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The Essentials of Cave Diving: Jill Heinerth's Guide to Cave Diving Paperback – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Heinerth Productions Incorporated; Author's Edition edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979878942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979878947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

A Cave Diver and prolific author, Jill Heinerth is an explorer. For over twenty years, her curiosity and photographic skills have given us a tantalizing peek at a breathtaking underwater world few will ever experience. Best known as a pioneering technical diver, Jill combines a mastery of underwater technology with a formal Fine Arts education to produce artistic documentation of the natural environment above, below and inside our planet. Jill's credits include National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel, Nippon TV, BBC, PBS and many others. Hollywood directors call on her to produce difficult underwater scenes and international magazines look to her to document extreme environments with digital technology. Jill is an inaugural member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and has been acclaimed as a Living Legend in Sport Diver magazine. Ms. Heinerth is the 2011 winner of the Wyland ICON award, an honor she shares with such notables a Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle and Robert Ballard. Born in Canada, Jill lives with her husband, Robert, in North Florida, where she starts most days with a refreshing swim in the clear water of her local spring.

More About the Author

Jill Heinerth is an explorer who uses her creative talents and photographic skill to give us a peek at a breathtaking world few will ever experience.

An award-winning filmmaker, Jill wrote, produced, and appeared in Water's Journey, the PBS documentary series that takes viewers on travels through the world's greatest water systems. Hollywood directors call on her to produce difficult underwater scenes and international magazines and websites look to her to document extreme environments using high technology.

Some of Jill's numerous professional diving, photographic and filmmaking awards include being named a "Living Legend" by Sport Diver Magazine, being inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame and being honored as Canadian Technical Diver of the Year. Recently she was recognized by Keen Footwear as top environmental photographer, using her craft to teach people about protecting the environment they live in.

Jill is known as an industry expert in the use of closed-circuit rebreathers. Her multi-media blog attracts a large international audience. She is also a popular presenter at international diving events from Australia to Central America, Russia, Europe and Canada.

Jill feels very fortunate to mix her creative talents with her passion for the environment and has chosen a unique career path that allows her to reach up from inside the planet and bring people to a world they have never seen.

Jill has written numerous articles on cave diving, technical rebreather diving, underwater photography and other underwater topics. She has assisted in development of training materials for Diving Science and Technology and the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers. She is the author of three books on cave diving diving and underwater photogrpaphy.

Jill's website www.IntoThePlanet.com showcases her photography and international speaking engagements, while her interactive site www.RebreatherPro.com reaches out to technical divers all over the world.

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Her book is an excellent tool, not intended to replace actual training and hands on experience.
Angela Brown
Jill is a legend in the cave-diving world and this user-friendly book is a wealth of information for any cave diving enthusiast.
Nectarine
I was told to read this by my friends, I really like the very clear and easy style of the writer.
Gabor Pete

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bowden on July 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Essentials of Cave Diving is a must for the student cave diver and a refreshing tool for those of us who teach the discipline. I am retired from teaching but wish that Jill's book had been available for my students when I was teaching. . It is an excellent tool and damn good fun for us old troglodytes. The generous use of photos and graphics make it both more readable and inspiring. While I do not teach anymore I still explore caves and enjoy keeping up with my colleagues around the world. I see that Jill included some of them in photos. What is important with this book is that it is written by an experienced, very capable cave diver/explorer who lives what she writes about.

Jim Bowden
Founder and leader
Proyecto de Buceo Espeleologico Mexico y America Central
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nick_js on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Finally a cave diving manual for the 21st century! Jill has done an outstanding job in presenting all the basics of this discipline in a friendly PADI-style book. The manual is very well illustrated and up to date, unlike most other cave diving books on the marked which originate from the 80s and can easily intimidate newcomers to the sport. Everything that is essential for safe cave diving is well covered in the book. The style is light and welcoming.

The only downside to this book is that it spends too many pages on mixed gas and deco theory, as well as rebreather diving. Most casual cave divers (the intended audience of the book) use open-circuit equipment and don't run into heavy deco schedules. And should they decide to do mixed gas deco or rebreathers, then they would have to take a number of specialized courses which would provide the appropriate knowledge and literature. So, I hope that the second edition of the book cuts back on these sections and focuses more on the core cave diving techniques and procedures.

Overall, I recommend this book as a great informative and entertaining read for cave diving students and veterans who are looking for a lightweight knowledge refresher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Geho on July 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ms. Heinerth is an incredible author who knows how to work just enough humor in this treatise to make the reading enjoyable and very informing. As a diver working towards his Full Cave Certification, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone even considering moving into this incredible an dangerous world of Cave Diving!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nectarine on August 10, 2013
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Jill is a legend in the cave-diving world and this user-friendly book is a wealth of information for any cave diving enthusiast.
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