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Best Budget Computer for Instructors #AskMArk #scuba @ScubaDiverMagazine


Best Budget Computer for Instructors #AskMArk #scuba @ScubaDiverMagazine

Darren Grierson
@darrengrierson4474
#askmark I am about to start a Diving internship that will last about a year to become an instructor and I haven't been able to decide on a dive computer computer. I am looking for a watch style. I have had some recommendations from a friend I have that is an Instructor and I am currently trying to decide between the Suunto D6i, and the D5. Sheerwater is a little out of my price range and I don't have access to Cressi. Which would you recommend? I am open to other recommendations. Thanks!

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eddy brown II
eddy brown II
6 months ago

Go with the #Garmin Descent. I’m a MK2i

PeterJulianPhotos
PeterJulianPhotos
6 months ago

#ASKMARK Hi Mark, leading on from this video- I have an Aqualung 200 wrist dive computer and use an analogue SPG, while I am happy with the basic functionality of the computer, I have been looking at air integration options. I came across the Cressi Digi 2 as an option, and like the idea that it gives a level of redundancy in the event of the aqualung failing during a dive. What are your thoughts for a diver who does less than 20 dives a year at recreational depths.

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Reply to  PeterJulianPhotos
6 months ago

Yeah, the Digi2 is a great SPG. It’s important to remember that is isn’t a dive computer though. Many divers see the digital display and assume it’s a dive computer.
Should your dive computer fail, yes it would be a good backup so you still know your depth and how much gas you have left and what your maximum depth was on that dive. You can safely maintain any safety stops and your gas time remaining.

Ben Heckendorn
Ben Heckendorn
7 months ago

I got an Atmos Mission one, it’s a dive computer from Taiwan, color screen and GPS. Maybe worth to check it.

geemac
geemac
8 months ago

#ASKMARK I recently purchased an Apple Ultra watch to utilise its alleged dive computer capabilities in partnership with the Oceanic+ dive software. I ask if you’ve received and industry and/or recreational feedback on its performance with Air and/or Mixed Gases and it’s performance at constant depths of say 30m-35m+ it would be great to obtain performance reviews from divers who’ve experienced its +/-‘s using the Oceanic+ software program

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Reply to  geemac
8 months ago

I asked our editor who had one and had 20+ dives on it to 35-40m using air and nitrox and it performed without fault on all of those dives. No issues with the Oceanic+ software. The Apple Watch Ultra is a real contender in the recreational market

Paul Milton
Paul Milton
9 months ago

#askmark are regulator bags brand specifically designed for that brand ie a sucbapro regulator bag is designed for only scubapro regulators thanks for the videos really enjoyed watching them

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Reply to  Paul Milton
9 months ago

No, you might have some unique features to some but, most reg bags are very similar just with a different logo on the front.

Go for a bag that has a good amount of padding and plenty of space inside so your hoses don’t get bent too much. Small zippered pouches are handy to keep spare bits but, it’s not essential

Paul Milton
Paul Milton
Reply to  Paul Milton
9 months ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine thank you

TheEveryDayRandomizer
TheEveryDayRandomizer
9 months ago

Hello, are you able to make an updated video to https://youtu.be/P5dQXbrcGz4? As a new diver I would appreciate knowing where it’s safe to save. Thank you for your time and dive safe! #AskMark

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Reply to  TheEveryDayRandomizer
9 months ago

Sure, Scubapro have a free octo offer right now on some of their regs in certain regions which can save you some money.
Otherwise, Mares Rover 15X, AquaLung Helix, Cressi MC9, Scubapro S270 are all good budget regulators.

Look for something you can get serviced near to you as well. You don’t want to buy a cheap regulator but, then spend more money to get it serviced each year

JMK
JMK
9 months ago

Thank you for the advice keep them coming.
#AskMark, what fins would you recommend for recreational diving in Scotland. At 5ft 2 I feel some fins are as long as I am tall. Would I find it easier with shorter fins?

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Reply to  JMK
8 months ago

I tend to dive shorter vented fins for most of my diving in the UK and abroad like the ones over my left shoulder. I’ve used long freediving fins and plenty other designs in between.

Vented fins like the RK3 are easier to pack, easier to shuffle around on deck and shorter in confined spaces

Iain Chesterman
Iain Chesterman
9 months ago

Hey Mark . Me and my wife recently completed our open water padi course with the open water dives in the Caribbean, as we probably won’t dive again until we can holiday again , what would you recommend we do in between in the mean time , should we try and find the courage to do a uk dive maybe ??
Thoughts ?
Cheers
Iain & Vikki

SkyForce6700
SkyForce6700
Reply to  Iain Chesterman
9 months ago

Well you do have the famous Lundy Island at Devon and Scapa Flow at Orkney Scotland. Especially Scapa offers plenty of nice ship wrecks at easy diving depths with plenty of marine life to see. So can be recommended!

Lenny Zimmermann
Lenny Zimmermann
9 months ago

If Sheerwater is out of their price range then the Garmin certainly is as well (it’s more expensive than a Sheerwater any place I’ve looked, anyway)

Gentle Rain
Gentle Rain
9 months ago

#AskMark

Thanks for the awesome content..!
Question: As a PNW (Seattle) dry suit driver sometimes I just want my to set and forget my computer while doing photography. My regular haunts are less than 90 meters shore diving. *Can you recommend a a dive computer with this focus in mind-?*

Thank you for all your expertise, experience and efforts…!

Willem Tahon
Willem Tahon
9 months ago

Garmin G2 indeed an awesome dive computer. Excellent as daily smartwatch also.

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