Scuba Tech Tips: Choosing A Dive Computer – S04E03

Dive computers are an important, often mandatory, item for safe diving. Alec explains the key features of dive computers so you can pick what matches your diving and budget.

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Comments

SCUBA REVIEWS says:

Hey Alec. I just got certified Sunday. I won a bunch of gear (aqualung core, Apex XTX 20, Cressi travel light, and the Cressi mini console. I am looking for a good inexpensive air integrated dive computer. Do you have any suggestions

Lee McDermott says:

Alec
Is there an air integrated computer you would recommend above any other?
Lee

David Kohanbash says:

As always I enjoyed watching this Tech Tip. Thanks for making them. In several PADI specialty courses they stress having redundancy. In your experience what components do you need a spare for? Is it worth also having an analog depth gauge for that redundancy?

Lennart Sorensen says:

I am surprised you didn’t mention what to do with the compass once you don’t have a console anymore. My computer actually has a compass in it, so at least some can handle that, and I suppose you could put one on your other wrist if you prefer that type.

SCUBA REVIEWS says:

Hey sooty to keep bothering you. Between the aqua lung 450t the Sherwood wisdom or the sunto cobra. Which one would you get for a beginner diver that’s will go 1-2 times a gear. But has money to spend (grandparents)

Essam Bokha says:

can i know what is the white watch name is

Wade Smith says:

I learnt on tables 2.5 years ago with PADI – i am now computer only….. love my zoop she just past 50 dives, personalised alarms for depth and time. She has been with me all the way up to Rescue

Live Your Lifestyle says:

WOW Alec, I Love this channel!!! My name is Dan and I’m newish to the scuba world & thanx to your channel I have learnt a heck of a lot so thank you. 🙂 I’m in Australia (Queensland) and looking at buying all my gear soon so I’d love to see a video on what you would choose for a BCD and Regulator if you just started. [Maybe your top 3] This would help a lot of people like myself In the same boat. (being spoiled for choice can make it hard when you are new to the sport) Thank you for your help in advance. Dan

kadrik0 says:

Thinking about going to the air integrated computer when I upgrade my regs and bcd here in 2-3 years. Between the wireless and hose air integrated which typically costs more to service?

NickelN8 says:

Hello, Alec, and thank you for your all of your great insights for over the years.

I’d even say: “get TWO decent quality computers with identical decompression algorithm and learn to dive with them”. Today price is not a problem anymore, but diving computer do get broken, and batteries do die in the middle of a diving week. So I always carry two < $200 Suunto computers with me when I dive. that way if one dies on the morning dive, I still have the dive history ont the other one and can continue diving in the afternoon.

troop1026 says:

I have been diving for over 24 years with a computer. I still practice my table for that trip and the computer dies. I have an old sherwood source bought new in 1992 and has been my work horse. Love the easy use and the nitrogen bar. Tried new ones and sold them off. I still use the Sherwood Source. Don’t fix if it’s not broken. It fits perfect in my council. They definitely make my dives more enjoyable. And yes I keep the paper log book for the same reasons. I can go back and read my narrative of what I did and saw. My son a padi student right now learning tables in Okinawa Kadena AB. Your are right on all accounts on the video. Keep it up Montana Mike.

Taras B. Ukrainian says:

good video

Abet Almanza says:

Hey Alec, greetings from the Philippines! I got my OW certification a few months back and I’ve been enjoying your videos ever since. You actually remind me of my dad. 🙂

Wrist type computers are just so expensive but it sure is essential these days. I find Suunto D6i Novo/Zulu to be the best looking all-around machine. I can’t wait to own one! What do you think?

hfk1001 says:

outstanding, thanks very much

Jilvir Paeste says:

Suunto D4i still the best for me…

kaeptenxy 356 says:

you should have menshend at least the Nitrox function or may be one with trimix and multiple gases like the ix3m tech+ ore the shearwater

skiboyscuba says:

I agree. As a fifty year old man I started diving using tables. I prefer diving with my dive computer!!! Sunnto Viper!

troop1026 says:

I have been diving for over 24 years with a computer. I still practice my table for that trip and the computer dies. I have an old sherwood source bought new in 1992 and has been my work horse. Love the easy use and the nitrogen bar. Tried new ones and sold them off. I still use the Sherwood Source. Don’t fix if it’s not broken. It fits perfect in my council. They definitely make my dives more enjoyable. And yes I keep the paper log book for the same reasons. I can go back and read my narrative of what I did and saw. My son a padi student right now learning tables in Okinawa Kadena AB. Your are right on all accounts on the video. Keep it up Montana Mike.

WhoGivesADan says:

is the exclusion of tables during training an American thing? I’m a British diver who’s trained with both PADI and BSAC and can safely say both still heavily feature training on tables as part of their programmes

avalonmed11 says:

Really good review!! I was PADI certified 20 years ago and am about to get back into diving. My oldest son is turning ten years old next Spring. Can’t wait to get back into it.

RC pi says:

Alec, I’m 13 and I am in the middle of getting certified right now. (My dream for quite a while). The PADI class that I chose is very persistent on having us only use dive tables. They say that we must learn how to use them in case we encounter one in the future. I think they simply cannot afford to give each one of us one. haha

The thing is they are not supplying us with watches. Also, the instructional booklets and DVDs do not have info on how to use tables. We have to take it upon ourselves to go to someplace like YouTube to learn. I am not sure if it is a good thing that we learn this but if you have any tips on making the process less cumbersome it would be much appreciated.

matt caradonna says:

Alec, I am 50 and just getting back into diving after about a decade “off.” I am fascinated by the changes that have been going on with the dive industry. In fact, I’m starting “all over” (because I want to and find it enjoyable). Dive computers are something I haven’t really used and am excited to do so (just purchased a brand new SP Galileo G2 air integrated – not even here yet!). Years ago I had the first generation SP Stabilizing Jacket (complete with Gen 1 Air 2!). Many moons ago! I have been devouring your videos! Fun and informative. I love them! Keep em coming! Question: are you a SP dealer?

CaptainKeelhaul says:

Is it advisable to remove the pressure gauge entirely and replace it with a transmitter? I heard some shops won’t let you dive like that… Can you use a different hp port for the transmitter instead?

Tom Nelson says:

surprise no mention of supporting another Canadian business that designs and manufacturers computers all in Canada with Shearwater. I know this is Rec oriented, but still a very good recreational computer and Canadian to boot!

TheOldManEric says:

Love my computer… When I learnt, my instructor went into great detail on both computers and tables. I like the fact we learnt both, it gave some history and put what the computer does into perspective.

Gerrit Leman says:

W>hat about the Led and Oled displays ? A night dive very easy to read. I would have liked you covered one in in your tip. Thanks

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