Garmin Descent G1
The new Garmin Descent G1 Series has features that should cover a broad range of dive abilities, from entry-level recreational diver to experienced technical. The G1 supports multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives – including air, nitrox, trimix and 100 per cent O2; gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather modes.
It displays all the standard dive data: depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, and time-of-day. All of which are customisable to the user’s preference. A 3-axis digital compass is included and vibrating depth alerts help to keep the user informed when closing on dive limits. Freedivers are also able to customise their displays and measure other metrics such as ascent and descent rates while set in apnoea mode.
Surface entry and exit points are automatically marked by the Descent G1 using multi-GNSS satellite support, which can be logged in the companion Garmin Dive app, allowing divers to easily review a detailed analysis of each dive. The Garmin Dive App can also be used to to configure settings on the Descent G1 Series, or plan new trips around dive sites that have been rated and reviewed by other users.
The standard rechargeable battery will grant the diver up to 25 hours in dive mode and 3 weeks in smartwatch mode – and the new Descent G1 solar-charging models may last up to 4 months on a single charge assuming the watch is worn in bright sunshine for around three hours per day.
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Health monitoring and sports apps
The Descent G1 Series contains a multitude of built-in sports apps including apps for swimming, hiking, running, cycling, golf, yoga and surfing. With the integrated Surfline Widget, surfers will see a visual representation of tide information, wave height, wind, and surf quality rating right on the wrist.
The computer also contains a range of fitness and wellness features including advanced sleep monitoring, VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts, and Daily Suggested Workouts
In between scuba diving or other sporting activities, the Garmin Descent G1 has a number of other connected features such as Garmin Pay, and the ability to, receive notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates and breaking news stories when paired with a compatible Android or Apple smartphones.
The Descent G1 Series can also be paired with an inReach Mini 2 satellite communicator (satellite subscription required) to send and receive messages or trigger an SOS in case of emergency. If an incident is detected, Garmin Connect Mobile can send a message with the user’s name and location (if available) to their emergency contacts.