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Best Scuba Diving Books

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A collection of recommended best scuba diving books, by divers, for divers. We bring together our favourite books from 20 years of diving all over the world. Books on scuba diving and books about diving, mostly factual, giving instruction, telling diving stories or highlighting best dive sites.

best books for scuba divers

Always look cool. That’s the first rule of scuba diving as taught to me by my instructor in Australia too many years ago.

When the diver in your life isn’t looking cool in a wetsuit, help them look cool by reading a great book.

These are some of our favourite and best scuba diving books, they come recommended by us. These are some of the best travel-related books out there!


Best Scuba Diving Books, Recommendations

The Fireside Diver

The Fireside Diver, a collection of short stories for scuba divers, some filled with adventure and danger, some happy and humorous. A great book, from some of the most famous diving authors. See it here.

The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths

They pushed it too far and paid the ultimate price as circumstances conspired to bring tragedy. This book gets inside the head of the adventure diver and is a story well told. See it here.

Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda – True Stories from a Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor

Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda – True Stories from a Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor was been billed as the funniest comedy travel book in years. See it here.

Diving into Darkness: A True Story of Death and Survival

Diving into Darkness: A True Story of Death and Survival tells a tale of extreme adventure diving in Africa. A cave diving exploration that ends in tragedy. See it here.

Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria. The Mount Everest of wreck diving, the Andrea Doria lies deep in the Atlantic. Like her Himalayan counterpart, she still takes lives. See it here.

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations. The title says it all! Diving experts from around the world share their favourite dive sites. See it here.

The Complete Diver; The History, Science and Practice of Scuba Diving

The Complete Diver; The History, Science and Practice of Scuba Diving. The complete guide to modern recreational scuba diving and a look at historical developments, marine science and the ongoing discovery of our oceans. See it here.

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We hope you can find a book for your scuba diver in our book collection.

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Dominic L Miller

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Hi there May I submit my new book about my uncle's remarkable diving career for review? Salvamar is a biographical novel detailing my uncle’s colourful life in recreational and commercial diving, set between 1970 and 1984. This included salvaging an undiscovered shipwreck out of Newhaven harbour (which the story increasingly revolves around – see attached article), swanning around Marseille or Brighton in his Maserati, surviving near fatal diving incidents and working up to 300m under the North Sea or Southern Atlantic. Despite the subject matter, I’ve tried to make the book as much fun and likeable as my uncle was; to this end, the book begins with him stealing his boat back from Spanish customs! And there is even a love story in there too.

Salvamar was written in consultation with the very kind assistance of former diving colleagues, dive supervisors, salvage experts and review of his dive log books - (according to these, his deepest dive was 290m in Brazil). So far, Salvamar has been shortlisted for Historical Diving Society’s Dr. Art Bachrach Literary Award 2020 and was reviewed in the February issue of UK Diver magazine.

If you think Salvamar would be of interest to your readers/subscribers, I will gladly furnish you with a review copy.


Alyson for World Travel Family

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

We'd love to read it Dominic. Email and we'll figure out how we can get a copy. We're in the jungles of Borneo right now but it will be possible in a few weeks. Thanks.

John Alred

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

I would highly suggest you add Jill Heinerths Into the Planet. She won a NOGI and is probably the most badass diver on the planet.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

Will take a look thanks. This post is badly in need of an overhaul.

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