Chromis User Manual

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Chromis
User Manual
CHROMIS DIVING COMPUTER - DESIGNED BY DIVING ENGINEERS
Welcome to SCUBAPRO dive computers and thank you for purchasing Chromis. You are
now the owner of an extraordinary partner for your dives. This manual provides you easy
access to SCUBAPRO state of the art technology and Chromis key features and functions.
Should you wish to know more about SCUBAPRO diving equipment, please visit our
website www.scubapro.com.
WARNING
•Chromis has a depth rating of 120m/394ft.
•If 120m is exceeded, -- will be shown in the depth field and decompression algorithm does not
calculate correctly.
•Diving at oxygen partial pressures higher than 1.6bar (corresponding to a depth of 67m/220ft when
breathing compressed air) is extremely dangerous and could lead to serious injury or death.
Chromis dive instrument is compliant with the European Union directive 204//E5.
Standard EN 13319: 2000
Chromis dive instrument is also compliant with the European standard EN 13319: 2000 (EN 13319: 2000 – Depth gauges
and combined depth and time measuring devices – Functional and safety requirements, tests methods).
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Introduction to Chromis ........................................................................................ 6
1.1Battery ..................................................................................................... 6
2.
Operation modes ................................................................................................... 7
3.
Chromis as a watch ............................................................................................... 8
3.1 Clock setting functions ............................................................................. 9
3.1.1 Setting the alarm clock ............................................................ 10
3.1.2 Setting the UTC ...................................................................... 10
3.1.3 Setting the time and 24h or AM/PM mode .............................. 10
3.1.4 Set dual time mode ................................................................. 10
3.1.5 Setting the date ..................................................................... 11
3.1.6 Setting the sound off (silent mode) .......................................... 11
3.1.7 Checking the battery status .................................................... 12
3.2 Menus and functions at the surface ........................................................ 13
3.2.1 Checking the Altitude .............................................................. 14
3.2.2 Reading the Logbook .............................................................. 15
3.2.3 SCUBA log’s ........................................................................... 15
3.2.4 APNEA log .............................................................................. 16
3.2.5 Surface exercises .................................................................... 16
3.2.6 Planning a dive ........................................................................ 17
3.2.7 Using the Stopwatch ............................................................... 18
4.
Chromis as a dive computer ...............................................................................
4.1 Settings at the dive mode .......................................................................
4.1.1 Dive mode at surface ..............................................................
4.1.2 Surface interval counter ..........................................................
4.2 Gas settings ...........................................................................................
4.2.1 Set gas ...................................................................................
4.2.2 Nitrox reset time ......................................................................
4.2.3 Desaturation reset ...................................................................
4.3 SCUBA settings .....................................................................................
4.3.1 Maximum dive depth alarm ....................................................
4.3.2 Maximum dive time alarm .......................................................
4.3.3 Setting the Micro Bubble level .................................................
4.3.4 Setting the user preferred units ...............................................
4.3.5 Selecting the salt (ocean) or fresh water .................................
4.4 APNEA Settings .....................................................................................
4.4.1 Setting the dual depth alarm ...................................................
4.4.2 Setting the depth incremental alarm ........................................
4.4.3 Setting the dive time interval alarm ..........................................
4.4.4 Setting the surface interval alarm .............................................
4.4.5 Setting the ascent speed alarm ...............................................
4.5 SWIM mode ...........................................................................................
4.6 Algorithm selection .................................................................................
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Diving with Chromis ................................................................................ 28
4.7.1 Display information .................................................................. 28
4.7.1.1 Display configuration during the dive ...........................29
4.7.1.2 Stop timer....................................................................29
4.7.1.3 Setting bookmarks.......................................................30
4.7.1.4 Safety stop timer..........................................................30
4.7.1.5 Activating the backlight................................................30
4.7.1.6 Diving with MB levels ...................................................30
4.7.1.7 PDI Stops.....................................................................31
4.7.2 No-dive warning after a dive .................................................... 31
4.7.3SOS ........................................................................................ 32
4.7.3.1 Desaturation reset........................................................32
4.7.4 Diving with Nitrox .................................................................... 33
4.7.5 Altitude diving ......................................................................... 33
4.7.5.1 Altitude classes, altitude warning and
no-fly time after a dive..................................................33
4.7.5.2 Altitude and the decompression algorithm....................35
4.7.5.3 Prohibited altitude........................................................35
4.7.5.4 Decompression dives in mountain lakes.......................36
4.7.6 Warnings and alarms .............................................................. 36
4.7.6.1 CNS O2 = 75%.............................................................36
4.7.6.2 No-Stop time = 2 minutes............................................36
4.7.6.3 Entering decompression...............................................36
4.7.6.4 Ascent rate...................................................................37
4.7.6.5MOD/ppO2 ..................................................................38
4.7.6.6 CNS O2 = 100%...........................................................38
4.7.6.7 Missed decompression stop........................................38
4.7.6.8 Low battery..................................................................39
4.8 GAUGE mode ........................................................................................ 39
4.9 APNEA mode ......................................................................................... 40
4.10 SWIM mode ........................................................................................... 41
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Chromis PC interface ..........................................................................................
5.1 Cradle – accessory .................................................................................
5.2 Introduction to SCUBAPRO LogTRAK ....................................................
5.2.1 Download dive profiles ............................................................
5.2.2 Change warnings/settings of the Chromis and reading the
computer information ..............................................................
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Taking care of Chromis .......................................................................................
6.1 Technical information ..............................................................................
6.2Maintenance ..........................................................................................
6.3 Replacing the battery in Chromis ............................................................
6.4Warranty ................................................................................................
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7.Glossary ................................................................................................................ 46
8.Index ..................................................................................................................... 48
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1.
INTRODUCTION TO
CHROMIS
Your Chromis User Manual is divided into
five main chapters.
1 Introduction to Chromis. This chapter
provides an overview of the Chromis
computer and describes its operating
modes and functions when on the surface.
2 Chromis as a watch. This section
describes Chromis when it is used as a
watch.
3 Chromis as a dive computer. This
chapter describes all settings and functions
of Chromis as a dive computer and takes
you underwater with Chromis. It’s about
everything Chromis can and will do to
enhance your safety and fun underwater.
4 Chromis PC interface. This chapter is
about linking Chromis to your PC/MAC.
It describes how to change settings, to
download and manage your logbook.
5 Taking care of Chromis. This chapter
describes how you should take care of
Chromis after underwater adventures
and also summarizes the main technical
information of this instrument.
Chromis is a technologically-advanced
instrument that can accompany you
during your underwater adventures while
providing you with accurate depth, time
and decompression information. On the
surface its size makes it your ideal everyday
companion. With features such as wake-up
alarm, dual time, stop watch, and altimeter,
Chromis can tackle almost every possible
task.
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The buttons allow operating functions,
access menus and setting changes while
on the surface. During the dive they set
bookmarks, show further information on
the computer screen and activate the
backlight.
It is time to dive into the details now. We
hope you will enjoy getting to know your
new computer and we wish you many
happy dives with Chromis.
1.1 Battery
Chromis uses a CR2430 battery type which
is available at your Authorized SCUBAPRO
dealer. Chromis will alert you when the
battery is approaching a critical value by
displaying the battery symbol.
A steady symbol means that the battery is
low, with some reserve left. In dive mode the
backlight cannot be activated. If the symbol
blinks the battery level is dangerously low
and backlight and alarm tones are not
activated; diving is not recommended
before replacing the battery.
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WARNING
Starting a dive when the battery symbol is
blinking can cause the computer to fail during
the dive! Replace the battery before any diving
activity if the blinking battery symbol appears.
When the ‘do not dive symbol’ appears with
the battery symbol Chromis can not be used
for diving before a fresh battery is replaced.
Please refer to chapter Checking the
battery status for details how to manually
trigger the battery level check.
WARNING
2.
OPERATION MODES
The reference point for any description
of Chromis as a watch is the main time of
day display. This is the display in which the
current time is shown on the middle row. The
upper row shows the date and the bottom
row indicates the weekday. The example
below shows Saturday, 23th of November
and the time is one second past 10 o’clock.
If dual time is activated, this display shows
dual time on the top row, the main time on
the middle row and the date on the bottom
row.
Replacing the battery requires opening the
electronic compartment of Chromis. You must
take extreme care when performing the battery
change operation in order to ensure the water
tightness of the watch. Failing to do so will
cause the watch to flood during your next dive
and permanently ruin it. Damage to Chromis
due to an improper battery replacement is not
covered by warranty. We strongly recommend
having the battery change operation be carried
out by your SCUBAPRO dive retailer.
See chapter Replacing the battery in this
manual for information on how to replace
the battery.
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The different modes are shown on the
right side of the computer and the current
functioning mode is indicated with a dot.
Each mode may have sub functions and
menus.
The modes are grouped and described in
this manual in three chapters:
1.Chromis as a watch
2.Menus and functions at the surface
3.Chromis as a dive computer
The following chart describes the main
menu structure.
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TIME & DATE
+/UP
-/DOWN
-/DOWN
ESC
Altitude meter
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
LOG
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
SEL
ESC
Planner
SEL
ESC
Logbook
pages
Planner
pages
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
STOP watch
SEL
ESC
STOP watch
function
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
DIVE mode
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
SET
+/UP
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CHROMIS AS A
WATCH
Chromis is more than just a watch. It
features:
• wake-up warning function
• dual time
• stopwatch with lap time and 72 hours
run time
• altimeter for tracking your excursions to
the mountains.
• A thermometer for current weather
conditions.
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SEL
ESC
SEL
ESC
Dive settings
& menus
Clock settings
& menus
Thermometer reading - when
FNOTE:
worn at the wrist against the skin the
reading is influenced by body heat.
The function of the buttons on the surface
is summarized in the table below and
explained in detail on the following sections.
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Short press = backlight
+/up button, Top Right:
+/up = adds numerical values, scrolls up in
the menus
-/down button, Bottom Right:
-/down = subtracts numerical values, scrolls
down in the menus
SEL/ESC button, Bottom Left:
Short press = select,
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Light button, Top Left:
Long press = escape
(return to previous menu) or cancel the setting
3.1 Clock setting functions
SET
+/UP
SEL
ESC
SET alarm
clock
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET UTC
-/DOWN
By pressing once the +/UP button from the
main time and date display and selecting
“SET” menu by pressing SEL button
you will get into clock settings (See chart
below).
The different sub menu functions are
described in later chapters.
+/UP
SET time and
ESC
24h or AM/PM
mode
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET UTC2
DUAL TIME
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET date
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET Sound
off
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
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CHECK
battery state
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3.1.1
Setting the alarm clock
By pressing SEL the hours will start blinking.
You may edit them with + or – buttons in
a range of +14h..-13h. By pressing SEL
the minutes will start blinking and you may
edit them with + or – buttons in 15 minute
steps. The UTC setting will be confirmed by
pressing the SEL button.
3.1.3
By pressing the SEL button the alarm status
will start blinking and can be selected to
either on or off by pressing + or - buttons.
By pressing the SEL button the hours of the
alarm will start blinking.
You can scroll the hours setting by pressing
+ or – buttons.
By pressing the SEL button the minutes
will start blinking and by pressing + or –
buttons you can scroll them.
Pressing the SEL button will confirm the
settings.
The sound off setting does not
FNOTE:
affect the alarm clock. However, the
intelligent battery stretching algorithm
disables all warning tones when there
are less than 2 dots left in the battery
status display or when the battery
symbol is blinking in other displays.
3.1.2
Setting the UTC
Setting the time and 24h or
AM/PM mode
In the display above the current time is
shown on the display.
By pressing the SEL button the 24h or 12h
setting on the top row starts blinking. You may
change the setting by pressing + or – buttons.
By pressing the SEL button the time setting
will be activated: hours start blinking and
seconds will turn to 00. You may change
the hours with + or – buttons. By pressing
the SEL button the selection will change to
minutes and can be edited the new time
setting will be confirmed by pressing the
SEL button.
seconds cannot be edited;
FNOTE:
they always start counting from 0.
3.1.4
Set dual time mode
The UTC setting will change the shown
time compared to Greenwich 0-Meridian.
This feature is practical when travelling
through different time zones.
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3.1.6
3.1.5
By pressing the SEL button the current
setting will start blinking at the middle of the
display. By pressing + or – buttons you may
select between the normal mode, where
alarm and button tones are on, or the silent
mode, where all tones are off, or alarm mode
where only alarm tones are on (ALR). The
sound off selection is protected with a code.
Setting the date
Setting the sound off
(silent mode)
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Dual time uses the same “base time” as the
main clock. Therefore, adjusting the time as
described in chapter Setting the time and
24h or AM/PM mode, will also influence
the dual time. The Dual time zone selection
will define the difference to the main clock
time. When the time zone selection is OFF,
then the Dual time is disabled.
When pressing the SEL button the UTC2
time hours start blinking. You may change
the setting by pressing + or – buttons in a
range of +14h..-13h or off. By pressing the
SEL button, the minutes will start blinking
and you may edit them using + or – buttons
in 15 minute intervals. The UTC2 setting will
be confirmed by pressing the SEL button.
ON/OFF/ALR (with ALR: alarm and
attention sound during diving are enabled)
When sound off has been selected the
first digit starts blinking. By pressing + or
– buttons the number can be changed and
by pressing the SEL button the number will
be stored.
When in the date setting, press the SEL
button and the blinking digits can be
changed by pressing + or – buttons (in
24h mode the first digit are days, in 12h
mode the month is first). By pressing the
SEL button the next digits start blinking and
they may then be edited by pressing + or –
button. Again, by pressing the SEL buttons,
the year, after the dot, starts blinking. The
date will be confirmed by pressing the SEL
button.
The unlock code for sound off is: 313.
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3.1.7
WARNING
The Sound Off selection will disable all audible
dive mode alarms and warnings. This is
potentially dangerous.
the only exception to the silent
FNOTE:
mode is the alarm clock, it will beep
when activated, even if the main
setting is: sound off.
Indicator in battery
status display
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At other displays
Checking the battery status
The battery status menu shows how much
energy is left in the CR2430 battery. A fresh
battery shows 5 dots.
Chromis is periodically measuring the
battery status and you can manually trigger
a measurement by pressing the SEL button
in this menu.
The intelligent battery algorithm will limit
some functions towards the end of the
battery lifetime. See the table below for the
status and functions.
Battery status
Function limitations
00000
Fresh battery
none
0000_
Battery ok for diving
none
000__
Battery ok for diving
none
00___
Battery symbol
Weak battery, change
to fresh
Backlight not
operating
0____
Blinking battery
symbol, no dive
symbol
Completely used
battery, change to
fresh
Alarms and
Backlight not
operating, diving
not recommended
None, change
Blinking battery
symbol, no dive
symbol
Completely used battery, change to fresh,
watch may make a
reset any time and
remain off
Diving mode not
allowed, only
watch is active
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The battery capacity and voltage
FNOTE:
at the end of the lifetime may vary between
battery manufacturers. Generally
operation at low temperatures decreases
the battery capacity. Therefore, when the
battery indicator drops below 3 dots,
change the battery to a fresh one before
making any new dives.
3.2 Menus and functions at
the surface
By simply pressing buttons + or - from the
time of day display you can scroll through
the various menus in Chromis. The diagram
below shows the sequence of the menus.
Note that when you first reach a menu, you
are not yet inside it, you must press the SEL
button to enter the actual menu. When the
actual menu is selected, the indicator starts
blinking.
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TIME & DATE
+/UP
-/DOWN
-/DOWN
ESC
Altitude meter
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
LOG
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
Planner
SEL
ESC
SEL
ESC
Logbook
pages
Planner
pages
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
STOP watch
SEL
ESC
STOP watch
function
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
DIVE mode
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
SET
+/UP
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SEL
ESC
SEL
ESC
Dive settings
& menus
Clock settings
& menus
Checking the Altitude
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On the display above, the Chromis has
5 dives and total of 4 hours of diving in
the Logbook, with the deepest dive at
19.0 meters and a longest dive time of 58
minutes.
barometric pressure is a variable,
F NOTE:
changing with weather and atmospheric
3.2.3
pressure at that particular elevation. The
Dive algorithm uses Altitude Classes
which are directly derived from the
barometric pressure. Altitude is counted
from the current barometric pressure and
it is therefore a relative value.
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In the altitude menu the current altitude is
calculated from the barometric pressure.
The current altitude class is shown on the
top row. The current temperature is shown
on the bottom row.
SCUBA log’s
By pressing + or – buttons you can scroll
the dives in memory. In SCUBA mode there
is a main page showing depth, dive time,
dive date and used oxygen content.
The altitude can be adjusted when current
elevation is known by pressing the SEL
button. The altitude value will start blinking.
By pressing + or – buttons the value can
be adjusted in 10m/50feet increments.
Adjusting the altitude elevation has no
effect on the Altitude Class.
Different combinations m&˚C,
FNOTE:
Ft&˚C, m&˚F or Ft&˚F can be selected
from the Dive mode menu: Units.
3.2.2
Reading the Logbook
If the dive has been done in
FNOTE:
GAUGE or APNEA modes or exercises
at the surface have been logged, the
main page has GA, AP or SE instead
of O2% on the top row.
You can check the main information about
your dives in the Logbook by pressing SEL
when in the log menu.
The first page shown is the dive history.
By pressing SEL you will select the dive
and get to the sub display which shows the
following information in SCUBA mode:
Minimum temperature, dive start time
and altitude level. May also indicate the
SOS mode if the last dive was terminated
without correct decompression stops.
The following page shows the dive endtime and calculated average depth.
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3.2.4
APNEA log
Chromis organizes the APNEA dive training
in a special way for easier data reading. The
repetitive APNEA dives are grouped in a
specific section and the main page shows
the first immersion date and time.
By pressing the SEL button, the APNEA
dive session opens. The dives are shown
in repetitive order with max time and depth.
On the top row the APNEA dive number of
that session is shown. On the middle row
the dive time is shown in SECONDS. The
max depth is shown at the middle row right.
APNEA dives are always shown
F NOTE:
always in seconds. The maximum
time before rollover is 199 seconds.
3.2.5
Surface exercises
Chromis has a swim mode. The log appears
as SE (Surface Exercise) for exercises done
on the surface.
The log book will present the start time and
date on the main page. By pressing the
SEL button you can review the number of
kicks performed. The time and the distance
are also shown on the log.
By pressing the + or – buttons the dives in
the current session can be scrolled.
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Planning a dive
You can plan your next dive based on your
body’s nitrogen saturation. The planner is
also using the following information.
1.Selected oxygen concentration.
2.Selected water type.
3.Selected microbubble level.
4.Water temperature of the most recent
dive.
5.Altitude range.
6.Status of saturation at the time when the
planner is started.
7.Observance of the prescribed ascent
rates.
By pressing the SEL button in the planner
menu you will get into the Planner directly
or to the surface interval setting (repetitive
dive).
When Chromis is in GAUGE or
FNOTE:
APNEA modes the Planner is disabled
and this is indicated by showing OFF
in this menu.
By pressing the + or – buttons you can
set the time in 15 minutes increments. The
prohibited altitude is shown at middle row
and by increasing the surface interval the
allowed limit will get to maximum (level 4).
You may read more about the altitude
diving with Chromis in the chapter Altitude
diving.
In case Chromis is displaying the no-dive
warning, the duration of the warning itself is
displayed as recommended surface interval
for planning purposes (rounded up to the
nearest fifteen-minute increment).
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3.2.6
When the surface interval is given or if you
have no remaining desaturation left, the
planner will start blinking the depth. By
pressing + or – you can set the depth in
3m/10feet increments.
The no decompression dive time is shown
for that depth at the bottom row.
The gas O2 content is shown at the top row
until the 1% CNS for the planned depth has
been reached. After that the planner shows
the CNS% at the top row.
Minimum depth for planning is 9m/30feet.
The planner allows only depths according
to maximum ppO2. The gas oxygen content
and maximum ppO2 settings are given at
the dive set menu: GAS.
In case you plan to make a second dive
during the desaturation phase, you must
start the Planner by inputting the time you
would still stay at the surface.
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WARNING:
By activating the stopwatch first time the
display will be as shown above.
if you have set ppO2max to OFF, the planner
will allow depths up to maximum of
120m/394ft. Air/nitrox dives with high ppO2
are extremely dangerous and can lead to fatal
injury. Be aware that exposures to high ppO2
will lead CNS clock value to exceed maximum
recommended 100%.
If MOD is shallower than
FNOTE:
9m/30feet, planning is not allowed
and information LO MOD is shown.
By pressing SEL for planned depth the dive
time starts blinking. Start point (minimum
now) is the no decompression time. By
pressing + or – buttons you may change
the time in 1 minute increments. When
no decompression time is exceeded the
planner gives decompression time at the
bottom row.
By pressing SEL button the planner will exit
and you will get back to the main menu.
3.2.7
Using the Stopwatch
Press + button and the stopwatch starts
counting and shows actual state which is:
run. By pressing + button again the stop
watch stops counting and shows actual
state: stop. The counted time will stay on
the display.
Stopwatch will reset the counted time
when + button is pressed and held.
The laps can be marked by pressing - button
when stopwatch is counting. By doing so
the display will freeze for 5 seconds and
Chromis shows the lap time.
By pressing SEL button the stopwatch will
be activated.
Counting will continue automatic and lap
counter will show the number of laps at the
bottom of the screen.
By pressing SEL button you can exit the
stopwatch and return to the Stopwatch menu.
You can leave the stopwatch
FNOTE:
actively counting or you can leave
In the first display the stopwatch shows
the status, which can be stop, run or lap.
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the stopped time to the display. The
status will be stored to a memory that
allows you to continue from the same
display at the next time.
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COMPUTER
the oxygen concentration for Nitrox diving,
setting the MB level of the decompression
algorithm, setting various warnings and
personal preferences. To reach any of
these functions, Chromis must be in Dive
surface mode display. This can be reached
by pressing + or - button until the indicator
on the right shows: Dive, and then select
this mode by pressing SEL.
Chromis is a full-featured diving computer,
capable
of
Nitrox
decompression
calculations, ascent rate calculations and
warnings. The logbook can store up to 50
hours of dive profiles with a 4s sampling rate.
During the dive Chromis displays information
such as depth, dive time, decompression
status, water temperature and much more.
On the surface after a dive, remaining
desaturation time, no-fly time, surface interval
and prohibited altitude classes are shown in
addition to the watch functions.
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4.
Dive mode at surface
4.1 Settings at the dive mode
When Chromis is in surface mode, you can
access various menus dedicated to diving and
customize various settings to your liking.
The dive computer functions of Chromis on
the surface include, among others, setting
TIME & DATE
+/UP
-/DOWN
-/DOWN
ESC
Altitude meter
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
LOG
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
Planner
SEL
ESC
SEL
ESC
Logbook
pages
Planner
pages
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
STOP watch
SEL
ESC
STOP watch
function
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
DIVE mode
+/UP
-/DOWN
ESC
SET
+/UP
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ESC
SEL
ESC
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& menus
Clock settings
& menus
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DIVE mode
However in SCUBA mode after a dive, the
display may appear as shown below:
-/DOWN
+/UP
SEL
ESC
-- Suface interval time at top row
-- Remaining desaturationtime at middle row
INTERVAL
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET GAS
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET SCUBA
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET APNEA
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET SWIM
From here, by pressing the SEL button
and scrolling with the + or - buttons, you
access to a loop of menus which are all
related to diving.
4.1.2
Surface interval counter
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
SET ALGO
When you have not been diving with your
Chromis for a while (no desaturation time
left) the dive mode may appear as shown
below, actual day time running at the middle
row:
After a dive the Chromis shows the surface
interval from the latest dive. The surface
interval counter counts until desaturation
is complete. After the desaturation is
complete this menu disappears.
The no fly time is indicated with the symbol
at the top and is shown in hours until this
restriction is completed.
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The remaining nitrogen loading is shown in
this display with the indicator on the right by
starting from the first bar segment with N2.
4.2 Gas settings
GAS
-/DOWN
+/UP
SEL
ESC
SET GAS
4.2.1
Set gas
You may use your Chromis with all Nitrox
mixes from Air to pure oxygen.
By pressing the SEL button in this display
the oxygen content of the Gas starts
blinking. By pressing +/- buttons you may
scroll the value from 21 up to 100%.
By pressing SEL the content is confirmed
and the ppO2 starts blinking. By pressing +
or - buttons you may select the value from
1.00 bar (1.00 bar to 1.30 bar, depending
on the %O2 in the gas mix) up to 1.60 bar.
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Nitrox reset
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Desat reset
It is possible to disable the MOD setting
(«---» displayed at the middle row), but this
requires the security code 313 from the
user. By pressing the SEL button the user
will accept the given value.
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4.2.3
Desaturation reset
WARNING:
Resetting desaturation will effect calculations
of the algorithm and this may lead to serious
injury or fatal injury. Do not reset desaturation
without a solid purpose.
Diving with a ppO higher than
FNOTE:
1.4 is dangerous and may lead to
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unconsciousness, drowning and fatal
injury.
When Chromis is still counting down the
desaturation, some menu changes are not
possible. In case the user decides to reset
the desaturation, the safety code 313 must
be given. This procedure secures unwanted
resetting and the desaturation reset will be
stored to a memory. At the next dive log the
desaturation symbol will be shown.
ppO is fixed to 1.60 bar when
FNOTE:
selected oxygen content is 80% or
2
higher.
4.2.2
Nitrox reset time
If you are generally diving with air and want
to return to this setting after occasional
nitrox dive, you can preset a default time
when your Chromis will reset back to air.
By pressing SEL button the selection ‘on’
starts blinking. By pressing + or - buttons
the desaturation can be deactivated and the
state is indicated with selection ‘off’. When
off state is confirmed by pressing SEL button
the code page appears. The first digit starts
blinking and by pressing +/- this can be
edited. By pressing SEL button the number
is confirmed and the next number starts
blinking. When code is given correctly and it
is confirmed with the SEL button press then
the desaturation reset is completed.
By pressing SEL button the time at the
top row starts blinking. The time can be
selected from 1 hour up to 48 hours or
the nitrox reset time can be disabled by
pressing + or - buttons. Gas reset time is
disabled when - - h is shown.
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4.3 SCUBA settings
4.3.2
-/DOWN
+/UP
SEL
ESC
Depth Alarm
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Dive Time
Alarm
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SET SCUBA
1m/5ft steps. The selection is confirmed by
pressing SEL button.
Maximum dive time alarm
By pressing SEL button the function starts
blinking and you may select on or off by
pressing + or - buttons. By pressing SEL
button in this menu the time value starts
blinking. By pressing + or - buttons the
value can be selected from 5 up to 195
minutes in 5 minutes steps. The selection is
confirmed by pressing SEL button.
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
MB Level
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Units
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Salt/Fresh
Water setting
4.3.3
A set of SCUBA related selections are
grouped to this menu.
Setting the Micro Bubble level
By pressing SEL button in this menu the
Micro Bubble level starts blinking. By
pressing + or - buttons you may select
personal setting from L0 up to L5. L5 is the
most conservative setting. The selection is
confirmed by pressing SEL button.
By pressing the SEL button the following
menu’s can be scrolled down.
4.3.1
Maximum dive depth alarm
By pressing SEL button the function starts
blinking and you may select on or off by
pressing + or - buttons.
By pressing the SEL button in this menu
the depth value starts blinking. By pressing
+ or - buttons the value can be selected
from 5 up to 100 meters (20..330 feet) in
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more about diving with the MB
FNOTE:
levels, read chapter: Diving with MB
levels.
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4.3.4
Setting the user preferred units
The user may select between depth and
temperature unit combinations. The effect
takes place in dive mode, in the log book,
alarm settings, altitude settings etc.
By pressing SEL button at this menu the
fresh or salt setting at the bottom row starts
blinking. You may scroll between these
two settings by pressing + or - button and
confirm by pressing SEL button.
By pressing SEL button in this menu the
temperature unit field value starts blinking.
By pressing + or - buttons the value can
be changed between °C/°F. By pressing
SEL button the depth field starts blinking.
Again by pressing + or - the value may be
changed between meters/feet. By pressing
SEL button both unit settings will be
confirmed.
4.3.5
4.4 APNEA Settings
SET APNEA
SEL
ESC
+/UP
ESC
Incremental
Alarm
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Dive Interval
Alarm
-/DOWN
NOTE: This setting will adjust the
Fdepth
on all modes: scuba, gauge and
APNEA.
Dual Depth
Alarm
-/DOWN
Selecting the salt (ocean) or
fresh water
Chromis measures pressure and converts
depth from it by using the water density as
a constant. 10m/33ft depth at salt water
corresponds approximately to 10.3m/34ft
at fresh water.
-/DOWN
+/UP
+/UP
ESC
Surface
Interval Alarm
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
Ascent Speed
Alarm
Apnea diving related selections are grouped
in this menu.
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By pressing the SEL button the following
menu’s can be accessed.
4.4.1
Setting the depth
incremental alarm
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4.4.2
By pressing the SEL button in this menu
the incremental mode starts blinking. By
pressing + or - the you may scroll between
the direction of the alarm or disable it with
selections: off, dn(down), up or both. After
confirming the selection with SEL button
the alarm depth starts blinking. By pressing
+ or - buttons you may select the alarm
value from 5 to 100 meters (20..330 feet).
By pressing SEL button the alarm value will
be confirmed.
Setting the dual depth alarm
By pressing the SEL button at this menu
the on/off selection starts blinking. By
pressing + or - button this can be edited
and confirmed by pressing SEL button.
After that the first depth starts blinking.
By pressing + or - buttons you may select
the first depth alarm from 5 to 100 meters
(20..330 feet). By pressing SEL the first
value is confirmed and the second depth
starts blinking. Like the first, by pressing +
or - buttons the second depth alarm may
be set from 5 to 100 meters.
4.4.3
Setting the dive time interval
alarm
By pressing SEL button at this menu the
function starts blinking and you may enable
or disable it by choosing on/off with + or
- buttons. After confirming by pressing
the SEL button the time starts blinking. By
pressing + or - you can select the interval
from 15 seconds up to 10 minutes. By
pressing SEL again the selection will be
confirmed.
The first alarm is short
FNOTE:
sequence for attention and the second
alarm is continuous. By setting the first
alarm deeper than the second, it will
be masked by the continuous alarm
and you cannot hear the first one.
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4.4.4
Setting the surface interval
alarm
By pressing SEL button at this menu the
function starts blinking and you may enable
or disable the alarm by selecting on/off
with the + or - buttons. After confirming by
pressing SEL button the surface interval
time starts blinking. By pressing + or - you
can select the interval from 15 seconds up
to 10 minutes. By pressing SEL again the
selection will be confirmed.
4.5 SWIM mode
If your Chromis has the swim mode enabled
the following menu will be shown.
For the Surface Exercise you must set the
kick cycle threshold and the distance per
kick for proper result.
4.4.5
Setting the ascent speed alarm
By pressing SEL at this menu the function
starts blinking and by pressing +/- you may
select between enabling or disabling the
alarm with on/off setting. After confirming
by pressing the SEL button the ascend
speed starts blinking. By pressing + or buttons you may select the value from 0.1
to 5.0 meters/second (1..15 feet/second).
By pressing SEL the value will be confirmed
and the function starts blinking. By pressing
SEL the selection will be confirmed.
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By pressing SEL on the swim menu, you
reach the swim mode settings. By pressing
SEL the swim mode activation starts
blinking and you may scroll between on/
off by pressing + or – buttons. By pressing
SEL the distance per stroke starts blinking.
You may select the value from 0.5m/2ft to
5.0m/16ft by pressing + or – buttons. By
pressing SEL the selection is confirmed and
the count stroke threshold starts blinking. A
big threshold setting will detect only large
movement as a stroke, too small setting
may detect too many strokes – you must
test and adjust this according to your style.
By pressing + or – buttons the value can be
selected from 5cm/2inch to 40cm/16inch.
By pressing the SEL button the values are
confirmed.
4.6 Algorithm selection
ALGO
-/DOWN
+/UP
SEL
ESC
SCUBA
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
GAUGE
-/DOWN
+/UP
ESC
APNEA
You may select your Chromis operation mode
between SCUBA, GAUGE or APNEA modes.
When Chromis has not been submerged
for a while the display looks as below:
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Since the Gauge and APNEA modes
are not tracking the tissue saturation,
there is 48h locking interval after the
last dive in gauge or APNEA mode
before change to a SCUBA mode is
possible.
Chromis shown below went for a dive in
gauge mode and the operation mode can
not be changed for another 4 hours and 20
minutes.
Left up:
Short press = backlight
Long press = bookmark
Right up:
Short press = alternative
display data
Long press when SWIM mode
active = manual start/stop of
the SWIM mode
Long press in GAUGE mode =
reset average depth counter
Right
down:
Short press in SCUBA and
GAUGE mode =
start/stop timer
Long press in SCUBA and
GAUGE mode =
reset the timer if it is stopped
Long press in APNEA mode =
manual start and end the dive
From the last SCUBA dive the change to
gauge or to APNEA mode is possible after
the desaturation time has elapsed.
If you decide to change between modes
before the 48h interval or full desaturation
you have to go to desaturation reset menu
and make a manual desaturation reset.
By pressing the SEL button at this menu
the mode starts blinking. By pressing + or
- buttons you may select between scuba,
gauge or APNEA modes. By pressing SEL
button the selection will be confirmed.
4.7 Diving with Chromis
The functions of the buttons during diving
are summarized in the table below.
Note that Chromis can be set to three dive
modes: SCUBA, APNEA and GAUGE. Due
to the operation differences also buttons
have different functions.
4.7.1
Display information
Upon immersion, Chromis will automatically
start to monitor the dive regardless of what
state it was in prior to the immersion.
Details on the information displayed can be
found in the next sections.
Dive time: the dive time is displayed in
seconds at APNEA mode and in minutes
at SCUBA and GAUGE modes. If during
the dive you ascend to the surface, the
time spent on the surface will only be
counted to the dive time if you descend
again below 0.8m/3ft within 5 minutes.
This allows for brief periods of orientation.
While on the surface, the time will not
show as progressing but it is running in the
background. As soon as you submerge,
the time will resume, including the time
spent on the surface. If you spend more
than 5 minutes at depth shallower than
0.8m/3ft, the dive will be considered ended,
the logbook is stored and a subsequent
immersion would cause the dive time to
start again from zero.
Maximum displayed time is 199 minutes.
For dives longer than that, the dive time
starts again from 0 minutes.
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No-stop time: calculated in real time and
updated every 4 seconds. Maximum
displayed no-stop times is 99 minutes.
WARNING:
During all dives, perform a safety stop
between 3 and 5 meters/10 and 15 feet for 3
to 5 minutes, even if no decompression stop
is required.
Temperature: Chromis displays the water
temperature during the dive and the air
temperature on the surface. However,
the skin temperature influences the
measurement when worn at the wrist.
Decompression information: when Chromis
calculates the need for a mandatory
decompression stop, it shows you how
long and how deep your deepest stop is. It
also gives you the total ascent time. Stops
deeper than 27m/90ft and total ascent times
longer than 99 minutes are shown as “- - “.
4.7.1.1 Display configuration during
the dive
Throughout the dive, Chromis displays the
most important information with largest font
at the middle row: current depth (right), the
elapsed dive time (left) and the no-stop or
decompression information (bottom row).
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In addition, Chromis utilizes the top row to
display additional information regarding the
dive. By pressing + button in the display is
shown, in sequence:
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Depth: the depth is given in 10cm resolution
when metric mode. When the depth is
displayed in feet, the resolution is always 1
foot. At a depth shallower than 0.8m/3ft,
the display shows --. Maximum operating
depth is 120m/394ft.
1.PDIS depth (If pending)
2.Maximum depth (only if 1m/3ft ascent
detected)
3.Water temperature
4.O2 %
5.CNS % if greater than 1%
6.Time of the day in the middle row
(temperature at top row)
7.Stop timer
4.7.1.2 Stop timer
There are many situations during a dive
where a simple stop timer which is
independent from dive time is practical;
for example timed tasks at dive courses or
special missions etc.
Chromis has a stop timer integrated on the
SCUBA mode. Stop timer can be selected
by pressing the + button and it is shown at
the top row.
During a dive, the stop timer starts at the
immersion. So when displayed for the first
time during the dive, stop timer and dive
time are identical.
When displayed, the stop timer can be
stopped by pressing “-” button. This
generates a bookmark, which can be seen
on log book using PC/Mac interface software.
When displayed and stopped, stop timer
can be reset to zero by pressing and
holding “-” button.
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dive and normally dissipate naturally during
an ascent and on the surface after a dive.
Dives within no-stop time and observance
of decompression stops do not prevent the
formation of microbubbles in the venous
blood circulation. Chromis has been
equipped with an enhanced SCUBAPRO
algorithm, named ZH-L8 ADT MB, to reduce
the formation of these microbubbles.
4.7.1.3 Setting bookmarks
By press and hold the “LIGHT” button
you can set any number of bookmarks as
reminders of particular moments during the
dive. The bookmarks will appear on the
dive profile in SCUBAPRO LogTRAK.
4.7.1.4 Safety stop timer
If a minimum depth of 10m/30ft has
been reached during the dive, at a depth
of 5m/15ft the safety stop timer will
automatically start a 3-minute countdown.
If you go below 6.5m/20ft, the timer will
disappear and the no-stop time is shown
again. Upon returning to 5m/15ft, the timer
will start again automatically.
This enhanced algorithm allows the user
to choose a level of conservatism over and
in addition to the worldwide proven safety
record of the standard ZH-L8 ADT algorithm.
There are five levels of added conservatism
(or MB levels), from L1 to L5, with L5 being
the most conservative and L1 being just a bit
more conservative than the standard ZH-L8
ADT, here referred to as L0.
Choosing an MB level between L1 and L5
makes the algorithm more conservative,
therefore the diver will have either shorter
no-stop times or deeper and longer
decompression stops than when diving
with L0. Consequently the body will either
take up less nitrogen (shorter no-stop
dives) or will be able to off-gas more before
returning to the surface (dives with L1..L5).
Both work towards reducing the amount
of microbubbles present in the body at the
end of the dive.
Please refer to chapter Setting the Micro
Bubble level for information on setting the
MB level.
For easier understanding underwater,
F
Chromis handles MB level stops as
decompression stops. If you select
to use a MB level you must follow the
consequent ascent plan.
4.7.1.5 Activating the backlight
To activate the backlight, press LIGHT.
The duration of the backlight is 10 seconds.
Note: The backlight is not available when
the BATTERY CHANGE warning appears.
4.7.1.6 Diving with MB levels
Microbubbles are tiny bubbles that can
build up inside a diver’s body during any
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4.7.1.7 PDI Stops
Chromis is equipped with the innovative
Profile Dependent Intermediate Stops
introduced on other SCUBAPRO dive
computers.
PDI
Stop
optimizes
the
leading
compartment off gassing with a low
gradient at depth which is calculated from
the current profile.
After the dive profile has reached a level
where PDI Stop is recommended the
Chromis shows PDIS symbol and depth at
the top row.
If decompression is already required this
information remains at the bottom row. In
that case the PDIS counter is not shown but
only the PDIS symbol and depth are blinking
at the top row for the 2 minutes that are
recommended for stay at the PDIS zone.
WARNING
Even when performing a PDI stop, you still
MUST perform a safety stop at 5m/15ft for 3 to
5 minutes. Performing a 3 to 5 minute stop at
5m/15ft at the end of any dive is still the best
thing you can do for your safety.
If no decompression required, when
ascending to a PDI stop depth, the PDIS
symbol and depth start blinking on the top
row and a 2 minute count down starts on
the bottom row.
Once PDIS depth has been reached,
you should stay on the zone that is
-0.5m..+3.0m / -2ft..+10ft from the shown
PDIS depth. If you descend below this zone
the PDIS counter will be deactivated and
Chromis calculates a new PDIS depth.
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4.7.2
No-dive warning after a dive
If Chromis detects a situation of increased risk
(due to the potential microbubble accumulation
from previous dives or a CNS O2 level above
40%), the NO DIVE symbol will appear on
the display to advise you against performing
another dive right away. The suggested time
interval that you should wait prior to diving is
shown at dive mode display.
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You should not perform a dive as long as
the no-dive warning is displayed on the
computer screen. If the warning is prompted
by microbubble accumulation (as opposed
to CNS O2 over 40%) and you dive anyway,
you will have shorter no-stop times or longer
decompression times. Moreover, the duration
of the microbubble warning at the end of the
dive can increase considerably.
4.7.3
SOS
If you stay above a depth of 0.8m/3ft for
more than 3 minutes without observing a
prescribed decompression stop, Chromis
will switch into SOS mode. Once in SOS
mode Chromis will lock up and will be
inoperable as a dive computer for 24 hours.
If it is used for diving within the 24hours
of an SOS lock, it will automatically
switch to gauge mode and provide no
decompression information.
WARNING
Violating a mandatory decompression obligation
may result in serious injury or fatal issue.
Serious injury or fatal issue may result if a diver
does not seek immediate treatment should any
signs or symptoms of decompression sickness
occur after a dive.
Do not dive to treat symptoms of decompression
sickness.
Do not dive when the computer is in SOS mode
The display shows the same information as
in presence of desaturation, but at the top
row SOS is displayed.
4.7.3.1 Desaturation reset
Chromis allows you to reset the
desaturation of the computer. Any tissue
saturation information from a recent dive
will be reset to zero and the computer
treats the next dive as a non-repetitive dive.
This is useful when the computer is loaned
to another diver who has not dived in the
last 48 hours.
After a desaturation reset the
FNOTE:
change between the modes: GAUGE,
APNEA and SCUBA are possible
immediately. However, since the
GAUGE and APNEA modes are not
tracking your tissue nitrogen loading,
it is recommended to keep the initial
intervals between changes on modes.
WARNING
Diving after having reset the desaturation is
extremely dangerous and is very likely to cause
serious injury or a fatal issue. Do not reset the
desaturation unless you have a valid reason to
do so.
Removing and replacing the
FNOTE:
battery will not reset the desaturation.
Chromis stores tissue saturation
information in a non-volatile memory.
For the time during which the
computer is without battery, the
desaturation calculation is frozen and
resumes from where it had left off as
soon as a new battery is installed.
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Diving with Nitrox
However, the increase in oxygen
concentration in Nitrox implies an increase
in oxygen partial pressure in the breathing
mix at the same depth. At higher than
atmospheric partial pressures, oxygen
can have toxic effects on the human body.
These can be lumped into two categories:
1- Sudden effects due to oxygen
partial pressure over 1.4bar. These are
not related to the length of the exposure
to high oxygen partial pressure . Sudden
effects can vary and depend on the exact
level of partial pressure they happen at. It is
commonly accepted that partial pressures
up to 1.4bar are tolerable, and several
training agencies advocate maximum
oxygen partial pressures up to 1.6 bar.
2- Long exposure effects to oxygen
partial pressures over 0.5bar due to
repeated and/ or long dives. These can
affect the central
nervous system, cause damage to lungs or
to other vital organs. Long exposures can
be divided to more severe Central Nervous
System effects and less dangerous long
term Pulmonary Toxicity effects.
Chromis treats high ppO2 and long
exposure effects in the following ways:
1- Against sudden effects: Chromis has an
MOD alarm set for a user-defined ppO2max.
As you enter the oxygen concentration for the
dive, Chromis shows you the corresponding
MOD for the defined ppO2max. The default
value of ppO2max from the factory is 1.4bar.
This can be adjusted to your preference
between 1.0 and 1.6bar. It can also be
turned OFF. Please refer to chapter Gas
settings for more information on how to
change this setting.
2- Against long exposure effects: Chromis
“tracks” the exposure by means of the
CNS O2 clock. At levels of 100% and
higher there is risk of long exposure effects,
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and consequently Chromis will activate an
alarm when this level of CNS O2 is reached.
Chromis can also warn you when the CNS
O2 level reaches 75% (see section CNS
alarm). Note that the CNS O2 clock is
independent of the value of ppO2max set
by the user.
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4.7.4
Nitrox is the term used to describe
breathing gases made of oxygen-nitrogen
mixes with oxygen percentage higher than
21% (air). Because Nitrox contains less
nitrogen than air, there is less nitrogen
loading on the diver’s body at the same
depth as compared to breathing air.
The CNS O2 clock increases when the
oxygen partial pressure is higher than
0.5bar, and decreases when the oxygen
partial pressure is lower than 0.5bar.
Hence, while on the surface breathing air
you will always be decreasing the CNS O2
clock. During the dive, the depth at which
0.5bar is reached for various mixes is as
follows:
• Air:13m/43ft
• 32%:6m/20ft
• 36%:4m/13ft
For oxygen concentrations of
FNOTE:
80% and higher, the ppO max is fixed
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at 1.6bar and cannot be changed.
Repetitive very long exposures
FNOTE:
(technical and rebreather diving)
with high ppO2 may cause long term
Pulmonary Toxicity effects that can
be tracked with OTUs. SCUBAPRO
recommends model Galileo TMx for
completing such dives.
4.7.5
Altitude diving
4.7.5.1 Altitude classes, altitude
warning and no-fly time after
a dive
Going to altitude is in a way similar to starting
an ascent from a dive: you expose your
body to a lower partial pressure of nitrogen
and consequently you start offgassing. After
a dive, given the higher nitrogen loading
in your body, even reaching an otherwise
negligible altitude can potentially cause
decompression sickness. Consequently,
Chromis constantly monitors the ambient
pressure and uses it to evaluate your
nitrogen loading and offgassing. If Chromis
notices a drop in ambient pressure not
compatible with your current nitrogen
loading, it will activate a warning to alert
you of the potentially dangerous situation.
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If you have remaining desaturation on
Chromis, you can view the current situation
by selecting the dive menu.
The desaturation text and remaining count
down time are shown at the middle row.
with your current nitrogen saturation levels),
are levels above the second altitude at the
display. Please read chapter Altitude and
the decompression algorithm for more
details on this.
The no dive symbol and count down timer
are shown at the top row to indicate the
period when you should not have another
immersion due to possible micro bubbles,
high CNS or excessive nitrogen loading in
your body.
The current altitude and altitude class can
be read at the altitude meter menu: ALTI.
By pressing the SEL button the following
page shows the no-fly symbol, with the
count-down time on the top row, until the
restriction is completed.
The N2 bar graph at the right side is
indicating the remaining amount of nitrogen.
The no-fly, no-dive and altitude
FNOTE:
restriction symbols are also shown
on the time of the day display when
applicable.
WARNING
Flying while Chromis displays the NO FLY symbol
can result in serious injury or fatal issue.
The interval from the last dive is shown
at the middle row with the text INT at the
bottom row.
The altitudes where the diver may travel are
shown at the first page of the planner menu.
The prohibited altitude (the altitude which
Chromis has computed to be incompatible
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4.7.5.2 Altitude and the decompression algorithm
The altitude classes are defined in terms of
approximate elevations because the effect
of weather conditions can make the switch
point pressure occur at different levels.
WARNING
At altitude class 4 Chromis functions in gauge mode
only (automatic switch from computer mode).
You can check your current
FNOTE:
altitude class and elevation by
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Atmospheric pressure is a function of altitude and weather conditions. This is an important
aspect to consider for diving, because the surrounding atmospheric pressure has an
influence on on-gassing and off-gassing of nitrogen in your body.
Chromis divides the possible altitude range in 5 classes that are illustrated on the
picture below:
4.7.5.3 Prohibited altitude
Going to altitude, as well as flying after
diving, exposes your body to a reduced
ambient pressure. In a way similar to the
no-fly time, Chromis advises you which
altitude classes are safe to reach after a
dive and which aren’t. If you have to drive
over a mountain pass to return home after
a dive, you can view this information in the
planner menu.
activating the altitude meter. Refer to
chapter Checking the Altitude on
how to do so.
FNOTE:
altitude
Chromis
deals
with
automatically: it monitors
the atmospheric pressure every
60 seconds and if it detects a
sufficient drop in pressure, it does
the following: it indicates the new
altitude range and, if applicable,
the
prohibited
altitude
range;
it indicates the desaturation time,
which in this case is an adaptation
time to the new ambient pressure. If
a dive is started during this adaptation
time, Chromis considers it as a
repetitive dive, since the body has
residual nitrogen.
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The current altitude class is shown on the left
of the middle row and the prohibited altitude is
shown on the right. On the example above, the
diver is presently at altitude class 2 and should
not reach altitudes above 3000m (class 3).
By increasing the interval time at the top
row the allowed altitude increases due to
the desaturation caused by the time spent
at the current altitude class.
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when the no repetitive dive
FNOTE:
symbol is on, the planner on the top
row initially shows the time period
when diving would be allowed again.
For planning the altitude excursion the
interval time can be reduced, which
causes the prohibited altitude level to
decrease.
Chromis has an altitude warning: if you
were to reach an altitude that according to
Chromis is incompatible with your current
residual nitrogen levels, it will warn you with
an altitude warning.
4.7.5.4 Decompression dives in
mountain lakes
In order to assure optimal decompression
even at higher altitudes, the 3m/10ft
decompression stage is divided into a
2m/7ft stage and a 4m/13ft stage in
altitude ranges 1, 2 and 3.
If atmospheric pressure is below 610mbar
(altitude higher than 4000m/13300ft), no
decompression calculation is carried out
by Chromis (automatic GAUGE mode). In
addition, the dive planner is not available in
this altitude class.
4.7.6
Warnings and alarms
4.7.6.2 No-Stop time = 2 minutes
If you wish to avoid unintentionally
performing a decompression dive, Chromis
can activate a warning when the no-stop
time reaches 2 minutes. This applies to
current selected MB level no-stop time (see
chapter Diving with MB levels for more
information on MB level diving). It gives you
the opportunity to start ascending before
incurring a decompression stop or a level
stop obligation.
Chromis emits a sequence of audible
beeps for 12 seconds and the no-stop time
will blink. The blinking will continue until you
ascend sufficiently for the no-stop time to
grow to 6 minutes, or until Chromis enters
into decompression.
Chromis can alert you of potentially
dangerous situations via warnings and
alarms. You can only modify the warning
and alarm settings via PC interface.
Warnings represent situations that require
the diver’s attention, but ignoring them
does not represent an immediate risk. It is
up to you to decide which ones you would
like to be active and which ones not. The
available warnings are:
4.7.6.1 CNS O2 = 75%
Chromis tracks your oxygen uptake via the
CNS O2 clock. If the calculated value of
CNS O2 reaches 75%, Chromis will emit a
sequence of audible beeps for 12 seconds
and the % symbol will be blinking in the top
right corner. The blinking will continue until
the value of CNS O2 drops under 75%.
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4.7.6.3 Entering decompression
Chromis can activate a warning when
the first mandatory decompression stop
appears. This alerts the diver to the fact
that a direct ascent to the surface is no
longer possible.
When the no-stop time ends and a
mandatory stop is required before reaching
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Along these lines, Chromis employs a
variable ideal ascent rate: its value ranges
between 7..20m/min / 23..66ft/min and the
actual breakdown by depth range is listed
in the chart below.
DEPTH
Alarms can not be turned off because
they represent situations that do require
immediate action by the diver. There are
five different alarms:
WARNING
- When in gauge mode, all warnings and all alarms
are OFF except for the low battery alarm.
- When Chromis is set to SOUND OFF mode, all
audible alarms and warnings are switched off.
4.7.6.4 Ascent rate
As you ascend during a dive, the pressure
surrounding you diminishes. If you ascend
too quickly, the resulting pressure reduction
could lead to microbubble formation. If you
ascend too slowly, the continued exposure
to high ambient pressure means that you
will continue loading some or all of your
tissues with nitrogen. Consequently, there
is an ideal ascent rate that is slow enough
to minimize microbubble formation yet fast
enough to minimize the effect of continued
loading on your tissues.
The pressure reduction that the body can
tolerate without significant microbubble
formation is higher at depth than it is in the
shallow water: The key factor is not the
pressure drop by itself, but rather the ratio
of the pressure drop relative to the ambient
pressure. This means that the ideal ascent
rate at depth is higher than it is in the
shallow water.
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the surface, Chromis emits a sequence of
audible bips and the DECO STOP symbol
blinks, both for 12 seconds.
ASC SPEED
m
ft
m/min
ft/min
0
0
7
23
6
20
8
26
12
40
9
29
18
60
10
33
23
75
11
36
27
88
13
43
31
101
15
49
35
115
17
56
39
128
18
59
44
144
19
62
50
164
20
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If the ascent rate is greater than 110% of
the ideal value the SLOW symbol appears.
For ascent rates higher than 140%, the
SLOW symbol starts blinking.
Chromis also provides an audible alarm in
case of ascent rates exceeding 110%: the
intensity of the alarm increases in direct
proportion to the degree that the ideal
ascent rate is exceeded.
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In case of a fast ascent, Chromis may
require a decompression stop even within
the no-stop phase because of the danger
of microbubble formation.
From great depth a slow ascent may
cause heightened saturation of tissues
and an extension of both decompression
duration and total ascent time. At shallow
depth, a slow ascent may shorten the
decompression duration.
Excessive ascent rates for longer periods
are entered in the logbook.
WARNING
The ideal ascent rate must not be exceeded at
any time since this could lead to microbubbles
in the arterial circulation which could cause
serious injury or fatal issue.
4.7.6.6 CNS O2 = 100%
WARNING
When the CNS O2 reaches 100% there is
danger of oxygen toxicity. Start procedure to
terminate the dive.
Chromis tracks your oxygen uptake via the
CNS O2 clock. If the calculated value of
CNS O2 reaches 100%, Chromis will emit a
sequence of audible beeps for 12 seconds
and the symbol O2% MAX will be blinking
in the top right corner. The blinking will
continue until the value of CNS O2 drops
under 100%.
The alarm persists for as long as the ascent
rate is 110% or more of the ideal ascent rate.
4.7.6.5 MOD/ppO2
WARNING
-
The MOD should not be exceeded.
Disregarding the alarm can lead to oxygen
poisoning.
-Exceeding a ppO2 of 1.6bar can lead to
sudden convulsions resulting in serious
injury or fatal issue.
The audible signal stays on for as long as
the CNS O2 value equals or exceeds 100%;
until the diver will reach the surface.
4.7.6.7 Missed decompression stop
WARNING
Violating a mandatory decompression obligation
may result in serious injury or fatal issue.
If you exceed the MOD, in the top row the
blinking MOD is displayed with MAX symbol
so you can see by how much you have
exceeded it. In addition, Chromis will beep
continuously. Both the blinking of the MOD
value and the beeping will continue for as
long as you stay deeper than the MOD.
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If in presence of a required decompression
stop you ascend more than 0.5m/2ft above
the required stop, Chromis will trigger an
alarm: the value of the current depth and the
value of the required stop depth will blink,
and a sequence of beeps can be heard. This
will continue for as long as you stay 0.5m/2ft
or more above the required stop.
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WARNING
Do not start a dive if the battery symbol
is displayed blinking on the screen on the
surface. The computer may fail to function
during the dive and this could lead to serious
injury or fatal issue.
During the dive, Chromis alerts you of
precarious battery situations in two ways:
By displaying a steady battery symbol on
the screen. This means you can finish the
dive but you should replace the battery
once you return to the surface;
By displaying a blinking battery symbol on
the screen. This means you need to start
the procedure to terminate the dive, as
there is not enough energy in the battery
to ensure proper continued functioning
and the computer may fail. If the battery
symbol is blinking, the backlight cannot
be activated and the audible warnings and
alarms are not available anymore.
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4.7.6.8 Low battery
WARNING
Dives in gauge mode are performed at your
own risk. After a dive in gauge mode you must
wait at least 48 hours before diving using a
decompression computer.
When on the surface in gauge mode,
Chromis will show neither the remaining
desaturation time nor the CNS O2% value.
It will however display a surface interval up
to 48 hours and a 48 hour no-fly time. This
no-fly time is also the time during which you
cannot switch back to computer mode.
After a dive, the gauge mode surface display
shows the dive time on the middle row. In
the bottom row the stopwatch is running
from the dive start or last manual restart.
On the top row the maximum depth of the
dive is shown. After 5 minutes timeout the
display changes to gauge menu mode.
4.8 GAUGE mode
When Chromis is set to GAUGE mode,
it will only monitor depth, time, and
temperature, and will not carry out any
decompression calculations. You can only
switch to GAUGE mode if the computer
is completely desaturated. All audible and
visual warnings and alarms, other than the
low battery alarm, are turned off.
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During a dive in GAUGE mode, Chromis
displays a stopwatch in the bottom row.
The stopwatch can be stopped by pressing
- button. When the stopwatch is stopped,
it can be reset and restarted by press and
hold - button.
While in GAUGE mode, the average depth
can be reset. To reset the average depth,
press and hold + button.
Similarly to the regular computer mode,
press button + to view the time of day for
5 seconds at the bottom row and other
alternative information at the top row. In
the display below the time of the day has
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been selected and it is 1 second past 10
o’clock combined with water temperature
that is 20˚C.
Alternative info can be selected in the
following order:
1.
Max depth (after 1m/3feet ascent
detected)
2.Temperature
3.Average depth
4.Current time of the clock on the bottom
row, temperature on the top row.
approx 10 hours of log data can be stored
in APNEA mode.
In APNEA mode it is also possible to start
and stop the dive manually by press and
hold the - button. This way you can use
Chromis for static APNEA dives, where
normal dive start depth of 0.8 meters will
not start a new dive.
As with gauge mode, Chromis doesn’t
carry out any decompression calculation.
You can only switch to APNEA mode if the
computer is completely desaturated.
The sequential dive number done at the
APNEA session is shown in the top row
during the surface interval, followed by the
dive duration and depth at the middle row.
On the bottom row, the surface interval
counter counts 15 minutes and if no
repetitive dive is done, Chromis turns back
to APNEA menu display.
4.9 APNEA mode
APNEA mode display during the dive
shows at top row the sequential number
of the dive. At the middle row the dive
time in seconds and the maximum depth
are shown. At the bottom row the ascent
speed is shown.
Chromis has an advanced APNEA diving
mode. The main features include faster
sampling rate than in normal SCUBA mode
and alarm functions tailored to APNEA
diving.
Chromis measures the depth in APNEA
mode every 0.25 seconds to ensure the
precise maximum depth. In logbook the
data is saved in 1 second intervals. The
higher amount of saved data requires
more space and the consequence is that
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4.10 SWIM mode
Chromis can be set to SWIM mode from
any of the surface displays by long press +.
Naturally the SWIM mode must have been
activated from the corresponding menu.
The SWIM mode operates
FNOTE:
only on the surface. It will switch
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It is sometimes practical to be able to
measure a distance at the surface, for
example when searching the dive site.
If your Chromis has the Surface Exercise
mode enabled, you can count your kick
cycles and measure the distance covered
during the exercise. Naturally, Chromis
must be
fixed to your ankle so that kick counting is
possible.
In SWIM mode and during surface exercise,
Chromis displays the count of kicks on the
top row, the elapsed time on the middle row
and the converted distance on the bottom
row.
automatically to active dive mode
when immersed deeper than 3m/10ft.
5.
CHROMIS PC INTERFACE
5.1 Cradle – accessory
Communication between Chromis and a PC/Mac is possible only with a cradle. A cradle can
be bought from your Authorized SCUBAPRO dealer.
The communication between the Chromis and the cradle is established via the contact on
the case. Therefore if the water contact or the spring contact of the cradle has dirt on the
surface, this should be cleaned with a piece of cloth before use
To avoid scratching of your Chromis, first place contacts together and then click Chromis
to the cradle
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5.2 Introduction to
SCUBAPRO LogTRAK
LogTRAK is the software that allows
Chromis to communicate with a Windowsbased PC or Mac OS.
In order to take advantage of any of
these features, you need to establish a
communication between your PC and
Chromis with a cradle.
To start the communication
1.Connect the cradle to your PC:
2.Launch LogTRAK on your PC
3.Select the serial port where the cradle is
connected
Extras -> Options -> download
• Profile showing the graphical data of
the dive.
• Details about the dive, where you can
edit, for example, the equipment and
tank information.
• Location, which shows your dive site at
the world map.
The selection tabs for views are on the top
of the main window.
Select the COM port that is used for
Chromis cradle.
4.Place the Chromis on the cradle.
5.2.1
Download dive profiles
From LogTRAK, by selecting Dive ->
Options: Download Dives you can transfer
the Chromis Logbook to your PC or Mac.
There are three main views each showing a
specific part of your dive logs:
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Change warnings/settings of
the Chromis and reading the
computer information
By selecting Extras -> Dive Computer
settings you can enable/disable warnings
that cannot be changed at Chromis unit via
menus.
6.
TAKING CARE OF
CHROMIS
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5.2.2
6.1 Technical information
Operating altitude:
• with decompression – sea level to
approximately 4000m/13300ft
• without decompression (gauge mode) –
at any altitude.
Max operating depth:
Read chapter Warnings and alarms
about the possible selections that you can
modify on your Chromis.
You may also change the shown units
between metric/imperial. Select Extras ->
Options -> measurement units:
• 120m/394ft; resolution is 0.1m until 99.9m
and 1m at depth deeper than 100m.
Resolution in ft is always 1ft. Accuracy is
within 2% ±0.2m/1ft.
Decompression calculation range:
• 0.8m to 120m / 3ft to 394ft
Clock:
• quartz clock, time, date, dive time
display up to 199 minutes
Oxygen concentration:
• adjustable between 21% and 100%
Operating temperature:
• -10C to +50C / 14F to 122F
Power supply:
• CR2430 lithium battery
Life of the battery:
• Estimated 2 years or 300 dives, which
ever comes first. Actual battery life
depends on the number of dives per
year, the length of each dive, the water
temperature and the usage of backlight.
6.2 Maintenance
The depth accuracy should be verified
every two year and can be done by an
authorized SCUBAPRO dealer. Aside from
that, Chromis is virtually maintenance free.
All you need to do is rinse it carefully with
fresh water after each dive and change the
battery when needed. To avoid possible
problems with your Chromis, the following
recommendations will help assure years of
trouble free service:
- avoid dropping or jarring your Chromis
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- do not expose Chromis to intense, direct
sunlight
-do not store Chromis in a sealed
container, always ensure free ventilation
If there are problems with the water contact,
use soapy water to clean Chromis and dry
it thoroughly. Do not use silicone grease on
the water contacts!
-Do not clean Chromis with liquids
containing solvents.
- Check the battery capacity before each dive.
- If the battery warning appears, replace
the battery.
- If any error message appears on the
display, take Chromis back to an
authorized SCUBAPRO dealer.
6.3 Replacing the battery in
Chromis
WARNING
FNOTE:
- After a dive, while on surface, Chromis
stores tissue desaturation data
once every hour until desaturation is
complete. If battery is changed while
Chromis has remaining desaturation
time, the tissue data will not be lost, but
Chromis will reference the last stored
data set. As a consequence, the data
displayed on the surface screen after
the battery change (desaturation time,
surface interval, no-fly time and CNS
O2) may be different from the values
displayed just prior to the battery
removal.
- After replacing the battery, you must
set the date and time.
- O-ring must be replaced each time
when Chromis is opened.
-The screws must be adjusted to
correct torque.
We recommend having the b Chromis battery
replaced by an Authorized SCUBAPRO dealer.
The change must be made with particular care
in order to prevent water from seeping in. The
warranty does not cover damages due to an
improper placement of the battery.
Chromis stores the tissue saturation
information in a non-volatile memory, so
the battery can be replaced at any time
between dives without loss of information.
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6.4 Warranty
English
Chromis has a two-year warranty covering
defects in workmanship and functioning.
The warranty only covers dive computers
which have been bought from an
authorized SCUBAPRO dealer. Repairs or
replacements during the warranty period
do not extend the warranty period itself.
Excluded from warranty coverage are faults
or defects due to:
- excessive wear and tear
-
exterior influences, e.g. transport
damage, damage due to bumping and
hitting, influences of weather or other
natural phenomena
-servicing, repairs or the opening of
the dive computer by anybody not
authorized to do so by the manufacturer
- pressure tests which do not take place in
water
- diving accidents
- improper placement of the battery cap.
For European Union markets, the warranty
of this product is governed by European
legislation in force in each EU member state.
All warranty claim must be returned with
dated proof-of-purchase to an Authorized
SCUBAPRO Dealer. Visit www.scubapro.com
for the dealer nearest you.
Your dive instrument is manufactured with high-quality components that can be
recycled and reused.
Nevertheless these components, if not properly managed in accordance with the
regulations on waste electrical and electronic equipment, are likely to cause harm
to the environment and/or to human health.
Customers living in the European Union can contribute to protecting the
environment and health by returning old products to an appropriate collection
point in their neighbourhood in accordance with EU Directive 2012/19/UE.
Collection points are in particular provided by some distributors of the products
and local authorities.
Products marked with the recycling symbol on the left must not be disposed of in
normal household waste.
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GLOSSARY
AVG:
Average depth, calculated from the beginning of the dive or from the
time of reset.
CNS O2:
Central Nervous System oxygen toxicity.
DESAT:
Desaturation time. The time needed for the body to completely eliminate
any nitrogen taken up during diving.
Dive time:
The time spent below a depth of 0.8m/3ft.
Gas:
Refers to the main gas that is set for the ZH-L8 ADT MB algorithm.
Local time:
the time in the local time zone.
Max depth:
Maximum depth reached during the dive.
MB:
Microbubble. Microbubbles are tiny bubbles that can build up in a
diver’s body during and after a dive.
MB level:
One of the six steps, or levels, in SCUBAPRO’s customizable algorithm.
MOD:
Maximum Operating Depth. This is the depth at which the partial
pressure of oxygen (ppO2) reaches the maximum allowed level
(ppO2max). Diving deeper than the MOD will expose the diver to unsafe
ppO2 levels.
Multi gas:
Refers to a dive in which more than one breathing gas is used (air and/
or Nitrox).
Nitrox:
A breathing mix made of oxygen and nitrogen, with the oxygen
concentration being 22% or higher. In this manual, air is considered as
a particular type of Nitrox.
NO FLY:
Minimum amount of time the diver should wait before taking a plane.
No-stop time:
This is the time that a diver can stay at the current depth and still
make a direct ascent to the surface without having to perform
decompression stops.
O2:
Oxygen.
%O2:
Oxygen concentration used by the dive computer in all calculations.
PDIS:
Profile Dependent Intermediate Stop is an additional deep stop which
is suggested by Chromis at depth where 3rd, 4th or 5th compartment
starts off gassing.
ppO2:
Partial pressure of oxygen. This is the pressure of the oxygen in the
breathing mix. It is a function of depth and oxygen concentration. A
ppO2 higher than 1.6bar is considered dangerous.
ppO2max:
The maximum allowed value for ppO2. Together with the oxygen
concentration it defines the MOD.
Press:
The act of pressing and releasing one of the buttons.
Press and
hold:
The act of pressing and holding one of the buttons for 1 second before
releasing it.
INT.:
Surface interval. Elapsed time since your last dive has ended.
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The result of having completed a dive without respecting all mandatory
decompression obligations.
Stopwatch:
A stopwatch. To time certain steps of the dive.
UTC:
Universal Time Coordinated, refers to time zone changes when
traveling.
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SOS mode:
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8.
INDEX
Active backlight
9, 12, 28, 30
All-silent mode
11
Altimeter
8, 14
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Ascent rate
Backlight
9, 12, 28, 30
6, 12, 39, 44
Battery
Bookmarks
28, 30
Buttons
8, 28
9
Clock settings
CNS O2
33, 36, 38,46
9, 11
Date
Desaturation 46
Desaturation reset
22, 32
17
Dive planner
Diving at altitude
33
35
Flying after diving
Gauge mode
39
Logbook
15, 41
Maintenance43
MB levels
30, 46
Microbubbles30,46
MOD
19, 38, 46
Mountain lakes
36
31
No-dive warning
Nitrox
22, 33, 46
22
Nitrox reset
No-fly time
20, 34, 46
Oxygen concentration
33
33
Oxygen partial pressure
PC interface
41
ppO2max46
Safety stop timer
30
Log TRAK
42
SOS mode
32, 47
Stopwatch18
Surface interval
20, 26, 46
Technical information
43
Time of day
8, 13
Time zone
46
Units24
UTC
10, 47
Warning clock
8
Wake-up warning
8
Warnings
36, 43
Water contact
41, 43
Water type
24
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