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The Scuba Snobs' Guide to Diving Ettiquette Paperback – 1 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146340347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463403478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,438 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 29 July 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Belinda Cox on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A scuba diver on 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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By Mr. P. A. Lewis on 23 April 2015
I got this book as a present and it appears to be written by a throughly dislikable pair who would be a nightmare to dive with. The only humour appears to be the sneering way they look down their nose at just about everyone else.

There is some good advice in here, but most of it is common sense and could fit on a leaflet for anyone not versed in basic social skills. There is more bad than good, they even try to control who speaks to whom on the boat, and entire section is titled "Talk only when appropriate and limit yourself to proper content" which goes on to tell the reader "if we want more company, we will invite someone to join us. If you ask to join us and we don't want you to, we will turn you down politely, once" - my god can you imagine sharing a day out on a small dive boat with these people?

"One time on a day boat of Maui (it seems a lot of bad examples have happened there - maybe because we dive there a lot)". This quote may be more accurate than they realised, and not for the reasons intended.

I don't do many reviews, but this book is such an irritating disappointment I wanted to make sure no-one else gave money to these people.
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