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What to look for when buying a scuba computer for diving?

A scuba computer for diving is really important to have because it provides more safety and you can have a good track of time with better extension. It is one of the first things that you should buy if you are a diver.

This is an era of technology and computers have revolutionized the world of diving. You can calculate your dive time with scuba computer and it also tells you how much time you have left depending upon your depth position.

Are you searching for the best scuba computers for recreational diving? Don’t worry, you have come to the right place for the best guidance.

Here are really cool tips that will help you in buying a good scuba computer.

Air or Nitrox

This is the first thing you should keep in mind while buying a diving computer. You need to decide whether you want a nitrox or air because you will be shifting to nitrox later in future due to its importance.

Different computers have the ability to set different values of O2 and you can do this with nitrox algorithms easily. More than 40 percent of the people use nitrox computer for scuba diving.

Air Integration

It is a very important feature of scuba computers and you must carefully look its availability while buying one. This feature tells you about the specific amount of air that is left in your tank while you are underwater.

It can also be used to refine the absorbed nitrogen calculations to get the better picture of results. These air integrators can be connected to the high-pressure port and it gives you information through the transmitter which is connected to the tank.

With a wireless computer, you can remove the hose console and you can rationalize the gear profile.

Battery Replacement

In older computers, the battery replacement was only done by technicians but nowadays, computers are made user-friendly.

A person can easily replace the battery if needed. You must make sure that the battery timing of your scuba computer should be enough for the time span in which you will remain underwater.

Downloading Ability

If you really like to keep the track of your diving time and you want to keep a record, then downloading ability of your computer is really vital for you.

Your scuba computer must have decent downloading speed so that you can download certain dive information from the scuba computer and put in in your PC.

In many computers, WIFI is also a good service available nowadays and you can use that for downloading diving time records.

Our Trip on an Oahu Shark Dive Was Amazing!

Our last trip shark diving in Oahu Yielded us some amazing footage and experiences.  Here is a transcript from my diary on exactly what I felt, how it was, and why I am ready to go back for more!

Well I am back from what was an incredible adventure. Guadalupe Islands…now when I hear those words, forever will it put a smile on my face. Three days of diving, six different white sharks 100 plus feet of visibility, an I-MAX film crew, and an exciting group of travelers! Not to mention unlimited beer on the trip.

Our first day of diving, we prepared for our introductory dive. This is where Lawrence Groth our Trip Captain and Expedition leader teaches us how to enter and exit the cages. I was with the first group and as I was climbing into the cage I heard someone yell out, Shark! I dropped into the cage quickly with the other person who was already in the cage, Mark Cita, one of Shark Diver’s guests. I spotted the shark and screamed through the regulator. (It was NOT a school girls scream; it was sort of macho sounding) I tapped Mark on the shoulder to show him the approaching shark. There it was; my first encounter with the lord of all sharks. He was around fourteen feet long, weighing in around 1800 pounds. A big BABY! Words can never describe what it feels like to come face to face with a great white shark, you just have to drop down and feel it for yourself. It is AMAZING! We enjoyed a couple more passes from the large shark, and had two more sharks show up to see what was going on. I forgot to mention. We had only been there an hour. We arrived at Guadalupe Island, dropped anchor, dropped the cages into the water, geared up and went in for our ten minute introductory dive. That’s it!! That is all the time that was needed before the first sharks showed up. Like I said it is an amazing place. I stayed down for around twenty minutes and Scott Davis, a marine biologist working with Great White Adventures, began signaling on the cage for us to get out and allow the other guests to complete their training dive and get used to the cage.  Check out The Hawaiian Shark Diving Tours in Oahu we picked to go on. We enjoyed the rest of the day’s dives and all of us chatted away the rest of the night. The stories all involved whitey, about how exciting it was, how large they are, etc. I was excited to find out that the great whites eyes look black, but they really have a dark blue pupil. Read more about the type of sharks you might see here.

Day two things kind of slowed down a bit, we only saw two different white sharks….yeah, only two. One word comes to mind: spoiled! I did get to see the 3-D I-MAX film crew work their magic. And….I got to see them work outside the cage! It was amazing to see how a film is put together. Working diligently underwater for hours, the water temp being a balmy 65 degrees, they must have been freezing. I was cold from 90 minute dives; I can only imagine what two-three hours must have felt like. But I saw how they put their dailies together. Our third day was magic. By the third day thousands of bait fish had made the bottom of the boat their home. We had two seals hanging around all day, eating hang baits and trying to chase away the sharks. The sharks wouldn’t leave so they just followed them instead, making sure they always new where they were. The I-MAX film crew got plenty of footage for their movie, I got to film them filming underwater, so hopefully it will come out in their behind the scenes footage. Their was so many magic moments, so many sharks, seals, schools of tuna fish, bait fish, just so much life around this big rock of an island. I also got to see my first natural breaching. A huge white shark exploded out of the water in the distance. It was awesome to see. We ended the trip with big irremovable smiles. We all saw sharks, we ate well and had fun, but most importantly we all left with new friends from different parts of the world.

What Are The Equipments You Will Need In The Diving Center?

A diving center refers to a base location or the training center where recreational divers learn how to dive and undertake guided diving trips at various locations. Most of the dive centers in Rhode Island provide all the facilities to the divers including the diving equipment. But, it is always good to buy your own equipment. You may also rent the dive gear from the diving center. However, if you have your own diving equipment, you may dive whenever you want.  Advanced traingin can be found on Scubadiving.com

Basic items you need for diving

If you are just a starter, you can buy snorkel, mask, a wet suit. After this, you need to buy the regulator and even a computer. The ones who are in good budget, they may consider buying the entire diving kit. Most of the dive centers offer attractive discounts to the ones who take up diving packages from them. The best part is that the diving package is also designed as per the skills and experience level of the diver. Diving centers buy the diving equipment in bulk and just pass on the savings to the divers.

Tips to buying the masks

When it comes to buying the mask, it may be confusing. They are available in various specifications. Choose a mask of perfect color, style and that which fits you. Have a look at the material of the mask which should be of surgical grade silicone.

Buying snorkels

Snorkels are again important item for any diver. A snorkel is a life saver under dangerous situations.