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The Best Books Every Scuba Diver Should Read

Sometimes Mother Nature isn’t playing ball and the weather turns too bad to go scuba diving. Or there’s a global pandemic and travel is cancelled. Back up plan? Kick back and immerse yourself in some scrumptious scuba diving books and tales for ocean lovers!

Here are our top ten best scuba diving books you should read now.1. Fathoms: The World in the Whale – Rebecca GiggsRebecca once stumbled upon a beached humpback whale near her home in Australia. This momentous experience sparked deep thoughts in her mind. Like how the lives of whales might be an insight into the condition of our seas! How technology may have influenced our connection with them. And what the future may hold for both whales and us.

In Fathoms, she ponders these thoughts with a thoughtful hybrid of philosophy, natural history and science.

Dip in to learn about whales that are so lesser-spotted, they don’t even have names. Immerse yourself in the concept of whale ‘pop’ songs which go global underwater! Fathoms will teach you so much about these magnificent megafaunas.2. 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations, Carrie MillerAre you a daydreamer? Overcome with wanderlust and raring to travel the world?

This is the ultimate coffee table book for travel-loving, scuba diving fanatics! Peppered with hundreds of National Geographic images, you can keep turning the pages of this gorgeous book. With every page, delve deeper and deeper into the underwater wonders the world has to offer.

Get your bucket list at the ready. You’re about to add night diving with manta rays in Hawaii, swimming with schooling hammerheads in Costa Rica and cave diving in Belize to it.

Get ready to do on a scuba diving adventure from the comfort of your own home.3. How to Read Water, Tristan GooleyTristan Gooley froths the water! He’s so keen on it, he’s worked out how to find north using puddles, how to use waves to forecast the weather, and how to decipher wave patterns on beaches. A must-read for avid scuba diving lovers!

Tristan tells of his adventures sailing across oceans, canoeing on tropical islands, and even in his own humble backyard!

Dig into How to Read Water and learn about our most abundant, yet least appreciated resource – water!4. Blue Mind, Wallace NicholsHave you ever wondered why we love the ocean so much? What it is that draws us to to the water?

Blue Mind is a revolutionary look at the truth behind why humans seek to be by oceans, rivers and seas. It explores both personal reflections and the neuroscience of water’s effect on our lives. It’s a deep dive into the psychology behind our attraction and the need for water.

Fascinating stuff for scuba divers who of course, love to immerse themselves in the stuff!5. The Soul of an Octopus, Sy MontgomerySy Montgomery has spent her life pursuing the octopus, to truly understand this ethereal creature. From Polynesian reefs to American aquariums, Sy spent time with many eight-legged friends and came to know them in different ways.

Imagine hanging out with an individual animal for so much time underwater, that you come to know its personality. That’s what Sy did.

In a touching and funny manner, she shares stories of what octopuses can teach us.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.6. Shadow Divers, Robert KursonThis one is for the hardcore scuba diving fans! It’s a real-life account of two adventurous scuba divers’ quest to solve a grand mystery.

For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, their deep wreck diving hobby was more than that. This story is about the thrill and intensity of scuba diving in extremely difficult conditions. It’s about what divers experience when facing their ultimate limits.

Shadow Divers is one of the scuba diving books for adrenalin junkies!7. Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans, Sylvia EarleIf you haven’t heard of Sylvia Earle yet, you should! She’s an internationally renowned marine biologist and a big name in ocean conservation.

Sylvia has lived a life of ocean adventures. Sea Change is one of her most epic books, recounting the three decades she spent exploring the underwater world. It’s her plea to save the fragile ocean ecosystems, having seen the demise of the oceans during her own lifetime.

If you want to go on a journey to unimaginable places, read this book. Explore the magic of swimming with humpback whales, the tragedy of massive oil spills, and the epitome of wilderness!8. Raising The Dead: An Australian Story of Death and Survival, Phillip FinchThis book tells the hairy tale of an expert cave diver who accidentally filmed his own death.

David Shaw was an expert cave diver. So expert, that he was asked to join a rescue mission in the deepest cave a human has scuba dived. On New Year’s Day, he ventured from his home in Australia to South Africa to retrieve the body of a diver who had died there over a decade before.

Cave diving is notoriously one of the world’s most dangerous sports for a reason. This book explores heroism and human connections, among the perilousness of extreme sports.9. Against All Odds, Craig Challen and Richard HarrisDo you remember the worldwide news story about the Wild Boards soccer team who got trapped in a cave in Thailand? This is the story about their hectic rescue.

In June 2018, the group became stuck deep down in a cave for 17 days, after sudden rains left them marooned. The rescue process was very dangerous and challenging. It pushed the international cave-diving team to their absolute limits.

Against all odds, the rescue mission was successful. Read this book to hear how the amazing determination of Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen from Australia led to one of the most famed news stories of the decade.10. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, Jess KeatingIf you’re a scuba mum or scuba dad, get this one for your kids! Shark Lady is the story of a woman who fell in loves with sharks. She defied society’s belief that women can’t be scientists, and spent her life learning about sharks.

She shared the story with the world that sharks should be admired, not feared, like so much of the world thinks!

Start turning the pages of Shark Lady if you want to read an inspiring story about a person who dared to do.

Tuck into some scuba diving books today

There you have it, our top scuba diving books for scuba divers! There’s something for everyone. From wildlife lovers to wanderlust travels to the adrenaline junkie in us all.

If you can’t go scuba diving today, what better way to bring the adventure to your home, than with a book.

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