The Cave Divers

The Cave Divers

by Robert F. Burgess

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781881652113
Publisher: Aqua Quest Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Wookey Hole (England 1934)
Fountain of Vaucluse (France)
First U.S. cave dive (California)
Yucatan-1800's to present (Mexico)
Wakulla Springs 50's to present (Florida)
Otter Spring (Florida)
10,000-year-old man (Florida)
Warm Mineral Springs (Florida)
Bluebird Spring (Florida)
Huautla cave system (Mexico)
Cave archaeology
Blue holes (Bahamas)
Rebreathers
World record depths & distance
Lost but to God!

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The Cave Divers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cave Divers arrived through my letter box just as I was departing for a long-haul flight - always a good opportunity for some fairly uninterrupted reading. It proved to be an excellent choice of book. I don't care if the book is a reprint from 25 years ago - I will not be the only person to have missed it that time around and I am very glad I did not miss it again. As anyone who has ever been diving deep inside a Cave will know, this is not a sport for the faint-hearted and I have no difficulty in believing everything that is written. The Cave Divers traces the history of Cave Diving from the earliest beginnings - where explorers held their breath and plunged into freezing waters deep inside hitherto unexplored cave systems, through the era of tremendous discovery made possible by Scuba Diving equipment and right up to the advent of modern Rebreather systems. Combining his personal experience of over 50 years of diving with a very easy style of writing, the author has created a fascinating and readable account of the successes and failures that has made the sport of Cave Diving exactly what it is - one of the most advanced, technical and adventurous forms of diving available today. The book commences with various accounts of early adventurers such as; Count Begouen who discovered artefacts made by prehistoric man in the dry caves of the Pyres in 1913, Casteret who, in 1932, risked life and limb to plunge almost naked into a dark and icy abyss to make one of the most unique finds in the annals of discovery and exploration - and with nothing more than a candle and a box of matches, the very first attempts to explore the caves of Somerset in 1934 and a detailed account of how both Cousteau and Dumas came very close to death in the Fountain of Vaucluse in 1946. Chapter by chapter this book visits the important cave systems of the Bahamas, Europe, UK, USA and Venezuela as it explains many of the individual accomplishments made by the men and women who pioneered, expanded and continue to develop the sport of Cave Diving. In this way, the Author brings the reader through each significant milestone, contribution and innovation right up to the very latest in Rebreather systems before finally concluding with his own view of what the future holds. This book will be of interest to Cave Diver and non-Cave Diver alike - and invaluable for those contemplating taking up the sport. My only criticism is that it contains no mention whatsoever of the late Rob Palmer - who's own contribution was far from insignificant NM
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be another tech book by a well know cave diver. Not so! Engrossing! Reads as well as a good novel- can't wait to see how these pioneers solved the next problem. This is a book that touches a broad spectrum of society- courage, ethics, and the desire to discover the unknown carry the reader to the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if you're wearing weight-belts too, the author draws you down to join the feerless few who dare the hidden underwater depths. Very entertaining, but equally educational, which is helpful to us landlubbers who have only dreamt of clenching down on a regulator mouthpiece. The book covers the early days of aqua-spelunking right up through the present, touching on the evolving equipment and techniques, including a piece on the challenges and tricks of underwater photography. Great pictures and diagrams, and the stories are arranged such that it isn't necessary to read front to back. The reader can dive in anywhere and not get lost...which is more than can be said for some of the chapters' subjects. Either way, you'll enjoy reading every page. But beware of the bends!