I want to start reading about scuba diving and whats involved before i actually commit myself. Is this a good book for that?
KEVIN K This book is a very good reference manual, I'm not sure it was written as an introduction to SUBA diving, much of the information in this book would be understood better coupled with certification classes. With that said, if you enjoy in-depth studies it a good one.
KARL B Robert,
The book does cover a variety of subjects, it covers topics in recreational diving. The book is a good start, but I would recomend a visit to your local dive shop to learn more about local diving and training.
Diving is an awesome hobby/lifestyle, take time to make sure it is for you.
JOHN G It is a great book and reference but It may be too much info for a beginner. I would suggest an Open Water Divers Manual.
NANCY D The PADI Open Water manual will give you a better sense of what is involved in learning the basic skills of diving. The Encyclopedia is more about dive theory (physics, physiology,etc). It's used as a text for the dive master course.
GRACE T This is a fairly in depth book about the physics of diving....this is required reading for the divemaster level. If you're a beginner, i would maybe read the Open Water course book...very basic and easy to understand.
JEFFREY C. D No its not a good book for begginers. Start out with the Padi Open Water boo or The Boy Scout Handbook for Diving. Your local dive shop should have complimentary magaizines that are awesome which have articles for the begginer to professional diver. I have been diving for five years and have read everthing possible on diving. Once you complete Open Water the first book I would read is Diver Down. take ethe advanced course the read the Enclyclopedia. There is also a handbook that goes with that of course purchased seperately. DIVING IS AWESOME!!!!
Yours in Diving
COREY O It is. It is mostly a great reference tool but also describes in depth what the ocean environment is like and how it works. The book also provides detailed info on the physiological effects on the body, the physics behind diving, a good review of equipment specifications and even a good bit on how the planet's water systems work.
CALVIN R If you want to read before doing then this is a good choice. It is a must for any SCUBA library as it is incredibly comprehensive. I still use it as a reference or if I have not been diving for a while and want to freshen up on a particular aspect of equipment, technique, or physiology.
Some of the specialty courses require it so if you are going to need it sooner or later anyway why not sooner?
If you can, however, I would recommend visiting a local dive shop and seeing if you can try out a little underwater. Many tropical resorts also have a Discover SCUBA experience to give you a taste.
Finally, I'd say just go ahead a commit. Diving is an incredible experience and a reward in itself.
MATTHEW B Not really. This is more of the physics and physiology involved in diving it is a good study guide for the dive master exams.