Diving computers, otherwise known as decompression meters, are becoming increasingly more essential as a part of any dive gear kit. They provide important information about decompression times, as well as the time and depth of on-going dives. The uptake of nitrogen in body tissue and its elimination can also be calculated using a diving computer.
Prevention Of Common Diving Hazards Using A Diving Computer
Dive computers not only display and calculate dive depth, time, and ascent rate and so on, but they help divers to prevent decompression illness by providing accurate updates on this information. Decompression illness is well known to divers, it is caused when bubbles form in the tissue of the diver due to too rapid an ascent from a dive. Effect can be severe, ranging from numbness to paralysis, even to death.
The use of a reliable dive computer has obvious benefits, making diving more enjoyable and safer, as well as maximizing dive times.
Purchasing A Dive Computer
There are many different types of dive computers on the market currently. Some of the popular manufacturers of diving computers are Aeris, Oceanic, Suunto, Uwatec and Scubapro. Like many other consumer electronics, prices and features vary from simple to loaded with features. Look for dive modes such as Nitrox, Air, Bottom Time, Free-Dive and Gauge modes. Extended features such as USB and wireless PC interfaces are also helpful.
Use the internet and research reviews of these devices before buying a certain model or brand. Once you have bought your new scuba diving computer, take some time to learn about its functions and how to best use it to increase your dive safety.
A Tip On Air Travel With Your Dive Computer
If you are fortunate enough to be traveling to an exotic location for scuba diving, pack it carefully for travel. During a flight, pressure changes may trigger your computer and set of it’s alarms, so pack it carefully and if possible, remove the battery. Start your trip with a worry free flight!