2. Real Underwater Story Books
5. The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths (Bernie Chowdhury, 2000)
This is a non-fiction deep-diving book. It tells about the Chris and Chrissy Rouse tragic accident, which happened in 1979 at the wreck of the Andrea Doria.
They were well-prepared and experienced divers who had made many successful dives at the wreck before. So, this SCUBA book is a poignant and tragic tale of the dangers of diving and the importance of safety in this exciting but risky sport.
6. The same wreck from another point of view tells: Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria (Kevin F. McMurray, 2001)
The book on scuba diving explores the history of Andrea Doria and the events leading up to its sinking, as well as the efforts of divers to explore and salvage the wreck. It also chronicles the dangerous and often deadly conditions that divers have faced while exploring one of the most challenging and perilous diving sites in the world.
7. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World (Tim Ecott, 2001)
This is a great exponent of underwater exploration books. In it, Tim Ecott reviews the history of diving and tells his own adventures, masterfully combining engaging dive stories with heart-pounding action. The result is a diving book, informative as well as entertaining and exciting.
8. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II (Robert Kurson, 2004)
The book tells the true dive story of two American recreational scuba divers, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, who discovered the wreckage of a German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey in the early 1990s. The dive book is a thrilling tale of adventure and historical detective work, that has been praised for its compelling narrative and engaging characters.
9.Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship (Robert Kurson, 2015)
The book tells the true diving story of two treasure hunters, John Chatterton and John Mattera. They search for the legendary Captain Joseph Bannister’s long-lost pirate ship, which was rumored to be loaded with treasure.
As they get closer to their goal, they face dangers and setbacks, including legal battles, personal conflicts, and the perils of diving in dangerous waters.
“Pirate Hunters” is a thrilling underwater story of adventure and determination, as well as a fascinating look at the world of treasure hunting and the history of piracy.
10. Between the Devil and the Deep: One Man’s Battle to Beat the Bends (Mark Cowan, 2016)
Decompression sickness is the protagonist of this diving book. To introduce the disease, he tells the story of British diver Martin Robson who suffered symptoms of Satan’s disease at 65 feet. He knew that if he ascended, he would die. Instead, he went under again and was rescued.
This deep diving book analyzes the disease from different points of view, its history, and those of the divers who suffered from it and whose sacrifice drives the search for solutions.
11. Guía práctica del buceador capullo (Luis Pérez Ruiz, 2017)
We have not been able to avoid the temptation to include this dive book written in Spanish and which is still waiting for an English translation, although it well deserves it.
It is a hilarious, atypical, extravagant diving book with which we will learn to dive badly, with all kinds of true dive stories. To give you an idea, the title of the diving manual in English would be: The Jackass Diver’s Practical Guide
12. Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver (Jill Heinerth, 2019)
Throughout this exploration book, Heinerth shares her journey as a cave diver, including the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned. She also discusses the technical and scientific aspects of cave diving, as well as the psychological and emotional challenges of exploring the underwater world in this amazing cave diving book.