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Your Guide to Conservative Computer Settings

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From The Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) and the European Underwater and Baromedical Society come this sage advice:

For a diver with a physiological need or a personal wish to dive more conservatively, most dive computers have user settings to make this possible. However, there is a variability in conservatism between models, so if you need advice on reducing DCS risk, consider these recommendations.

If the information exists, be aware of the baseline level of conservatism of your computer. Additional clues may come from comparing the operation of your computer against those of diving colleagues or by wearing two computers made by different manufacturers and decompressing as guided by the more conservative of the pair. Make yourself aware of the operational implications of a dual-algorithm computer....


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