We can’t be scuba diving 24/7. But we can pretend we are! That’s where scuba diving novels come handy – especially during these long and boring surface intervals at the office. And it is cheaper than therapy!
1. Scuba Novels by Eric Douglas
Many of you will remember Eric as the former director of training & education at DAN. He deserves a section of his own as he is the most prolific scuba novel author we know of – starting with a 10-book series with underwater hero Mike Scott, in order:
- Cayman Cowboys: Reefs Under Pressure
- Flooding Hollywood: Fanatics at the Dam
- Guardians’ Keep: Mystery below the Adriatic
- Wreck of the Huron: Cuban Secrets
- Heart of the Maya: Murder for the Gods
- Return to Cayman: Paradise Held Hostage
- Oil and Water: Crash in Curacao
- The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water
- Turks and Chaos: Hostile Waters
- Water Crisis: Day Zero
If you like the Mike Scott series of novels, you will also like Eric’s short stories from the Florida Keys:
2. Other Interesting Scuba Diving Novels
We love Eric’s novels but there are many other scuba diving novels we also enjoyed reading. It helps us remain immersed in the underwater world while being on land.
- Grave Descend: An Early Thriller. Michael Crichton is the famous author of Jurassic Park. He also writes under the name John Lange. ‘Grave Descent’ is the name of a wreck in the Caribbean water.
- Deep Water is about a dive gone wrong off the coast of Alabama. The first rule of scuba diving is not to never hold your breath. It’s: If you don’t feel right, don’t go down.
- The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depth by Bernie Chowdhury is a non-fiction book but it reads as easily as a novel. It documents a fatal dive on a German U-Boat in 230 feet (70 m) of water off the coast of New Jersey.
- Something in The Water: A Novel made it to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It’s about a shocking underwater discovery during a honeymoon in paradise.
- Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria. This non-fiction book provides insights into a deep dive very few of us will ever be able to do – because of a lack of skills or lack of bravery!
If you know of other scuba novels worth a read, let us know.