Diving Through The Decades by highly acclaimed diving historian Eric Hanauer, takes readers on an up-close and personal, decade by decade journey that highlights the inventions, events, and pioneers who transformed diving from its humble beginnings to an international sport enjoyed by millions. The comprehensive text includes personal stories, historical photographs, and insightful interviews Hanauer conducted over the course of more than 40 years with key players who laid the foundation for sport diving. These interviews transform the book from a gathering of historical facts into an intimate experience for divers who want to learn the fascinating history of their sport.
A highly respected author in the diving world, Hanauer’s first magazine article appeared in Skin Diver magazine in 1977. That launched a parallel career as a writer and photographer that took him around the globe in the heyday of diving magazines. Hanauer also produced pieces for Dive Training, Fathoms, Scubapro Diving and Snorkeling, Scuba Times, and Sport Diver. His byline has appeared in more than 1,000 articles, many reprinted internationally. The recipient of the prestigious NOGI (New Orleans Grand Isle) Award in Sports/Education in 2019 presented by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hanauer has written four other books: The Egyptian Red Sea, Diving Pioneers, Diving Micronesia, and Immersion, a corporate history of Aqua Lung.
this book was a fun interesting read on a wide range of diving topics across decades. Discusses how diving developed in gear, techniques, certification, destinations, etc. The author has interviewed many people over the years and their quoted remarks makes the story come alive. Great chapter on weird diving gear. Highly recommended
Diving Through the Decades
What a wonderful book, an interesting way of seeing where diving started, what it has evolved into, and where it might be going. As one who has been diving for almost 60 years, it brought back a lot great memories, but I also learned a lot from it that I didn’t know. Eric Hanauer has way with words, that made turning the pages a real desire to see what is next to come, whether it was about equipment and/or a person.
For me this book was a real joy to read. I had trouble putting it down. Can’t wait to see the what the future come up with.
A great, historical resource!
Every diver, whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, should read this book. It is wonderful! I’ve been diving for years and knew a lot of the names, events and equipment — but this was the first time I’d ever seen all of the information collected and presented in a format that was easy to read, interesting and brought it together in a way that finally all made sense.
The book is written by decades, and each decade features the key players, equipment and events of that time period. There are lots of great vintage photos that compliment the text.
This is currently an e-book, but I would love to have a hard copy to add to my library. It is truly a keeper!