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100 Best Dives in Cornwall
100 Best Dives in Cornwall provides a fantastic information resource for scuba diving and snorkelling around Cornwall's dramatic coastline from Looe to Padstow. This softback book compiled by Charles Hood, a highly experienced diver who has spent more than 20 years exploring Cornish waters, includes nearly 200 of his fabulous photographs – both underwater and topside
Classic Darksite Diving
Classic Darksite Diving is a guide to some of the best cave and cavern dives in Britain and Europe. It is the companion volume to Martyn Farr’s globally acclaimed manual of cave diving, Diving in Darkness.
D-Day Wrecks of Normandy
The greatest amphibious invasion fleet ever assembled, consisting of over 3.000 vessels, set sail from England on June 6th, 1944, for Normandy, France. The losses that occurred have largely been forgotten but have left Normandy with a legacy of wrecks and a wreck-diver's paradise which, after 50 years beneath the waves, is only now being discovered.
Deco For Divers
Mark Powell has written a book that for the first time allows the average diver to fully understand the principles behind this fascinating and critical aspect of diving. As well as a thorough examination of air decompression the book also addresses decompression using nitrox and mixed gases.
Deep Trouble - Sue Rawle
Fancy a bit of dive fiction? This is a must summer read, for both divers and non divers. Well researched procedural passages, careful plotting and a great deal of humor depicting real charters with all their ambitions, fears, foibles and embarrassments. A real Who Done It.
Discover UK Diving by Will Appleyard
This book has been created to encourage newly qualified divers and those curious about UK diving to take the next steps towards enjoying the magnificent sites found lurking beneath our shores.
Dive England's Greatest Wrecks
Dive England's Greatest Wrecks, by Rod Macdonald, focuses on ten of England s most famous shipwrecks and provides information on the life, history and construction of each.

Dive Scapa Flow
This is a comprehensive and fully revised guide to diving the Orkney wrecks - the intact remains of the scuttled German fleet, U-boats, steamers, tugs and Churchill's "Blockships".

Diving and Subaquatic Medicine
This completely revised fourth edition covers the newly described diseases of diving medicine, the modern types of diving and diving equipment, free and indigenous diving, as well as updating the previous edition's coverage of established diving disorders.
Diving in Darkness
Signed copy of global guide to diving in an overhead environment by Martin Farr. Written with a minimum of technical jargon, this book is a significant addition to the literature on diving in an overhead environment, with extensive coverage of those areas which are all too often passed over in more general works.
Doing It Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving
By Jarrod Jablonski - This book outlines not only the essential skills and techniques constituting sound diving practice but also the central elements of a holistic approach to diving. The Fundamentals of Better Diving was written for anyone who wants to get the most out of their diving. Highly Recommended !!!
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Dorset Dives
A Guide to to 50 Top Dorset Dive Sites by Will Appleyard, the author of Discover UK Diving.

Maps and a key to each 50 dive site. Sketches of most of the wrecks featured by John Liddiard. 248 pages.

DVD • British Sea Life
The British Sea Life DVD has been produced by Anita Sherwood and is a brilliant overview of the marine life in British waters.
DVD • Pantelleria 2005
Witness the GUE exploration efforts and details of the documentation of this historic dive site on the Pantelleria 2005 DVD, produced by GUE. English & Italian languages support this beautifully directed DVD.
DVD • The Mysterious Malady
The Mysterious Malady: Toward an Understanding of Decompression Injuries DVD is the first in a series of DVD's presented by GUE designed to expand one's knowledge of decompression and its associated maladies.
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Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea
By Rod Macdonald. The tragedy of the loss in 1941 of two Royal Navy capital ships, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, the core of Churchill’s deterrent Force Z, stunned the world. Within eight days of their arrival at Singapore both ships were sunk with huge loss of life in a mass attack by 85 Japanese bombers.
Great British Marine Animals - 3rd Edition
Paul Naylor's latest and 3rd Edition of Great British Marine Animals, an excellent softback book, to help identify the marine life of the British coastline. With an additional 240 new photographs added to there are now over 600 colour photographs and 320 pages. This book should prove to be as informative as Paul's previous editions, containing stunning photography and a superb reference tool.
Great British Shipwrecks
For more than 30 years, internationally acclaimed wreck diver and best-selling author, Rod Macdonald, has surveyed and researched shipwrecks around the world. His books such as Dive Scapa Flow and The Darkness Below are household names in the diving world.
Inshore along the Dorset Coast
A mine of information on the beautiful and interesting coast between Portland and Christchurch. Divers and small boat users will find the detailed descriptions of shoreline and underwater features invaluable.
Log-it Log Book
Divers logbook with tough flexible cover and resilient pages, set out in a clear and logical format. Use this logbook and you will never revert to its lesser rivals.
Marine Fish & Invertebrates of Northern Europe
Based on sound science and wreathed with real life pictures, this book will improve our understanding, enjoyment and our ability to interface with all manner of marine creatures from the simple sponges, through sea squirts and fishes.
Neutral Buoyancy
Share Tim Ecott’s passion for diving as his gripping tales from diving’s rich history are interspersed with personal accounts and anecdotes. A unique and inspiring insight into man’s relationship with the deep.
NSS Cave Diving Manual
Experts in cave diving have written the National Speleological Society’s official manual on cave diving. Beginning with an introduction to cave formation, they take the reader through basics - cave hazards, equipment, buoyancy control, use of lines and reels, communications, planning, psychology, and emergency procedures.
Scuba Diving Malta, Gozo, Comino
Now in its third edition, Peter Lemon's guide to diving Malta, Comino and Gozo is a book of real excellence which, if you have not already dived in Malta, will certainly go a long way to tempting you there.
Sea Fishes & Inverterbrates of the North Sea and English Channel
Sea Fishes & Invertebrates of the North Sea & English Channel a beautifully illustrated, compact guide to marine life covering the North Sea and channel.

Although the title emphasises the North Sea and Channel the book is also relevant to Belgium, The Netherlands and Scandinavian coasts.
Silent Warriors; Submarine Wrecks of the United Kingdom
By Ron Young and Pamela Armstrong, Volume 2 of this trilogy on submarine wrecks of the British Isles, focuses on the South Coast, from Beachey Head in Sussex down to the Isles of Scilly.
Stars Beneath The Sea
The incredible story of the pioneers of the deep sea by Trevor Norton. This history of diving traces its evolution from fishing with spears to modern high-tech equipment. It includes accounts of some of the eccentric exploits of the diving pioneer.
The First Treasure Divers
The True Story of how two brothers invented the diving helmet and sought sunken treasure and fame. An authentic, real life story, that reads like and adventure thriller.
The Grand Scuttle
on 21st June 1919 at Scapa Flow, Orkney the German High Seas Fleet was deliberately scuttled by its own commander, and some of the finest ships ever built sank to their grave.

This classic account contains archive material, eye-witness accounts and numerous photographs.
The Loss Of The SS Treveal
Dorset Shipwreck Mystery. The Treveal, was returning from Calcutta to Dundee on her maiden voyage, when. on the night of 9 January 1920 she ran aground off the Dorset coast. This is the true story of this event.
The Man Who Bought a Navy
The Man Who Bought a Navy, by Gerald Bowman, tells the amazing story of how in 1919, and under the watchful eyes of their British captors, the Germans managed to scuttle their entire surrendered High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. Hardback, 249 pages.
The Underwater Photographer
This is the Fourth Edition of The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge. It has been revised to bring it right up to date and has some substantial additions to extend the readers appreciation of underwater photography both as an art and a technical challenge.
Treasure of the Golden Grape
If you are into shipwrecks, history and research, this is one book not to be missed!

After years of research, Selwyn Williams' offers an absorbing tale of the wrecking of the Dutch merchant sailing ship ‘Golden Grape’ on Chesil Beach on 11 December 1641 - in a most engaging and factual narrative.

In the forefront is treasure, the plight of smuggling, acts of piracy and shipwrecks in  a time of slavery, conspiracy, execution and the English Civil War. 

Whether a diver or not, this book is an ideal read for anyone who is interested in history and shipwrecks. The book is well illustrated with 70 black and white and colour images and its usefulness as a reference book for other researchers is supported by five appendices, a chronology, glossary and a comprehensive index.
World Atlas of Marine Fishes
With more than 6,000 photographs of some 4,200 species of marine fishes, this book sets a benchmark for their identification. It provides the greatest possible coverage and primarily aims to assist people interested in marine fishes and their scientific names or classification. By Rudie H Kuiter and Helmut Debelius. Delivery within UK only.
World War One Channel Wrecks Book
Signed by the author Neil Maw this reference book lists in excess of 750 vessels that were sunk in the English Channel during the Great War of 1914–1918. It is divided up into 14 geographical areas that start from Cornwall to Dungeness and spans completely across the Channel to the French coast. Hardback. 327 pages.
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