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Orca Skinny Dipper

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by Dana Wyse, May 3, 2018.

  1. Dana Wyse

    Dana Wyse Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Los Altos
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    I have a hardly used Orca Skinny Dipper back from around 1990. It still works, but have not used it in some years. It turns on and scrolls just like it did when new. Is OK now that I am resuming diving to continue to use it?
     
  2. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    2,251
    2,120
    The only problem is that the algorithm is air only. If you dive nitrox it's not compatible.
     
  3. ams511

    ams511 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Miami, Florida
    7,200
    2,005
    Short answer is yes, the long answer is yes. You can use it with air. You can also use it with nitrox but you need to pay attention to the maximum operating depth of the mix you are using. Also you will not get the benefit of the additional bottom time and shorter surface intervals. These are things you will learn in the nitrox class.

    I realize you probably paid a lot for the computer when you purchased it, but computers have come along way since the 1990s. You can get a new computer for around $150 today. I would look to getting a new computer once you are sure you are back to diving for good.
     
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  4. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    1,763
    1,837
    It is an aggressive computer, especially when used for multiple dives with relatively short surface intervals of about 45 minutes. It is a great computer, super easy to read and understand, but when it goes into deco, it will not tell you how long the deco is, it only gives you a ceiling depth and you need to stay like 8 or 10 feet below the ceiling.
     
  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    22,823
    6,022
    The Skinny Dipper was my first dive computer but I retired it a long time ago. You can still use it but there are much better options out there today.
     
  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,344
    30,923
    I haven't dove mine in like twenty years or so. Like @drbill posted: there are far better options. They're cheaper too.
     
  7. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
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    1,586
    I'd take it on a dive boat and use it just to freak everyone out.
     

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