Having the right dive equipment can make a big difference to your scuba diving experience. Here are some of our best tips, tricks and strategies about getting the most out of your dive computers.
Console or Wrist?
Console mounts eliminate the need to keep track of yet another piece of dive gear, but wrist-mounted computers provide at-a-glace reference, which is why they are preferred by many advanced and technical scuba divers to monitor time and depth closely.
The latest generation of dive computers can display a lot of data, and with enlarged color screens now a more accessible option, information escalation will likely continue. When using a feature-rich computer, make sure the display always provides the essentials, such as NDL and depth, in a clearly visible fashion.
Every dive computer manufacturer had developed their own proprietary modifications to the basic decompression models. Rather than geeking out on the finer points of a given computer’s mathematical equations, focus on its capabilities, and understand where it fits into the liberal/conservative deco curve. If you want more info, read "Picking the Right Algorithm."
Most modern dive computers err on the side of conservatism, but none can guarantee immunity from DCS. Dive within the guidelines of your scuba gear of choice, but also focus on behaviors that will reduce you overall chances of a hit.