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chinacat46
08-17-2007, 08:36
As a PADI instructor and amature ichthyologist I seem to collect a lot of SCUBA related books. Here is my list what is in your library?

PADI Manuals(OW, AOW, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, OWSI, Specialities)(Mostly on CD-ROMs)
DAN Manuals(O2, Dive & Travel Medical Guide)
EFR Manuals Instructor & Particpant(Care for Children-DVD; Primary Care and Secondary Care-DVD)
Sharks & Rays Elasmobranch Guide of the World - Ralf M Hennemann
Crustacea Guide of the World - Helmut Deblius
Nudibranchs and Sea Snails Indo-Pacific Field Guide - Helmut Debelius
Cephalopods A World Guide - Mark Norman
Reef Coral Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas 2nd Ed. - Paul Humann & Ned Deloach
Reef Creature Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas 2nd Ed.- Paul Humann & Ned Deloach
Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas 3rd Ed. - Paul Humann & Ned Deloach
Nudibranch Behavoir - David W Behrens
Coastal Fish Identification California to Alaska - Paul Humann
Reef Fish Identification Galapagos 2nd Ed. - Paul Humann & Ned Deloach
Reef Fish Identification Baja to Panama - Paul Humann & Ned Deloach
Reef Fish Identification Pacific - Paul Humann, Ned Deloach,...
Reef Fish Behavior - Ned Deloach
Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia - Rudie H Kuiter
Sea of Cortez Marine Animals - Daniel W Gotshall
Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific - Terrence M Gosliner, David W Behrens & Gary C Williams
Diving the World's Best Sites - Jack Jackson et. al.
World Atlas of Coral Reefs - Mark D Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, and Edmund P Green
The Travelin' Divers Chapbook(2004) - Undercurrent
Dive Like a Pro - Robert N Rossier
The Unofficial Guide to the World's Best Diving Vacations - Jean Pierce
Solo Diving - Robert Van Maier
Dry Suit Diving, A Guide to Diving Dry(3rd ed) - Steve Barsky, Dick Long & Bob Stinton
Best of the Undersea Journal - PADI
Technical Diver Encyclopedia - IANTD, Tom Mount
WW II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon - Dan E Bailey
Advanced Nitrox Diver(Manual & Workbook) - IANTD, Lee Somers
Touch the Sea - Dee Scarr
The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving(2nd ed) - PADI
Visual Cyclinder Inspection Guide - PSI
Inspecting Cyclinders SCUBA & SCBA - William L High
Gas Blender - DSAT
Tec Deep Diver - DSAT
Children and Scuba Diving - PADI
The Law and the Diving Professional - PADI
The Business of Diving - PADI
Scuba Equipment Care & Maintenance - Farley/Royer
Scuba Regulator Savy - Pete Wolfinger
Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Bonaire - Jerry Schnabel & Susan L Swygert
Divers Speak Out(resort reviews) - joe diver et. al.
A.W.A.R.E. Our World Our Water - PADI
Diving Knowledge Workbook - PADI
Decompression Theory, Dive Tables & Dive Computers(2nd ed) - John E Lewis/Karl W Shreeves
Shadow Divers - Robert Kurson
Micronesian Reef Fishes - Robert F Myers
Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse - Constantinos Petrinos
Caribbean Sea Slugs - Angel Valdes, Jeff Hammon, David W Behrens, Anne Dupont
Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography - Jack Drafahl, Sue Drafahl
Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers - Jack Drafahl, Sue Drafahl

CD's, DVD's & Videos:

N.O.A.A. Diving Manual 4th Ed - James T Joiner CD-ROM
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Underwater Navagation
Deep
Night
Drysuit
Nitrox
Wreck
Underwater Photography
Search & Recovery
Rescue
The nine above are on VHS & DVD and I also have PRO(teaching) versions of first 8 on DVD
Fishes of the Caribbean & Adjacent Waters 3rd edition CD-ROM Reefnet
Reef Creature & Reef Coral Identification(FL, Caribbean, Bahamas) New World Publications
Reef Fish Identification (FL, Caribbean, Bahamas) New World Publications
Blue Planet 4 DVDs eight shows(Open Ocean, The Deep, Ocean World, Frozen Seas, Tidal Seas,
Coasts, Seasonal Seas, Coral Seas)

thor
08-17-2007, 08:56
Wow. How do I get a card for that library?

Foo2
08-17-2007, 09:08
That's an impressive list....just magazines here.(Thanks to my subscriptions from ST!)

Zenagirl
08-17-2007, 09:57
Wow, very impressive collection!! I see you don't seem to have "Diving Science. Essential Physiology and Medicine for Divers" by Michael B. Strauss, MD and Igor V. aksenov, MD, PhD.

freediver
08-17-2007, 10:32
Yes, I also have all of PADI's propaganda...errrr.....materials. Favorites in my library are:
The Ocean World - Jacques Cousteau :smiley20:
Freedive - Terry Maas :smiley20:
The Manual of Freediving - Umberto Pelizzari :smiley20::smiley20:

Darth Fishhead
08-17-2007, 10:58
I just finished Shadow Divers while I was in Bonaire. I consider that a must-read!
I am starting Deep Descent.
My local library had a book sale this summer, and I was able to get six or so big, heavy books by Jaques Cousteau for $10! They are so cool!
I can't wait to get more!

fire diver
08-17-2007, 12:12
Wow! I want a card to your library too! That's an impressive list.

All I have is

SDI OW manual
PADI Nitrox
TDI Adv nitrox
TDI Deco procedures

Certified divers handbook
Fireside Diver
Shadow Divers

I also have every issue of ADM magazine, except #1. Those have so much great info in them. I am planning on buying the bubble model theory book by Weinke (if I spelled that right).

Not exactly scuba but I also have a copy of J Cousteau's "Diving for Sunken Treasure". Interesting look back to the start of scuba.

FD

namabiru
08-17-2007, 12:24
Wow. How do I get a card for that library?

Ha ha, as the resident librarian on ST, I was just thinking the same thing.

Here's something I would like to know from people reading this thread:
Has anyone used both the CD-ROM and print versions of the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving? How is the CD-ROM interface?

chinacat, how do you find the CD-ROM versions of your PADI manuals? I'm curious about the interface and how well they work on the computer. See, I move around a lot, and mostly international moves, so I'm always looking to compact things.

Xspect
08-17-2007, 12:27
I've TIVO all the episodes of spongebob. Does that count

kevinj1
08-17-2007, 12:47
I have a lot of reef fish identification books and a few cousteau books, but-sadly-that is it.
Most of my info comes from scuba forums like this.

Osprey
08-17-2007, 14:17
Man I wouldn't mind a day pass to your bookshelf!! I have scuba magazines, and a lot of books on cetaceans, but that's about it

chinacat46
08-17-2007, 16:31
Wow. How do I get a card for that library?

Ha ha, as the resident librarian on ST, I was just thinking the same thing.

Here's something I would like to know from people reading this thread:
Has anyone used both the CD-ROM and print versions of the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving? How is the CD-ROM interface?

chinacat, how do you find the CD-ROM versions of your PADI manuals? I'm curious about the interface and how well they work on the computer. See, I move around a lot, and mostly international moves, so I'm always looking to compact things.

The OW and AOW manuals use active X and run as web pages. They also include video though which makes them very nice. You read about something then watch a video. The Instructor Manual and the Specialty Insturctor Manual aren't much more then menu interfaces to pdf files. Then again if your an instructor you want the manual not a video. The specialty manual also included a seperate DVD with the pro versions of the specialties. Anybody who is a renewed instructor has the CD-ROM instructor manual as it's included when renewing. hope that helps.

namabiru
08-17-2007, 17:10
Yeah, it does. That's kind of cool with the student manuals. The only thing I can think of, though, is that PADI still makes people watch the video, so it may be like you're getting a double dose of video "fun".

NitroWill
08-17-2007, 17:16
I dont like to read..
I prefer pretty pictures :)
Fish ID books and magazines are more my type :smiley36:

chinacat46
08-17-2007, 17:44
Yeah, it does. That's kind of cool with the student manuals. The only thing I can think of, though, is that PADI still makes people watch the video, so it may be like you're getting a double dose of video "fun".

Actually if you get the CDROM version of the OW the video is integrated into the book so you don't need the video in addition cause you watch it while reading the book and at the right times.

Buoyant1
08-19-2007, 19:45
Nice thread...I'll have to go through my collection and post! I've been collecting a lot since I got interested in diving!

subsur
08-19-2007, 20:33
wow, quite an impressive collection.
i have:
1. shore guide to new england diving
2. bonaire diving and snorkling by lonely planet
3. another bonaire diving guide written by a bonaire local
4. marine life of north atlantic
5. ssi OW course book
6-8: padi AOW, UW digital photography and Nitrox

want to get Reef fish 3 volume set and other books by the same authors

cgvmer
08-19-2007, 20:41
That is a great collection, where do you make most of your purchases?

tedtim
08-19-2007, 22:27
I don't keep magazines for too long. Instead, I either cut out the articles that I want to keep or photocopy them (for personal use only of course :smiley5:). The rest just take up space. How many magazines do you need promoting going on a vacation to the "idyllic island of <insert island name here> with some of the best diving in the world?"

I also print out good articles from the internet, or sometimes some posts from different SCUBA boards. I have a big binder full of articles.

fire diver
08-20-2007, 07:57
I donate all of the previous years scuba mags to my kids' teachers. Teachers always need stuff like for the kids to cut up for projects.

FD

chinacat46
08-20-2007, 08:19
That is a great collection, where do you make most of your purchases?

Besides picking up books on trips most of my non-PADI books were purchased from either Amazon or www.fishid.com (http://www.fishid.com)

namabiru
08-20-2007, 10:56
Yeah, I wish I could find stuff in the local used bookstore, but I guess we're a bit landlocked.

fishid.com . I'll have to go there. Cheers!

J-Cub
08-21-2007, 17:14
So Chinacat46..... which books on your extensive list are your favorites? I don't have time to read them all..... LOL.

J-Cub
08-21-2007, 17:16
And how long did it take you to type up that list? It gives me a headache just thinking about it.

chinacat46
08-22-2007, 15:43
My favs would have to be the fish id books and the books on nudibranchs. If I had to pick one though it would be Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse by Constantinos Petrinos. He spent 6 months in Lembeh Strait taking these pictures. Lembeh is my current all time favorite place to dive. Went there last Feb/March and saw most of what is in that book. The place blew me away so much that I'm going back in December. Need to verify it really is that great.

I don't remember how long it took to enter the list I did it over a few months on and off.

If you like wrecks this one really rocks:
WW II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon - Dan E Bailey

ScubaLover
08-22-2007, 20:43
Wow. How do I get a card for that library?

Count me in too! My library is growing, but it sure isn't like that one. Mine consists of the following:

PADI Books:
Open Water
Advanced Open Water
Enriched Air
Equipment Specialist
First Aid
Rescue
Deep Diver
Divemaster Manual
Diving Encyclopedia
Underwater Photography

Digital Underwater Photography
Reef Creatures (set of 3)

Plus a few more that I don't recall at the moment.

WaterRat
08-22-2007, 21:17
I read Caverns Measureless to Man on my recent trip to the Keys. That was one amazing book.

Also have read Shadow Divers and Fitness for Diving.

Ron

RECDiver
08-23-2007, 13:17
You really didn't have anything to do that day you wrote this list!