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REVIEWS - Diving Through The Decades

“Eric Hanauer has devoted the past five decades of his life to record the what, who, how, and when of the fun activity of skin and scuba diving. Find out what forces and people brought the ocean into our living rooms. Here is a comprehensive gathering of true facts from Eric Hanauer at his very best. A must-read for every diver.” 

Zale Parry - American pioneer scuba diver, inducted into the International Diving Hall of Fame, underwater photographer, and actress


"Diving Through the Decades by Eric Hanauer covers a subject for which he holds great affection, respect, and devotion. This work, the fifth in the Wise Divers series of eBooks, demonstrates Hanauer’s awareness and appreciation for an industry of which he has been a prominent figure for the past six decades. His connections with many of the pioneers of open-circuit scuba equipment have provided a unique vantage point to describe, explain, and occasionally interject a dose of humor into storytelling of human intervention under the waves. Constructed in a decade-by-decade breakdown of equipment evolution, major events, and advances in diving, along with explanations of the real stories… the people who did it. This comprehensive diving history is a must read for anyone interested in the decades between where we started and where we exist today with underwater intervention. Bravo to Hanauer for this contribution into diving’s past.”

Jon Council - Historical Diving Society USA President



"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. It is truly a keeper!"

Bonnie Toth - Ocean Advocate, Managing Editor for the Journal of Diving History, 2014 Beneath The Sea Diver of the Year award for Service, Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences NOGI award for Distinguished Service in 2016

"Eric’s well researched and organized approach to the history of scuba is an enjoyable and informative read. The steps in the technological developments of scuba equipment were combined with the stories of the pioneers involved – many obtained from first person interviews.  Adding the contemporary news and trends of each decade provides readers with an understanding of the influence of the times on advances in sports diving.  It’s a joy to confirm the history you know and learn new and often surprising information! This book enables the history buff and the new diver alike to understand and appreciate the struggles of the pioneers that got us to where we are today."

Dr. Sally E. Bauer- Co-founder Florida Keys History of Diving Museum,

Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) 2011 inductee, NOGI Award in Sports and Education 2018 presented by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences

"It is a pleasure to accompany Eric Hanauer on this historical diving journey, as he takes the reader from diving’s beginnings to where we are today. Numerous clarifications that set several milestone records straight are provided in the insightful, easy to read text. The clever technique of highlighting the invention of the decade, diver of the decade, trend of the decade, and event of the decade create a refreshing, easy to read overview from the author’s perspective and long-term involvement in the diving industry. I would recommend this book to anyone who grew up with diving as a lifestyle or who is curious about diving’s evolution. This contribution to diving history provides a clear picture regarding where diving came from, how far we’ve come, and where diving is headed by highlighting the progression of diving equipment costs, changes in marine environmental and conservation attitudes, and challenges and opportunities for the sport of diving going forward."

Dr. Michael A. Lang- UC San Diego, Director, Center of Excellence in Diving

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