Synopses & Reviews
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
A collection of thrilling diving stories
Amazing Diving Stories includes everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves, from stories of death and disaster to tales of bravery and triumph. Stunning color photographs bring these stories to life as you read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance or the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to prove that the sharks he studied were safe to swim with. From the stories of technical pioneers to quirky tales of undersea adventure, this book explores all the world's oceans and makes a wonderful gift for divers everywhere.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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
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