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Do I need Dive Tables?

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I just recently got certified as a PADI Open Water Diver.  Although I passed the course without any major other issues, i had a big problem understanding the dive tables.  For some reason I just couldn't get my head around them and eventually gave up trying to understand them and managed to muddle my way through the course.

Do I need to learn them as I expect to dive with a computer (as we did on our open water classes)?
asked May 16, 2015 in Equipment by DiverDave Tadpole Contributer (140 points)

3 Answers

+2 votes
While the world is headed for computers and they are very convenient and easy to use.... I would still recommend learning the tables. Computers can break or get lost. Tables are great and accurate to fall back on. If you can't get your head wrapped around them, I rec com end buying an erdpml. Electronic dive tables. Now to add this. . . . Not knowing dive tables and relying on only the computer is like having your gas crash on a hike and not knowing how to use a compass to find your way back.
answered May 20, 2015 by David
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Hi DiverDave,

I too muddled through the tables during my scuba course.  I've never needed to use mine since then but a friend of mine needed them when her computer broke and we were on a dive.  She was lucky she figured them out and got to finish her dives  :-) .
answered May 16, 2015 by EmrldGrrl23 Tadpole Contributer (170 points)
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answered May 16, 2015 by admin Guppy Contributer (1,260 points)