Looking for Top Rated Scuba Books for 2017? Here’s our List of the Best

Top Rated Books 2017 | Scuba | Freediving | Spear Fishing

Looking for some history or tips from professionals?

We’ve put together a list of the top rated books on scuba diving, free diving and spearfishing. Some of the topics covered include scuba history, diver safety and insider tips, freediving techniques, deep water diving, wreck and cave diving, and spearfishing techniques.

All of the books below 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 US.

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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?

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Dive Atlas of the World, 2nd: An Illustrated Guide to the Best Sites

Dive Atlas of the World

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.

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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.

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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 IIFor 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.

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Caverns Measureless to ManCaverns 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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Freediving – The Guide for the First 10 Meters

Yannis Detorakis is a freediver with 30 years of experience as an instructor and designer of freediving courses. He has certified more than 1.000 free divers in the 3 levels of diver training.

He has structured this book as a manual for the 1st level of freediving technique. It provides a step-by-stip method of freediving the first 10 meters. Every step is explained in detail and its chapters are nicely structured and provide a logical chain of skills. Techniques are explained and presented through plenty of impressive underwater photos of real diver training.

Even possible mistakes in performing the dive skills are analyzed and explained.

As the Yannis Detorakis says: “A book cannot of course replace training or an entire dive learning program. Today, however, our era might offer great training programs and excellent instructors, but no remarkable books – comprehensive technique guides. So the mission of this book is to accompany the new freediver into the sea and to help him, step by step, in building an excellent technique and achieving new goals in freediving, like his best trainer and dive buddy!

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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

Deep is a voyage to one of the most mysterious place on Earth – from the ocean’s surface to its darkest trenches.

James Nestor is fascinated by the sport of free diving where competitors descend great depths on a single breath. As he unlocks his own free diving skills, Nestor finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, and sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters.

Nestor learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable and often hidden potential—including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater.

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Manual of Freediving Underwater on a single breath Second EditionManual of Freediving Underwater on a single breath Second Edition

The Manual of Freediving by Umberto Pelizzari is the number one best selling book on freediving, and only fully comprehensive manual for the Beginner to Intermediate freediver.

This second edition has been updated and has more than 500 pages and now includes the latest research in dive physiology, new training methods and in-water techniques.

This has been is superbly translated from Italian by William Trubridge who is a current world record holder and very highly respected in the freediving community.

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Dry Training for FreedivingDry Training for Freediving

This is a detailed book written by expert authors that helps boost performance in free diving.

It covers training methods that allows freedivers and spear fishermen to identify and customize training programs aimed at improving their freediving performances.

The book also includes analysis and management of physical preparation, training stages, and physical and mental training for free divers.

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BreatheologyBreatheology – The Art of Conscious Breathing

Most of us breathe inefficiently. Life is often lived in the fast lane and when we’re stressed, we tend to use only the upper part of our lungs, forgetting to breathe deep down into the stomach. Breathing incorrectly causes us to  lose out on a lot of energy.

Only after you become aware of your breathing and how to train it, you will be able to learn to breathe properly.

Your body will immediately absorb more oxygen and after a short time you’ll have more energy and gain greater mental calmness.

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Catching the Spear-it! The ABC’s of Spearfishing

Catching the Spear-It! The ABC's of SpearfishingThe book has over 100 pages of spearfishing tips and stories. You will never forget the 3 R’s and 4 S’s of spearfishing. There’s a comprehensive section on spearguns and their components.

This is a must-read for underwater hunters including freedivers and scuba divers. There is even step-by-step picture instructions on how to fillet a fish!

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Books - Spearfishing 99 Tips99 Tips To Get Better At Spearfishing: Actionable Information to Improve Your Spearfishing

This book has 5 out of 5 star feedback from 100% of its reviews on Amazon!

The best of Noob Spearo’s Expert Interviews in a Book!

From the Authors:

“For every spearo there are issues to overcome. From equalizing problems and poor breath-hold to finding the good places to go spearfishing. This guide contains some of the best advice we have learned to overcome these issues and continue to get better as spearo’s.”

The tips deal with topics such as:

  • How to find good places to go spearfishing
  • How to increase your bottom time
  • Improve your spearfishing hunting technique
  • Overcome common difficulties such as cramp, seasickness, and equalizing
  • How to find a mentor, dive buddies and get involved in competitions
  • Tips for how to be effective at shore & boat diving
  • Blue water hunting and more
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The Helldivers RodeoThe Helldivers’ Rodeo: A Deadly, Extreme, Scuba-Diving, Spear Fishing Adventure Amid the Offshore Oil-Platforms in the Murky Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

The Helldivers’ Rodeo is a highly entertaining read following the adventures of a group of New Orleans-based middle-aged crazies whose idea of ‘sport’ is hunting dangerous fish near offshore oil rigs and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

These man made structures manmade structures draw massive numbers of big fish that rival nature’s reefs.

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Dawn - October 27, 2016 Reply

The Dive Atlas To The World looks great – illustrated anything is always a winner for me! Plus, it really helps you decide if that’s where you want to go!

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