Introduction: Pocket Dive Tables

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Ever had those big submersible dive tables from scuba class? They are a hassle to lug around on a dive, and they're very distracting too.

Here's an instructable on how to create dive tables small enough to fit your BC pocket. These could also be your backup reference in case of computer failure.

Cheap, easy to make, makes your dive safe.

*disclaimer: Seek proper scuba training before using any kind of dive table.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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- Dive table
- Iron / Laminating machine
- Laminating sheets
- Cable Ties
- Hole puncher
- Computer/Scanner/Printer/Paper

Step 2: Scan(Search) & Print the Dive Table

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Scan your dive table, resize it, and print it. If you don't have a copy, the net is a good place to search. The ideal size is 4x3 inches. (fits the pocket, while not sacrificing readability due to ultra-tiny fonts)

Step 3: Laminate the Printout

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Put the new printout in the laminating sheet, and iron it out to seal the sheets shut. (I used a clothes iron because I don't have a laminating machine)

Cut away excess plastic.

Step 4: Optional Steps

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You may punch a hole and string a cable tie to it so that you can secure the dive table.

Also, nobody's stopping you from attaching it to your dive slate. Here's a diy dive slate instructable I made a few years back. https://www.instructables.com/id/diy-dive-slate/

Comments

Steeler (author)2008-11-13

Great to see you are Thinking of safe diving,and that you have good eye sight.I have to get my students to do exactly the opposite,enlarge the tables blow them up to A4 size so they can see the script and use the tables without making mistakes,for classroom use obviouslly.Dive table usage is not encouraged for in water usage.

If you have problems with eyesight, you might be interested in the following :-)
https://www.instructables.com/id/Diving-Mask-With-Add-on-Lenses/

gelsenangelopua (author)Steeler2008-11-17

I Agree with you. This is intended for a backup in case your computer fails underwater. Always Plan your Dive, and Dive your Plan.

Buy a back-up dive computer. These are interesting, but irrelevant for real world situations and diving... while underwater. Ain't nobody working the tables when their computer poops out. If you "plan your dive and dive your plan", essentially you never needed the computer in the first place. This apparent conundrum points up the critical distinction between starting a dive on a computer and attempting to "plan" out the end of it while underwater on tables. Can't be done.

darkmuskrat (author)2008-05-14

Sweet, this does look like the ones they hand out :D

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