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Watch, Bottom Timer or computer

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by rfwoodvt, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    I just picked up a couple of used Oceanic computers from ebay (for around 100 bucks each) for students to use. I still teach tables but standards for SDI require a computer and I have been letting students use my Shearwater Perdixes. I've decided that since it's unlikely they will choose to spend nearly a grand on their first computers, having the Oceanic Veo 100, 180, and 200 will give them nice, simple computers they can see buying after the class from whomever they choose to.
  2. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
  3. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    I wouldn't even bother with the "backup" for a recreational dive(direct access to the surface) unless you just like wearing a watch.
    Stoo likes this.
  4. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    I will say a computer.

    Make sure you can read it in the conditions you dive. If VT is like hear or your coming into the northern Atlantic you need a bigger lit screen in order to read it, the peregrine listed above is nice in this area. If your only planning on flying clear warm water than a smaller one will work.

    Part of the reason for a computer is right now your only going to 30 feet but I can pretty much guarantee you will change your mind (when I started I said summer only and shallow) now I dive year round and have done deep dives.

    A computer you can grow into rather than outgrowing.
    rfwoodvt likes this.
  5. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter marketing

    "Most" is not "all" so an inexpensive PDC is justifiable. Less than 30' shouldn't require more than an SPG, if that. Docks and moorings have a high entanglement risk by monofilament fishing line so keeping adequate reserve to extricate yourself is important. That justifies an SPG or alternate air source — and a good cutting device or two.
    OTF, James79, Fishyhead and 1 other person like this.
  6. rfwoodvt

    rfwoodvt Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Vermont
    Well, things often happen in serendipitous ways. Ended up finding a new Suuto Vyper Nova with transmitter for $325. So that goes a long way to solving the problem as it it air integrated along with compass. Will really clean up my BC LOL.

    Thanks for all the input!
    Seaweed Doc and Akimbo like this.
  7. Wathdoc

    Wathdoc Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: uk
    I used dive watches in the past, but too often left the winder out and they flooded. For a variety of reasons I have used dive timers for years. However, as others have said, many useful DC's are cheap, useful and can have a gauge mode if you want to.
  8. rfwoodvt

    rfwoodvt Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Vermont
    ...and serendipity bit me in the arze.

    Turns out that "deal" I found was misrepresented.

    It was not new, it was not a NOVO and the transmitter is dead.

    Turns out it was a Viper air and it was used and not put away clean. It's not shot by any stretch of the imagination but the buttons have rust, you can see the salt water spots on the crystal, and it looks like it was dragged across the bottom too.

    I suspect the transmitter problem is simply a battery, but the seller swears he had it serviced and everything was just fine and it was only dived with four times.

    Certainly not the definition of new in anybody's book and the seller won't even acknowledge that he misrepresented the item

    Anyhow, I only paid 350 for and I'm thinking for 350 it's still a pretty good deal even if I do have to replace the battery in the transmitter.

    What do you guys think??
  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    Make sure both recalls were done.
  10. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Same ocean as you!
    I think people like this must be punished with a return and negative feedback
    Coztick likes this.

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