Before Zipping Your Wetsuit…
to your diving buddy, this is your best friend. Make
read it before doing any kind of diving." Scott Gudes
is talking about the 4th
edition of NOAA's diving manual, often considered the
standard for scientific and recreational diving. Scott
is Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere/Administrator
and Deputy Under Secretary. He's also a diver.
over 650-page NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science
and Technology has details on everything from diving
equipment and breathing gas mixtures, to marine life
and the history of diving. Guidance on technical diving
and an expanded chapter on diving physiology are new
to this edition.
100 experts contributed to the manual, which reflects
the collaboration of NOAA and the Commerce Department's
National Technical Information Service and Best Publishing.
The publisher reports that the 25,000 copies produced
recently are moving fast. Sales are higher than expected.
diving safety record over the years has been excellent.
This manual draws upon that collective experience within
the NOAA Diving Program and the NOAA
Undersea Research Program.
over 300 divers and averaging more than 10,000 dives
every year, NOAA operates the largest federal civilian
diving program. The Seattle-based program trains and
certifies scientists, engineers and technicians to conduct
underwater research and experiments.
National Underwater Research center provides a unique
national service by equipping scientists with tools
and expertise to work underwater. The program offers
submersibles, remotely operated or autonomous underwater
vehicles, mixed gas diving gear, underwater observatories,
the world's only underwater habitat/laboratory.
diving manual is available in hard and soft covers and
on CD-Rom. It's available in dive shops, or you can
visit the NTIS
Dive Manual web page.
more details: Dave Dinsmore, Director of NOAA's Diving
Program, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Al Kalvaitis, email@example.com,
Program Officer at NOAA Research's National Undersea