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Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd): Fiona McIntosh Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd)
Fiona McIntosh 1
R265 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R37 (14%) Within 4 - 8 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 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R18 (7%) In stock

"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 In Mozambique (Paperback): Robynn Hofmeyr, Ross Hofmeyr Diving In Mozambique (Paperback)
Robynn Hofmeyr, Ross Hofmeyr
R180 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R25 (14%) In stock

The ideal diving trip planner.

The first guide to dives and diving in Mozambique that describes the best dive centres and resorts in the region and that details the following key information:

  • facilities and equipment available
  • size of dive groups
  • length of dives
  • who leads the dives
  • distance to the launch site
  • the best time of year for diving
  • what there is to see
  • what health and safety precautions to take
I Found My Tribe (Hardcover): Ruth Fitzmaurice I Found My Tribe (Hardcover)
Ruth Fitzmaurice 1
R354 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R80 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

'One of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit' Sunday Times Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other `tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. `The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming - culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

Swimming - Vintage Minis (Paperback): Roger Deakin Swimming - Vintage Minis (Paperback)
Roger Deakin
R83 R64 Discovery Miles 640 Save R19 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Is there anything quite so exhilarating as swimming in wild water? This is a joyful swimming tour of Britain, a frog's-eye view of the country's best bathing holes - the rivers, rock pools, lakes, ponds, lochs and sea that define a watery island. Charming, funny, inspiring, an assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, a celebration of the magic of water - this book will indeed make you want to strip off and leap in. Selected from the book Waterlog by Roger Deakin. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Eating by Nigella Lawson; Liberty by Virginia Woolf; Summer by Laurie Lee; and, Desire by Haruki Murakami.

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
R446 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R101 (23%) Within 8 - 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.

This Is Me - The Autobiography (Paperback): Ian Thorpe This Is Me - The Autobiography (Paperback)
Ian Thorpe 1
R216 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R48 (22%) Within 8 - 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.

No Limits - The Will to Succeed (Paperback): Michael Phelps No Limits - The Will to Succeed (Paperback)
Michael Phelps 1
R190 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R39 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

""When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there.""

Michael Phelps is one of the greatest competitors the world has ever seen. From teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in Athens, he is now -- after the Beijing Games -- a living Olympic legend. With an unprecedented eight gold medals and world-record times in seven events, his performance at the 2008 Games set a new standard for success. He ranks among the most elite athletes in the world, and is both an inspiration and a role model to millions. The incredible focus he exhibits in practice and during competition propels him forward to his unrivaled excellence. In "No Limits," Michael Phelps reveals the secrets to his remarkable success, from his training regimen to his mental preparation and, finally, to his performance in the pool.

Behind Phelps's tally of Olympic gold medals lies a consistent approach to competition, a determination to win, and a straightforward passion for his sport. Like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, he has learned to filter out distractions and deliver stellar performance under pressure. The road has not always been easy; from the very beginning, Phelps had to overcome physical setbacks and emotional trials. When he was younger, he was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; other kids bullied him; even a teacher said he would never be successful. Later, he had to work through injuries that jeopardized his career. In this book, Phelps talks for the first time about how he has overcome these and other challenges - about how to develop the mental attitude needed to persevere, not just in athletic competition but in life.

His success is imbued with the perspective of overcoming the obstacles that come your way and believing in yourself no matter the odds.

"No Limits" explores the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice that go into reaching any goal. Whether it is on the starting block during an Olympic swim meet or in the weight room on a typical day, Phelps's dedication has led him to unparalleled excellence. Filled with anecdotes from family members, friends, teammates, and his coach, "No Limits" gives a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of a real champion. One of Phelps's mottos is "Performance Is Reality," and it typifies his attitude toward achieving his goals. It's easy to get bogged down by doubt or to lose focus when a challenge seems out of reach, but Phelps believes that you can accomplish anything if you fully commit yourself to it. Using the eight final swims of the Beijing Olympics as a model, "No Limits" is a step-by-step guide to realizing one's dream.

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
R698 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R140 (20%) Within 8 - 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.

Watermarks - Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers (Paperback): Watermarks - Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers (Paperback)
1
R198 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R16 (8%) Within 8 - 15 working days
The Cayman Islands - Drive Guide (Paperback, 1st ed): Stephen Frink, William Harrigan, Diving Science and Technology Corp The Cayman Islands - Drive Guide (Paperback, 1st ed)
Stephen Frink, William Harrigan, Diving Science and Technology Corp
R511 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R89 (17%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Full-color, three-dimensional maps of each dive site offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site -- including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards -- and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering the 26 dives in this book provide crucial data about depth, currents, weather variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The lively text by dive experts has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corporation (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

Leap In - A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim (Hardcover): Alexandra Heminsley Leap In - A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim (Hardcover)
Alexandra Heminsley 1
R312 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R70 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

'Remarkable' Observer 'A joy to read' Daily Telegraph 'Soaringly beautiful' Sunday Times Magazine 'Genuine and persuasive' Guardian Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn't. Believing that a life lived fully isn't one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming from Kefalonia to Ithaca, in becoming a swimmer, Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you're in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

Turning - A Swimming Memoir (Hardcover): Jessica J. Lee Turning - A Swimming Memoir (Hardcover)
Jessica J. Lee 1
R405 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R88 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

'The water slips over me like cool silk. The intimacy of touch uninhibited, rising around my legs, over my waist, my breasts, up to my collarbone. When I throw back my head and relax, the lake runs into my ears. The sound of it is a muffled roar, the vibration of the body amplified by water, every sound felt as if in slow motion . . .' Summer swimming . . . but Jessica Lee - Canadian, Chinese and British - swims through all four seasons and especially loves the winter. 'I long for the ice. The sharp cut of freezing water on my feet. The immeasurable black of the lake at its coldest. Swimming then means cold, and pain, and elation.'At the age of twenty-eight, Jessica Lee, who grew up in Canada and lived in London, finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is there, ostensibly, to write a thesis. And though that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.This is the story of a beautiful obsession: of the thrill of a still, turquoise lake, of cracking the ice before submerging, of floating under blue skies, of tangled weeds and murkiness, of cool, fresh, spring swimming - of facing past fears of near drowning and of breaking free.When she completes her year of swimming Jessica finds she has new strength, and she has also found friends and has gained some understanding of how the landscape both haunts and holds us.This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using their body's strength, who knows what it is to allow oneself to abandon all thought and float home to the surface.

I Found My Tribe (Paperback): Ruth Fitzmaurice I Found My Tribe (Paperback)
Ruth Fitzmaurice 1
R303 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R64 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

'One of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit' Sunday Times Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other `tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. `The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming - culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Bantin Amazing Diving Stories - Incredible Tales from Deep Beneath the Sea (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Bantin
R314 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R68 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

This collection of thrilling stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Take the plunge to read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks he studied were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Seas most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub-aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life. Rogue government officials from Mexico are exposed for unacceptable underwater behavior and officious dive instructors are given the slip to allow some extraordinary underwater exploration. Exciting and extreme tales rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport.This global tour takes in everywhere from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves. Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.

One Breath - Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits (Paperback): Adam Skolnick One Breath - Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits (Paperback)
Adam Skolnick 1
R215 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R30 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America's greatest freediver Competitive freediving-a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath-tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them. Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving's brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world's premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.

Wild Swimming Italy - Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Italy (Paperback): Michele Tameni Wild Swimming Italy - Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Italy (Paperback)
Michele Tameni 1
R417 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R73 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Wild Swimming series travels to Italy to explore freshwater lakes, mountain and lagoons. Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Sicily and swim at river beaches in Campania. Discover the secret hot springs of Tuscany and amazing waterfalls of the Dolomiti. Explore the hidden shores of Lake Como and Garda. Perfect for family explorers or romantic adevnturers, this stunning travel book combines beautiful photography with all the practical information you'll need to get off the beaten track, including maps, directions, grid references and walk-in times, and recommendations for canoe trips, campsites and tavernas.

Deep - Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Paperback): James Nestor Deep - Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Paperback)
James Nestor
R281 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R67 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Diver's Guide to Red Sea Reef Fishes (Paperback): John E. Randall The Diver's Guide to Red Sea Reef Fishes (Paperback)
John E. Randall
R499 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R95 (19%) Within 8 - 15 working days
The Art of Swimming - Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique (Paperback): Steven Shaw The Art of Swimming - Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique (Paperback)
Steven Shaw 1
R252 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R52 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Based on a 35-year voyage of discovery into the art of swimming, this work looks at the most popular strokes - front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly - focusing on maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Swimming improves your flexibility, tones your body and can help to boost your self-esteem and produce a sense of well being. It is the nation's most popular sporting activity with 11.9 million people swimming regularly. However, most people don't know how to swim properly. Steven Shaw's method takes the Alexander Technique into the swimming pool - focusing on releasing tension from the head, neck and back. Steven has evolved a unique way of breaking down strokes into a series of therapeutic movements, which can be practised individually or with a partner, in a pool or on dry land. These provide the building blocks, which combine to make it possible for anyone to recraft their own strokes in a way that promote good body use and avoid injuries. Instead of performing physical actions in an automatic way, you begin to learn body awareness. This way of swimming not only feels freer and more open, it is graceful and has a sense of flow, often absent from the way many people swim.

Neutral Buoyancy - Adventures in a Liquid World (Paperback): Tim Ecott Neutral Buoyancy - Adventures in a Liquid World (Paperback)
Tim Ecott
R328 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R49 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

In Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott takes you on a guided tour of the history of undersea exploration and the emergence of diving culture. He tells the extraordinary story of man's attempts to breathe underwater, from the sponge divers described by Aristotle, to the development of sixteenth-century diving bells, to the invention of modern scuba equipment. Along the way, Ecott intersperses the story with his own thrilling adventures, from the waters of the South Pacific to the remote islands of the Seychelles, from explorations in the clear, flowing tides of Sardinia to a near-death experience in the cold gray depths of the English Channel. Filled with engaging stories of humanity's conquest of the undersea world -- and heart-pounding action that will leave you breathless -- Neutral Buoyancy is a compelling blend of history and adventure, an exciting overview of the world of undersea diving. "As elemental, entertaining, and stimulating as the environment it traces." -- Kirkus Reviews "Engaging ... Neutral Buoyancy will certainly become cult reading for divers." -- Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary Supplement "Ecott's encyclopedic recounting of diving history ... should be awarded a place on any diver's reference shelf." -- Paul McHugh, San Francisco Chronicle

The French Polynesian Dive Guide (Paperback, 1st ed): Kurt Amsler The French Polynesian Dive Guide (Paperback, 1st ed)
Kurt Amsler
R511 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R89 (17%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Written by leading diving authorities, Abbeville's Dive Guides combine the best in underwater photography with the most complete, three dimensional diagrams and practical information on the worlds most popular dive spots. A sweeping cluster of archipelagoes tossed into the Pacific like a handful of pears, French Polynesia is the dream of millions of tourists and thousands of divers: the clearness of its waters, the richness of its sea beds, and the diversity of its sea flora and fauna make the 115 islands¬ amazing coral or volcanic atolls¬ an underwater paradise. Full-color, three-dimensional maps of each dive site offer what no book has ever before provided: the information needed to plan your dive down to the last detail. You can review the exact layout of the site¬ including depths, sizes, and distances between reefs and wrecks or any hazards¬ and even the lighting conditions for optimum underwater photography. The short chapters covering the 27 dives in this book provide crucial data bout depths, currents, water variables, and plant and animal life, and each book ends with a full-color visual encyclopedia of the most common fish that inhabit the area.

The Golden Rules - 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work (Paperback): Bob Bowman The Golden Rules - 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work (Paperback)
Bob Bowman
R315 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R46 (15%) Preorder
The Three-Year Swim Club - The Untold Story of the Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (Paperback): Julie... The Three-Year Swim Club - The Untold Story of the Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (Paperback)
Julie Checkoway 1
R370 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R74 (20%) Within 8 - 15 working days

In 1937 an ordinary school teacher on the island of Maui took a group of under privileged children, most of Japanese ancestry, and trained them to become Olympic swimmers. He called his plan the 'Three-Year Swim Club' and he succeeded in producing true American heroes whose story has never been told.None of the barefoot children had ever laid eyes on a pool. Their only experience in water was playing naked in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains and into the sugar cane fields. And the coach knew nothing about coaching and couldn't swim a lap to save his life. But, against all odds, and during a period of history marked by virulent racism and the Second World War, the children embarked on an unlikely path that led them to become celebrated swimmers from LA to London, and real-life American heroes.

Diving Gozo & Comino - The Essential Guide to an Underwater Playground (Paperback): Richard Salter Diving Gozo & Comino - The Essential Guide to an Underwater Playground (Paperback)
Richard Salter
R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Within 7 - 11 working days

Gozo, Malta, has a multitude of underwater attractions. Divers can explore breathtaking caves, tunnels, wrecks, reefs and bays. If you consider the profusion of marine life and good visibility it is not hard to understand why the diving here is consistently voted amongst the best in Europe.The latest release from Dived Up Publications, Richard Salter's new book covers a huge 57 dives on Gozo and 14 on Comino. Original site maps include suggested routes, the location of underwater caves and swim-throughs, depth and features. Photographs from a variety of contributors show both Gozo's underwater scenery and the topside landscape. Written by a vastly experienced resident instructor and guide, Diving Gozo & Comino: The essential guide to an underwater playground features both shore and boat dives, including some sites which are very rarely explored. Whether researching a self-guided trip or diving with one of Gozo's many professional centres this book will help you to pick and plan safe and fun dives.But not only that - Diving Gozo & Comino also contains information about the island's rich history, fascinating tourist sites, celebratory village festas and delicious original food.* Diving Gozo & Comino includes changes caused by the collapse of the Azure Window at Dwejra. Although an incredibly sad loss, this natural event was just one of an infinite number which have sculpted the coastline of the Maltese islands over the millennia, as divers can see better than most. Underwater the layout of the dive site was altered with the landscape containing new swim-throughs and shallower parts, making it accessible to more divers. The adjacent Blue Hole was unaffected.

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