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The Certified Diver's Handbook

There are currently 10 million certified scuba divers in the United States, and 1.5 million new divers are certified annually. Of all the people who go through all of the time and money to become certified, an estimated 60-80% drop out of the sport within the first two years of their training. For many, the checkout dives for their certifications are the only dives they ever make. Why? Because prospective scuba divers tend to romanticize the activity. They envision themselves as true explorers of the oceans and waters of the world. They imagine themselves discovering treasure or going where no one has gone before. Unfortunately, after their training, these newly certified divers discover that all of these adventures they read about in magazines and books take a heck of a lot of time and more than a month's pay to make a reality. Discouraged, they stop diving. This book is for them. The Certified Diver's Handbook is a real world guide to utilizing a new certification and enjoying it to its fullest. Loaded with tips, advice, how-to, and 'back-yard' where-to, this definitive guide will encompass everything a certified diver would ever need to know in order to get up, get out, and do it - and on any kind of budget; time or money. For example, this book will inform the reader on: renting versus owning equipment, where to buy, how to buy and what to look for, dealing with various ocean environments, dive planning, hazards of diving alone (or with a buddy), rescue procedures, types of sickness, shore diving, night diving, wrecks, reefs, spear fishing, cave and cavern diving, drift diving, kelp diving, fossil and artifact diving, local diving, international diving, and much more. From general concepts to the obscure, like the trick to buying a spare BC valve for next-to-nothing at your local dive shop, this handbook is designed to have something for all types of newly certified divers. Ninety percent of the diving books on the market are devoted to exotic (and expensive) scuba adventures all over the globe. Then there are several books on the market that cover basic scuba instruction and several that cover certification instruction and some advice on where to dive, but there is not a book on the market that presumes the reader is already certified and is simply wondering where and how to go diving either without an instructor and a large group or without spending a fortune. The Certified Diver's Handbook will be their motivation and how-to manual.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Switching Attitude Gears Diving as a Lifestyle Pursuing Your Own Interests A Realistic Assessment of Risk A Realistic Assessment of Cost Chapter 2: Equipment Masks, Fins, and Snorkels Dive Knife Regulators Buoyancy Compensators Depth Gauges Dive Computers Exposure Suits Tanks Weights and Weight Belts Dive Bags Chapter 3: Gear Maintenance Mask Regulator Submersible Pressure Gauge Computer Buoyancy Compensator Tanks Chapter 4: Gadgets That Work, and Good Ideas Hose and Gauge Retainers Clip Systems Dive Lights Dive Slates Plastic Ties Clip-On Weights Spare Air Moldable Mouthpieces Safety Sausages Dry Boxes Dry Bags Medical Dive Insurance Dive Equipment Insurance Chapter 5: How to Buy Equipment Buying New Gear Buying Used Gear Personalizing Your Gear Chapter 6: Kindred Spirits and First Trips Finding Dive Buddies Where to Go Chapter 7: An Introduction to Mother Ocean: Water Weight and Density The Characteristics of Ocean Water How Water Density Affects Light How Water Density Affects Sound Chapter 8: The Weather: Wind and Waves, Storms, Tides, and Currents Wind and Waves Thunderstorms Currents Chapter 9: The Marine Environment Organization of the Ocean The Four Life-Forms Anatomy of a Coral Reef Spooky and Potentially Hazardous Marine Animals Chapter 10: Going Diving Diving from Charter Boats Diving from Privately Owned Boats Diving from Shore Drift Diving Night Diving Chapter 11: Staying Out of Trouble Underwater Navigation Buddy Problems Chapter 12: When a Good Thing Goes Bad: Basic Rescue Procedures and Diver Problems Rational-Patient Surface Assist Passive-Patient and Panicky-Patient Surface Rescue Unconscious-Patient Surface Rescue Unconscious Patient on the Bottom Decompression Sickness Lung Overpressure Injuries Some Problems of Breathing under Pressure Hypothermia Hyperthermia Chapter 13: Diving in the United States Road Trip The Gulf Coast The East Coast The Great Lakes The West Coast Inland USA: A Place Near You Chapter 14: International Dive Travel Getting There Where to Go Appendix: Underwater Photography Resources Index

About the Author

Clay Coleman (Baton Rouge, LA) has been scuba diving since 1973 and is a freelance undersea photojournalist for national magazines. His photos have appeared in Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, and Boating Life.

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