Whenever we take groups of people scuba diving here in italy, we always make sure each of our guests or students is equipped with a dive computer. This helps everyone have the right peace of mind, regardless of their level of experience when it comes to diving. Being able to quickly monitor your current depth and dive time is a great way to help build confidence in newer divers. Being fully aware of the current levels of nitrogen in your blood stream can mean the difference between life and death, so using Dive computers is a quick and easy way to stay safe.
Below you will find the top 3 reasons why it is important to always use a wrist dive computer and why you should get one for future dives if you do not currently own one.
Dive computers keep you safe on every dive!
As mentioned before, a wrist computer will constantly monitor your change in depth and pressure levels. Deeper depths means you will be consuming your air supply more rapidly, which in turn means more NO2 dissolving in your blood stream. This can be extremely dangerous if you leave it unchecked. The Nitrogen bubbles can rapidly expand while ascending and cause the bends, or decompression sickness. This is a scuba divers greatest fear, and not something anyone should ever experience. By monitoring your ascent rate and providing your with a correctly calculated safety stop time, a diver computer makes the chances of getting DCS almost impossible. As long as you remain in control of your ascent rate and gear, while monitoring the readout of your wrist computer, you will end each and every dive safely and with a great piece of mind.
Wrist Computers help you log your dives!
These days keeping a log book of your dives is a good way to track your progress and is highly encouraged. Scuba divers looking to advance their dive career and become a scuba instructor or dive master must have a minimum of 40 logged dives before beginning any professional level training. Luckily almost all modern wrist dive computers have an internal dive log that can help you track the important info about each dive. From water temperature to maximum depth and dive time, these statistics are great for having a fully fleshed out dive log. Even entry level diving computers like the Suunto Zoop and Cressi Leonardo have a basic internal tracking system for about 25-50 dives, which is plenty for a beginner!
Serious scuba divers take their gear seriously
Any scuba diver worth their salt knows that they have to take their gear seriously, scuba diving is a serious action sport and your life can depend on your equipment. This is why every scuba diving professional will recommend you invest in your bcd and dive computer, they are the two most vital pieces of scuba equipment that your life depends on.
We hope this article has been helpful and that you now have a good idea on the importance of using a dive computer on your next dive outing!.