It is evident that our world is advancing in every field, the smartphone revolution has extended to diving. Divers now have many choices of mobile applications to help them prepare, execute and train for their dives.
Here, we list some of the most loved Android apps catered for divers. All of these are free to download, although some have option for in-app purchases for extra functionality.
DiveAdvisor is a comprehensive tool for modern divers. Its features include directory of thousands of dive shops and sites around the world. Articles, written by paid and dedicated team of writers, on various diving topics like advice and overview on over 90 destinations and regions, and tutorials on underwater photography. A directory, with images, of over 1000 marine animals. Inbuilt digital logbook with function of digital verification by dive shops. Ability to integrate social media profiles and contribute and review user generated data such as dive logs and scuba reviews of dive shops & dive sites.
The user-interface is neat, but as a quite new service that mostly relies on user-generated content, the information on certifications and marine life is not that extensive yet. I have hopes though that this will improve soon as the app is getting a good user growth. As one of the DiveAdvisor staff explained with regards to the limited info, “All dive logs, reviews and pictures get tagged to dive sites – so in time this will build up”.
Everything Diving by SSI
Everything Diving is the new App from Scuba Schools International. It has almost everything a diver needs at home and while travelling — check lists on scuba diving, important hand signals for divers, dive tables for Air and Nitrox for reference and planning, flow charts for First Aid and Neuro Check.
Scuba Exam Lite
Whether you just want to brush up on your dive theory and test your knowledge, or quiz yourself before you take the certification exam, this app can be a great help. Scuba Exam app quizzes your knowledge of dive tables, dive theory, definitions, and more. It features 250 illustrated quiz questions similar to those on the real exam, detailed quiz results complete with educational explanations, a guide and a quiz that will teach you how to understand and use dive tables.
It’s not just a comfortable scuba diving log book but the only one that downloads your scuba dives and dive profiles to your tablet and smartphone directly via USB. Connect your scuba dive computer from Aeris, Atomic, Cressi, Genesis, HeinrichsWeikamp, Hollis, Mares, Oceanic, Scubapro, Shearwater, Sherwood, Subgear, Suunto, Tusa and Uwatec. Divemate supports multiple scuba divers. So you just need one device and one app for your common diving adventures.
As the weather & tides play such an important role in the activity of scuba diving, an app such as Global Tide can be very useful resource for planning, in order to help ensure a safe and enjoyable day at sea. The app provide query and analysis of real-time tidal data anywhere on the sea, also includes tide graph, phrases of the moon, fishing condition prediction and other feature. You can get real-time tide data at any time within the next year, and the historical data within a week before.
V-Planner scuba diving decompression planning software. V-Planner presents the VPM decompression model and includes both VPM-B and VPM-B/E model versions. The diver can specify any combination of nitrox or trimix, and as many deco gases as required. Planning methods include both OC and Closed Circuit Rebreather. It includes planning for bailouts with SCR and OC legs in a CCR plan. Includes details of ppO2, END, and gas consumptions.
Scuba Diver Watch Face
Scuba diver watch face turns your Android Wear smartwatch into a sporty dive watch. It is designed for ultimate readability in low light situations. Even though it doesn’t include some features such as compass and secondary time zones that you might find elsewhere, it’s still pretty cool. Unfortunately, not all smartwatch devices are supported (as of this writing). For more details and updated information on supported devices, visit their Google Play page.
Find a scuba diving buddy near you for free. DIVR is the social networking app for scuba diving community worldwide. With the DIVR app, you can connect to all levels of Scuba divers to make planning your next dive easy.
Features include the ability to exchange photos and text messages, to plan a dive and invites others to join, and to connect with student divers, recreational divers, technical divers and instructors.
Dive Planner 2 Free
Dive Planner is a great little tool to plan your dive depths and times. It uses calculations based on PADI and NAUI tables.
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