Top 10 Watch & Read List
That glimmering blue expanse may seem very appealing right now but there are plenty of other ways in which you can enjoy the delights of the ocean right from your living room. Whilst we can’t play, we can still watch, read, listen and enjoy what the underwater world has to offer. Here are some of our favourites from serious environmental documentaries to swashbuckling action packed adventures; no cylinder lugging involved.
Into The Planet By Jill Heinerth
As one of the most celebrated cave divers in the world, Jill Heinerth has seen the planet in a way almost no-one else has. In a work day, she might swim below your home, through conduits in volcanoes, or cracks in the world’s largest iceberg. She’s an explorer, a scientist’s eyes and hands underwater—discovering new species and examining our finite freshwater reserves—and a filmmaker documenting the wonders of underwater life. Often the lone woman in a male dominated domain, she tests the limits of human endurance at every tight turn, risking her life with each mission. To not only survive in this world but excel, Jill has had to learn how to master fear like no other.
With gripping storytelling, and radiating with intimacy, Into the Planet will transport you deep into the most exquisite, untouched corners of the earth, where fear must be reconciled and the innermost parts of the human condition are revealed.
A SPECTRE agent steals two atomic bombs from a NATO plane and James Bond is assigned a mission to recover them, putting a stop to the evil plans of the criminal organisation. This takes him to the Bahamas where an secret underwater world is waiting to be discovered.
Technical Diving By Mark Powell
A comprehensive discussion on all aspects of technical diving. This book provides a wealth of technical diving knowledge. The aspiring technical diver will be able to make clear decisions regarding their training and the type of diving they wish to pursue. Existing technical divers will find guidance on techniques, training and the multiple options to expand their skills.
Witness how pollution and global warming are wreaking havoc on oceans and hear environmental experts suggest what must be done to reverse course. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.
Oxygen By William Trubridge
New Zealander William Trubridge has reached depths never thought possible on the precipice of low oxygen. In a sport where failure usually means blacking out, it is a freediver’s daily life to contend with suffocation, narcosis, hallucinations, lactic acidosis, compressed lungs, and immense water-column pressure – all while diving into depths of ink black ocean.
Exquisitely written, Oxygen is a mind-altering and immersive coming-of-age story about a boy who grew up on a sailing boat, with the sea his classroom and playground. It is about fighting the trappings of life on land, and pushing the limits of human physiology, to become the world’s greatest freediver.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. In this heart breaking documentary; divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Extreme Adventures By Andy Torbet
Whether it’s scuba diving to the bottom of a pitch-dark flooded slate mine in Wales, climbing the crumbling chalk face of the iconic white cliffs of The Needles or pot-holing through the claustrophobic dank of one of Scotland’s deepest caves, Andy Torbet takes on the most extreme adventures nature can provide – and comes out on top.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
In the 1954 classic, a ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. Enter a strange underwater world of shipwrecks and sea monsters.
Other Minds By Peter Godfrey Smith
Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also an accomplished scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this book, he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself. Mammals and birds are widely seen as the smartest creatures on earth. But one other branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus.
Monty Halls’ Dive Mysteries
Most of the world’s great unsolved mysteries are covered by water! On that tantalising note, Monty Halls explores four stories that have baffled the diving world. Monty travels to the most mysterious underwater locations on earth, meeting sceptics and believers, diving at the cutting edge of technology, to tease the truth out of ghost ships, sunken worlds, ancient legends and lost treasure.