Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. is a lifetime snorkeler and the author of books, book chapters, columns, and articles about animal and human behavior, behavioral biology, ecology, fish behavior and development, medicine and psychology in publications like Scientific American, Oceanus, Ecology, and Animal Behavior. He holds doctorate degrees in Zoology and Medicine and he has taught at Stanford University, UCLA, University of California at Davis, and other major institutions. Wes has been interviewed frequently on National Public Radio, appeared on television and in films, and taught at Stanford University, UCLA, and other major universities. Wes biography can be found in every library in Marquis Press Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America, and Whos Who in the Biobehavioral Sciences. He has given lectures, workshops, and symposia around the world. Wes has won awards for his writing, including the Purdue University Literary Award and the Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Writing. Reviewers repeatedly comment on his ability to make complex topics easy to understand and entertaining to read. Wes lives within walking distance of the ocean with his wife and two dogs. When he is not writing or snorkeling, you can find him flying two-line stunt kites on the beach.
If you’re a beginning snorkeler, The Ultimate Snorkeling Book will allay your fears, insure that you are safe, explain how to keep up with your partner and contribute helpful suggestions of your own during the trip. You’ll learn special snorkel swimming techniques that will have you swimming with the grace of the fishes. If you’re already an expert, you’ll learn practical new tips and techniques that you will use as soon as you push off into the water. The Ultimate Snorkeling Book explains how each piece of snorkeling gear works and what to buy at every price range. You’ll learn how to maintain snorkeling equipment for best performance and how to modify your old or inexpensive mask, fins and snorkel so they will perform like professional gear. The Ultimate Snorkeling Book focuses on your safety. It explains how to protect yourself from sudden storms, lightening, invisible currents, equipment failure, burning sun, cold water, leaky masks, tiny jellyfish, and big scary fish. You’ll learn how to anticipate children’s special needs and keep your family safe in the water The Ultimate Snorkeling Book is like a personal mentorship with an experienced snorkeler and zoologist who respects the wondrous life that inhabits our aquatic world. You’ll identify reef creatures, know why they look and behave as they do, and understand the fragile shoreline ecosystem and how to protect it. The Ultimate Snorkeling Book helps you plan your trip, get to your destination with everything you need, and know exactly what to do when you step into the water. It contains pre-trip checklists of clothing, equipment, first aid supplies, and other essentials. The Ultimate Snorkeling Book insures that your snorkel trip will be a success, no matter what happens. Whether you travel to resorts in the Bahamas, reef-side bungalows in Fiji, or just take a day trip to the nearest inland lake, you can have a great time snorkeling. Let’s start right now!
The Simple Guide to Snorkeling Fun
An excellent book on how to use, select and enjoy snorkeling equipment and tips for more fun when snorkeling. — Dive Training Magazine 2002
A solid introduction to snorkeling fun. Mask, fins, and snorkel are the three most basic items of diving equipment that can be used whether you choose to remain on the surface to make your underwater discoveries, or whether you plan to plunge into the depths. You can use the same gear no matter where your diving adventures take you. Using snorkeling gear, you can swim with the dolphins, explore sunken ships, or capture your own lobsters for dinner.