- Reaction score
- Largo, Florida
- # of dives
- 200 - 499
Depending on when you took OW, I find this strange. This was probably the attitude a long time ago, but most modern courses introduce computers very early. At a minimum, the shop is missing an opportunity to sell/rent computers to new divers.Nope.. he had no computer. Even myself, I had no computer until I went AOW. Where I stated my scuba lessons as OW divers, we were informed that a computer really wasn't necessary until we went AOW, so I have seen this before.
More importantly, there is more to a dive computer than tracking NDL. I do agree that in most cases with new divers, the dives are going to be gas limited. I did lots of dives before getting my first dive computers. One thing that I noticed on that first dive with a computer is that I should slow down my ascent a bit. I wasn't rocketing to the surface, but probably going a bit faster than my computer liked.
A new diver is also probably more likely to have an unintended excursion, such as going a little deeper or staying a little longer than originally planned. Might be a non-issue, but better to be alerted to that in the water than when logging their dive topside.