SHIPWRECK DIVING  Underwater Communication
The complete Diver's guide to underwater communication for Shipwreck Diving




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By Capt. Dan Berg

Underwater communication is discussed in every basic diver's manual and in all certification classes. I'm sure everyone remembers all of the hand signals and the meaning behind each. In fact, in clear water, these signals may work fine, but in the real world of wreck diving, hand signals become very hard to use and understand. For example, if two divers are entering a wreck and the lead diver has a line reel in his right hand and a light in his left, how can he communicate with his buddy. In order to use hand signals, he would have to putdown the light or let go of the line reel. If the light was put down, neither diver would be able to see the hand signals, and putting the reel down, which is the direct lead to the entrance, is not a good idea. The divers could use an underwater slate, but again the divers have to stop, put down some gear and one partner may have to hold the light for his buddy. By this time, both divers are kneeling on the usually silty bottom, and the rising sediment is covering them in complete darkness. My partner, Bill Campbell, and I began communicating by talking to each other while diving. There is no trick or any additional equipment needed, just stay close to each other and talk very slowly into your regulator, and keep the sentences short, like, "lets go up," "how much air" etc. In fact, when you first start, try communicating in one syllable words like "up"; or "air". If you dive with the same person often, you will quickly start to understand each other. Although Bill and I have used this method during many different types of diving just to avoid the time consuming hand signal and slate methods, its real benefit can be appreciated while on night dives, in limited visibility or while wreck diving. Go back to the original scenario: Both divers could talk to each other while continuing to explore the wreck; they didn't have to stop or putdown any of their equipment. It takes a little practice, but it's worth it. 


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Shipwreck Diving, by Capt. Dan Berg is a complete how to book about the sport of wreck diving. This book is packed with information and heavily illustrated with over 80 sensational color photographs.


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The complete diver's guide to mastering the skills of shipwreck diving.

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Shipwreck Diving is a complete how to ebook about the sport of wreck diving. This downloadable PDF e-book is packed with information and heavily illustrated with over 80 sensational color photographs. Daniel Berg, a noted wreck diver, instructor and author of ten shipwrecks related books, describes all the basics of wreck diving. Topics include everything from equipment modifications, communication, and wreck penetration to artifact preservation. Dan also tells how to navigate on a wreck and be able to return to the anchor line after the dive. Why some divers find more artifacts and explains how to catch lobsters. Shipwreck Diving also covers such diverse topics as shipwreck research, photography, spear fishing and how to use an underwater metal detector. This exciting book tells all the tricks of the trade that until now have only been learned through years of experience. Shipwreck divers of all caliber will find Shipwreck Diving informative, rewarding and entertaining

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