|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
(Books on) Diving Equipment.
The books listed here are solely to do with diving equipment, irrespective
of era or type.
See also Instruction Manuals.
|Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.|
Published by: The Dive Information Company, Bigging Hill, UK in 2003.
Printed soft covers; 142 printed pages. (Each chapter is numbered from page 1)
Dimensions: 21 cms tall by 15 cms wide.
This book attempts to explain the myths and facts behind personal dive computers (PDC’s) and other related decompression questions. It starts with a “potted” history of diving and even has a history of the development of dive computers from the mechanical Foxboro Decomputer Mk 1 (1955) and the better known SOS Decompression Metre (c1960) to the development of the modern PDC. The book is divided into 13 chapters: “In the Beginning”, “Traditional Decompression”, “Physiology and Gas Movement”, “Women and Decompression”, “Personal Decompression Computers”, “DCI Avoidance Strategies”, “Multi-Level PDC Assisted Diving”, “Dive Planning (Gas)”, “An Introduction to SomeAlternative Decompression Systems”, “Risk Assessment”, “DCI Recognition, First Aid and Treatment”, “Practical Decompression (In the Real World)” and “ Round Up”. Extremely well illustrated throughout with coloured photographs and drawings. [pt]
EQUIPMENT CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Michael Farley & Charles Royer
First published By: Marcor Publishing, Port Hueneme, USA in 1980. Many later editions.
Card covers with 176 printed pages. Dimensions: 23 cms tall by 15 cms wide.
Extremely well illustrated with line drawings and monochrome photographs.
This softback book gives a good general overview of equipment care and storage. Written in the era when regulators were both twin hose as well as single hoseand buoyancy compensators were “horse collars” (Fenzies), a lot of the advice given still holds today. It is broken down into chapters dealing with equipment: “Mask, Snorkel and Fins”, “Wet Suits”, “Tanks Valves and Backpacks”, “Regulators”, “Buoyancy Compensators”, “Underwater Gauges”, “Spearguns”, “Diving Knives”, “Weight Systems”, “Underwater Dive Lights”, “Underwater Photography Equipment”, “Foor Travelling Divers” and finally “Pritect Your Investment”.
I don’t think I would like to use this book to help service a modern regulator but the example regulator shown in the relevant section is a Dacor single hose. [pt].[ps]
Australian Diving Technology the World Copied.
Des Walters, Des Williams, Melven Brown and Tony Gregory.
Privately published by the authors, 2009.
Forget about that French chap Cousteau - what about our own true-blue Aussie Ted Eldridge, the man behind the Porpoise regulator, the world's first single-hose regulator, its uniqueness of the single hose resulting from the design of the two-staage pressure reduction system that is now in common use with standard compressed-air sport divers. Ted commenced building his unit in Melbourne in 1948, built the first prototype a year later, registered the ‘Porpoise' name a year after that and set to marketing the unit in 1952. One could say, the rest is history, but there were of course many design changes. Early models are of course a collectors item - no wonder that the authors, members of the Historic Diving Society - South-East Asia-Pacific, took it on themselves to record the development of the Porpoise with biographic details on Ted Eldridge and the development of diving in Australia. The book is exceptionally well researched, a fascinating read especially for those of a technical and inquisitive mind - an exceptional contribution to the preservation of our diving history. It is well illustrated with mono photographs, drawings and charts - including some fascinating early advertisements. Softcover, A4 size, mono photographs.
Note: sadly, Ted Eldridge died in 2005 and did not see the book to which he contributed so generously. The Historic Diving Society has created the Ted Eldridge Award to be presented to a member of the organisation who meets specific criteria regarding their contribution to the presentation and preserbation of our diving history. [ps]
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