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АлександрД ---Russian Dive Manual 1968

Discussion in 'Apps, Book and Media Reviews' started by Sam Miller III, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    I had previously mentioned in a casual remark I had a 50 year old, 1968, copy of a translated from Russian to English Russian Diving Manual, It is ;

    S,Ye, Bulenkov, etal,
    ' Spravocknik Plovtsa- Podvodnika"
    Publishing house of the ministry of defense
    Moscow, Russia
    1968 - 278 pages

    As you recall our nations mutual history at that time there was what was known as the cold war. The western world and especially the US obtained very little information from or about Russia.

    In the 1960s and at that time of publication I was the CDO & SIO of a deep diving submarine program that was cancelled a short time later. But we wanted to know about what the Russians were doing and where their SCUBA diving was in relation to the US and the western world.

    So some one in Washington DC had obtained a copy of ' Spravocknik Plovtsa- Podvodnika" which we had translated into English and printed.

    All these 60 years I have had it in my dive library next to all the US diving manuals as sort of a time capsule

    Perhaps you can comment on the author, the publication and the Russian equipment of that time frame ?

    Cheers from California - where recreational diving began in the US

    Sam Miller, 111
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  2. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    :) here is original book 10444_[armyman.info].zip
    I also have this book on paper.


    What are you interesting about equipment? There is too much of different models.
    All of our SCUBA at 1968 was doublehose. Some - single staged (Like Ukraina), some double staged (like AVM-1m)

    second edition of this brief manual http://padaread.com/?book=20007 had information about "modern", single hose SCUBAs.
    All of them had contra flow second stage.

    Also first edition had some information about foreign SCUBAs, like Mistral, Aquamatic, Divator, Hydro-pack etc.

    This manual had detailed information (with drawings) of any spare parts for most popular AVM-1m

    Suits... thoose time we had problems with rubber foam, and most of suits was dry :)
    There described GKP-4 (with pants and shirt with hood, and thick rubber "wheel" to connect it together), Sadko (on the SB is many pictures of it) and GKL (this name is absent in the book, but this is it :) )

    This book contains brief theory of diving phisics, some information about equipment repair, Usage of compressors, and educational matherials for sport divers and commercial divers. Some articles about underwater hunting and photography.

    Last big part is dedicated to medical problems and safety of the diving.

    If you gave me page number (from our edition) I can describe you more details about...

    Do you have this translated book in file to upload? Can you share it?
  3. Roger Hobden

    Roger Hobden Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Montreal
    Awesome !

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