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Garmin presses go on next-gen ecosystem for divers

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Garmin has launched the Descent Mk2, Descent Mk2i dive computers and Descent T1 transmitter, a trio it describes as its next-generation suite of dive products packed with features for both underwater and on the surface.

The Descent Mk2i watch-style dive computer pairs with the Descent T1 transmitter via Garmin SubWave, a revolutionary new sonar-based communication system, to deliver tank pressure data to the diver.

In addition to a larger display, leakproof inductive button technology, customisable in-dive data fields and more, the Descent Mk2 and Descent Mk2i feature Garmin’s most sought-after everyday smartwatch features making it one of the most sophisticated and connected watch-style dive computers on the market today.

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Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of global consumer sales, said: “With premium features for both underwater and topside adventures, along with advanced air integration, the Descent Mk2i and Descent T1 transmitter are essential equipment.”

“Leveraging our expertise in marine sonar equipment, we were able to develop our own SubWave sonar technology that sets the standard for extended range and reliability for the diving community.”

The Descent Mk2i dive computer can simultaneously monitor tank pressure from up to five paired Descent T1 transmitters (each sold separately) via the SubWave sonar data network, so that divers can view tank pressure, air time remaining, gas consumption rate and monitor other divers or additional tanks within a 10 meter range making the Descent Mk2i and Descent T1 an ideal solution for instructors.

The Descent Mk2 Series support multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather.

The watches feature an underwater 3-axis compass and displays depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information and time-of-day among other features.

This data is all viewed on a crisp 1.4-inch sunlight readable colour display, which is 36 percent larger than the Descent Mk1.

On land, the Descent Mk2 and Mk2i double as a premium multisport GPS smartwatch with multi-GNSS support and wrist-based heart rate monitoring2 plus multiple sports profiles including golf, with full-colour mapping for over 42,000 courses worldwide.

Other smartwatch features include notifications for calls, texts and calendar alerts and more3 right on the wrist, Garmin Pay™ for contactless payments4, music storage with compatible service support5 and a Pulse Oximeter6 for blood oxygen monitoring.

Dives are automatically logged in the new free Garmin Dive™ app7, which provides a detailed analysis for each dive activity, including max depth, bottom time and a map of surface entry and exit points8.

When paired with a compatible Garmin inReach satellite communicator9 at the surface, users can send and receive messages quickly from the Descent Mk2 or Mk2i watch and when necessary, trigger an interactive SOS8. Keep the device protected by using the new inReach Mini Dive Case (sold separately) and have peace-of-mind whenever you surface.

The Descent Mk2 and Descent Mk2i boast a battery life of up to 16 days in smartwatch mode and up to 80 hours in dive mode.

The Descent Mk2i has a battery life of up to 32 hours when paired with a Descent T1. The T1 transmitter is depth rated to 11 ATM10 and has a battery life of up to 110 hours of diving with a user-replaceable CR123 battery.

The two dive computer models are available now and range in suggested retail price from $1,575 to $1,840 and the Descent T1 has a suggested retail price of $460.

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