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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aqua Quest Publications (June 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881652114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881652113
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interesting mix of adventure and archaeology that probes one of the earth’s last frontiers. -- Publishers Weekly

It’s an amazing world and you can journey into it through the pages and photos of The Cave Divers. -- The Pike County Citizen

Masterfully guides the reader through tales of history that cavers and non-cavers will enjoy. -- Immersed, The International Technical Diving Magazine

Takes the reader on a fascinating journey. -- California Diving News

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This book is a new edition of the author's 1975 classic also titled The Cave Divers. All chapters have been revised and 9 new chapters have been added as well as 51 color photographs.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
'Robert Burgess succeeds in conveying the excitement, eloquently painting pictures of the sights and describing the intellectual challenges and satisfactions, masterfully mixing adventure with history, sociology, archaeology and some hard-learned lessons in physics. There are chapters with unexpectedly happy endings and others detailing tragic mistakes made in this unforgiving environment... it is easy to see why this book earned a 'Book of the Year' award from Forward Magazine... As a photographer, Burgess is able to add another dimension to this book... Burgess' photos cover many decades and many caves... Overall, the book is a delight, entertaining and an easy read. It's a great vacation book, full of adventure, divided into chapters that can easily stand alone or mesh together...[Burgess] masterfully glides the reader through tales of history that cavers and non-cavers will enjoy.' Susan Brillhart Book Review IMMERSED. The International Technical Diving Magazine
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Cave Divers arrived through my letter box just as I was departing for a long-haul flight - always a good opportunity for some fairly uninterrupted reading. It proved to be an excellent choice of book.

The Cave Divers traces the history of Cave Diving from the earliest beginnings - where explorers held their breath and plunged into freezing waters deep inside hitherto unexplored cave systems, through the era of tremendous discovery made possible by Scuba Diving equipment and right up to the advent of modern Rebreather systems.

Combining his personal experience of over 50 years of diving with a very easy style of writing, the author has created a fascinating and readable account of the successes and failures that has made the sport of Cave Diving exactly what it is - one of the most advanced, technical and adventurous forms of diving available today.

The book commences with various accounts of early adventurers such as; Count Begouen who discovered artefacts made by prehistoric man in the dry caves of the Pyres in 1913, Casteret who, in 1932, risked life and limb to plunge almost naked into a dark and icy abyss to make one of the most unique finds in the annals of discovery and exploration - and with nothing more than a candle and a box of matches, the very first attempts to explore the caves of Somerset in 1934 and a detailed account of how both Cousteau and Dumas came very close to death in the Fountain of Vaucluse in 1946.

Chapter by chapter this book visits the important cave systems of the Bahamas, Europe, UK, USA and Venezuela as it explains many of the individual accomplishments made by the men and women who pioneered, expanded and continue to develop the sport of Cave Diving.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is very interesting and well written although the title is a little misleading. The book pens the more interesting diving experiences of some of histories most famous cave, spring, sump and cenote divers. It tells of their experiences in a time when the type of diving that they were doing was still new and had not yet been fully explored. Many of the stories that are in the book tell of the near death experiences and possible dangerous situations that many of these divers were faced with and yet still lived through. The chapters in the book range from the tales of some of the early cenote and cave divers and their discoveries all the way through the record setting depth attemps of Sheck Exley. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in some of the stories of the earliest and most famous technical divers or those who have an interest in some of the earlier archiology divers and the things that discovered through their expoits.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
As if you're wearing weight-belts too, the author draws you down to join the feerless few who dare the hidden underwater depths. Very entertaining, but equally educational, which is helpful to us landlubbers who have only dreamt of clenching down on a regulator mouthpiece. The book covers the early days of aqua-spelunking right up through the present, touching on the evolving equipment and techniques, including a piece on the challenges and tricks of underwater photography. Great pictures and diagrams, and the stories are arranged such that it isn't necessary to read front to back. The reader can dive in anywhere and not get lost...which is more than can be said for some of the chapters' subjects. Either way, you'll enjoy reading every page. But beware of the bends!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
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This is THE book for anyone who has any interest at all in the sport of SCUBA diving or just interested in reading about extreme high adverture.It is one of the most interesting, enjoyable and captivating books I have read in quite awhile. It puts you right there in the caves, sinks and sumps with some of the worlds best and most experienced cave divers(and some who were'nt) and lets you get a feel for what it is like to explore worlds that few will ever see. From Florida's famous Wakulla Spring Survey Project and the remains of early man found at Warm Mineral/Little Salt Springs to the HUGE underwater labyrinthss of the Yucatan Peninsula and Huautla cavern system in Mexico, each chapter is a detailed account of these adventures including maps, drawings and photos. I highly recommend this book.
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