American Underwater Odyssey -
50 Dives in 50 States
ISBN - 0-9716432-0-2 6x9 softcover,
208 pages, 62 photos and maps.
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P.O. Box 1922,
Mill Valley, CA 94942
American Underwater Odyssey - 50 Dives in 50 States
is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America.
Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long
quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving
found in our nation's backyard. Along the way, he discovers America.
Odyssey provides an entertaining look at fifty of the most
distinctive dive sites in America. This truly original project
takes the reader on a cross-country road trip to diving adventure.
KEITH PHILLIPS, Features editor, Rodale's Scuba Diving
Ballinger has written about the unique diving available in each
of our 50 states-diving you rarely read about in magazines. His
dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything
from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration
of each of us. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits
of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
Ballinger sets out on a personal journey that each of us ought
to take, in our own way, at least once in a lifetime.
BEN DAVISON, Publisher and Editor, Undercurrent
OF THE 50 ADVENTURE DIVES:
volcanic crater diving... 35° alpine lake diving in Oregon...
Great Lakes wreck diving...Atlantic wreck diving...oil rig diving...inlet
diving... Colorado River diving...fossil diving....bottle diving..missile
silo diving...7600' altitude diving....concrete plants... leadmine
diving...iron pit diving...night diving with manta rays, night diving
with blue sharks... lobster diving... diving with the governor of
North Dakota... mystery spires in Yellowstone... power plants...sunken
bridges...sunken planes...submerged buildings, roads, bridges...springs,
caverns and caves...the "great lakes" of Iowa... and much
- Safari-style adventure diving vs. coral reef tours- Taking a concept
discovered in South Africa to the United States.
of a Dive Safari - A look at the amazing variety of diving across
our fifty states.
Adventure Diving - Covers a variety of past adventure diving
in the states of California, Florida and Hawaii.
a National Dive Odyssey - What goes into the actual planning
of a fifty state, year-long dive expedition. A kind of how-to planning
guide for personal odysseys.
remaining 47 states (by chapter):
The Kentucky Loop
The Great Lakes and Beyond
Mountains, Prairies and Plains
The Texas Loop
- A State of Mind - What was learned on a personal level.
- State of the Sport - What was learned about the sport.
- Information about the Fifty Dives