depth gauge

Discussion in 'DIR' started by squee!, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. squee!

    squee! Nassau Grouper

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    In DIR, do people typically dive with a single computer and use it as a depth gauge as well for the sake of minimalism? Or do you dive with a computer and an analog depth gauge on your wrist for backup? Just curious. thanks.
     
  2. Spectre

    Spectre Orca

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    You woudln't have an analog depth guage as backup. Most people use a digital depth guage [like uwatec] as their backup, and use a computer is guage mode as their primary.
     
  3. salty

    salty Barracuda

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    If a computer is worn it is as a depth gauge/bottom timer only. Computers are not used to plan a dive while diving.

    Your buddys gauge is your back up
     
  4. squee!

    squee! Nassau Grouper

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    If a computer is worn only as a depth gauge/bottom timer, then what computer is reccomended for DIR? I would assume it would a be a very simple, relatively feature-free model. Is this correct?
     
  5. detroit diver

    detroit diver Great White

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    As long as it works in gauge mode, you're in good shape. I like ones that will log my dives for me. The Suunto vyper works well, as does the Oceanic Versa Pro. I like the VP better because the readout is larger.
     
  6. d33ps1x

    d33ps1x Divemaster

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    That completely depends on you.

    I use a Suunto stinger only because I like to wear it as a watch on dive weekends and enjoy downloading my profiles to the computer.

    A Uwatec $120 bottom timer/depth gauge is more than adaquate as your primary gauge.

    Basically anything that reliably tells depth and time is just fine.
     
  7. salty

    salty Barracuda

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    yep

    There are a few that seem popular OMs has one and another company has the same thing with a diffrent name. I dont know what the popular ones are perhaps a search would give you the information on brands and types
     
  8. Wijbrandus

    Wijbrandus Manta Ray

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    It's called the Uwatec Digital.

    Ordered mine from LP for 120 bucks a year ago, since my LDS didn't have any.
     
  9. VTernovski

    VTernovski Manta Ray

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    Suunto D3 is quite nice.
     
  10. jonnythan

    jonnythan Knight Scublar ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Actually, most of the computers that can be put into gauge mode are the more expensive, feature packed ones.. you then turn off all the features to activate gauge mode ;)

    The easy, cheap, reliable, worry free way is this:

    http://www.leisurepro.com/Catalog.aspx?op=ItemDisplay&ProductID=OMSBT

    Only shows depth, max depth, dive time, and temperature. Shows surface interval during the SI and has a built in log book. No computer functionality - nothing you don't need.
     
  11. salty

    salty Barracuda

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    The D3 is sweet!!! I wish I had one for freediving, I alwas wondered how it would work out for regular diving.
     
  12. ScubaDadMiami

    ScubaDadMiami Scuba Instructor

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    I use a Suunto D3 in guage mode as a primary. I like it because it has a resettable timer so that I can keep track of my deco stops. You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget (hmmm... am I at that stop for 8 minutes or is it 6?).

    I use the Uwatec as a backup.
     
  13. ScubaDadMiami

    ScubaDadMiami Scuba Instructor

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    I use a Suunto D3 in guage mode as a primary. I like it because it has a resettable timer so that I can keep track of my deco stops. You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget (hmmm... am I at that stop for 8 minutes or is it 6?). I also like being able to download and study my dive profiles.

    I use the Uwatec as a backup.
     

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