Recreational Diving Reading

Below is a collection of recreational diving related materials that our club members have read and still have in their diving libraries.  On almost every dive trip we get questions from new and seasoned divers about which books are good to read…well are our recommendations.  We ask that if you are going to purchase on of the books below to use our links as they assist paying for this website.  We don’t get much but every penny counts to help pay for the site and keep our information flowing to you.


Michael Ange
Kindle Edition
5starsOur Rating: Great book for beginning divers to read.  This should be required reading for all Rescue Divers.  This books presents multiple situations with both good and bad outcomes but it allows a reader to better understand how the problem was or could have been solved.


Steve Lewis
Kindle Edition
5starsOur Rating: Another EXCELLENT book on risk mitigation and diving.  This is a MUST HAVE for every diver’s library especially those who are Rescue diver’s or professionals.


DIVE Magazine, Simon Simmons, Steve Jakeway
Kindle Edition
5starsOur Rating: This is another collection of diving stories/accidents where a diver reading this can gain some insight into how survival might be possible and potential dangers not always thought of ahead of time.  This is a lighter side of reading and easy to finish in one sitting.


DIVE magazine, Marion Kutter
Kindle Edition
5starsOur Rating: This is a continuation of Scuba Stories (above).  This is a lighter side of reading and easy to finish in one sitting.

Larry Clinton, Ben Davison
Kindle Edition
5starsOur Rating: Another fun and easy to read book of tales about scuba diving stories.  This is a great way for new divers to get into reading and learn more about diving.

Dennis Jacobson
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: More comedy and “you should do this to be a polite diver” type of book.  This was a fun read but not as educational as the stories above.  If you are looking for a light and fun read that isn’t too serious this is it.

Debbie Jacobson, Dennis Jacobson
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: The second book from this couple which is a comedy and “you should do this to be a polite diver” type of book.  This was a fun read but not as educational as the stories above.  If you are looking for a light and fun read that isn’t too serious this is it.


Ken Barrick
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: This books presents multiple situations with both good and bad outcomes but it allows a reader to better understand how the problem was or could have been solved.

Dianne Rein
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: This set while it is not as fun to read as the above books they do provide some good information to increase fundamental knowledge.  If you are the type of diver who likes to read as much as you can about a topic even if it may not be exactly what your training agency is putting out then this set is for you.


Dianne Rein
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: The second volume in this set. While it is not as fun to read as the above books they do provide some good information to increase fundamental knowledge.  If you are the type of diver who likes to read as much as you can about a topic even if it may not be exactly what your training agency is putting out then this set is for you.


Anton Swanepoel
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: If you want to know more about how dive computers work and about their evolution this is a good read.  The information is easy to digest and takes a beginner’s approach to explaining everything in detail.


Anton Swanepoel
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: This book is a great place to start to begin to understand how No Decompression limits are calculated and what exactly are safety stops.  The book covers a great deal of information that is laid out in a basic and easy to read format.  We definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about recreational limits.


Clay Coleman
Kindle Edition
Our Rating: We gave this a 3 star rating because we prefer the wirting styles of learning through other’s stories.  This book would have gotten a 4 star rating but we feel the author could have done a better job at presenting the information.  That being said it was still well worth the read and we are glad that it is in our dive library.  The book covers everything that new divers should strive to learn and master.

GUE (Global Underwater Explorers) has some great materials available and most are instant pdf download once you pay.  For some reason there are those die hards out there that refuse to give GUE a chance but I say what’s the worst that can happen…you learn something from a new perspective?  They have some great concepts that start with solid fundaments for recreational diving and are seen throughout all their advanced and technical courses.  Check their store out.