Ok then. I admit it. Ive been reading a couple of websites and forums containing details on M values, Gradient factors and bent goats and I love it.
Im even going to buy deco for divers for some bed time reading - Anyone selling a used one in good nick?
But this has left me with a question relating to dive computers and their respective algorithms. but first let me explain a little more:
Most ppl Ive dived with so far (non-tech, non deco) dive Suunto's. When I was kitting up a few years ago I didnt like the menu on the Suuntos and frankly think they are bloody awful to navigate. I had the foresight to have a good old google around and find a computer which would allow me to do gas switching in water as I had a fair idea that I would be bitten by the bug. Consequently I bought an Apeks Quantum with the theory that this cost a lot less (£150) than some of the cheaper suunto air computers did.
On occasional while on dives with said buddies where we are getting close to NDLs my buddies are clear of safety stops a good 2 or 3 minutes before me.
Now I believe the Suuntos are using a Buhlmann (Bend and Mend?) algorithm while my Quantum is using a "Modified Swiss Model by Randy Bohrer" based on 12 compartments.
I am now wondering which "common algorithm" if such a thing exists is the most AND the least conservative (without setting additional conservatism modes within the computer)
Is there a resource anywhere which provides a list of most commonly available algorithms and their aggressiveness
I would be interested in seeing a comparison with a view to understanding if one type penalises a particular diving profile over another e.g. warm water based repeat diving algorithm / cold water deep algorithm if such a difference exists.