Dive computers enable today’s divers to dive safely on every dive. The function in the place of the Navy Dive Tables that have been used since the inception of scuba diving. They continuously measure depth so that a diver can safely descend and ascend on every dive. They enable divers to spend more time at depth than the dive tables call for. They time your surface interval so that you can safely dives multiple times in one day.
There are many different makes and models with different features. This post will have only console style dive computers. We’ll cover wrist-style models in another post. The type that you purchase depends on the type of diving that you enjoy. For this category we will be presenting a variety of makes and models. Choose carefully. The dive computer is among the most expensive piece of equipment that recreational divers will purchase. Expect your dive computer to be with you for a long time.
Oceanic “Veo 100″ Dive Computer SWIV Double Gauge Combo. The Veo 100 is an economical and easy to use computer with state of the art features. Pressing just one button easily accesses all of its functions. Here it comes in a console with a Pressure Gauge. The gauge tracks tank pressures up to 5,000 psi and has a thermometer at the base of its luminescent face. The Swivel Console allows custom positioning of your instruments with an allen key. The Veo offers large, easy to read alphanumeric displays and color coded graphs where green means “go”, yellow means “caution” and red means “stop.” The computer can be turned on before your dive, but if you forget to do this, it turns itself on underwater. The batteries have a lifetime of 300 hours and are user replaceable at any time without the loss of data. User settable features: Time of day in either 12 or 24 hour format; metric or Imperial measurements; dive mode display (three choices). The Veo displays: current depth; max depth; no decompression time remaining; nitrogen loading; variable ascent rate; low battery; time of day; flashing safety stop icon and 3 minute timer; time to fly; nitrogen offgasing countdown. This unit is currently priced at $199.95 each. Visit Our Product Page
Uwatec Aladin Prime 3 Gauge Computer Console. The Aladin Prime is an easy to use, compact, multi-function instrument designed for decompression and nitrox dives from 21 to 50%. The Aladin Prime can be turned on manually or will turn on automatically when submerged. It is shown here in a console with an analog pressure gauge and compass for navigation. The Analog Pressure Gauge tracks pressures from 0 to 6000 psi and is color coded red from 500 to 0 psi. Information displayed can be changed by toggling through max depth, temperature, time of day, tissue saturation graph, as well as activating the back light. Forget your alarm clock? Not to worry, it can be used as an alarm clock too.With the Aladin Prime you will be warned when to change the battery and the battery is user replaceable. These are just a few of the features incorporated into this sophisticated, yet user friendly dive computer. It is shown here in a console with an analog pressure gauge and compass for navigation. The Analog Pressure Gauge tracks pressures from 0 to 6000 psi and is color coded red from 500 to 0 psi. The Compass is a liquid filled compass with both top and side reading capabilities. Priced at $349.95 each. Visit Our Product Page
Sherwood CR2709 InSight Dive Computer Compact Console. InSight Compact Console includes a Nitrox Dive Computer, 5000 psi pressure gauge w/temp. and the flip side features a small, round cap which can be replaced by an optional compass that can be added at any time. Insight Features: Exceptionally intuitive display, air/nitrox mode, three screens in dive mode, imperial or metric mode, dive log sample rate. The pre-dive planning feature includes depth, time of day (dive & surface), and 24 HR. or AM/PM time modes. All of these modes are user selected. The surface mode includes date/time of day and surface interval. Mode: Air or Nitrox gauge is a bar graph indicating nitrogen status. The log mode includes water temperature of the last dive; mode: Air/Nitrox or Gauge; previous surface interval time; deepest depth and dive time of last dive. Bar graphs include nitrogen load end of dive and maximum & maximum ascent rate last dive. Nitrox Mode includes 21% to 50% FO2; nitrox indicator icon; 50% FO2 default; O2 Sat display (dive & surface); FO2 display (dive & surface). This unit is priced at $479.95 each. Visit Our Product Page