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Beth Tierney on Diving the World

Along with her husband Shaun, Beth Tierney is co-author of the popular Diving the World. Jill Studholme interviewed her for SCUBA News.

What makes your book different from other books about diving around the world?

There are two principals we have stuck to ever since the first edition. Right from the start, we asked other divers where they had been and where they were diving next. And then we focused on those places people actually want to go to and can afford to go to. Let’s face it, we would all love to dive the Antarctic, but few of us will win the lottery this week! The other thing is that we can say – hand on heart – that there is nothing in the book that we haven’t personally done. If we haven’t dived the country or a specific site, we don’t write about it or pass opinion. It makes the guide unique. Yes, it is personal to us and our experiences but at least readers know we have said it because we have done it!

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This is the third edition – did you have to revisit all the dive
sites in the original book and have you added any new areas to the book?

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing! I love the idea of going back to everywhere again, but sadly, that’s not practical for every edition. However, we have dived almost everywhere more than once and revisited some places specifically to make sure we are up-to-date. Jordan is a good example, it was our first ever foray into the Red Sea but it didn’t go into the first two editions. However, this time around, we found it was hitting more wish lists so we went back and checked it out. And yes, it was as good as we remembered it.

Where would you like to dive next?

Always a hard one as we tend to hold off making plans to see what new things crop up – if a different destination or new liveaboard appears, we can just hop on. However, we are both quite keen to go back to Papua New Guinea where there is a mix of reefs and wrecks and it is never that busy. We would both like to revisit Truk Lagoon or perhaps explore the Malpelo in the Eastern Pacific.

Do you have a worst diving experience?

We have been fortunate to never have any really serious dramas, although there have been plenty of small ones that make hilarious dinnertime tales. As for bad dive experiences, the hardest one was a dive in the far south of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. We were heading for a pinnacle beyond the surf zone with no land in sight. When we reached it and entered the water, all was calm but as soon as we reached about 25 metres there was a phenomenal tidal change that hit the pinnacle as a 5 or 6 metre surge. One minute we would be at 24 metres, and then in seconds were thrown up to 18 before dropping rapidly to over 30 metres. It was terrifying and hilarious all at once. Trying to abort a dive like that is nigh on impossible too as our computers screeched non-stop. We ended up clinging to rocks on the pinnacle and slowly working our way up, ending with just 12 minutes of deco-time. Phew.

Great photos are a hallmark of your books, what photographic equipment do you use?

The images in the book have been taken over quite a few years so some were on film. Way back when, Shaun used a Nikonos V and a Nikon F90 in a Sea and Sea Housing. When he went over to the dark side (oops, digital), he stuck with Sea and Sea housings as he feels they are the most ergonomic and simple, incredibly well built but good value. His first digital SLR camera was a Nikon D200 and he has a D300 as well.

Now that the new book is finished, what projects have you in the pipeline?

At the moment, we are working on converting our previous guide, Diving Southeast Asia to a digital version. This means going back over all the factual content to ensure it is still correct (or fix what has changed) then we also updating the operator listings. We are hoping it will be available before Christmas this year.

What do you do for recreation when you are not diving?

We’ve recently bought a new house in the wilds of Dorset (UK), so life is currently all to do with renovating and gardening. We are lucky enough to have a stream though, with all sorts of wonderful wildlife – crayfish, kingfishers and water voles – so we are not completely missing the marine world. I am contemplating putting my Canon S110 in it’s housing to see what I can get when I go paddling!

Most people would like your job – diving exotic places and writing about it – how did you get into it?

Way back in the 80s we did a round-the-world trek spending long spells in the tropics, floating over vivid coral reefs and wishing we were down below with the divers. At the time our budget didn’t extend to learning to dive but within months of returning to London we signed up for a BSAC course, did our first open water dives in the Maldives and our qualification dives in Cyprus.

As the years went by, we became increasingly involved in the diving world as a photojournalist team: Shaun’s first career was as a studio photographer and Beth worked in advertising and marketing as a consultant to the travel industry. In the early ’90s, we took a ‘career break’ and aimed to dive our way around the world. We didn’t manage to see as much as we wanted but it was a great year.

Since then, we have become PADI Master Scuba Divers and our work has become increasingly focused on dive travel books plus we run SeaFocus.com.

Diving the World Third Edition

Diving the World

You can order a signed copy of Diving the World from the Tierneys’ Sea Focus website. It is also available with 49% off from Amazon.

As well as information about over 275 dive sites, the book covers: local customs; suggestions for dive centres, accommodation and restaurants; information on what to do when you’re not diving (useful for non-divers travelling with you) and anecdotes about the diving. The authors have dived, reviewed and photographed every site in the book.

The new edition is out 12 November.

Further Reading:
More interviews with diving authors, and scuba book reviews.

The bestselling scuba diving books of 2013

Bestselling SCUBA Diving Books of 2013

SCUBA Travel have published their annual list of the bestselling diving books and dvds in 2013. Dive Atlas of the World regains its number one spot, after dropping to number five on the list last year. Diving Southeast Asia is a notable re-entry – not seen in the top ten since its publication date of 2009. There are also several completely new entries. Almost all the books (and the single DVD featured) are either highlights of the best diving around the world, or are sealife guides. The notable exception is North Sea Divers – A Requiem. Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position. If we’ve reviewed a book, we link to the review. Otherwise the links go to the cheapest place we’ve found for you to buy the book.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson 300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (2)
  2. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series. (1)
  3. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers Another from Lieske and Myers, this goes on all my tropical diving holidays. (3)
  4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (2)
  5. Diving Southeast Asia by Beth and Shaud Tierney Includes over 400 dives in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. (–)
  6. Diving the World  by Beth and Shaun Tierney Another one by husband-and-wife team Beth and Shaun Tierney who have selected, reviewed and photographed some 200 tropical sites. (9)
  7. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ favourite 100 dive spots. (6)
  8. North Sea Divers – A Requiem There have been professional divers in the North Sea since oil exploration began in the 1960s. And since then there have been 58 deaths while diving. The author of North Sea Divers – A Requiem wanted to create a memorial to these divers, whilst at the same time providing a useful text for anyone considering a career as an offshore diver. (–)
  9. Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates by Lawson Wood Reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in the Mediterranean. (–)
  10. The World’s Best Dive Destinations DVD Visual SCUBA dive guide to the world’s best diving locations (–)

Further Reading: Diving Book Reviews and Interviews with Authors

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Ten Best-Selling Diving Books of 2012

SCUBA Travel are pleased to release their list of the best selling diving books in 2012. It comprises a mixture of books featuring the best dives from around the world, sea life guides and dive guides to particular places. No books published this year have made it into the top ten though: all were either listed last year or are a re-entry from a previous year.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

  1. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations
    by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series. (1)
  2. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef)
    by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (4)
  3. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
    by Ewald Lieske, Robert MyersAnother from Lieske and Myers, this goes on all my tropical diving holidays. (5)
  4. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water
    by Len Deeley and Karen Gargani
    Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ favourite 100 dive spots. (3)
  5. Diving the World
    by Beth and Shaud Tierney
    Some 200 tropical sites have been selected, reviewed and photographed by experienced husband-and-wife team, Beth and Shaun Tierney. (–)
  6. Red Sea Sharks
    by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
    Photographic guide to sharks of the Red Sea. (10)
  7. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
    by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea. (8)
  8. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
    by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (2)
  9. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides)
    by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (9)
  10. Dive Thailand
    by Paul Lees
    A great guide to diving Thailand. My copy is about 20 years old, but this is the updated version from 2009.(7)

For diving book reviews, and interviews with authors, visit the SCUBA Travel site.

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SCUBA Travel announce Diving Best Sellers of 2011

SCUBA Travel are pleased to release the list of the best selling diving books in 2011. The The Dive Atlas of the World has finally been knocked off its top spot perch, no surprise as it is now out of print and only available second-hand. The bargain of the list has to be Red Sea Sharks which is available from some booksellers new for just 1p.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

  1. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
    The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series. (2)

  2. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (1)

  3. Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water
    Classic dives and secret spots: the authors’ best 100 dive spots. (3)

  4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (–)

  5. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Another from Lieske and Myers, this has gone on all my tropical diving holidays for the past ten years. (–)

  6. Dive in Style by Tim Simond
    Luxury diving around the world.(4)
  7. Dive Thailand by Paul Lees
    A great guide to diving Thailand. I bought this around 20 years ago but this is the updated version from 2009.(–)
  8. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
    by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea. (–)

  9. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides) by Tim Rock
    Dive sites of Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (6)

  10. Red Sea Sharks by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
    Photographic guide to sharks of the Red Sea. (–)

Top Ten Diving Books and DVDs of 2008

SCUBA Travel are pleased to release their list of the 2008 best selling diving books and DVDs. For the fifth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot! Its author, Jack Jackson, achieves two entries in the list: Diving with Giants is a new entry at number nine. Another new entry, this time at number three, is Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die. This was only published last October but sold masses of copies in the run up to Christmas. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD which has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (1)

2. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (6)

3. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
The fifth in Santella’s bestselling “Fifty Places” series. (–)

4. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (7)

5. Thailand (Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Guides), by Tim Rock
Dive guide to Thailand. Includes city guide to Bangkok. (–)

6. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
Describes 60 of the world’s best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)

7. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (3)

8. Diving the World, by Beth and Shaun Tierney
Reviews 200 dive sites. (–)

9. Diving with Giants, by Jack Jackson
Features the best places to dive with pelagic species. (–)

10. The Blue Planet DVD
The BBC television series on DVD – action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (9)

SCUBA Travel (scubatravel.co.uk) provide an impartial guide to diving around the world. The SCUBA Travel website includes descriptions of dive sites, reviews of dive operators, notes on how to get to destinations and book reviews. In short, it aims to help divers plan their next diving expedition and find the best dive sites whilst they are there. The SCUBA Travel Best Seller list is compiled from purchases made at the SCUBA Travel web site throughout the year.

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Top 10 diving books of 2007

SCUBA Travel today releases its list of the best selling books and DVDs bought by SCUBA divers in 2007. For the fourth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot! A surprise entry at number three is a guide to the Italian island of Sardinia – a very popular diving destination last year. Another new entry is Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea, by Ned Middleton. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD. This has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year’s position.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (1)

  2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world’s best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (2)
  3. Sardinia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) by Paula Hardy
    Complete, practical regional guide for independent travellers. Includes dedicated activities chapter including the best dive spots. (–)
  4. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (7)
  5. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    Covering jellyfish, corals, nudibranchs, starfish, sea urchins, fishes and turtles of the Red Sea. (–)
  6. Dive in Style by Tim Simond,
    An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (4)
  7. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (3)
  8. Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Baja California by Walt Peterson
    Guide to the dive sites of Baja California. (–)
  9. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD – action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (9)
  10. Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea by Ned Middleton
    Eight years of research went into this accurate and definitive guide to the wrecks of the Egyptian Red Sea. (–)


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SCUBA Bestsellers 2006

For several years we’ve been compiling our bestseller list of diving books and DVDs. For third year in a row the Dive Atlas of the Word retains its top spot. The highest new entry is also on diving around the world: Dive in Style by Tim Simmond. Figures in brackets show last year’s position.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (1)
  2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls,
    Describes 60 of the world’s best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (3)
  3. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (2)
  4. Dive in Style
    by Tim Simond,
    An illustrated book combining the best of travel, lifestyle and nature photography (–)
  5. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling the Red Sea by Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gavin Anderson, Peter Harrison
    Guide to the dive sites of the Red Sea. (–)
  6. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (9)
  7. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott
    Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc. (–)
  8. Scuba Diver’s Travel Companion by Jeremy Agnew
    Tells you for what level of diver a dive destination is suitable. (10)
  9. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD – action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (5)
  10. Sardinia Diving Guide by Egidio Trainito
    A diving guide to Sardinia. (–)

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Bestselling Diving Books of 2005

Discover the top ten bestselling diving books and DVDs
of 2005. The list features three guides to the best
diving destinations, diving guides to Bali and Truk
Lagoon, a couple of sea life books and even
a map. Top of the list for the second year running
comes Jack Jackson’s Dive Atlas of The World.

  1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson
    300 pages detailing some of the world’s best dive sites. (1)

  2. Collins Pocket Guide: Coral Reef Fishes by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
    A compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you might see whilst diving on coral reefs. (9)
  3. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls, Describes 60 of the world’s best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there (–)
  4. Lonely Planet: Diving and Snorkelling Bali and Lombok by Tim Rock, Susanna Hinderts
    Guide to the dive sites of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. (–)
  5. The Blue Planet DVD
    The BBC television series on DVD – action shots of the intriguing behaviour of the underwater world with commentary by David Attenborough. (2)
  6. Sardegna (Michelin Regional Maps)
    Map of the Italian island of Sardinia (–)
  7. Lonely Planet : Sardinia by Damien Simonis,
    Guide to the Italian island of Sardinia (–)
  8. World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon, by Dan E Bailey
    The definitive guide to Truk Lagoon. (–)
  9. Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Pete Harrison and Alex Misiewicz
    A guide to 270 reef fishes and corals found throughout the Red Sea. (4)
  10. Scuba Diver’s Travel Companion by Jeremy Agnew
    Tells you for what level of diver a dive destination is suitable. (10)