Synopses & Reviews
For millions of Americans, diving offers the chance to get away from everyday life and enter a world of stunning natural beauty and fascinating complexity. And getting started is a breeze! Anyone can learn to dive safely and explore the world’s wondrous oceans – all it takes is a little training and basic equipment.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies presents all the fundamentals for anyone interested in getting dive certified or just looking for good snorkeling while on vacation. Written by PADI-Certified diver John Newman, this friendly guide covers everything you need to know to:
- Get certified
- Plan a great diving trip
- Save money on equipment
- Dive or snorkel safely
This user-friendly guide starts by helping you evaluate your underwater skills and walking you step by step through a typical certification program. Once you're certified, it helps you pick a dive site, purchase and set up your equipment, and take care of any fears you might have. Then you'll discover what to expect on your first dive – from which creatures are dangerous to how to protect fragile sea life. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies also covers these topics and more:
- Free diving
- Special breathing techniques
- Emergency procedures
- How to avoid the bends
- Handling dive anxiety
- The physics and chemistry of diving
- Staying healthy on dive trips
- Ocean ecosystems
- Rip tides and tidal waves
- Ten great dive destinations
In addition to beautiful full-color photography and all the information you need to plan a dive trip, the book also includes a handy appendix of dive organizations and publications, as well as a CD-ROM sampler from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Whether you're a novice diver or an old hand, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies is perfect for anyone who wants to see the beauty of the ocean from a fish's point of view.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
One of the world's fastest growing sports groups, scuba divers must understand and recall vital information, from the art of breathing to the mechanics of complex diving equipment. No one can remember it all from diving school! That's why this friendly, fun-to-read reference will become the bible of the briny deep -- from snorkeling novices to diving pros.
it inspires and instructs. I give it a top recommendation for anyone who's intrigued by our oceans' environments." Jean-Michel Cousteau "No secret handshakes or eyebrow-raised buzz words to dazzle you; just solid info with some fun thrown in." Gary P. Joyce, Editor, Sport Diver Magazine "If you've ever dreamed of diving into the world of undersea adventure, but weren't sure where to start, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies®
is the book for you!" John Cronin, CEO, PADI
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This friendly guide shows you how to dive right into snorkeling and scuba. Veteran diver John Newman leads you step-by-step through pre-dive fundamentals, explains what to expect when you're underwater, and describes options available to you after you get your feet wet. CD-ROM System Requirements: 486 or faster PC with Windows 3.1 or later; 4MB RAM; 256 color, 640x480 resolution display; Windows-compatible sound card; double-speed (2X) or faster CD-ROM drive; 25MB free hard drive space
Inside, Find In-Depth Advice on How to:
- Buy or rent the right equipment without going broke
- Get in the swim with masks, snorkels, fins, wetsuits, regulators, and tanks
- Understand what it takes to get certified the quick and easy way
- Snorkel and dive safely and stay cool in emergency situations
- Plan a trip to one of the twenty finest dive spots in the world
- Investigate advanced diving options from photography to cave exploration
About the Author
About the Author John Newman, a PADI-Certified diver, was the Editor and Art Director of Dive Travel magazine for ten years. He travels and dives all over the world and contributes regularly to Sport Diver magazine. John is also an avid surfer, waveskier, and kayaker who has won five Phelan Literary Awards for his fiction.
Table of Contents
PART I: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Chapter 1: The Lure of the Sea.
Chapter 2: Gearing Up.
Chapter 3: Breathing Lessons.
PART II: Making a Splash.
Chapter 4: Not Wet Yet.
Chapter 5: Getting Down.
Chapter 6: Physics and Physiology.
Chapter 7: Feelin' All Right.
PART III: Under the Sea.
Chapter 8: Ocean Reveries.
Chapter 9: What's Down There?
PART IV: The Wet Set.
Chapter 10: The Dive Traveler.
Chapter 11: Where in the Watery World?
Chapter 12: Keeping Up.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Great Snorkeling Adventures.
Chapter 14: Ten Rules of Safe Diving.
Chapter 15: Ten Great Dive Destinations.
Chapter 16: Ten Ways You Can Help to Save the Reefs.
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