Ask any experienced divers to name one piece of equipment they would never dive without and chances are they will give the same answer. Now, we’re not talking about the required equipment such as tanks, masks, or fins. We’re talking about something that makes diving easier, keeps track of important information and can mean the difference between a successful dive and tragedy.
This extremely important piece of equipment? Dive computers.
(Photo credit: Linde Werdelin)
Dive computers combine many different tools into one easy-to-locate and access device, oftentimes strapped right on the wrist, and are used to track important data such as:
- Your descent and ascent rates
- Your depth
- Your air supply level
- Your total elapsed dive time
- Your stop times
It’s easy to lose track of time while under, luckily many computers can deliver decompression times and guidance, which can protect you big time.
Finding the right computer should be approached with the same gusto as finding the right wetsuit. Try a couple of different devices out, swim with them, and put them through their paces. You may rely on your dive computer in a dire situation, so it’s important to find one you can read and use with ease.
Your best course of action is to walk into your local dive shop and talk the owners about your needs and ask for recommendations on a computer. They’ll set you straight.
Most importantly, stay safe out there.