What do we need to remember? Do we need to remember how many tissues Haldane's decompression algorithm uses? Or what is the difference between Haldane's algorithm and Buhlmann's algorithm? Or what are microbubbles or how they are formed? Or how conservative is a particular type of computer? Or what is inside of a computer? Or how it can communicate with a PC? NO! Absolutely not!

Probably the only things we should remember from this paper/presenttion are:

  • Diving with a computer makes your dive safer although DCS can still occur
  • Remember that the decompression model is a theoretical one which doesn't include the diver's current condition (although some new computers include workload and temperature in their algorithms). The nitrogen levels are estimations not direct readings from your blood stream.
  • Read your computer manual and KNOW your computer. If your computer displays something you can't interpret, there is a problem…
  • If you can set your level of conservativness, set it up according to your shape and condition. Don't push the limits
  • Follow what your computer is telling you to do. If it tell you that you need a decompression stop and your dive buddy doesn't, listen to your dive computer not to your dive buddy.
  • Dive with your own computer. A dive buddy team shouldn't share a computer
  • Maintain your computer. Rinse it as soon as you got back from a dive
  • Check your batteries and don't ignore the low battery warning
  • Buy the most expensive computer you can afford. The new and improved dive computers have some really nice features.





Updated July 1, 2002 3:51 PM by Vlad Pambucol