Why use a computer on your dives in the Maldives

Why use a computer on your dives in the Maldives

New divers may feel overtasked with their diving equipment and everything that they learned during their beginners’ courses, so many forget to pay attention to one of the most popular items: the dive computer. Especially in the Maldives where there is so much to see underwater, the data shown on the computer easily gets ignored.

But what exactly does a dive computer do?

A dive computer takes depth and time information and applies it to a decompression model to track the dissolved nitrogen in your body during a dive. Your computer continuously tells you how much more time you can spend at a certain depth to be safe. Using a computer can prevent many issues, such as exceeding your bottom time (and ending in a recompression chamber!) or ascending to the surface too quickly.

At TGI Maldives dive centers, you can do several dives a day to get the most of your time in paradise, yet to be able to do so, you need to keep in mind that the nitrogen from your first dive will affect the diving profile of your second (and third) dive. What’s more, there are certain limitations in the Maldives as to how deep you can dive, and many dive centers have an 1-hour dive time limit in place as well, so having a dive computer is a convenient way to keep track of both.

All in all, we can’t imagine diving without a dive computer, as it has become such an essential and valuable piece of equipment. If you have your own, or a rental one, don’t be afraid to ask us about the settings, we will be more than happy to help, well before your computers start beeping!

To those of you who already undertand how computers work, but would like to see longer bottom times: have you taken the Nitrox course yet? Learn more about it here.