A new book, Images of a Modern America: Diving Off the Oregon Coast, has just been published with a goal of to helping to share the history of diving the Northwest coastline. It showcases a few diving pioneers, some history of Northwest diving, early and current dive stores, the beautiful Pacific Northwest coastline, and the colorful world underwater. The book is a 96-pages in length and published by Arcadia Publishing. It was written by Tom Hemphill and Floyd Holcomb.


The Oregon Coast is well known for its beauty. The rugged coastline with its constant wave and surf action provides the calming sounds of the ocean that all can hear, but a diver also sees the giant kelp forests and gets excited about the promise of abundant marine life, brilliantly colored anemone, sponges, cute little reef fish and huge ling cod, large plate-sized rock scallops, abalone, giant Pacific octopus, and friendly wolf eel. It is truly a diver’s paradise.

Images of a Modern America: Diving Off the Oregon Coast is published by Arcadia Publishing. The book is available for preorder now, and will be shipped October 10th.


Click here to read more about this new book and to reserve your copy from Amazon.com.

The Northwest Diving History Association

At a NAUI 50th birthday party in Portland, Oregon in 2010, Diving Off the Oregon Coast Authors Tom Hemphill and Floyd Holcomb and others conducted an auction to raise funds to support the formation of an organization devoted to preserving Northwest diving history. Soon after, the association was officially organized and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Washington state. It is a membership association, and dues help support its mission.

The Northwest Diving History Association’s mission is to record and preserve the history of recreational and scientific scuba diving throughout the North Pacific, cold-water diving region, provide the resources necessary to share the stories of the people and events, and exhibit the collections of equipment, books, magazines, photographs, and other memorabilia.

For more information and to learn how to become a member, visit www.divinghistory.org or email Tom Hemphill by clicking here.