DESCRIPTION: This handbook is the follow-on to the hugely popular Ultimate Wreck-Diving Guide. Gary Gentile went to the task of updating, expanding, and revising the original because so much has changed in just a few short years. Underwater explorers can now share the benefits of space-age spin-off hardware and developing decompression methodologies. This book, The Technical Diving Handbook is a practical guide for extended range divers. It is a soup-to-nuts volume that discusses every facet of technical diving in detail. Chapters cover the following topics: Introduction, Gear, Underwater Communications, Diver Propulsion Vehicles, Submersible Air Decompression Computers, NITROX, Accelerated Decompression, Mixed-Gas HELIUM, Expedition Diving, Portable Recompression Chambers and Decompression Habitats, Rebreathers, and more. This edition incorporates recent innovations that were unobtainable until only a few years ago, and in some cases were non-existent when the original version of this book went to print.
Included in this book are tips for blending NITROX, HELIAIR, HELIOX, and TRIMIX; instructions on how to build in-water oxygen decompression stations; the procedures and the chemicals needed to clean tanks, valves, and regulators for oxygen service; and a complete chapter on how to plan and execute expedition-style mixed-gas diving operations.
Acquaint yourself now with such new and exciting devices as programmable NITROXwrist decompression computer, the personal computer interface, the hose-less pressure gauge, the heads-up display, the full-face mask which permits regulator switching, decompression software for personal computers, the submersible electric heating pad, and more.
If you are involved in technical diving now, or plan to be, this book is becoming the “bible” that is increasingly recognized as the standard of the sport.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S): Gary Gentile started his diving career in 1970. Since then he has made thousands of decompression dives, over 160 of them on the Andrea Doria. He is instrumental in merging mixed-gas technology with wreck diving. In 1994, he participated in a technical diving expedition to the Lusitania, at a depth of 300 feet.
Gary has specialized in wreck diving and shipwreck research, concentrating his efforts on the wrecks along the east coast, from Newfoundland to Key West, and in the Great Lakes. He has compiled an extensive library of books, photographs, drawings, plans, and original source materials on ships and shipwrecks.
Gary has written dozens of magazine diving articles, and he has published thousands of photographs in books, periodicals, newspapers, brochures, advertisements, corporate reports, museum displays, postcards, film, and television. He lectures extensively on wilderness and underwater topics, and conducts seminars on advanced wreck-diving techniques, and high-tech diving equipment. He is the author of more than two dozen books, both novels and nonfiction works, the later on diving and nautical and shipwreck history. The Popular Dive Guide Series will eventually cover every major shipwreck along the east coast.
In 1989, after a five-year battle with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Gary won a suit which forced the agency to issue him a permit to dive the U.S.S. Monitor, a protected National Marine Sanctuary. The media attention that was focused on Gary’s triumphant victory resulted in nationwide coverage of his 1990 photographic expedition to the Civil War ironclad. Gary continues to fight for the right fo access to all shipwreck sites.