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losrios
posted : January 21, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I am currently looking to buy myself a dive computer and had pretty much decided to buy a Suunto Cobra, however a couple of shops have tried to talk me out of this saying that I should buy a wrist mounted computer and keep my guages as it is not safe to rely on a computer only. I'd really like to hear peoples thoughts on this as now I don't know what to go for.

 
Paul
posted : January 22, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
Hi I have been diving for aprox 20 yrs and used a comp for most of them my currant comp is a wrist mounted sounto viper, I also have a aladin pro wrist mounted also. personally I would not go for a hose mounted comp mainly because they tend to get draged alonge the bottom or over rocks etc even if you keep them well tuck in (hooked up) they tend to get the face damaged. I wear my comp on the inside of my wrist on the right arm this way I can dump and hold on to a shot in and still be able to see my comp, I do however agree in keeping your mech/gauges as a back up happy diving Paul

 
Pete Huntley
posted : February 11, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I have had a suunto cobra for the last three years now and I don't think I can think of a bad thing to say about them. To me the biggest bennefit of air intergrated cumputers is they take the guess work out of things when some stress creeps in, I would definately give the cobra 5 stars.

 
Divein
posted : February 16, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I have a QD Cobra with compass for sale if interested as I am moving to a computer that will allow gas switches. Contact me on diveinNOSPAM@blueyonder.co.uk (remove NO SPAM).

 
losrios
posted : February 17, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
Thanks for all your feedback - it has been most helpful. After careful consideration I decided the Suunto Cobra was still what I wanted and went ahead and bought one. My main concern was the comments I'd received about relying purely on a computer but as I always dive with a buddy, I guess I have a back-up.

 
Jenny
posted : March 8, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I have just bought a Cobra on high recommendation but I am worried that it is only really practical if you have your own first stage and regulator. The manual recommends the supplier connects it to your first stage can you cart around the computer and connect it at your dive centre?

 
kato.scubachick
posted : March 14, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I have to say i agree with the dive shops advice.
However i now read that you have bought one - so my best advice is always take this off your regs when in storage and in transport and invest in a retractable guage keeper - this should advoid it dragging you across the bottom and getting smashed to bits!
It might be worthwhile to adjust your configuration more and mount the guages so they come across your chest in a way that you can still have both hands free when ascending - you don't want to have to be in a situation when you need to ascend up a shot line in a current and can't see your comp clearly!




 
scuba-graeme
posted : March 17, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I followed my dive shops advice and bought a wrist computer, a Suunto Vyper. I think it safe to have back up gauges incase the computer fails or by some remote chance you lose it whilst diving, but there are probably plenty experienced divers out there that use only a computer. It's all down to preference.

 
twinsetmad
posted : April 21, 2005 Post subject: Dive computer advice required.
I think that Suunto do a quich release coupling that will allow you to take off the cobra when ever you wish. workes a bit like your drysuit connector.

 
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