Oceanic VTX Review

IMG_0149I have recently purchased the Oceanic VTX with the transmitter in order to upgrade my current wrist computer a SubGear XP-10.  Although the SubGear XP-10 as a computer worked fine it was an entry level computer and it was time to upgrade and take advantage of the many features of a high end computer.  I have only managed to use the VTX for about 10 dives but as a computer it works great.  The OLED screen is easy to read even during night dives with no need to press a button to get the back light to turn on, I have been keeping the brightness at 40% and it was still easy to read during a night dive.  The menus are easy to navigate and a very simple learning curve for operating the computer.

Features:

  • Air integrated
  • OLED Color Screen
  • Digital Compass
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Dual algorithm
  • Nitrox compatible
  • 3 button navigation
  • Automatic altitude compensation

There are many more features, including multiple deep stop settings, and alarms, safety stop countdown timer.

This is the first air integrated computer that I have used, it appears to work very well but compared to my SPG it reads a slightly lower pressure.  I would be interested to find out if there is a way to calibrate it.  Overall this computer works beautifully, the screen is easy to read, the navigation is simple and it is a great choice for an upgrade if you are looking to switch to a high end computer.

Pros:

  • Easy to read screen
  • Simple navigation
  • Bright screen great for night dives
  • 3 axis digital compass
  • Air integrated
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons:

  • Downloading to computer can be a little difficult
  • Battery life, depending on settings
  • strap a little short if you are warring a dry-suit

Overall if you are looking for a bright colorful wrist computer with the air integration option the VTX is a great option that i suggest everyone checks out.

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My Philosophy of Diving

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThroughout my years of diving recreationally and professionally I have developed a sort of philosophy about diving.  While some may think that this is a very personal, self reliant sport, that is good for people that want to be alone with their own thoughts it is actually drastically different.  Although you are in an environment where communication is very limited, and you do have to have some amount of self reliance there is a very strong social aspect to diving, and that is what makes it so appealing.  The greatest aspect of diving is not the beautiful environments that we are able to explore (the beautiful environments are a perk), it is the experiences that we are able to share with one another.  helping another diver find a cool fish or crab or anything they haven’t seen before is one of my greatest joys.  Even after the dives are done it is not uncommon to find the group of divers having a drink and sharing stories about past dives, trips, and classes.  We as divers are always looking for the next great adventure or location, and the only way to really find those is to talk to other divers.  The culture of diving is largely story based, the generations of divers who discovered many of the famous dive destinations today only have these stories to share.  With the increasing access to internet, video and other forms of media hopefully these stories will continue to be shared.  Because in a sport/hobby that limits communication we as divers yearn for interaction and sharing of our stories.IMG_0328

I would like to Pose a few question for any divers who might read this because I think it is one of the best you can ask. Feel free to answer in the comments, I want to know where you think I should go.

Where is your favorite place to dive?

Favorite dive site?

If you could only go on one more dive trip where would you go?

South Monastery Beach Night Dive

IMG_0444I had the opportunity recently to try something that I have not done before as a part of this night dive.  Although I have done many night dives, and even a few at South Monastery beach this one was special because we decided to complete this dive off of kayaks.  With the ability to travel to our site on the kayaks we were able to greatly extend our dive time and avoid the cold temperatures of 49 degrees.  The kayaks allowed us to reach one of my favorite pinnacles at South Monastery its not super far from shore but much farther than i would have preferred to swim at night.  It was amazing to see one of my favorite sites in Carmel at night.  The dynamic changes, the rock fish begin to stir, the crabs scurry across the rocks and sand.  I managed to find a wolf eel deep in a hole that unfortunately did not want to come out and say hello.  The visibility was great for a night dive close to 30ft, mainly due to the recently calm north west swell.  We could not have asked for better conditions to test out our first kayak night dive.  The dive was beautiful and well worth the effort of the kayaks, the true test was the end of the dive.  with overcast skies it was pitch black with only the light of passing cars on the highway as a reference to shore.  Aside from the normal uneasy feelings of night dives, this night dive is one of my favorites of Carmel Bay and Monastery Beach.

My Equipment

My Gear: SCUBA

BCD: Zeagle Stiletto

Cold water Suit: Bare Sentry Pro Dry Neoprene Drysuit

1st Stage: Oceanic FDXI

2nd Stage: Oceanic Omega 3

Alternate: Oceanic Omega 2

Computer: Oceanic ProPlus X & Suunto D6

Mask: Oceanic Shadow

Back Up Mask: Zeagle Scope Mono

Snorkel: Riffe Stable Snorkel

Cold water fins: Zeagle Recon

Gloves: Bare Ultrawarmth 3mm & Bare Ultra Warmth 5mm

Warm water suit: Bare 3/2 Anniversary edition

Warm Water BCD: Zeagle Express Tech

Warm water fins: Oceanic Mako fins

Pool BCD: Oceanic Ocean Pro

Pool 1st stage: Zeagle F8

Pool 2nd Stage: Zeagle F8

Pool Alternate: Sherwood Slimline

Pool Computer: None SPG only

Freediving Equipment

Wetsuit: Wettie 5mm Comercial / Wettie 7mm comercial

Socks: Wettie 7mm Socks

Fins: DiveR Carbon Fiber fins

Gloves: Bare Ultrawarmth 3mm

Mask: Seadive Seafire ultra HD mask

Snorkel: Oceanic Enzo J tube

Computer: Suunto D5

Speargun: JBL competitor/ Koah 34 reef roller

Float: XS Scuba UFO

Light: BigBlue AL1200NP