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Here are our Picks of the Best Beginner and Recreational Dive Computers

Unless you're one of the few lucky ones that has just been Open Water certified and already know that you're taking your diving all the way, then picking a new dive computer can be tricky work.

Dive computers are a technical piece of equipment. Manufacturers are improving on the features they're including more rapidly now than in the past.

Features that were considered high-end a little while ago are now becoming more common on the entry level dive computers as their prices also come down. This give new divers the opportunity to get a reliable and safe piece of dive equipment at a very reasonable price.

Below is my list of recommended dive computers for both beginners and recreational Scuba divers. 

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What is Recreational Scuba Diving?

The main purpose of Recreational diving is to safely enjoy and discover underwater reefs, dive sites, and locations of interest that are within easy reach of the coast. Many Scuba agencies class a depth of 130 feet (40 meters) as the limit in depth for Recreational diving.

PADI Open Waters (OW) training provides certification to a depth of 18 meters. Advanced Open Waters (AOW) will give training to keep you safe to a depth of 30 meters. Both of these fall into the definition of Recreational Diving.

How to pick an Entry Level and Beginners
Dive Computer?

Open Waters Scuba classes don’t help much when it comes to how to pick a good diving computer from all the different options available. Advanced Scuba classes aren't much help here either. Let's face it, they are there to provide training, and not sell dive equipment.

Once you know you want a big part of your free time to be spent diving, you'll want to own your own gear, rather than hiring equipment from the local dive shop. A big advantage to owning your own dive computer, is that you'll quickly become familiar with its functions. 

All dive computers are suitable for beginners, and also for virtually all Recreational diving.

Don't get too worried about picking the wrong one. Entry-level dive computers are always in demand and generally hold their resale value well. They will also serve you well as a backup dive computer if you decide to extend your training later on.

All you really need to do is work out what features you want, and then just go for it.

Beginners Scuba Dive Computer Pricing

The first consideration is generally your budget. The higher your budget, the more features the dive computer will have. The prices of popular entry level dive computers start around $200 and go through to the mid to high $300's. 

The Cressi Leonardo, Mares Puck Pro and Aqua Lung i100 and i200 are priced around $200.

Beginners Dive Computer Comparison Table

All of these dive computers have the basic features and functionality to keep you safe while diving. Their differences are listed in the comparison table below.


Preview
Mares Puck Pro Wrist Computer - Black
Cressi Leonardo, black/yellow
Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer
Mares Puck Pro Plus Wrist Dive Computer - Black/Blue
Product
Mares Puck Pro Wrist Computer
Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer
Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer
Mares Puck Pro Plus Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Bottom Timer
Air, Nitrox, Gauge
Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free
Air, Nitrox, Bottom Timer
Menu Buttons
Single
Single
4-Button
Single
LogBook Memory
35 Hours
70 Hours
24 Dives
35 Hours
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
$174.95
$199.95
$349.00
from $239.95
Preview
Mares Puck Pro Wrist Computer - Black
Product
Mares Puck Pro Wrist Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Bottom Timer
Menu Buttons
Single
LogBook Memory
35 Hours
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
$174.95
Preview
Cressi Leonardo, black/yellow
Product
Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge
Menu Buttons
Single
LogBook Memory
70 Hours
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
$199.95
Preview
Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer
Product
Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free
Menu Buttons
4-Button
LogBook Memory
24 Dives
Altitude Adjustment
Automatic
Gas Switching
Price
$349.00
Preview
Mares Puck Pro Plus Wrist Dive Computer - Black/Blue
Product
Mares Puck Pro Plus Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Bottom Timer
Menu Buttons
Single
LogBook Memory
35 Hours
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
from $239.95

Recreational Dive Computers

The next step up from entry level dive computers are the Recreational dive computers. These have a little more functionality and this is reflected in their price. 

Suunto discontinued the Zoop although these are still available to buy online. This leaves the Zoop Novo as Suunto's only entry level dive computer. The Zoop Novo has more functions and this is reflected in its higher price. It retails for between $300 - $400 online.

The Aqua Lung i300C has Bluetooth connectivity and is priced around $300.

Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a firm favorite with divers, but it's not user-intuitive. It takes a bit of effort to get to know how to set up this dive computer, but divers love it once they put in the effort and get past this. 

Recreational Dive Computer Comparison Table

Preview
Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer
Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer Wrist Watch
Aqua Lung I300c Wrist Dive Computer with Bluetooth Black/Blue
Oceanic Geo 2.0 Wrist Computer, Sea Blue Decal
Deepblu Cosmiq + Watch Computer
Product
Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer
Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer
Aqua Lung i300C Scuba Dive Computer
Oceanic Geo 2.0 Diving Computer
Deepblu Cosmiq+ Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge
Air, Nitrox, Free and Gauge
Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free
Watch, Norm, Freedive, Gauge
Scuba, Freedive and Bottom Timer
Menu Buttons
3 - Button
4 - Button
2 - Button
4 - Button
2 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
from $249.95
$299.95
$299.00
from $249.80
$349.00
Preview
Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer
Product
Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge
Menu Buttons
3 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
from $249.95
Preview
Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer Wrist Watch
Product
Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Free and Gauge
Menu Buttons
4 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
$299.95
Preview
Aqua Lung I300c Wrist Dive Computer with Bluetooth Black/Blue
Product
Aqua Lung i300C Scuba Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free
Menu Buttons
2 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Automatic
Gas Switching
Price
$299.00
Preview
Oceanic Geo 2.0 Wrist Computer, Sea Blue Decal
Product
Oceanic Geo 2.0 Diving Computer
Dive Modes
Watch, Norm, Freedive, Gauge
Menu Buttons
4 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
from $249.80
Preview
Deepblu Cosmiq + Watch Computer
Product
Deepblu Cosmiq+ Dive Computer
Dive Modes
Scuba, Freedive and Bottom Timer
Menu Buttons
2 - Button
Bluetooth Transfer
Altitude Adjustment
Manual
Gas Switching
Price
$349.00

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