Jay Kloepfer first told me about Everything Diving, an app for smartphones by Scuba Schools International. Jay explained that the app is free to use and allows you to carry copies of your c-cards on your phone. This could be more convenient, he said, than pulling out the actual cards when you need proof of certification when, for example, renting scuba gear or refilling tanks on vacation. And, come on. It’s just plain cool.
Though the app is available to both Android and iPhone users, at the time Jay was telling me about it I was closing in on two years with a Samsung phone running on the Android operating system. Most apps took ages to load and frequently provoked forced closures. It wasn’t until I recently upgraded to the iPhone that I remembered the Everything Diving by SSI app. This weekend, I downloaded it.
They called it Everything Diving for a good reason. The app covers 7 topics interesting to divers of all levels. In addition to displaying your c-cards (more on that below), the main menu offers these options:
- SSI Dive Center Locator
- Hand Signals
- SSI Information
SSI Dive Center Locator – Uses your GPS location to compile a list of SSI dealers, up to 125 miles away. Addresses, website links, phone numbers, email addresses and maps are included.
Hand Signals – 25 of the most common diver’s hand signals are displayed. This is good review for the first dive of the season!
Tables – Most of us plan our dives using our dive computers, but it’s nice to have the old dive tables along for the ride. In addition to the SSI Air & EAN Tables we all grew to love during Open Water Certification, these other tables come with the Everything Diving app: EAD Equivalent Air Depths; CNS Clock Table; Diving Accident Management Flowchart; 5-Minute Neuro Exam (for Stress and Rescue); SSI Diver Diamond; Diver Career Path; Dive Professional Career Path.
Checklists – Although I don’t envision myself pulling out my phone on a dive boat and actually ticking off the boxes, these comprehensive lists are great tools for review when you’re packing for a dive vacation or diving for the first time of the season. The 6 lists on the submenu are: Checklist – Equipment; Checklist – Buddy Check; Hints – Dive Planning; Hints – Dive Computer; Hints – Nitrogen Management; Hints – First Aid for Divers.
SSI Information and News – These are basically advertisements for SSI. 🙂
Settings — Allows users to switch from Imperial to Metric – very useful when diving abroad and renting gear that displays in Bar! Also, users can choose to display from a list of over a dozen languages…if, you know, you’re French or something.
To display all your c-cards on the Everything Diving app, follow these easy steps:
- Download the app for free to your iPhone or Android smartphone.
- Log in to Scuba Schools International website at www.divessi.com. If you have never done this before, just enter your email address for a username and the site will send you a temporary password to use. (It only took about 10 seconds for me to receive the email.) You’ll see on your profile page that the SSI website already has all your certification information. Isn’t technology great? You can also create your own, unique password from there.
- Now, open the Everything Diving app on your phone and log in when prompted, using your divessi.com login username and password. The app will sync with your account info and your c-cards will now display, front and back, on your phone. Each time you take a specialty class and earn another card, it will automatically update on the app. Cool!
Do you use other scuba diving related apps on your smartphone? What are they and what do they do?
Thanks for reading and happy diving!