What are the best dive apps? We live in a digital age now where such a plethora of information is accessed on our mobile devices and PCs. Quite naturally scuba diving has not escaped this evolution and there are hundreds of apps available out there to help scuba divers. But why would you need an app? After all scuba diving is an underwater sport far away from your mobile device.
Best Dive Apps for Logging your Dives
One of the first question s you will get asked by a dive can the when you book a dive trip or course is “how many dives have you logged?” It is important to log your dives as a prerequisite to further diver training and for dive schools to check your experience level. Dive logbooks are frequently left behind by divers prior to their trips or lost over the course of time. Having the ability to log your dives digitally means that you can back them up online and access your dive log from a mobile device to be able to quickly show your dive log.
Best Dive Apps for Completing Your Diver Training Knowledge
As mentioned it is a digital age. To adjust to the amount of information being consumed on mobile devices the major dive training agencies have also gone down this path with innovations such as PADI eLearning. After all less printing for manuals and having them available digitally means that you can easily get access to your dive learning and have the most constantly updated materials. Additionally it cuts down on the classroom time you need to do, so you can concentrate on the actual diving.
Best Dive Apps for Checking Diving Conditions & Diver Safety
An important part of diver safety is evaluating the conditions you will be diving in to ensure that they are safe to dive in. Checking the weather, wind, tides, swell and other environmental factors is a vital task. There are a number of cover-all or task specific apps available to aid divers in evaluating dive conditions and helping with diver safety.
Best Dive Apps for Capturing Your Dive Moments and Getting Social
This is a world where social media is playing a more dominant role. Social networks are great places for you to share your love of diving and meet other divers. The evolution of mobile phones has also meant that the cameras on the devices can now rival stand-alone cameras. There are some really cool housings such as the Kraken, available to take your mobile phone camera, capture the underwater world, adjust the colouring and share the moments with underwater divers. Some can even go further and turn your mobile phone into a dive computer!
Best Dive Apps for Planning Your Dives
Traditionally dive planning was done with tables and written calculations. This has led to the evolution of the dive computer which can be used to plan and execute dives but apps can also assist in dive calculations if the right formulas are inserted. Ease your dive planning using specific apps.
Best Dive Apps for Finding Your Dive Centre
When you are travelling rot a new dive destination you obviously want to know the dive centres that are available for you to dive with. The major training agencies all show their registered dive centres on their apps and also give you access to other dive tools such as dive tables and other guides.
While apps are not going to replace the thrill you get from scuba diving they do allow you to plan, share and store your dive memories more easily and bring your love of diving onto your electronic devices. It can aid your dive education and even make dives more exciting giving you extra purpose such as going to capture an image to share with the world or dive a particular plan. Many of the apps are free and don’t take up a lot of space so they are well worth having. These are just a few of them available out there selected by divers we have talked to. What are your thoughts?