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How to choose the right Computer

Why do I need Dive Computer?

A dive computer takes depth and time information and applies it to a decompression model to track the dissolved nitrogen in your body during a dive. Your computer continuously tells you how much dive time you safely have remaining. Dive Computer allows you to maximize your time enjoying the marine life and record and share your underwater adventures.

suunto-vyper-novo-whiteDive Computer Features:

Easy-to-read display that provides the following information:

No stop limits, Depth, Time, No stop time remaining, Ascent rate, Emergency decompression, Previous dive information, Low battery warning, Enriched air compatible.

Optional Features:

  • Air integrated to display how much air is in your tank (transmitter).
  • Replaceable or rechargeable batteries
  • Multiple gas computers for technical diving or a CCR (Closed-Circuit Rebreather) mode.
  • Interface with your laptop/regular computer so you can download your dive data.
  • Electronic compass or built-in thermometer.
  • Self-adjusting decompression models
  • Dot matrix screens with menus that allow you to play games to pass the time at safety or decompression stops
  • Automatic or manual adjustment for altitude diving
  • Mask display that allows you to glance at critical dive information.

How to Choose Your Dive Computer

  • Ask yourself – What type of diving do I do now and plan to do in the future? and What dive computer works with my current equipment, or what complete equipment package includes the type of computer I want? 
  • Look at dive computers with features that match your dive style and equipment setup. Evaluate:
    • Can you clearly read the data with your mask on?
    • Does the data display make sense to you – do you prefer numbers, or do you like graphics or charts?
    • Do you understand how to get the dive information you need?
  • Don’t hesitate investing in a good dive computer. Get what you want now and go scuba diving – that’s the point.


suunto-zoop-novo-blue-buy-online-in-vancouver-canada Are you looking for simple, easy to use computer with all key diving features with air, nitrox and free dive modes and Dive logbook?
Your dive computer: Suunto D4i NOVO, Suunto Zoop Novo, Mares Puck Pro, Mares Nemo Wide




Do you want advanced features like air integration, compass, multiple gas mixtures and robustness?
Your dive computer: Suunto DX, Suunto D6i, Suunto Vyper Novo, Mares Matrix





Do you want simply the best for all diving? Color display,rechargeable battery and user-updatable software?
Your dive computer: Suunto EON Steel, Liquivision Lynx



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Dive Computers Comparison Chart

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The Suunto Zoop Novo is a great first computer that makes diving simple. The Zoop Novo has everything you’ll need in a dive computer whether you’re just starting out or looking to buy a new dive computer. It comes with a big, super-bright backlit display which makes it easy to understand key dive data at a glance. This simple to use dive computer includes full decompression capabilities, five dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free and Off) and straight-forward, menu-based Suunto user interface.

Suunto-Zoop-Novo-Blue-770x513Key Features

  • Five modes: air, nitrox, gauge, free and off
  • Full continuous decompression algorithm – Suunto RGBM
  • Built-in dive planner
  • Detailed graphical logs and dive data with your PC/Mac using
  • Suunto DM5 software (no cable in the package – sold as an accessory)
  • Innovative apnea timer for freediving, and a timer in air/nitrox modes



Suunto Zoop Novo has four main modes: TIME, DIVE, PLANNING and MEMORY. Change modes by pressing [MODE]. Unless DIVE mode is turned off, Suunto Zoop Novo automatically switches to DIVE mode if you are more than 1.2 m (4 ft) under water.

However, you should switch to dive mode before diving to check altitude and personal settings, battery condition and so on. Each time your Suunto Zoop Novo enters dive mode, a series of automatic checks are performed. All graphical display elements are turned ON, and the backlight and the beep are activated. After this, your altitude and personal settings are displayed along with the maximum operating depth (MOD), gas content, and PO2 values. Then the battery level is checked.

Suunto Zoop Novo has the following dive modes:

  • Air: for diving with regular air
  • Nitrox: for diving using oxygen-enriched gas mixtures
  • Gauge: for using the dive computer as a bottom timer
  • Free: for freediving
  • Off: turns dive mode off completely; the dive computer does not automatically switch the dive mode when submerged and dive planning mode is hidden

Suunto-zoop-novo-dive-computerBy default, Air mode is activated when you enter dive mode. You can change which mode is activated or turn dive mode off under the general settings
You can use the apnea timer for interval training when freediving. You can adjust the following settings:

  • Vent.: ventilation time
  • Incr: increment time
  • Repeats: number of intervals

By default the depth alarm sounds at 30 m (100 ft). You can adjust the depth according to your personal preference or switch it off.

You can adjust the contrast of the display according to your preference or, for example, to suite changing dive conditions.

Suunto Zoop Novo has a detailed logbook and dive history available in memory mode. The logbook contains a sophisticated dive profile for each recorded dive. The time between each data point saved in the log is based on the configurable sample rate.


Technical specifications

suunto-zoop-novo-canada featuresDimensions and weight (with display shield)

  • Length: 65.8 mm (2.6 in)
  • Width: 65.8 mm (2.6 in)
  • Height: 29.1 mm (1.1 in)
  • Weight: 119.6 g (4.2 oz)

Operating conditions

  • Water resistance: 80 m (262 ft) (complying with EN 13319)
  • Normal altitude range: 0 to 3,000 m (0 to 10,000 ft) above sea level
  • Operating temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
  • Storage temperature: -20 °C to +50 °C (-4 °F to +122 °F)
  • Maintenance cycle: 200 hours of diving or two years, whichever comes first

Depth gauge

  • Temperature compensated pressure sensor
  • Accurate to 80 m (262 ft) complying with EN 13319
  • Depth display range: 0 to 300 m (0 to 984 ft)
  • Resolution: 0.1 m from 0 to 100 m (1 ft from 0 to 328 ft)

Temperature display

  • Resolution: 1°
  • Display range: -20 to +50°C (-4 to +122°F) 59
  • Accuracy: ± 2°C (± 3.6°F) within 20 minutes of temperature change

Nitrox mode

  • Oxygen: 21–50%
  • Partial pressure of oxygen (pO2): 0.2 – 3.0
  • Oxygen Limit Factor: 0–200% with 1% resolution
  • Gas mixtures: 1

Other displays

  • Dive time: 0 to 999 min
  • Surface time: 0 to 99 h 59 min
  • Dive counter: 0 to 99 for repetitive dives
  • No-decompression time: 0 to 99 min (– after 99)
  • Ascent time: 0 to 999 min (- – after 999)
  • Ceiling depths: 3.0 to 150 m (10 to 492 ft)

Calendar clock

  • Accuracy: ± 25 s/month (at 20°C/68°F)
  • 12/24 h display


  • Accuracy: 1 second
  • Display range: 0’00 – 99’59
  • Resolution: 1 second


  • Sample rate in air and nitrox modes: default 20 seconds
  • Sample rate in free diving mode: default 2 seconds 60
  • Memory capacity: approximately 140 hours with 20-second recording interval and without transmitter data. In free dive mode, maximum capacity is 35 hours.

Tissue calculation model

  • Suunto RGBM
  • Maximum depth of operation: 120 m (393 ft)