Scuba Diving: Official Instructional Manual of the YMCA of the USA

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Learning what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is essential in underwater sports. Scuba Diving provides a clear, thorough, and captivating educational experience for all who want to take the plunge. Packed with beautiful, full-color photographs and detailed diving instruction, this newest edition of the popular resource is the preferred guide for recreational divers, diving instructors, and students.

Dennis Graver spells out the essential details of diving with clear ...

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Overview

Learning what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is essential in underwater sports. Scuba Diving provides a clear, thorough, and captivating educational experience for all who want to take the plunge. Packed with beautiful, full-color photographs and detailed diving instruction, this newest edition of the popular resource is the preferred guide for recreational divers, diving instructors, and students.

Dennis Graver spells out the essential details of diving with clear instruction on diving equipment, skills, and planning. An expanded lifesaving section and new sections on diving history, boat diving procedures, use of computers, dive tables, and buddy check procedures are also included. Beautiful photos take you under the waves to experience the thrills of an underwater adventure unlike anything else.

Whether you're a beginning or intermediate diver or a diving instructor, you'll enjoy the thorough instruction in this guide. Scuba Diving is the official manual of the global YMCA Scuba Diving Program. See why thousands of YMCA facilities in the United States and around the world have made this the diving instruction book of choice. Don't go under the water without getting your hands on this book!

An internationally recognized scuba diving educator presents the most complete text ever written on diving fundamentals and current topics. Graver also covers modern environmental concerns, equipment needed for various water types, the risks and hazards of diving, and more. 78 color photographs and 47 line drawings.

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Library Journal
Graver easily achieves his stated goal ``to create the most complete, up-to-date text available for entry-level scuba diving and to improve diving safety through education.'' Study guides in the margins of the text prompt the reader to constantly focus on important points, and the writing provides in-depth elaboration and direction--for the more advanced scuba information seeker--on topics such as equipment, management of physical problems during a dive, the aquatic environment, and general planning in preparation for dives. Appendixes include lists of diver training organizations, the tenets of the ``Responsible Diver Code,'' and equipment inventory. The book serves dual roles as student text and basic introduction. Recommended, especially if your collection is limited to a single title in this subject area.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
School Library Journal
YA-A colorfully illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive guide to this appealing sport. It covers all aspects of diving from equipment selection and maintenance to the risks and hazards involved. Included are easy-to-read charts and clear explanations about relevant scientific concepts such as buoyancy, gas pressure, and dive tables. Teens will enjoy this book even if they don't go near the water.
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An introduction to diving with 125 detailed photos and drawings (many in color). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736045391
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2003
  • Edition description: 3rd
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

With over a quarter-century of experience as a scuba instructor and instructor trainer, Dennis Graver has authored 27 books and manuals on the subject of scuba diving. In his position as director of training for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), he designed the PADI modular scuba course and wrote the PADI Dive Manual, which revolutionized scuba instruction. During his tenure as director of education for the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Graver wrote the NAUI Openwater I Scuba Diver Course Instructor Guide as well as several other diving texts. He has also contributed hundreds of articles on diving to such magazines as Skin Diver, Sources, and Undercurrents as well as several NAUI technical publications.

From the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt to the barrier reefs of Australia, Graver has spent the past 32 years photographing the wonders under the water. He has won numerous awards from the Underwater Photographic Society, and his photos have graced the covers of many magazines and illustrated several diving texts and audiovisual educational programs.

Graver has greatly influenced scuba diving with his development of a dive table multilevel diving technique for recreational diving and a breathing mask technique for diving rescue. He also has designed the NAUI Dive Time Calculator and the first PADI dive tables.

Graver is currently a member of NAUI, the Handicapped Scuba Association, and the Divers Alert Network. Dennis and his wife, Barbara, reside in Camano Island, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Diving Into Scuba
Chapter 2. Diving Equipment
Chapter 3. Diving Skills
Chapter 4. Diving Science
Chapter 5. Diving Adaptations
Chapter 6. Dive Planning
Chapter 7. Diving Environment
Chapter 8. Diving Opportunities

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