed decompression IWR (in-water recompression)
  • Liquid breathing
  • Effects of diving on the body, both long and short term


Note: this book is not a training manual for deep diving, however technical divers and divers interested in technical diving will find it of great value. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to handle unforeseen to handle unforeseen problems and come back alive.

The world’s second-longest barrier reef, three of the Western Hemisphere’s four coral atolls, more than 400 fish species and a host of invertebrates sheltering in warm Caribbean waters make Belize an irresistible destination for divers and snorkelers alike. This guide will introduce you to the wonders both underwater and topside that have earned the country its reputation as an ecotourism hotspot.


In this Guide:

  • Detailed dive information to 82 sites

  • Full-color photos throughout

  • Easy-to-read maps of dive regions

  • Travel logistics and topside attractions

Cave diving has been called the “most dangerous participatory sport” in the world. It doesn’t have to be. With proper training, experience, and guidance, you can be a skilled cave diver, and enjoy this challenging and rewarding activity, for a lifetime. With decades of technical diving experience, including world record cave dives, and paradigm changing underwater exploration, Woman Divers Hall of Fame member Jill Heinerth, has created this full-color contemporary guidebook. Generously illustrated, “The Essentials of Cave Diving” contains practical, 21st century underwater knowledge, including sidemount techniques and the latest rebreather technology. Encompassing all levels of cave diving, from entry-level to expert, this manual is an essential tool; appropriate and relevant to all cave training disciplines.

The newest addition to Footprint’s burgeoning series of activity guides, Diving South East Asia introduces divers to the world’s most diverse marine environment. This truly comparative guide includes over 400 popular sites, all of which have been dived, reviewed and photographed by experienced husband-and-wife team, Beth and Shaun Tierney. From the pristine, isolated reefs of Indonesia’s Spice Islands to the lively marine and land environments in The Philippines’ Puerto Galera, there’s something for everyone. The guide also features personal opinions and anecdotes from both experts and other divers, as well as recommendations of what to do and see on dry land.

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The essentials of CAVE DIVing

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