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Gift Guide for Underwater Explorers #2: Wrecks

Wreck diving books

Welcome to Part 2 of our Gift Guide for divers. In this part we delve into wreck diving books. What is it like to dive these underwater museums, and what can you see?

Books for Wreck Divers and Maritime History Buffs

Our Top Picks

In Expedition Britannic, Bristol-based Rick Ayrton takes readers through the process of planning, preparing and executing a whole series of dives in Greece on HMHS Britannic. Described by various reviewers as ‘a cracking book’ which ‘brings armchair divers closer than we’ve ever been to this magnificent wreck,’ while the ‘photography from depth is way beyond what we usually expect.’ If iconic deep diving on historic shipwrecks is their cup of brew, look no further than this magnificent book about diving Titanic’s sister ship.

Back in normal recreational diving depths, Diving the Thistlegorm is the the most accurate, complete, and fascinating guide possible to this Red Sea favourite. The book combines Simon Brown’s award-winning photogrammetry, top pro Alex Mustard’s underwater photography, original historical research by Edinburgh University’s Jon Henderson and pioneering graphics by 3D modeller Mike Postons to produce this ultimate guide.

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UK wreck diving

The waters around the United Kingdom are home to myriad shipwrecks. Somewhat unsurprisingly then, Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favourite UK Dives includes some of the best wreck dive sites in these isles. The book includes Scapa Flow, the Sound of Mull, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall dives alongside other spectacular diving opportunities around the coast.

Nick Lyon’s The Forgotten Shipwreck is the tragic story of 31 people lost when a Cornish pleasure boat sank without trace. The book shows how a team of specialists can piece together the evidence in an attempt to solve a maritime mystery.

See more British diving books in our United Kingdom section.

Finally, Erik Petkovic’s Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide covers challenging dives in the cold waters straddling the US/Canadian border. Big on maritime history, Erik’s book also features incredible photos by top contributors including Becky Schott and Gary Gentile. The book brings to life into some incredibly well preserved shipwrecks, the stories of their passengers and crews, then explains how to dive them.

See more gifts for divers in our Wrecks section.

Order in Time

Make sure you order in good time to allow for delivery in this busy period. See our recommended Last Order Dates for Christmas 2022.

Still Not Sure?

Have a look at Part 1 of our Gift Guide.

If you are still struggling to decide, why not pop us an email and we will help you choose.