SPF Scuba: Additional Resources

SPF Scuba: Additional Resources
Beginner's guide to learning to dive and get a scuba certification

Additional Resources for Readers of “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving” by Darcy Kieran

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For your convenience and to complement the information in “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Scuba Diving,” I compiled a list of resources I could not include in the book, like… Videos! I will do my best to keep this list up to date for you.

The following list provides sources of additional information for people who have read “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving.” Without reading the book, you would miss the context and the meaning of this information.

Chapter 1: Scuba Diving & You

Chapter 2: Setting The Stage To Learn To Dive

Chapter 3: The Dive Professionals & Organizations You Interact With

A worldwide list of dive training agencies.

If you want to get a feel for the theory part of a scuba diving course before having decided on a dive instructor, you could start a free online entry-level scuba course like the one offered by RAID. But be aware that you will have to redo the academics portion of your scuba certification course with the training agency of your chosen dive instructor.

Chapter 4: Scuba Certification & You

As promised, here is a form to help you evaluate the total cost of an open-water diver certification course from different dive centers & instructors. Available in three formats:

  • a PDF form: print one page per dive center/instructor, then compare the totals.
  • a spreadsheet file (XLS) with totals automatically calculated. The XLS comes in a zip file. Simply unzip it!
  • an online Google Sheet. If you have a Gmail or Google account, you can “make a copy” and then work with it.

Other resources:

Diving with disabilities:

Divers Alert Network (DAN) regions:

  • DAN Europe: The countries of the Mediterranean Basin, the countries on the shores of the Red Sea, the Middle East including the Persian Gulf, the countries on the shores of the Indian Ocean north of the equator and west of India and Sri Lanka, as well as the related overseas territories, districts, and protectorates.
  • DAN USA: USA & Canada
  • DAN World: the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Bahamas, British & U.S. Virgin Islands), Micronesia, Melanesia, Guam, Central, and South America, including Brazil.
  • DAN Asia-Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific islands, Indonesia, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, India, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea.
  • DAN China: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.
  • DAN Japan: Japan, Japanese islands & related territories, with regional responsibility for Northeast Asia-Pacific.
  • DAN Southern Africa: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, and Mauritius.

Chapter 5: Learn To Dive For Safety, Performance & Fun (SPF)

Dr. Laura Walton’s online course on mental rehearsal for scuba divers.

Chapter 6: Your Health & Fitness To Dive

Medical screening & questionnaire for recreational scuba diving.

Ear equalizing techniques:

DAN Europe’s advice on nutrition for scuba diving.

DAN USA’s extensive review of your heart health vs. scuba diving.

The calf raises exercise (YouTube).

Dr. Laura Walton’s free online mini-course on panic and scuba diving.

Disinfecting dive gear:

Fitness to dive after COVID:

Chapter 7: Gear Choices For SPF Diving

Video of colors disappearing underwater as you go down (YouTube).

Mask for scuba diving:

DSMB deployment methods: the good & the bad (YouTube).

A video providing a quick overview of GUE’s Fundamentals course (YouTube).

Chapter 8: (Additional) Scuba Diving Skills

Chapter 9: Safety Skills & Culture

Eric Douglas’ “Lessons For Life” series.

DAN courses (unfortunately, not all courses are available in all DAN regions listed under Chapter 4):

How do I Improve My Situation Awareness?” in The Human Diver.

Chapter 10: Cylinders, Fills Stations & Air Quality

Find a Professional Scuba Inspector (PSI) inspector or instructor.

Carbon monoxide detectors:

And a portable nitrox analyzer by the same brand. There are many good models available on the market.

Chapter 12: Going Diving

Reference book for scuba diving hand signals.

The Reef Smart guides are, by far, the best travel guides ever written for scuba divers. I can’t wait for them to add to the list of destinations they have covered so far:

Chapter 13: What’s Next?

Learning From Others’ Mistakes” by Gareth Lock.

Become a DAN Prepared Diver” online course.

My book “Your Career and/or Life as a Scuba Diving Instructor: How to make a good living out of your passion for scuba diving.”

An online publication if you are interested in the dive industry: Scubanomics.

An online publication if you are interested in tech diving: InDEPTH.

And… Scuba diving novels for your surface intervals!

And now, while you are still on a surface interval…