Overview of Dive Computers
All scuba diving activities require a diver to keep track of their air consumption, total bottom time and maximum depth of a dive to avoid decompression sickness and out of air situations. Dive computers can range from simple timing devices with a depth gauge to more sophisticated computers that continuously calculate, monitor and record a diver's gas consumption and work load, unique dive profile, and can be set to alert a diver when exceeding or approaching unsafe diving limits. All dive computers measure time and pressure based upon the algorithm selected by the manufacturer. Compared to alternative methods of tracking air, time and depth and calculating safe dive limits, we feel dive computers are one of the best investments
for a diver.
- Air Integrated or Non Air Integrated (Modular)
- Wrist or Console Mount
- Mixed Gas
- Heart rate monitor
- Display - color, size, illumination, controls, alerts/alarms
- Other Info - air/water temperature, maps, user info.
- Quick Disconnect
- PC/MAC compatible
What Do You Need
Dive computers are appropriate items for all divers when they are properly understood and used.
All dive computers use batteries. Batteries should be changed and serviced by authorized dealers. Divers still need to monitor their computers and have a dive plan in place in case of a dive computer failure or when a limit has been exceeded.
Summary of the basic types of dive computers & accessories (see above buttons):