Looking for Top Rated Scuba Books for 2018? Here’s a List of the Best

Looking for some history or tips from professionals? 

We've put together a list of top rated Scuba diving books. Some of the topics covered include scuba history, diver safety and insider tips, deep water diving, wreck and cave diving.


All books shown here are rated 4 stars and above by Amazon customers. 

Scuba Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver

Scuba Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver

Scuba Confidential is packed full of valuable tips and expert advice, giving you access to the secrets of technical divers and dive professionals.

With Scuba Confidential, you will learn how to master skills and techniques that will make you a more confident, capable and safe diver.

Scuba Confidential offers candid, no-nonsense practical advice from a professional who has been involved over the last three decades with virtually every aspect of the sport.

The Paperback is priced under $15.

Scuba Professional: Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations

Scuba Professional

Scuba Professional is the natural successor to Simon Pridmore's first book, Scuba Confidential - An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver. Whereas Scuba Confidential focused on how to scuba dive, Scuba Professional looks at how diving is taught and how dive operations are conducted.

Scuba Professional is an excellent source of out-of-the-box ideas and independent, objective advice for instructors and dive operators. It is also an indispensable guide for those aspiring to become dive professionals with chapters such as Do You Have What It Takes? and Which Training Agency?

Dive Atlas of the World, 2016 Edition: An Illustrated Guide to the Best Sites

Dive Atlas of the World 2016 Edition

The Dive Atlas of the World contains some great information on scuba diving some places all over the world.

This is a big, beautiful hard cover book and a great way to keep the scuba diving dream alive.

It's definitely a coffee table book with lots of photos and lots of useful information and maps.

A perfect gift for anyone interested in scuba diving.

Diver Down: Real-World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Diver Down: Real-World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Two divers fascinated by the undersea life of the Caribbean, fail to notice that a strong current is rapidly sweeping them away from their unattended boat. Another diver, after a seemingly brief time below the surface, discovers that his gas supply has run dangerously low. A diver, paralyzed, bobs helplessly on the surface, and when a poorly trained divemaster attempts a rescue, things go from bad to worse. 

These are just a few of the true stories you’ll find in Diver Down, most of them involving diver error and resulting in serious injury or death. Each story is analysed in-depth, showing what went wrong and how to recognize and avoid similar calamities.

This is a unique survival guide exploring different diving situations including wreck and cave diving, deep water dives, drift diving, decompression illness, and much more. It shows you how to prevent similar tragic mishaps.

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

Trapped Under The Sea - Neil Swidey

A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of "black mayonnaise." Fisheries collapsed, wildlife fled, and locals referred to floating tampon applicators as "beach whistles."

In the 1990s, work began on a 10-mile-long tunnel and a state-of-the-art treatment plant to carry waste out of the harbor. With this impressive feat of engineering, Boston was poised to show the country how to rebound from environmental ruin. But when bad decisions and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of commercial divers was sent on a perilous mission to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; not all of them came out alive.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents collected over five years of reporting, award-winning writer Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, lawyers, and investigators involved in the tragedy and its aftermath, creating a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes just after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his friend Billy Juse trade assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing one of them to death.

An intimate portrait of the wreckage left in the wake of lives lost, the book is also a morality tale. What is the true cost of these large-scale construction projects, as designers and builders, emboldened by new technology and pressured to address a growing population's rapacious needs, push the limits of the possible? This is a story about human risk - how it is calculated, discounted, and transferred - and the institutional failures that can lead to catastrophe.

Suspenseful yet humane, Trapped Under the Sea reminds us that behind every bridge, tower, and tunnel - behind the infrastructure that makes modern life possible - lies unsung bravery and extraordinary sacrifice.

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. This true story tells the tale of two weekend Scuba divers who risk everything to solve a great historical mystery, and in turn end up making history themselves.

In the fall of 1991, not even these divers were prepared for what they found 230 feet below the surface. Laying sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey in the frigid Atlantic waters is a World War II German U-boat, buried under decades of accumulated sediment.

Author Robert Kurson’s account of this quest is thrilling and emotionally complex. It's written with a vivid sense of what divers actually experience when they meet the dangers of the ocean’s underworld.

The story of Shadow Divers often seems too amazing to be true, but it all happened at 230 feet below the surface.

Caverns Measureless to Man

Caverns Measureless to Man

Caverns Measureless to Man is the story of the passion of an extraordinary individual who spent his life exploring underwater caves.

For nearly 30 years Sheck Exley was setting records and developing techniques while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Sheck lived a life of adventure, danger and excitement to a degree that few people ever dream of.

This book may terrify you but it will also fascinate you and in the end, Sheck Exley will convince you that his death came to him in the midst of the incredibly intense joy he took in diving into the depths of the earth.

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