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Publisher Comments:

Thrilling Stories of Adventure Beneath the Waves

This collection of true diving stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. Enjoy classic tales, from thrilling wreck discoveries to encounters with the bizarre ans the beautiful. There are stories of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph.

Tales of the exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport. This global tour takes you everywhere, from Indonesia to the Caribbean, and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the pacific.

Every ocean of the world is explored, making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.

‘John Bantin has a treasure trove of quirky, scary, funny and dramatic true stories.’—Tim Ecott, author of Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

‘A natural raconteur, John Bantin has reserved some of his best yarns for this heady compilation of scuba adventures.  Bursting with shipwrecks and sharks, Amazing Diving Stories is a celebration not just of the sea, but of the men and women who devote their lives to exploring its depths, sometimes at the cost of their own sanity. Strongly recommended.’—Simon Rogerson, Editor of Scuba Magazine

‘This is one diving book that lives up to its promise – you'll be turning pages with all the urgency of a treasure-hunter with 30 bar left and one lift-bag to go!’—Steve Weinman, Editor of Diver Magazine

‘Bantin has compiled dozens of true tales that will fascinate and delight.’Ben Davison, Publisher of Undercurrent Dive Guide

Synopsis:

FREE ASCENT
The novice diver swam calmly over to his buddy, signalling clearly that he had no air. To his horror, his buddy looked him in the eye, gave him a thumbs-up signal and slipped away into the murk…

BLUE HOLE DIVING
This was the treasure that they had come for… It was a cathedral dressed in white marble.  Everywhere they shone their lights revealed more of what few people had ever cast their eyes upon. 

LEFT STRANDED
“Monday Jan 26. To anyone who can help us. We have been abandoned at Agincourt Reef by mv. Outer Edge Jan 98 3pm. Please come to rescue us before we die. Help!!!”

MAULED BY A DINOSAUR!
From a distance, the dive-guide saw the crocodile sinking back down, swinging its head from side to side, shaking David like a puppet in its jaws.

Synopsis:

A collection of thrilling diving stories

There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Each tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of divers everywhere and some are illustrated with colour photographs.

Take the plunge and read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Sea's most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers' lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub–aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life.

The exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport, and some are even brought to life by the author's photography. This global tour takes you everywhere: from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves.

Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading – or a wonderful gift – for divers everywhere.

About the Author

John Bantin was born in North London, immediately after the Second World War and grew up through the 60s.  After a 25 year career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director, he took a year off to go scuba diving. One thing led to another and his life took on a major change. He worked for a short time as a dive guide on a pioneering liveaboard dive boat in the Red Sea in 1992, he also ran a dive centre in the Mediterranean before settling down to become Technical Editor of the long-established Diver Magazine in the UK. Since then he has spent more than twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and writing about the experiences he has enjoyed as well as some that he has not. During this time he has achieved an enviable reputation for telling things the way they are. He has also been regularly published in both the USA in Undercurrent Magazine and in Scandinavia in DYK. He lives in West London with his second wife and two teenage daughters while his grown-up son left home to pursue a career in the sound recording industry some years previously.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part One Animal Encounters

Close Call with a Humpback Whale 3

White-tips at Night 7

Lord Tebbit and the Turtle 11

The Amazing Frogfish 14

The Amorous Elephant Seal 17

Galapagos Whale Sharks 20

Liberty in Bali 23

This Dugong Don’t Care 27

Fish ’n’ Chips at Ribbon Reef No. 10 30

Manta in the Mist 34

Why Dolphins Smile 37

Part Two Interesting Characters and Difficult Moments Life in the Fast Lane 43

The Mystery of Commander Crabb 47

The Black Hole of Andros 51

The Officer Diver 56

The Voyages of the Lady Jenny V 59

Scary Times in the Red Sea 63

Fantasy Island One 67

Fantasy Island Two 71

The Old Man of the Sea 74

Part Three Deep Diving The Britannic 81

The Call of the Wah! Wah! 87

On Your Marks in the Race for Depth 91

Dave Shaw’s Very Deep Cave Dive 95

Part Four Famous Wrecks and Other Adventures Airacobra in Hansa Bay 101

A British Destroyer Sunk 104

USS Saratoga CV3 108

Diving the Titanic 112

Don Pedro 115

The Dunraven and T. E. Lawrence 118

Gallipoli Wars 122

The Iro and Ishikawa 128

The Discovery of the Mary Rose 132

The Thistlegorm 136

Part Five Dangerous Animals Conger Attack! 141

A Lot of Bull 145

The Danger of Lionfish 151

The Terror of the Irukandji 154

Mauled by a Dinosaur! 157

Part Six Near Misses and the Not So Near Left Stranded in the Sea 163

Shark in the Net 167

Free Ascent 170

An Interesting Interlude 173

Currents and Dragons 176

The BFR and a Waterfall 179

Lost off Bognor Regis 182

Rogue RIB 186

Stuck by Starlight 190

Part Seven Shark Infested Waters Nick’s Best Dive 195

Diving with Some Bite 199

Bitten by Sharks 203

Face off a Tiger 207

Tonic Immobility 211

Part Eight Tragedies

The Tragic Death of David Graves 217

Bret Gilliam and the Shark Attack 222

Trapped! 225

The Rising Tide 229

The Fatal Lures of Depth and Fame 233

In Search of Free-Diving Records 238

Part Nine Treasure Seekers and Finders

Pin Money and King Henry VIII 245

Blue Hole Diving 249

An Archaeological Find 253

El Bajo and the Lost Video Camera 258

Real Treasure 262

Product Details

ISBN:
9781119969297
Subtitle:
Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea
Publisher:
*Wiley Nautical
Author:
Bantin, John
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
amazing diving stories, deep sea diving, tales from the sea, diving adventures, sea, watersports
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Subject:
amazing diving stories, deep sea diving, tales from the sea, di
Subject:
ving adventures, sea, watersports
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120809
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
229 x 152 mm

Related Subjects

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Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Water Sports » Scuba Diving
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Water Sports » Swimming
Transportation » Nautical » Sailing

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Product details 280 pages Wiley Nautical - English 9781119969297 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , FREE ASCENT
The novice diver swam calmly over to his buddy, signalling clearly that he had no air. To his horror, his buddy looked him in the eye, gave him a thumbs-up signal and slipped away into the murk…

BLUE HOLE DIVING
This was the treasure that they had come for… It was a cathedral dressed in white marble.  Everywhere they shone their lights revealed more of what few people had ever cast their eyes upon. 

LEFT STRANDED
“Monday Jan 26. To anyone who can help us. We have been abandoned at Agincourt Reef by mv. Outer Edge Jan 98 3pm. Please come to rescue us before we die. Help!!!”

MAULED BY A DINOSAUR!
From a distance, the dive-guide saw the crocodile sinking back down, swinging its head from side to side, shaking David like a puppet in its jaws.

"Synopsis" by , A collection of thrilling diving stories

There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Each tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of divers everywhere and some are illustrated with colour photographs.

Take the plunge and read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Sea's most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers' lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub–aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life.

The exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport, and some are even brought to life by the author's photography. This global tour takes you everywhere: from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves.

Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading – or a wonderful gift – for divers everywhere.

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