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Are You Missing Out? The Benefits of an Air-Integrated Dive Computer

An air-integrated dive computer, such as the Peregrine TX by Shearwater Research, makes it easier for you to see all your essential data—depth, dive time, no-deco information and remaining air supply—with just a quick glance at your wrist.
By Brooke Morton | Updated On May 30, 2024
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Are You Missing Out? The Benefits of an Air-Integrated Dive Computer

Air integration makes diving easy and streamlined. This set-up, with a transmitter sending signals from your tank and first stage to your dive computer, allows you to know your remaining gas pressure alongside your other vital information—such as your no decompression limits (NDLs)—with just a quick glance at your wrist. In a nutshell, that’s the design concept behind an air-integrated dive computer. The benefits of that design have made this type of dive computer a popular choice for both advanced and new divers. If you haven’t considered an air-integrated dive computer before now, maybe it’s time to learn about its benefits.

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Transmitters send signals to your dive computer so it can accurately display your remaining tank pressure. The Shearwater Swift is a next-generation smart air transmitter, using an advanced collision avoidance system to ensure reliability when using multiple transmitters, or when you are surrounded by other divers using transmitters.

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Improved Gas Management

You know that your time underwater is impacted by three factors: the amount of gas you have, the amount of time you have, and the depth you have planned. With air integration, you have the ability to compare gas time remaining (GTR) and no-decompression limits (NDLs) in real-time, which can extend your bottom time through more accurate dive planning and management. As the dive computer constantly recalculates your GTR and NDL, you can ascend as needed, customizing your multi-level profile as you dive to make the most of every tank, depending on the site and conditions.

Air-integrated dive computers also provide more detailed air consumption stats. By tracking your average SAC (Surface Air Consumption) rate—the rate at which you consume air—these computers give you a measurable way to take note of what’s working as you challenge yourself to improve your air consumption on each dive. This information can be stored online within your dive log, allowing you to compare dives over a series of months or years as you gain experience or even from the beginning to the end of one dive trip. You can also log on and look at this data after every dive, allowing you to strengthen your skills during a trip, becoming even better before it’s time to go home. By staying informed about your SAC rate, you become a more efficient and confident diver.

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The Peregrine TX offers air integration, enabling you to view your GTR and NDL at one glance of your wrist. GTR is the time, in minutes, that you can remain at the current depth until a direct ascent would result in surfacing with the reserve pressure remaining. GTR is based on your personal current SAC rate.

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Convenience, Ease and a Streamlined Profile

Imagine, all the information you need— depth, dive time, no-deco information and your remaining gas supply—is located on your wrist on an easy-to-read screen. You won’t have to fumble to read a gauge, which can be a struggle to locate in certain dive conditions, such as inside a wreck with a low overhead environment, in low-light situations or when alongside other divers on a mooring line in strong current.

This setup also makes it easier to respond to your dive guide or dive buddy every time he or she asks for your remaining gas pressure. There’s no need to reach for a dangling gauge; just glance at your wrist.

For photographers, air-integrated wrist-style computers are ideal. Many prefer to mount their dive computers on a camera housing handle, allowing them to keep their focus all in one centralized location. Just watch out for those vibration alerts when you're focusing in on the local macro marine life.

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Air integration is perfect for new divers focusing on becoming more streamlined in the water. Imagine ascending and being able to look at your wrist to easily read your ascent rate, depth, gas pressure and more, all while being able to dump air from your inflater hose.

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Built-in Safety

Plus, with built-in vibration warnings for reserve and critical tank pressures, you’re sure to be back to the boat or shore with a safety reserve in your tank. This safety feature increases your situational awareness during a dive and reduces the likelihood of a low-on-air or out-of-air situation. Although divers should always keep an eye on their remaining tank pressure, divers do sometimes get distracted by watching marine life or grabbing the perfect shot, and with an air-integrated dive computer, you can rest assured knowing that it will alert you via vibration, sound or a visual notice on the screen when your air supply is running low, when you’re reaching your no-decompression limits or you’re violating your ascent rate.

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Although divers should always be aware of their remaining gas pressure, air integration adds peace of mind to your next dive with haptic vibration alerts when you reach your reserve and critical pressure limits – reducing the risk of air-related accidents.

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Introducing the PEREGRINE TX

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Air integration is an important feature that divers who are investing in new gear should understand upfront. Choosing a computer with air integration capability is necessary even if you are not ready to commit to investing in a transmitter. If you are ready to commit to both the dive computer and air transmitter, Shearwater’s authorized dealers offer a discount when purchasing both at the same time, such as the PEREGRINE TX and SWIFT transmitter.

Shearwater Research recently announced the release of the Peregrine TX with air integration. This is the next-level enhancement to the much-loved, large-screen Peregrine model, adding much more functionality, starting with air integration compatible with air, Nitrox or 3-gas Nitrox.

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The Peregrine TX is a fusion of the beloved Peregrine and their flagship model the Perdix 2 - air integration and a digital compass. Shearwater Research, which has consistently designed and manufactured high-performing, feature-rich and user-friendly dive computers, has not only won the loyalty of many divers but has also won ScubaLab Testers Choice and Best Buy awards.

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Designed for sport divers, the Peregrine TX is your ideal companion for your future unforgettable underwater adventures. The full features include:

  • Bright 2.2” / 5.59cm full-color LCD screen
  • Air, Nitrox, 3 Gas Nitrox dive modes
  • Air integration option with the ability to connect up to 4 transmitters
  • Maximum depth rated to 120m / 390ft
  • Customizable vibration alerts
  • 3 axis, tilt compensated digital compass with clear headings
  • Multiple language settings
  • Optional sidemount air integration including cylinder switch notifications and gas tracking calculations
  • Up to 30 hours battery life & wireless charging
  • Bluetooth® wireless connection to the Shearwater Cloud

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