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COMMERCIAL,
TECHNICAL DIVING & MIXED GAS DIVING
includes PROFESSIONAL & POLICE DIVING
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This section includes mixed gas and nitrox diving, commercial and professional diving, and aspects of technical and advanced recreational diving. See also Sport Diving.

 
THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL DIVING
Steven M. Barsky and Robert W. Christensen.
An excellent introductory guide to commecial diving, covering a range of topics that will assist the experienced commercial diver, and provide a basic understanding of what is required for anyone contemplating a career as a commercial diver. Chapters include: an Intro to Commercial Diving, Training to be a Commecial Diver, the Pysiology of Commercial Diving, Modes of Diving, Risks, Equipment, Employment, Working as a Commercial Diver, Rigging for the Commercial Diver, Working as a Diving Supervisor, the Future of Commercial Diving. Each chapter ends with a few pages of ‘true tales from... the North Sea (for example)'. Softcover, medium format, 160 pages, mono photographs and drawings, bibliography, appendix of a field neurological exam, index. 
$54.00
NOAA DIVING MANUAL. 
Diving for Science and Technology. Fourth Edition. 2001. 
US Department of Commerce. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
The most respected and authoritative work on diving, now in a new edition after ten years. Twenty-one chapters, ten appendicies, hundreds of photographs, drawings, charts and tables. Covers the full range of diving knowledge: physics and physiology, self-contained air supply and surface supply, procedures for scientific diving, polluted-water diving, nitrox, mixed gas and rebreathers, habitats, saturation treatment - you name it, it's there. Extremely valuable to the instructor, dive leader and serious diver. 
Hardcover (laminated boards), A4 size, approx 800 pages.$240.00. 
No longer available through us. May still be in print.
ADVANCED WRECK DIVING
Gary Gentile. 
The Advanced Book covers wreck penetration, deep diving procedures, decompression, artefact recovery, preservation and restoration, photography and research. There is also an interesting section on catching lobsters - why I have no idea. Softcover, 136 pages, mono.
See also Primary Wreck Diving, below. $38.00
No longer available and believe out of print.
APPLICATION OF ENRICHED AIR MIXTURES (THE)
Edward A. Betts. 
Designed to be used as a training guide, the manual is a comprehensive guide to the use of oxygen-enriched air in diving. Chapters on development and use of enriched air mixtures, safety, pathophysiology of oxygen. 
A4 size, 128, comb-bound, still board covers. 
$45.00
BASIC DECOMPRESSION THEORY AND APPLICATION
By Bruce R. Wienke. 
The 2nd Edition has been extended and updated with new material. It takes all rudiments of decompression theory and phase mechanics to considerable depth, while focusing on diving applications in a historical perspective. The targeted audience is the commercial diver, hyperbaric scientist, doctor, technical diver, and instructor. Recent developements in diving tables, decompression meters, and decompression management software are presented. The 1st Edition of this publication was a sellout; second edition is much more detailed, and comprehensive.
Hardcover, 316 pags, many many calculations.$78.00 
COMMERCIAL DIVER TRAINING MANUAL.   New 5th edition.
Developed by the training departments of four leading commercial diving schools in the USA, specifically to enrich the trainee's classroom exercises and the applied phases of practical surface-supplied air diver training. Supplements the U.S. Navy Diving Manual and other textbooks. A superb training maanual for comercial and industrial divers. Used extensively in Australia for training to Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme standards where diving is used in the workplace. Approx 400 pages.
With stiff board covers in large metal spiral-type binding. $108.00
No longer available through us. Contact Best Publications  www.bestpub.com
DEEPER INTO DIVING. Second Edition. 
John Lippmann and Dr. Simon Mitchell. 
The first edition of this excellent book was published in 1990. This second edition is a complete re-write for the the experienced diver, the technical diver, dive instructor, other professionals using diving skills, and the diving doctor. It contains a mass of information on a wide variety of data that is not readily available in general diving texts. This book goes beyond the basics, hence its well rspected status into providing insight into diving physiology and various physical and  medical aspects of deeper diving. Divided into four sections: 1 - Physical, sensory, physiological. 2- Decompression systems. 3- Altitude considerations. 4- Technical and occupational diving. Appendices include the US Navy air diving tables, the Canadian DCIEM tables and the Buhlmann High Altitude tables. Instructor/author Stan Bugg writes, "I have read it virtually from cover to cover, and it is excellent value. It is concisely expressed, with a lot of complicated concepts explained simply,e.g. bubble formation, VPM, RGBM, origins of various deco algorithms. It is a very good summary of current thinking on deep diving." Softcover, 512 pages, mono prints, charts, tables.  $64.00
DIVING IN DARKNESS. 
Beneath Rock, Under Ice, Into Wrecks. 
Martyn Farr. 
Oh dear! Whatever happened to the quiet dive off the end of the jetty in twenty feet of calm warm waters. Thats about all I can handle, but as long as there is a place for my zimmer frame, then I'll give it a go. Is Martin Farr crazy? All this equipment, just to dive some of the most exciting and challenging sites in the world. Well, I guess I've answered my own question. Farr is no stranger to exotic and technical diving at its most competent, and his latest book continues his reputation as a top author. And its good to see Aussie divers and dive sites mentioned. It is difficult to categorise this book as it covers so much - part equipment and technique, part dive location, part adventure- and a very sensible ‘final comment' from such an experienced diver - covered in twelve chapters. The book is predominantly "under rock", ie cave and sinkhole diving, with a section on ice and wrecks. Superbly produced, with full colour throughout, Diving in Darkness will educate and encourage the diver in a very specialist and most rewarding aspect of diving. The stress is always on safety - indeed, there is a valuable chapter just on ‘Stress' - and will no doubt lie next to Farr's The Darkness Beckons as one of the finest books on specialist diving. A must for all cave and wreck divers, and anyone interested in something different and challenging in a dive. Oh well, back to the jetty for me. Softcover, many exceptional colour photographs throughout, 126 pages, index, glossary. $58.00
DIVING IN HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS
Steven Barsky. New 4th Edition. 
This is an important book for the professional diving in unusual commercial circumstances. Chapters cover diving in contaminated waters, be it due to explosives, natural bacterias, chemicals, poisons or even nuclear wastes. It thus concerns itself with totaly body-enclosed suits and helmets, and various surface-supplied and self-contained breathing equipment. (There is an extensive section on a range off commercial face masks). Dive planning and technique is covered in some detail.  The author is an ex North Sea diver. The book is accepted as the standard on the subject. Covers the use of full-face masks, wireless communication, surface-supplied diving, dry suits, contaminated water diving and diving in extreme conditions. This greatly revised fourth edition has more than forty pages than the 3rd edition (picture right).
Softcover, 254 pages, many mono photographs and drawings. 
$64.00
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNDERWATER INVESTIGATIONS.
Robert Teather, Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 
This is a specialist book directed at police officers, the military, insurance investigators and anyone concerned with search and rescue. To the layman the photographs may have a morbid fascination but this is not a book for the casual diver - although it does give a detailed explanation as to what to expect and what to do in the case of marine deaths. Chapters such as Drowning - What Really Happens; Body Recovery; Scuba Fatality - Accident Investigation - are important knowledge for the dive leader but the remaining information is the prerogative of the qualified investigator: Investigation of Death; Recovery of Skeletal Remains; Firearms, Aircraft, Vehicle Recovery; Court testimony, Collection and Types of Evidence. A valuable book for the professional. Metal spiral bound, board covers, A4 size, 185 pages, many colour photographs and diagrams.$94.00
No longer available through us.
INVESTIGATING RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL DIVING ACCIDENTS
Steven M. Barsky, and Tom Neuman.
From the blurb: Investigating Recreational and Commercial Diving Accidents is a must read for anyone who investigates recreational, technical, professional, or commercial diving accidents. This book explores the human interactions that must take place when a diving accident is investigated. It is an important reference for anyone who is professionally employed in the diving business, as well as anyone employed in risk management, law enforcement, and other governmental agencies. Some of the unique information in the book includes: Information on the various modes of diving; Detailed coverage of every type of diving gear; Physiological factors in diving accidents; Talents of the dive accident investigator; Tools used by the dive accident investigator ; How to prepare for an investigation; How to conduct an investigation; Inspecting dive accident sites; How to investigate a sport diving accident; Professional diving accidents; Commercial diving accidents; Report preparation; Trial testimony. Both authors have extensive experience in investigating and treating diving accidents. Steven M. Barsky is a former commercial diver, a recreational diving instructor, and a full time consultant in diving. Tom Neuman, M.D., FACP, FACPM, is a former Navy diver, past president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and director of the University of California at San Diego Hyperbaric Medical facility. Softcover, 236 pages, medium format, many mono photographs and charts, bibliography, index. $42.00.
EXPLORING THE DEEP Michael Welham. 
Hardcover,  dw, 208p, full colour, medium format.A fascinating book - covers the military and commercial  explorationof the sea, saturation diving, ROVs, 'autonomous submersibles', DWRVs, atmospheric suits and small submarines. The author has been involved inmilitary and sub-sea  operations for 25 years and is an authorityon the subject. 
Well illustrated with over 200  photographs, somecolour plates.
$45.00
Sorry, no longer available and oput of print.
INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF MIXED GAS DIVING.
Theory, Technique, Application.
Heinz K.J. Lettnin. 
Based on the training activities of the personnel at GKSS Research Centre Geesthact. Decompression and treatment procedures comprise a large part of the book. Only technical methods, not medical issues, are included. The book is directed to professional diving and offshore personnel as well as anyone intersted in the technical aspects of mixed-gas diving.
Softcover, 264 pages. $48.00
INTRODUCTION TO NITROX - Dick Rutkowski. 
What is Nitrox and who should use it. Explains the use of nitrogen-oxygen mixtures for the sport diver in simplified terms, covering physics, physiology and safety. An excellent guide to assist the diver in the decision to go onto Nitrox. 
A4 size, 50 pages, board covers.$29.00
No longer available and probably out of print.
MASTERING REBREATHERS - UNDERSTANDING REBREATHERS
Jeffrey E. Bozanic      .
Fourteen chapters and fourteen appendicies cover, I presume, all tyere is to known of rebreather systems. Not being personally familiar with the equipment (I am too old and too committed to the desk to learn), I can only take advice from others more experienced than I, and to this end, the author has produced an excellent book. Subject matter includes the equipment, diving physics and physiology, dive preparation and technique, post-dive procedures, maintenance, emergency procedures, and an interesting chapter on travel - ‘when travelling by camel, be sure breathing hose ports are blocked to prevent fleas from entering brathing loop' - fair dinkum. A must-read for anyone into technical diving, which seems to be the way to go nowadays, if you can afford it.
Hardcover (laminated boards), 548 pages, full colour throughout, many charts and tables. $74.00 
No longer available from us but try Best Publications  www.bestpub.com
MUD, MUSCLES AND MIRACLES 
Marine Salvage in the United States Navy. 
Captain C.A.Bartholomew.
Government Printing Office, 1990 first edition. 
Hardcover, blue cloth boards embossed in gold with title and emblem of US Navy; dustkacket; 504 pages, vewry well illustrated in mono photographys throughout, index, bibliography, appendicies. 
Synopsis:  By the start of the 20th century, the U.S. Navy had developed a fledgling salvage capability. Today, under the aegis of the Supervisor of Salvage, the Navy routinely handles assignments around the world, guarding U.S. naval and maritime interests and responding to requests for assistance from our allies. "Mud, Muscle, and Miracles "takes its reader on a journey through the evolution of salvage--from the construction of a cofferdam to reveal battleship "Maine"at the bottom of Havana harbor in 1911 to the use of side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles to recover aircraft debris and complete vessels from the depths. The story is one of masterful seamanship, incomparable engineering, and absolute ingenuity and courage. It is also the history of one of our nation's longest-lasting public-private partnerships--that of the commercial salvage industry and the U.S. Navy. The second edition updates U.S. Navy salvage history through the beginning of the 21st century and chronicles 18 additional, precedent-setting marine salvage and deep-ocean recovery operations. $75.00  Just the one copy available. 

PHYSICS FOR COMMERCIAL DIVERS
Paul Williams.
 Covers direct equations and tables for all aspects of commercial diving, but predominantly gas physics, use of mkixed gases, cmaber operation, diving bells, and a section on lifting (weight and thrust). The chapter ‘Physics of Disaster' covers brath holding, bad air, vhamber blow up and down, fire. Twelve Appendicies provide equations and tables. 
Softcover, large A4 size, 204 pages. $78.00 
Sorry, no longer available but suggest:

BASIC DIVING PHYSICS AND APPLICATIONS.
Bruce R.Wienke. 
The author is section head in the Applied Theoretical Physics Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has a Masters in nuclear physics. The book covers more than just the basics and would be useful for all instructors,advanced divers, and commercial and professional divers. Topics include the usual theory of diving physics but also extends deeper into molecular transactions and biophysics. Softcover, 320 pages. 
$46.00

PRIMARY WRECK DIVING GUIDE
Gary Gentile. 
The Primary book is aimed at the general sport diver who likes to dive on shipwrecks, and includes such topics as the anatomy of a shipwreck, equipment and gearing up, physical protection, the art of shipwreck diving, photography, stings and things, survival aat sea, medical, and - a chapter on women divers. Softcover, 160 pages, colour. $38.00 
RECREATIONAL NITROX DIVING. 
Robert N. Rossier. 
An excellent authoritative primer into the subject, with coverage of physics and physiology, oxygen toxicity and limits, safety and procedures, equipment, and planning. Includes latest NOAA oxygen limits. This book will give you the necessary introduction to Nitrox diving which is not of course a subsstitute for professional training. 
Softcover, 82 pages, mono prints. $32.00
RECREATIONAL NITROX GAS BLENDING MANUAL
Bart Bjorkman. 
Specifically for those involved in mixed gas blending with three objectives - to direct the operator in the safe methods of blending Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx), to inform the user as to what types of blending systems are currently available, and to provide the best return on investment for your situation. As more divers understand the benefits of using nitrox, the need for a rady supply of the gas mix increases. Chapters include: Oxygen, Oxygen Cleaning, Oxygen Compatitbl Air, Gas Blending Methods, Gas Mixing Formulae. Includes a Nitrox Partial Prssure Fill Chart. $32.00
REDUCED GRADIENT BUBBLE MODEL IN DEPTH
Bruce R. Wienke. 
The intent of this book is to present a working view of the reduced gradient bubble model (RGBM), decompression mechanics, and applications to technical diving. It is directed to the reader with some rudimentary understanding of decompression. Some have called it a revolution in modern diving. The RGBM has already gained widespread acceptance and popularity with growth in prominence, particularly in the deep, decompression, and mixed gas sectors. This is due to released Tables (NAUI's), meter implementations, computer software, testing, validation, and wholesale positive results and feedback by real divers across all venues.
Hardcover, 96 pages, many charts and calculations. $56.00.
SCIENTIFIC DIVING TECHNIQUES
A Practical Guide for the Research Diver.
John N. Heine. 
Seven chapters and appendicies covering General Scientific Diving Guidelines, Aquatic Habitats and Ecosystems, specialised equipment, locating, mapping sites, mesuring physics, biotic factors and sampling, undrwater photography. Obviously for the professional scientific and research diver working on marine science related prrojects. Hardcover, laminated boards, 226 pages, full colour throughout.Extensive bibliography at end of each chapter. 
Available but check price first: around $100.
Also available:
SCIENTIFIC DIVING - A GENERAL CODE OF PRACTICE   $120.00
Edited by N.C.Fleming and M.D.Max. Important text. British authors.
Sorry, both of these no longer available from us.
TECHNICAL DIVING FROM THE BOTTOM UP
A Guide to Advanced Diving Techniques. Kevin Gurr. 
Forewords by Richard Pyle and Tom Mount.
The author is a a leading technical diving, the first outside the USA, (he is based in the UK), and internationally recognised for his technical expertise, dive leadership, and engineering design. His involvement with early rebreather systems led to the production of the world's first mixed-gas dive computer. The book, which has become a technical standard for mixed-gas and rebrather equipment, contains chapters on phychology, equipment, gases, gas properties and mixing, the maths required, ‘skills and drills', respiratory system and the body, decompression, dehydration and thermal considerations, diver propulsion vehicles, operationa; safety, rebreathers... and many many more. A most important work for the dedicated technical diver - which means all technical divers. 
Softcover, 252 pages, large A4 size, mono and colour prints. $96.00
Note: Is currently out of print but due to be reprinted. 
TECHNICAL DIVING IN DEPTH. 
Bruce R.Wienke. 
Don't even think of this book unless you have a pretty good knowledhe of mathematics. It is aimed at the very serious technical and commercial diver, instructors and physicians, engineers and bilogists. Topics include thermodynamics, pressure and density, gass kinetics, free and dissolved phase transfer, enerygy and maatter interactions, nucleation and cavitation, oxygen dose mixtures, buoyancy, maladies and drugs, waves and currents, oceanography and geophysics, solar energy and radiaation - and much more. Good grief, if we had to know all of this there would be very few recreational divers around. 
Hardcover, 428 pages, many mono photos, drawings, graphs and charts. $120
Sorry, no longer avilable from us.
THE INTRODUCTION TO ENRICHED AIR DIVING
Edward A. Betts. 
A manual to provide the knowledge and technology necessary to use (oxygen) enriched air mixtures. In terms of the physical size of the book, the cost seems excessive, but it sells in the US for $43.00 US dollars so I suppose it is the information that you pay for. A4 size, 64 pages. $45.00 
PROFESSSIONAL DIVER'S HANDBOOK  - Third Edition, 2011.
Editor John Bevan. Produced by Submex, the international underwater consultancy company.
Not being a commercial diver, I can only rely on comment from those who are better familiar with the value of its content. Considering the publisher and author, that in itself is adequate endorsement, but its acceptance by professional divers is a better indication. The fifteen sections cover such topics as offshore diving, inspection diving, applied techniques, operational equipment, submersibles, chamber operation, explosives, gas analysis and hazards, diving equipment, communications, marine fouling, navigation, weather and sea, health and safety, rescue, regulations et al. The line drawings are detailed and provide excellent examples of the instruction provided. A valuable text for all commercial divers, and those interested in taking up the profession. Limp-bound, heavy plastic sleeve protection, A4 size, 370 pages, numerous diagrams, some colour in charts, index, glossary. 
Note: The first edition of this authoritive book was published by Submex in 1982, with editor David Sisman. $105.00 
Sorry, no longer available from us. Contact Submex, annbevan@submex.co.uk
THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO REBREATHER DIVING.
Steve Barsky, Mark Thirlow and Mike Ward. 
Includes both semi-closed circuit and full closed circuit systems. Rebreathers are not new, but their use for sport divers has only gained interest in the past few years. As Barsky indicated in large letters, "Diving with a rebreather presents more risks than diving with open circuit equipment", and goes on to indicate those risks, whilst educating and encouraging the use of the equipment in well trained hands. This book is not a ‘do-it-yourself' kit, and the use of rebreathers should only be after adequate classroom and ocean training. Subjects covered include a brief history (fascinating), applications, hazards, equipment - full closed and semi-closed; and even tips for the buyer. An absolute must for anyone, particularly the instructor and advanced diver, wishing to keep up to date with new (and enhanced) technology. 
Softcover, 228 pages, colour. $58.00
No longer available and out of print.
THE TECHNICAL DIVING HANDBOOK. 
Gary Gentile. 
Technical diving has come of age. Underwater explorers can now share the benefits of space-age spin-off hardware and developing decompression methodologies. The present volume incorporates recent innovations that were unavailable until only a few years ago. Acquaint yourself now with such new and exciting devices as the programmable nitrox wrist decompression computer, the personal computer interface, the hoseless pressure gauge, a heads-up mask display, decompression software for laptops, a submersible electric heating pad, and more. Also included in this handbook are equations and tips for blending nitrox, trimix, heliox, and heliair; instructions on how to build an in-water oxygen decompression station; the procedures and the chemicals needed to clean tanks, valves, and regulators for oxygen service; and a complete chapter on how to plan and conduct expedition style mix-gas diving operations. Large Format, 192 pages, 125 color photos, 12 tables, 12 equations, fully indexed. 
Was $84.00 , now $72.00
THE TECHNICAL GUIDE TO GAS BLENDING. 
Nicos Raftis.
This book assists in evaluating and selecting the most appropriate blending method; the planning and execution of blending, the preparation of equipment, and safety aspects. ‘The author takes a scientific approach in every logic, explaining the subject matter from first principles. Long-standing, erroneous assumptions are challenged and critical thinking is encouraged throughout the text'. Sections include the responsibility of the gas blender, establishing a station, generating clean air, mixing procedures and gas analysis, trimix blending. 
Softcover, 160 pages, mono photographs and charts. $34.00
ULTIMATE WRECK DIVING GUIDE
Gary Gentile. 
Replaced by THE TECHNICAL DIVING HANDBOOK, above
UNDERWATER CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - A Guide for Law Enforcement
From the  blurb: This text not only provides an overview of underwater crime scene investigation but more importantly breaks down every detail of thorough organizing, evaluating, and effective crime scene reporting, as well as the processes and procedures required for professional crime inquiry. The authors, Thomas B. Kelley, H. Dale Nute, Michael A. Zinszer, Mark Feulner, Gregg Stanton, William Charlton, Jr., Joerg Hess, Terry Roy Johnson, and Kenneth McDonald are from Florida State University - Panama City School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and have collaborated to bring professionals in the field this invaluable reference and basic "how to" guide to underwater crime scene investigation. From initial response to promulgation, this text covers everything professionals working in the field need to know, including initial response, pre-search organization, site investigative operations, post-search evaluation, and promulgation. Arranged with colorful and informative photos, and easy-to-copy forms, Underwater Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement is certain to become the leading reference textbook in this specialized field and in all training programs. Light board cover, spiral bound, 90 pages. $66.00
No longer available from us. Try Best Publications  www.bestpub.com
U.S.NAVY DIVING MANUAL
For many decades the US Navy Diving Manual has been the ultimate reference source for the diver. It is now available for the first time as a complete book. Potential readers may feel challenged by the sheer size of the work. At over 950 A4 pages the book is unsurpassed in technical detail and depth. As the ultimate diving reference work the book contains everything you ever wanted to know about diving and many aspects that you could never imagine! The manual is however surprisingly easy to read. The volumes contained in this one book are as follows:-
Volume 1: Diving Principles and Policies 
Volume 2: Air Diving Operations 
Volume 3: Mixed Gas Surface Supplied Diving Operations 
Volume 4: Closed Circuit and Semiclosed Circuit Diving Operations 
Volume 5: Diving Medicine and Recompression Chamber Operations
These volumes mean that despite the books size the individual volumes make for user friendly reading. Each section has been extensively researched and is widely regarded as the technical standard for diving information and procedures. The manual is easily referenced and used internationally by recreational, commercial, and military divers because of its authoritative and approved procedures. 
This 6th Revision contains the most up to date decompression tables, and techniques for avoiding decompression sickness. This manual is a must for all serious divers. Hardback, 950 pages. $248.00.
No longer available from us.
U.S.NAVY DIVING MANUAL VOL 2. 
Volume 2 covers mixed-gas diving procedures. Loose-leaf in special binder.
$40.00
31 May 2013
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