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So far Oceanic VEO 3.0 dive computer is the most advanced and the latest model of the Veo line dive computers made by this well-known company. It can be recommended dive computer for technical divers, thanks to its double Nitrox gas mix capabilities and newbies in scubadiving may find this scuba dive computer very useful, if they are serious about progressing in diving skills!
If we compare two Oceanic computers - VEO 3.0 and GEO 2.0 – it is obvious that these dive computers are located very close to one another from characteristics and performance point of view, except few things that are worth to mention here.
GEO 2.0 is made as a dive watch computer and can not be placed into the console, also it has different user interface with 4 operating buttons (and different set up sequence because of that), smaller operational depth for Gauge mode, and it has full set of functions for digital watch.
Comparing VEO 3.0 with VEO 2.0, we may notice, that Oceanic VEO 3.0 received improved user-friendly interface, by allowing you to perform STEP BACK during setting up or accessing functions, it has Gauge Mode Run Timer, and VEO 3.0 acquired double gas mix feature and, of course, gas switching option.
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Oceanic VEO 3.0 has Dual Algorithm feature – it means that you may choose between liberal and conservative diving. And you may make this dive computer even more conservative by setting Tissue Loading Bar Graph (TLBG) alarm (ON/OFF) and Personal Conservative Factor (ON/OFF), and to say it in easy language – setting these values to ON status will move you further away from exceeding No-Decompression Limits (NDLs).
Algorithms are listed below:
Oceanic VEO 3.0 has 3 buttons on the interactive control panel: MINUS, ADVANCE and SELECT. In VEO 3.0 interface MINUS button is used to step back during accessing menus and setting up the parameters, and also to access gas switching during diving.
VEO 3.0 has 2 bar graphs (like VEO 2.0) to assist you on your way down and up:
Oceanic VEO 3.0 dive computer doesn’t have a separate or shared bar graph for O2 accumulation, but instead it shows oxygen level numerically with % symbol.
On surface you will have an access to variety of functions of Oceanic VEO 3.0 (Time to Fly and Time to Desaturate, Log and History Modes, PC interface and Plan Mode, Reset function) and you may set variety of parameters, which divided to the certain groups.
Below I listed, as an example, some of them:
As a dive computer, Oceanic VEO 3.0 operates in 3 modes:
For each Dive Mode, whether VEO 3.0 was set for Normal, Gauge, or Freedive, this dive computer has main and alternative displays to show you all related data to any situation. To swap between them you need to press Advance button for less than 2 seconds.
For backlight activation - press SELECT button (the same button you will use to acknowledge alarms), and as this dive computer has Gas Switching option – MINUS button is designed to access Gas Switching function.
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In No-Decompression Mode you may have Deep Stop prompt if Deep Stop option was set to ON before. In this case VEO 3.0 will display values related to Deep Stop function, like Stop Depth and Time, and Stop icon (bar and arrows).
If you set Safety Stop function to ON – Oceanic VEO 3.0 will prompt you by beeping and displaying attributes for Safety Stop, like Safety Stop icon (bar and arrows), Stop Depth and Time counting down.
I may tell that display layouts of VEO 3.0 and VEO 2.0 dive computers are very similar, except VEO 3.0 has Gas tank number icon. And they manage all Dive Modes in similar way too.
During the dive you may exceed No-Decompression time and depth limits. In this case dive computer will activate Decompression mode – audio alarm will come up and 5 segments on TLBG, UP Arrow icon and alarm LED will flash.
After having that, you need to ascend safely to the required depth, shown on the display, or a bit deeper, and stay at that depth required time that is shown as well. When you complete required Decompression time, next shallower Stop Depth will be displayed and you may ascend to that level to continue decompression process, and so on.
To assist us to complete decompression correctly, VEO 3.0 has main and alternative displays with all information we need. Below you may see the summary of Decompression Stop main and alternative displays:
It happens sometimes when you may create violations during Decompression Mode, like Conditional Violation, for example. It means that you ascended to shallower depth than required for Decompression Stop and maybe stayed at that shallower depth for a while. In that case you won’t get any off-gassing credits but instead you will receive a penalty time that must be worked off before, actually, off-gassing credit may be acquired.
To help us out in violation situation Oceanic VEO 3.0 has specific displays with information listed below:
When you descend to required Decompression Stop Depth and stay within stop zone – you will get full solid Stop icon (Stop Bar and Down/Up Arrows).
During single dive you may switch gas mixes easily, by pressing ‘Minus’ button for Gas Preview and Select button for Gas selection. And, of course, VEO 3.0 has all information ready for us on the display, like Gas 1 and 2 graphics, and set point FO2 for each gas.
Oceanic VEO 3.0: Diving In GAUGE Mode
If Oceanic VEO 3.0 dive computer was set for Gauge Mode, it will work as a depth gauge and timer and won’t calculate nitrogen and oxygen accumulation.
Below is an example of the displayed information from main and alternative screens when diving in Gauge Mode (to access alternative displays – press shortly ADVANCE button):
Oceanic VEO 3.0: FREEdiving
You may use Oceanic VEO 3.0 for freediving, because it has set of special features to assist you during freediving and also it calculates your nitrogen exposure that you may have from previous dives.
To use VEO 3.0 for freediving you need to set Freedive Mode and access and customize special functions available for freediving activities, like Countdown Timer (CDT), Freedive Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm and Freedive Depths Alarms.
All these functions are available from Free Surface Menu and they are similar to freedive functions of Oceanic VEO 2.0 dive computer.
Countdown Timer (CDT) may be set and toggled between ON/OFF. During freedive you may easily view CDT status on the alternative display and then Start it or Stop it.
Freedive Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm is different thing from Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm as you set it previously for Air and Nitrox.
Also Oceanic VEO 3.0 allows you to set 3 Free Depth Alarms, each at progressively deeper depths. Set points are in a range from 10 meters to 100 meters (30 ft – 330 ft).
Below is a summary of information of what you will get during freedive from main and alternative displays (to swap between main and alternative displays – press Advance button shortly):
Also, each Freediving alarm, which we set previously, will give us its specific type of display with all related information.
If you have High Nitrogen alarm during freedive - VIO graphic and full TLBG are displayed and your No-Decompression Time (NDC) will be displayed as 0 (zero). It happens if you nitrogen level from previous dives reaches Decompression condition (VEO 3.0 tracks nitrogen absorption between dives in Normal and Freedive Modes).
When you resurface - Oceanic VEO 3.0 scuba dive computer will lock itself to Violation Gauge Mode (VGM) for 24 hours, meaning that you need to stay out of any sort of diving, because VEO 3.0 doesn’t do any calculations related either to nitrogen or oxygen during VGM condition.
After the Transition Period you will have access to following modes of Oceanic VEO 3.0:
Oceanic VEO 3.0: What Divers Say
As you may see Oceanic VEO 3.0 - is the next step in development of dive computers from previous models of Veo line that can be mounted into the consoles.
Packed with features and new options this Oceanic computer can easily satisfy not only beginner, but also technical divers and freedivers.
I spent not much time learning dive computer, because I've already had experience with these electronic buddies. But if it is your first instrument - be prepared to learn user manual thoroughly in order to master Oceanic VEO 3.0.
While diving with VEO 3.0 or working with Oceanlog software, I didn't find any troubles or inconveniences - everything worked like a swiss watch.
If you want to have dive computer that has it all in one package and computer that allow you to grow into by supporting all your needs and progress fast in your diving career, and if you want to pay very reasonable and competitive price - you have to consider Oceanic VEO 3.0 as your dive buddy!