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Written by Tony Richardson   
Friday, 22 April 2011 18:44

cdapA Comprehensive Guide to to Cave Diving and Exploration

This textbook of cave diving published in 2008, with 56 chapters by 35 authors filling 320 pages, offers a wealth of information to the newly certified or experienced cave diver alike. It is the most up-to-date and complete collection of practical and technical information currently available.

Chapters include history, geology, biology, conservation, equipment, DIR, accident analysis, team diving, fitness, psychology, hypothermia, women and technical diving, decompression, dive computers, DPV use in caves, photography, expedition diving, mapping, landowner relations, side-mount diving, mixed-gas diving, rebreathers, and sump diving.

The contributors list reads a bit like a who's who of the Florida cave and technical diving scene including: Jill Yager, Jill Heinerth, Lamar Hires, Kevin Gurr, Jarrod Jablonski, Jeff Bozanic, Hal Watts, Paul Heinerth, Brian Kakuk, Forrest Wilson, Ann Kristovich, Jim Bowden and David Sawatzky.

The book is generously illustrated with many black and white photographs contributed by a wide variety of photographers including: Martyn Farr, Jill Heinerth, Tom Morris, Richard Nordstrom, Joe Prosser, David Rhea, Dennis Williams and Wes Skiles.

The self contained chapters enable a reader to jump to articles of interest rather than read the book cover to cover. As such, the book serves as a very useful cave diving reference book on the shelf.

I thoroughly recommend this book as an interesting and most informative read.


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By Joseph Emmanuel

Ever wondered what it's like to dive to 100 meters, to be waiting alone in the dark, your only way back to safety a thin nylon line snaking away from you, up and up and up into the darkness and down and down and down into the blackness. Not a sound but your own breathing.


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