If you are looking for a reliable navigation aid then look no further! Years ago, the DiveTracker was developed as a buddy locator, though it began to be used for typical tasks include marking of underwater objects, safeguarding and recovery of underwater instrumentation and vehicles, general diver navigation and emergency pingers for divers. Since building the equipment, Desert Star Systems has improved the DiveTracker SPORT into equipment that you see in use every day by divers and SCUBA shops, alike.
The chief attractions of these devices are ease of use, low cost and operational reliability due to their simplicity. Using the precision of acoustic underwater technology, a diver can easily return to any location or object marked with a transmitter. To aid in the return to a boat, the transmitter may be lowered from the boat or attached to the anchor line. To serve as a distress beacon, the transmitter can be carried by a diver, and be activated when an emergency occurs. A transmitter can also be used to mark underwater objects or locations for a later return; you’ll be safe to know the battery life (6 AA batteries) can last up to 2 weeks! Any number of receivers can be used with one transmitter, allowing a group of divers to use the system.
The DiveTracker SPORT offers a range of up to 4000 feet that makes it suitable for any diver operation, and it guides you within 6 feet of your transmitter’s location! The SPORT offers a greater margin of safety in difficult environments. It’s highly dependable in dark or very low visibility, in very bright light, its indicator is easily readable. The SPORT receiver has a 10-segment LED graph with a distance scale, and is used by pointing the receiver out in front (like a flashlight), sweeping it from the left and to the right until the greatest number of LED lights are visible. Follow the direction of the strongest signal and you’ll be led directly to the transmitter. Simply turn the receiver’s knob either to HI or LO and you’re on your way to accurately navigate back toward your transmitter.
The Power of Simplicity
Diving is a preparation and gear intensive activity. Prepare all your gear, get to the site, unload and check the gear, put everything on, and by the time you’re prepared and ready to dive hours have already been spent! With all that preparation, you want the minutes or few hours spent underwater be enjoyable and productive. And, if the dive takes you beyond the range of visibility, DiveTracker is a great companion.
Rather than going to the surface, or solely relying on terrain memorization, flip counts or compass navigation alone (all of which are good and recommended practices), just give a quick scan with DiveTracker every now and then to find the direction and approximate distance to the boat. At the end of your dive, DiveTracker guides you straight back to the anchor line or boat, avoiding tedious surface swims.
What Customers Are Saying
Bret Marquis of Sandy Eggo, California
“I dropped my sport transmitter over the side of my brothers boat offshore San Diego. Since it was late at night and I wasn’t geared up, we left it. It took a week for me to get my boat back in the water since we’ve had a series of storms come through San Diego lately. Complete with small craft warnings. It was almost two weeks before we could come back and look for the dropped transmitter. We used a rather informal approach to finding it. Consisting of repeated queries “Are we there yet?” with the usual response of “I don’t think so” and dipping the sport receiver in the water and pointing it around. Much to my surprise, it worked. The pacific is a big ocean and transmitter batteries are finite. It took about 10 minutes to find it nestled near the base of some kelp. I just wanted to say thanks. Nice product, works great. I use it mostly to find my boat again when diving in the kelp off San Diego. Saves repeated surfacings [sic] through the kelp forest to find my boat. I hang the sport [transmitter] overboard about 15 ft below the boat and use a scout [receiver] to find it. Nice product. Works well.”
Michael Dodge of Escalon, California
“The best story I have is diving in Maui with my Sport while on vacation. I took it with me and went boat diving in Maui. The dive master laughed when I told him what it was. He said he didn’t need that with clear water and his compass he could always find the boat. It was a night dive and I set everything up and jumped in. At the end of our 55 plus minute dive he points the way back to the boat. I turn on my sport and do a quick circle in place and point in a different direction than he does. He looks surprised at me as I indicate a different direction. I point to the lights on the sport receiver, he shrugs as we start up. As we get shallower he is very surprised to see the lights of the dive boat just ahead. When we surface he is a believer. He says well I usually just start up in the direction of my compass and as we approach the surface I can see the lights, but that thing is awesome, it really can tell where the boat is.”
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