For Unknown Waters, Gear Notes
I looked at my dive computer today. We have spent many wonderful
hours underwater together, but it is time for us to part.
In preparation for the expedition, I have been informed
that it is too old and that I should trust my life to the
more modern generation of dive computers. I'm a bit sad
and nostalgic about this. It is only a computer, but diving
is a strange sport. It is all relaxation and euphoria until
things go wrong. Then it is suddenly fast and terrifying.
You can see the surface. You really, really want to be at
the surface; but you can't just go blasting up there without
getting hurt. Slow and calm is the rule. Currents could
be whipping at you, your regulator leaking water with the
air, sharks could be acting a bit too interested; but you
stop, think and decide what to do. Merely reacting is a
many times have I looked at the face of the computer, checking
the comforting figures - plenty of time left, it's not that
deep here, up I go slow and easy, watching the numbers roll
up. An ascent alarm will tell me if I go too fast. On the
surface, the indicator will tell me when I can dive again,
to what depth and for how long. Dive computers have become
trusted allies of all of us in the water. So I will miss
my vintage computer. The lady at the shop asked me if I
wanted to trade it in. I would get almost $100 dollars off,
sort of like trading in the old family car. But I think
I will keep it. Now I understand why grandpa never traded
in his old junker cars. He always left them back by the
barn to rust. There are memories there. In this case, memories
I can visit simply by looking in a drawer at an old out
of date computer. Maybe I should have named it HAL, or perhaps
not, but I will miss it.
For information on dive computers and the obscure reference
to HAL, check the following links. Please note that many
such resources exist and listing of the links below is not
an endorsement of the products mentioned or sites listed:
(an article on dive equipment with links to reviews from
Rondale's Scuba Diving Magazine).
(an interactive display of the new computer I will be using).
(about the vision of the future in the movie "2001:
A Space Odyssey © 1968 Turner Entertainment Co., a
Time Warner Company").