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Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd): Fiona McIntosh Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd)
Fiona McIntosh 2
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This guide offers spectacular and diverse diving in South Africa and Mozambique.

Dive with sharks, squid and sardines, exploring cold-water kelp forests, pristine tropical reefs and poignant shipwrecks. This guide features 180 of the best dives, with first-hand descriptions and site maps. Key dive information and contact details and a comprehensive marine species identification guide.

Book chapters include

  • Cape Peninsula and False Bay
  • Southern Cape Coast – Gansbaai & the Garden Route
  • Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred & East London
  • South Coast – Aliwal Shoal, Landers & Protea Banks
  • Durban & North Coast
  • Sodwana Bay
  • Northern Maputaland – Mabibi & Kosi Bay
  • Southern Mozambique
  • The Manta Coast
  • Vilanculos & the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Nampula – Nacala Bay, Baixo do Pinda, Memba Bay and Ilha de Mozambique
  • Northern Mozambique – Pemba & the Quirmbas Archipelago
  • Inland dive sites
  • Marine species Identification Guide
  • Contacts

This guide will give you the information you need to be a responsible diver. Learn to care for the marine environment as well diving culture and gear you would need. This book is a must-have for any diving enthusiast.

From Whiskey To Water (Paperback): Sam Cowen From Whiskey To Water (Paperback)
Sam Cowen 1
R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"My name is Samantha and Iím an alcoholic. At the time of writing, Iíve been sober for 13 years, 11 months and 16 days. And yes I still count. I promised I would never speak about it publicly until my children understood what that meant, that mommy was an alcoholic. I think they may have understood long before I did."

From Whiskey To Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by one of South Africaís most loved radio talk show hosts, Sam Cowen. Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale, Sam finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life Ė marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious dead-pan style, this is one of the bravest books youíll read this year.

"So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, itís not. Itís how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasnít nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, itís not. Itís actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. Itís about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. Itís about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you canít slay them. Itís about being my own Daenarys."

Diving the Thistlegorm - The Ultimate Guide to a World War Ii Shipwreck (Hardcover): Mike Postons Diving the Thistlegorm - The Ultimate Guide to a World War Ii Shipwreck (Hardcover)
Mike Postons
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Shark Bytes - Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful (Paperback): John Bantin Shark Bytes - Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful (Paperback)
John Bantin
R496 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R84 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.

Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph (Paperback): Yusra Mardini Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph (Paperback)
Yusra Mardini
R340 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R59 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to die at home or risk death trying to escape." - Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini fled her native Syria to the Turkish coast in 2015 and boarded a small dinghy full of refugees bound for Greece. When the small and overcrowded boat's engine cut out, it began to sink. Yusra, her sister and two others took to the water, pushing the boat for three and a half hours in open water until they eventually landed on Lesbos, saving the lives of the passengers aboard.

Butterfly is the story of that remarkable woman, whose journey started in a war-torn suburb of Damascus and took her through Europe to Berlin and from there to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Yusra Mardini is an athlete, one of People magazine’s twenty-five women changing the world, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and one of Time Magazine’s thirty most influential teens of 2016.

The Art Of Resilience - Strategies For An Unbreakable Mind And Body (Paperback): Ross Edgley The Art Of Resilience - Strategies For An Unbreakable Mind And Body (Paperback)
Ross Edgley 1
R477 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R71 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Bestselling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim around Great Britain, breaking multiple world records. Now Ross focuses on mental strength, stoicism and the training needed to create an unbreakable body.

Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, 'haunted' whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.

Ross's previous book, The World's Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mindset in overcoming adversity. This ground-breaking book represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human - whatever the challenge you face.

Diving Logbook - Scuba Diving Log Book: Leather & Rope Effect Cover - Perfect size for Dive Bag (Paperback): Scuba Diving Gifts... Diving Logbook - Scuba Diving Log Book: Leather & Rope Effect Cover - Perfect size for Dive Bag (Paperback)
Scuba Diving Gifts Publications
R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wild and Temperate Seas - 50 Favourite UK Dives (Paperback): Will Appleyard Wild and Temperate Seas - 50 Favourite UK Dives (Paperback)
Will Appleyard
R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves, Wild and Temperate Seas is a new-style guide which will whet your appetite for UK diving. These are over 50 personal favourites at some of the UK's most popular underwater destinations. Dorset Dives author Will Appleyard and his team of experienced collaborators share their picks as they showcase our beautiful coastal locations. Many of the dive sites featured in this new guide already appear regularly in avid UK divers' log books. Others are visited by only those with local knowledge and some rarely see divers at all. All are special in some way to those who have contributed and evidence for those to whom the UK underwater is still a mystery that once you tame these wild and temperate seas there really are some magnificent experiences to be had. As a wise man once said 'There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong thermal protection' (paraphrased). So, demist your mask and embrace the emerald, don your drysuit and conquer the cold... this book shows what incredible quality is waiting to be found if you just scratch the surface of UK diving. Wild and Temperate Seas is an introduction to some of the UK's best dives covering over 50 accessible sites in 15 beautiful locations across the nation. Includes wrecks and reefs, boat and shore dives. By experienced contributors and with stunning images by award-winning underwater photographers, this is the perfect gift for anyone new to or considering diving in the UK.

Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph (Hardcover): Yusra Mardini Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph (Hardcover)
Yusra Mardini 1
R509 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R90 (18%) In stock

“Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to die at home or risk death trying to escape.” – Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini fled her native Syria to the Turkish coast in 2015 and boarded a small dinghy full of refugees bound for Greece. When the small and overcrowded boat’s engine cut out, it began to sink. Yusra, her sister and two others took to the water, pushing the boat for three and a half hours in open water until they eventually landed on Lesbos, saving the lives of the passengers aboard.

Butterfly is the story of that remarkable woman, whose journey started in a war-torn suburb of Damascus and took her through Europe to Berlin and from there to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Yusra Mardini is an athlete, one of People magazine’s twenty-five women changing the world, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and one of Time Magazine’s thirty most influential teens of 2016.

Reef Smart Guides Grand Cayman (Paperback): Peter Mcdougall, Ian Popple, Otto Wagner Reef Smart Guides Grand Cayman (Paperback)
Peter Mcdougall, Ian Popple, Otto Wagner
R832 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R177 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Definitive Guide to Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in The Grand Cayman Islands For Lonely Planet fans comes a unique and essential scuba, snorkel, and surf travel guide. A great Caribbean travel book. The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in the Grand Cayman Islands. The detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers and surfers. This guidebook will help anyone wanting to make the most of their time on the Island and in the water. Detailed descriptions and map art. Reef Smart catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in the Cayman Islands. With the help of Reef Smart's unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the regions' top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures, and species information. This guidebook includes descriptions of 245 unique dive and snorkel sites and detailed 3D models of 47 of the island's most popular sites, including the Kittiwake, Babylon, Devil's Grotto, Doc Poulson, Snapper Hole, The Maze and many more. Don't go diving without it. This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Make sure to pack this guidebook with the rest of your scuba gear. This guidebook provides: The best locations for diving, snorkeling, and surfing, and how to access them: Detailed 3D maps, graphics, and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures you'll encounter in the Cayman Islands and its surrounding areas And much more! A unique and comprehensive SCUBA diving book. Also look for Reef Smart Guides Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach; Reef Smart Guides Barbados; and the best-selling Reef Smart Guides Bonaire.

The Fit Swimmer - 120 Workouts & Training Tips (Hardcover): Brems The Fit Swimmer - 120 Workouts & Training Tips (Hardcover)
Brems
R685 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R140 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Championship Swimming - How to Improve Your Technique and Swim Faster in Thirty Days or Less (Paperback, Ed): Tracey... Championship Swimming - How to Improve Your Technique and Swim Faster in Thirty Days or Less (Paperback, Ed)
Tracey McFarlane-Mirande, Kathlene Bissell
R428 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Swim at your best with this step-by-step 30-day program from an Olympic medalist. 'Tracey and I both swam under the direction of Coach Richard Quick, who is considered an expert by everyone in our sport. Not everybody can have an Olympic coach, but having lessons from a former Olympian is certainly the next best thing. Tracey's book includes what all swimmers need to know to become better--no matter what their level. Perhaps someone reading it will become a future Olympian' - Jenny Thompson, holder of 12 Olympic medals and the most decorated woman swimmer in U.S. history. 'This is the quintessential book for those interested in improving their swimming skills at a rapid rate. It has all the basics for the beginner yet still is able to focus on the bigger picture - swimming faster and more efficiently with an improved stroke' - Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medalist and commentator for NBC Sports. If you think the fastest way to better swimming is more boring, repetitive laps, you're (literally) wasting your breath! In this handy guide, Olympic medalist and former World Champion Tracey McFarlane Mirande uses her experience, skills, and know-how to get you swimming with speed, power, and grace - just like the pros. Whether you're a skilled swimmer or a beginner, "Championship Swimming" delivers competition-level techniques and training to provide real improvement in just 30 days. Tracey's comprehensive guide includes: workouts for both beginning and advanced swimmers; specialized drills for improved strokes; techniques for eliminating drag and swimming more powerfully with less effort; and, step-by-step instructions for flip turns.

Total Immersion - The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier (Paperback, New ed): Terry Laughlin Total Immersion - The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier (Paperback, New ed)
Terry Laughlin; As told to John Delves
R365 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R105 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Even though swimming is the closest thing to a perfect exercise you can name, too few people experience its full benefits. That's because most find themselves fighting to stay afloat, struggling for air, and feeling exhausted after just a lap or two, all of which makes this perfect exercise frustrating, laborious, and complicated. For the past fifteen years, veteran swim coach Terry Laughlin has been teaching adults how to swim better - and enjoy it more - by using his simple and original techniques. Laughlin turns traditional swimming beliefs inside out as he explains that it's technique - not athletic ability - that makes a strong swimmer. Laughlin teaches 'Fishlike Swimming,' focusing on slipping through the water rather than using muscle to overpower it. The key is working with the water, not against it - learning to swim ever faster and farther without losing a sense of flow, grace, economy, and balance.

Deco for Divers - A Diver's Guide to Decompression Theory and Physiology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Mark Powell Deco for Divers - A Diver's Guide to Decompression Theory and Physiology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Mark Powell
R776 R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Save R156 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fully updated and revised. Award winning Deco for Divers provides a comprehensive overview of the principles underlying decompression theory. Mark Powell has written a book that for the first time allows the average diver to fully understand the principles behind this fascinating aspect of diving. This book bridges the gap between introductory books and source scientific information. What I wanted was an intermediate overview that went into more detail but wasn't written for academics or researchers. When I became a technical diving instructor I started teaching other people about decompression theory. I tried to give an overview of decompression theory at this intermediate level to give my students a better understanding of what was happening during decompression dives. This was always very popular amongst divers who, like me, had always wanted to understand more about the concepts and models underlying decompression theory. I was always being asked if I could recommend a good book which covered this area but as before, there was no such text available. Over time I started giving out notes for the decompression theory portion of my courses and these notes started building. Initially they were just a few pages but the notes became more and more comprehensive and started to cover more and more areas. Eventually they grew into this book. Eurotek 2010 - Winner Publication of Significance Award. TekDive 2014 - Winner Media Award.

Splash! - 10,000 Years of Swimming (Paperback, Export/Airside): Howard Means Splash! - 10,000 Years of Swimming (Paperback, Export/Airside)
Howard Means
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'This fascinating history of how, where and why humans swim...is perfect reading for those missing a splash-about during the lockdown.' Guardian From the first recorded dip into what's now the driest spot on earth to the recreational swimmers in your local pool, humans have been getting wet for 10,000 years. And for most of modern history, swimming has caused a ripple that touches us all. Splash! dives into Egypt, winds through ancient Greece and Rome, flows mostly underground through the Dark and Middle Ages (at least in Europe), and then re-emerges in the wake of the Renaissance before taking its final lap at the modern Olympic Games. Along the way, it kicks away the idea that swimming is just about speed or great feats of aquatic endurance, revealing how its history spans religion, fashion, architecture, public health, colonialism, segregation, sexism, sexiness, guts, glory and much, much more. As refreshing as jumping into a pool on a hot summer's day, Splash! sweeps across the whole of humankind's swimming history with an irrepressible enthusiasm that will make you crave your next dip.

Technical Diving - An Introduction by Mark Powell (Paperback): Mark Powell Technical Diving - An Introduction by Mark Powell (Paperback)
Mark Powell
R785 R629 Discovery Miles 6 290 Save R156 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the last few years technical diving has become much more popular and has moved into mainstream diving. As a result a significant number of recreational divers are moving towards technical diving. Despite this, there are still many misconceptions about what technical diving actually means and what is involved. Introduction to Technical Diving - An Introduction by Mark Powell gives a straightforward overview of technical diving and dispels many of the myths surrounding this area. It explores what is meant by technical diving, what is involved, the risks that arise and how you can move towards this type of diving. Section one describes technical diving in general and illustrates some of the differences between technical and recreational diving as well as explaining some of the things that recreational divers can learn from technical divers. Section two explains some of the ideas behind this form of diving. It defines exactly what we mean by technical diving as well as why it has become so popular. This section then explains how to make a start in technical diving and the type of divers who tend to get into technical diving. For these divers the second section then goes on to explain what to expect from a technical diving course. Finally this section discusses how accident analysis has been used to shape some of the concepts in technical diving as well as some of the mental aspects of this type of diving. The third section then goes on give an overview of technical diving equipment and explains why this is different to the equipment used in recreational diving. There are many different opinions about technical diving equipment and this section of the book lays out the advantages and disadvantages of the various options so that divers can make an informed decision about their equipment choices. Topics such as twinset configuration, Hogarthian gear configuration and choice of stage cylinders are all covered for the open circuit diver. The fourth section covers the various skills required for technical diving are discussed in detail including buoyancy control, trim, tram diving, problem shutdown and valve shutdowns. Section five covers the issues involved in rebreather diving and the various choices available to divers looking to switch to a rebreather. Section six discusses the various aspects of technical dive planning including decompression planning, dealing with narcosis, avoiding oxygen toxicity and gas planning. Finally this section covers some of the various aspects of planning for specific situations such as wreck, cave penetration and mixed gas expedition diving. The book is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about technical diving. Whether you are looking to take a technical diving course, are looking to improve your skills or simply want to find out more about what's involved then this book will provide a comprehensive overview. Even those divers who are not tempted to venture into this area of the sport can benefit from this book as it also discusses what lessons can be learnt from technical diving in order to improve normal recreational diving.

Wild Woman Swimming - A Journal of West Country Waters (Paperback): Lynne Roper Wild Woman Swimming - A Journal of West Country Waters (Paperback)
Lynne Roper; Edited by Tanya Shadrick 1
R236 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R18 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Wild Swimming Spain - Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Spain (Paperback): John Weller, Lola Culsan Wild Swimming Spain - Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Spain (Paperback)
John Weller, Lola Culsan 1
R434 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Discover over 150 magical places to swim and explore in Spain. With stunning photography this book reveals the best crystal mountain lakes, secluded lake-side beaches, and turquoise pools hidden deep in waterfall-filled gorges. With recommendations for places to camp and eat this is all you need to take you off the beaten track.

This Is Me - The Autobiography (Paperback): Ian Thorpe This Is Me - The Autobiography (Paperback)
Ian Thorpe 1
R240 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R70 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ian Thorpe's achievements in the water are nothing short of phenomenal. He has won a record-holding 11 World Championship titles and ten Commonwealth Games gold medals. He has broken 22 world records and won five gold, three silver and one bronze Olympic medals. Having been under the spotlight since he was a young teenager, he retired from competitive swimming in 2006, but after five years he mounted a comeback for London 2012, and intense media attention followed. Thorpe is one of the world's most famous sportsmen, but it is the way he has managed his success and his commitment to helping others that has earned him respect and admiration internationally. This is a man who has had highs and lows away from the pool, who has led an extraordinary life of an elite athlete that most of us will never know, and who had the courage to come back and stake his claim for the ultimate goal once more.

Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea (Paperback, 2nd edition): John Bantin Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea (Paperback, 2nd edition)
John Bantin
R351 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection of true diving stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. Enjoy classic tales of this extreme watersport, from thrilling wreck discoveries to encounters with the bizarre and the beautiful. There are stories of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. Tales of the exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport. The author's global tour takes you everywhere, from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Every ocean of the world is explored, making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.

Swimming Science - Optimum performance in the water (Hardcover): John G. Mullen Swimming Science - Optimum performance in the water (Hardcover)
John G. Mullen 1
R561 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R132 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Just one hundredth of a second separates elite swimmers from the podium, but what are the physical forces at work behind these tiny margins, and how can an understanding of them be used to improve your own technique in the pool? Swimming Science investigates, with each chapter focussing on a different area. From swimming technology, physiology, and psychology to hydrodynamics, the key principles of swimming science are addressed, with the content organised around a series of questions. What creates the drag in the water? How have swim suits evolved? Which muscles generate propulsion? How much force do elite swimmers use? Each question is investigated using up-to-date science and explanatory info-graphics.

UK Dive Guide - Diving Guide to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Paperback): Patrick Shier UK Dive Guide - Diving Guide to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Paperback)
Patrick Shier; Edited by Christopher Mark Davey, Mark Richard Evans
R531 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is an exciting new diving guide covering dive sites in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Explore the wreck of the E39 submarine off Pembrokeshire or the stunning Cathedral Rock off St Abbs to the Unknown Coaster in Portland Harbour. In this title, 100 dives are described in detail from easy shore dives to more demanding boat dives. Dive locations are fully illustrated with specially commissioned maps and diagrams together with full colour photography throughout. All dives are above 18m and suitable for all levels of experience from novice to technical diver. The United Kingdom has some of the best diving available in Europe offering a mixture of scenic reef dives and spectacular wrecks. Wherever you are in the United Kingdom you are only a short distance away from one of these spectacular dives.

Why We Swim (Hardcover): Bonnie Tsui Why We Swim (Hardcover)
Bonnie Tsui
R574 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Best Book of the Season: BuzzFeed * Bustle * San Francisco Chronicle "A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was enchanted by this book." --Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksAn immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming--and on human behavior itself. We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world. Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein's palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what about water--despite its dangers--seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.

Ultimate Diving Adventures - 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water (Paperback): Len Deeley, Karen Gargani Ultimate Diving Adventures - 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water (Paperback)
Len Deeley, Karen Gargani 1
R544 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Do you dream of plunging into the big blue to discover the most exceptional underwater experiences on the planet? Ultimate Diving Adventures is the best dive buddy imaginable as it guides you through the depths in search of 100 amazing underwater encounters.

There are classic dives and secret spots, dramatic wrecks and sites where the marine life has to be seen to be believed. Authors Len Deeley and Karen Gargani are experienced divers who have spent many years exploring and taking photographs of the world's ultimate dive sites. With their expert guidance and stunning images you will learn where to swim with frog fish and pygmy sea horses as well the best shark and whale dives.

Stunning images bring each dive site to life and lively writing helps transport the reader to a world beneath the waves. There is a wealth of enjoyment and inspiration for armchair divers as well as plenty of practical advice for those who want to take the plunge and experience these Ultimate Diving Adventures for themselves.Wreck dives Shark inhabited reefsTemperate watersTropical reefsWhales and other mammalsExotic species

At the Pond - Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond (Paperback): Margaret Drabble, Esther Freud, Sophie Mackintosh At the Pond - Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond (Paperback)
Margaret Drabble, Esther Freud, Sophie Mackintosh 1
R261 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A joyous collection of essays celebrating the sanctuary of the women's pond on Hampstead Heath.' - New Statesman

Tucked away along a shady path towards the north-east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign: Women Only. This is the Kenwood Ladies' Bathing Pond.

Floating in the Pond's silky waters, hidden by a canopy of trees, it's easy to forget that you are in the middle of London. On a hot day, thousands of swimmers from eight to eighty-plus can be found waiting to take a dip before sunbathing in the adjoining meadow. As summer turns to autumn and then winter, the Pond is still visited by a large number of hardy regulars in high-vis hats, many of whom have been swimming here for decades.

In these essays we see the Pond from the perspectives of writers who have swum there. Esther Freud describes the life-affirming sensation of swimming through the seasons; Lou Stoppard pays tribute to the winter swimmers who break the ice; Margaret Drabble reflects on the golden Hampstead days of her youth; Sharlene Teo visits for the first time; and Nell Frizzell shares the view from her yellow lifeguard's canoe.

Combining personal reminiscence with reflections on the history of the place over the years and through the changing seasons, At the Pond captures fourteen contemporary writers' impressions of this unique place.

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