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The Certified Diver's Handbook By Clay Coleman

The Certified Diver's Handbook
by Clay Coleman

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Offers an advice and information you need to make diving. This guide presents facts and suggestions on things from equipment, safety, and rescue procedures to techniques for shore diving, drift diving, night diving, and much more. It helps to learn how to take responsibility for your dive planning and your safety underwater.
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The Certified Diver's Handbook by Clay Coleman

Declare your diving independence. Now that you've got your diver's certification, make the most of it! "The Certified Diver's Handbook" supplies all the advice and information you need to make diving an ongoing and rewarding part of your life. This definitive, real-world guide is packed with helpful facts and suggestions on everything from equipment, safety, and rescue procedures to techniques for shore diving, drift diving, night diving, and much more. You'll learn how to take responsibility for your dive planning and your safety underwater.You'll also find: advice on renting or buying the best equipment at the best price; tips on using and maintaining masks, tanks, regulators, and exposure suits; techniques for underwater navigation in changing conditions; strategies for avoiding underwater injuries and illness; the information you need to read wind, waves, currents, and weather; tips on great U.S. and international dive sites; the fundamentals of underwater photography; and much more.With "The Certified Diver's Handbook", you can become an active, independent diver and make diving not just a special event, but a way of life. 'From masks to valve regulators, from rip tides to thermoclines, from fireworms to sharks - Clay overlooks nothing! You've never been through such a comprehensive course' - Humberto Fontova, author, "The Helldivers' Rodeo: A Deadly, Extreme, Scuba-Diving, Spear Fishing Adventure Amid the Offshore Oil-Platforms in the Murky Waters of the Gulf of Mexico".'Finally a book written by a diver who loves the sport and manages to get his message across in an entertaining way' - Chuck Nicklin, cofounder of The Dive Locker, Emmy - award winning underwater cinematographer. 'You won't find a more comprehensive, easy-to-read book about diving. This is a must-have for divers of all experience levels' - Bonnie J. Cardone, former editor of "Skin Diver" magazine, editor of "The Fireside Diver: An Anthology of Underwater Adventure". Clay Coleman, shown here in the Caribbean with his wife and dive buddy Sharon Coleman, began diving, photographing, and spearfishing beneath the oil rigs off the coast of his native Louisiana in 1973. A member of the Louisiana State Bar since 1979, his first article appeared in Sport Diver magazine in 1994.His writing and photographs have been published in numerous diving, conservation, and boating magazines.

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About Clay Coleman

Clay Coleman has been scuba diving since 1973. He's been working as a freelance photojournalist for national magazines since 1994. The publications he has worked for include: Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, and Boating Life. Additionally, he has written for The Louisiana Conservationist, a bi-monthly publication of the Louisiana State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. His exploits as a Gulf diver and spear fisherman were included in the recently published The Helldiver's Rodeo, by Humberto Fontova (M. Evans & Co., 2001). A member of the Louisiana State Bar since 1979, Clay is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, LA, where he lives with his wife and two sons. HOMETOWN: Baton Rouge, LA

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Switching Attitude GearsDiving as a LifestylePursuing Your Own InterestsA Realistic Assessment of RiskA Realistic Assessment of CostChapter 2: EquipmentMasks, Fins, and SnorkelsDive KnifeRegulatorsBuoyancy CompensatorsDepth GaugesDive ComputersExposure SuitsTanksWeights and Weight BeltsDive BagsChapter 3: Gear MaintenanceMaskRegulatorSubmersible Pressure GaugeComputerBuoyancy CompensatorTanksChapter 4: Gadgets That Work, and Good IdeasHose and Gauge RetainersClip SystemsDive LightsDive SlatesPlastic TiesClip-On WeightsSpare AirMoldable MouthpiecesSafety SausagesDry BoxesDry BagsMedical Dive InsuranceDive Equipment InsuranceChapter 5: How to Buy EquipmentBuying New GearBuying Used GearPersonalizing Your GearChapter 6: Kindred Spirits and First TripsFinding Dive BuddiesWhere to GoChapter 7: An Introduction to Mother Ocean: Water Weight and DensityThe Characteristics of Ocean WaterHow Water Density Affects LightHow Water Density Affects SoundChapter 8: The Weather: Wind and Waves, Storms, Tides, and CurrentsWind and WavesThunderstormsCurrentsChapter 9: The Marine EnvironmentOrganization of the OceanThe Four Life-FormsAnatomy of a Coral ReefSpooky and Potentially Hazardous Marine AnimalsChapter 10: Going DivingDiving from Charter BoatsDiving from Privately Owned BoatsDiving from ShoreDrift DivingNight DivingChapter 11: Staying Out of TroubleUnderwater NavigationBuddy ProblemsChapter 12: When a Good Thing Goes Bad: Basic Rescue Procedures and Diver ProblemsRational-Patient Surface AssistPassive-Patient and Panicky-Patient Surface RescueUnconscious-Patient Surface RescueUnconscious Patient on the BottomDecompression SicknessLung Overpressure InjuriesSome Problems of Breathing under PressureHypothermiaHyperthermiaChapter 13: Diving in the United StatesRoad TripThe Gulf CoastThe East CoastThe Great LakesThe West CoastInland USA: A Place Near YouChapter 14: International Dive TravelGetting ThereWhere to GoAppendix: Underwater PhotographyResourcesIndex

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The Certified Diver's Handbook by Clay Coleman
Clay Coleman
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