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Essential Apps for Planning Your Next Scuba Getaway

We are living in a world in which mobile phones are becoming our best companions, offering support in any activity we are undertaking. Scuba diving is definitely not an exception, with various applications being developed for it.

Here you have my recommendation about four must-have diving tools for that next awesome underwater adventure.

I came back from Cuba last week, where I spent the majority of my time scuba diving, of course! Who knew that María La Gorda, Pinar del Río coral reef was located just 186 miles [≈300km] outside of Havana? This diving spot lies on the western-most tip of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula and is, honestly, the most beautifully silent underwater paradise that I’ve ever laid eyes on. At 100 meters long, this impressive seabed is packed with plumule coral and colorful, magical marine species – such as barracuda, stingrays, a wealth of sea sponges, and other large, colorful fish. I swam for hours amongst the underwater heaven and after, I thanked my lucky stars that I had downloaded a collection of diving apps when planning my Cuba trip or I never would have found this particular reef.

It’s true; mobile phones and diving apps have revolutionized the way the avid scuba diver travels. Suddenly, we have access to a myriad of useful and even life-saving tools – such as electronic dive logs, dive locators, dive planners, and even gas mixing tools.

Here are the scuba apps I am using for making any of my dive vacations a perfect one:

1. Dive-Log ($11.99 – for iPhone) 
You might take your scuba logbook with you on an ocean dive with every good intention – that is until you get the pages soaked or drop it overboard.  However, the Dive-Log app offers an electronic resource for capturing every detail about your favorite dive spots – complete with date, time, GPS locations, duration of dive, underwater species, air tank weight requirements, gear, and more! You can launch this app right at the dive site to start capturing data immediately. After completion, the app will instantly convert all your dive details into Universal Dive Computer Format (UDCF) files and save them to your desktop computer for when you return home from vacation. You can even add images with your Dive Master’s electronic signature electronically or add a dive buddy using your smart phone contact list.

2. Dive Locator ($0.99 – for iPhone) 
The Dive Locator app is a database that consists of approximately 4,200 dive sites globally. Each dive is accompanied by a full list of details – including real-time dive conditions, weather, temperature, humidity, winds, barometer, and multi day tide tables. The great thing about this app is that with it you’ll be joining a community of avid divers who regularly add undiscovered dives to the growing database as well as personal dive experiences and reviews.

3. Scuba Diving Planner ($0.99 – for Android) 
The Scuba Diving Planner app features everything you’ll need to plan your next underwater adventure. The customizable platform comes pre-populated with almost 350 dive planning items – including check points on scuba gear, tanks, and more. Simply check and uncheck items as you plan your next scuba trips. Plus, you can import your own check list items for a customized list and export it to your diving buddies. This app offers me great peace of mind that I’m not forgetting anything essential before leaving for a scuba diving trip.

4. Trimix Tools ($6.99 – for iPhone) 
The Trimix app was created by Nitrox Tools, the scuba tank experts! I count this tool among my most essential when planning dive mixes for a scuba trip. Plus, this app lets me calculate my air needs before I arrive at the dive shop. You can understand how that would alleviate added stress if English is not the primary language in the country I’m visiting, as calculations appear in both the imperial and metric system. This app’s dive planning calculator supports both salt water and fresh water dives, and all calculations are provided for air needs according to your maximum dive depth as well as your desired partial pressure of oxygen (maximum) and equivalent narcotic depth (or END).

Guest author: Jane Johnson
(Jane is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary, reviews on popular providers like T-Mobile phones)

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