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The Scuba Snobs' Guide to Diving Ettiquette [Paperback]

Debbie and Dennis Jacobson
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Jun 2011
The Scuba Snobs' Guide to Diving Etiquette is filled with humorous to hilarious stories illustrating the need for "rules" of etiquette for scuba divers, above and below the water. The tips for divers are spot on, the stories entertaining, and the net result is a delightful little read that anyone, not only divers, can enjoy. From packing to puking, swim wear to story telling, boats to buoyancy, the authors' stories and rules illuminate every facet of diving and dive travel. This book is fresh, insightful, entertaining and not too long. And it is, in fact "Seriously Funny! and Mostly True!" just like the cover says.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146340347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463403478
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Between them the authors have over 22 years of recreational diving experience, including hundreds of dives in the Caribbean, pacific, and for Dennis, fresh water venues. Dennis has held the professional rating of Divemaster since 2000. Debbie is a former English and journalism teacher who, when not travelling to dive or writing, now works in and manages Dennis' law office. Dennis practices law and works part time out of our favorite dive center, Underwater Phantaseas of Lakewood, Colorado. Someday Dennis and Debbies hope to be full time Scuba Snobs, or scuba bums, or just retire near warm saltwater dive sites. They are, as of publication date, still in their 50's. That may or may not be true as of the purchase date. Learn more about them in Chapter 1 of The Scuba Snobs Guide to Diving Etiquette. They really are nice people. Ok, Debbie is a nice person. Dennis is kind of nice. Sometimes.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it was almost funny 25 Dec 2012
I was bought this book as a Christmas present. Its one redeeming feature is that it kept me wanting to read until the end of the book - but I think was largely just to find out if it got any worse.

Every page has the name of the publisher "authorhouse" diagonally across every page, which is exceptionally distracting, and makes it feel like you're reading a pre-release copy.

The authors are exceptionally opinionated, arrogant, and up themselves. Near the start of Chapter 6, they even say "There is a wonderful dive site on Maui called Olawalu. You have our permission and encouragement to dive it". Great. Thanks. Glad you don't mind if I dive it!

I just hope I don't have the misfortune to share a dive boat with the authors. If they behave the way they describe in this book, I'd probably feel the urge to slap them (or shove them overboard).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
I initially bought this book for my dad who has dived for years. (I thought if it turned out it was aimed at beginners I could give it to a friend who has just taken up scuba instead) I knew he didn't need to know about etiquette but thought the funny stories would appeal. I honestly didn't laugh once. It was rather like a dull letter from an elderly aunt and uncle! A very strange book. No real insight or humour to make up for it.

It's a very small book and was printed on paper with "Author House" printed diagonally on every page. The whole thing feels very self published and I would never have bought it if I saw it in a shop. Sorry! I'm really not in the habit of giving bad reviews but I really don't know who this is aimed at.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful! 10 Feb 2013
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What a terrible book. The author comes across as an arrogant twit and I really hope I never end up on a dive boat with him. What a complete waste of money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most definitely not hilarious 21 Dec 2012
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I had hoped to add this to my dive club's summer BBQ prize fund (as I have done with many diving books), but after reading the whole thing in less than an hour it has stayed hidden in my desk ever since.

The stories weren't humourous or interesting, so the small number of pages turned out to be a mercy.

My most disappointing purchase on Amazon and a total waste of money.
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