This week I wanted to look at the applications developed for divers in order to check which computer aids are most useful for the practice of scuba diving.
More and more computer and smartphone programs can be found in different categories: to plan and prepare a dive, to save and illustrate a dive, to find a dive site and related information, … The choice is wide.
After testing a few, my observation is that there is no software that includes all categories, but some are more complete or more user-friendly than others.
Here is a selection of 3 tested apps:
Vplaner is the Swiss knife for diving preparation with NITROX style blends. This software allows to prepare its mixtures and to choose the one that will be the best adapted to the dive that we want to carry out. It allows to simulate a dive and to modify parameters like time, depth,% of O²,% of He or% of N², open circuit or closed circuit to optimize the diving by choosing the best parameters. Of course preparing mixtures must remain in the hands of people trained in these techniques.
This program designed by Ross Hemingway is available for Windows, linux, mac os, i os and Android and in 8 languages. It is chargeable but all updates are free for life.
There are variants known by other names but do not offer all the features.
This is the case in particular of Pasto Deco developed by Antonio Pastorelli. This software is similar to Vplaner but cheaper. The interface is different and uses unusual colors.
Another gas preparation software was designed by Nigel Hewitt under the name Blender. It works under windows and is particularly “light” and easy to use.
It makes possible to prepare Nitrox and Trimix and do the mix, as the name indicates
Developed by ConfiTek, Divemate allows you to directly transfer data from your dive computer to your smartphone or tablet without using a PC. You can select your dive computer from a list to make your life easier. The transfer of information can be done by USB cable or infrared. Once in the tablet or smartphone, the data can be enriched by comments, photos etc … and shared
Download it from the Google Play Store or App Store
Last but not least, MeteoConsultMarine offers the opportunity to view a very detailed weather of more than 20,000 spots in the world showing, wind, water temperature, wave height, humidity, rain and much more.
Available in the Google Play Store, on App Store and for Windows it is especially useful for divers, like me diving in seas in all latitudes.
I can only be happy to find all these software on the market even if I regret that there is not (or I have not found) a complete software dedicated to scuba diving.