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Oceanic VT4 - Advanced Potential In Diving

Oceanic VT4 - Advanced Potential In Diving

Oceanic VT4 - hoseless air-integrated dive computer with support for up to 4 Nitrox mixes, Dual Algorithm, new diver's interface, integrated digital compass... This powerful instrument will make you wanting to explore deeper limits of your diving desires!

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By introducing new dive computer Oceanic VT4, which has number of features well beyond than we may expect from dive instrument of this class, Oceanic continues to keep us happy!

Successor of VT3 has fully redesigned diver's interface and data display, Dual Algorithm to make it whether more liberal or dive conservative, it has integrated digital compass, it supports for 4 Nitrox mixes with FO2 from 21% to 100%, and possibility to upgrade firmware by the end user. All of this improvements made this computer more versatile and flexible for adjustment to our diving needs!

VT4 is recommended dive computer not only for advanced recreational and technical divers but for bold beginners as well!


Oceanic VT4 Features Card

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Please Note: Oceanic VT 4.1 units shipped after November 1, 2011 no longer feature Buddy Pressure Check.

FREEdiving mode has different set of alarms:

  • Countdown Timer (CDT) alarm;
  • Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) alarm;
  • FREEdive Depth alarms;
  • High Nitrogen alarm


Few main differences between VT3 and VT4 are worth to mention. Below is the list of features that differentiates VT4 from VT3:

  • Dual Algorithm for conservative and liberal diving;
  • 4 Nitrox gas mixes with FO2 from 21% to 100%;
  • Deep Stop function - ON/OFF;
  • Switching Gas mixes and Buddy Pressure check in Gauge mode;
  • Data Retention feature;
  • New user's interface with "Step Back" feature;
  • "Shortcut" menu;
  • Digital Integrated Compass


Oceanic VT4 continues range of the dive instruments for serious divers who gladly accept challenges and not afraid to try new things underwater. I know that we will have much bigger picture of capabilities of this dive computer when divers around the globe become more familiar with it, because it is still very new to scuba market.



Benefits of using Oceanic VT4 dive computer

  • you will get very comprehensive dive computer with all possible functions you ever wanted;
  • you will have wireless air-integrated dive computer - you may track your own air consumption from up to 4 tanks;
  • you will be able diving with 4 Nitrox mixes, using Oceanic VT4 in Gauge mode, or set it as a freediving computer;
  • you will get dive computer that is highly customizable;
  • you may set extra safety functions, like Safety and Deep stops and Conservative Factor;
  • you will be able to replace depleted battery yourself and keep settings intact with data retention function








User Interface
3 buttons
Dive Modes
Air, Nitrox, Gauge,FREEdive
Integrated Digital Compass
Dual: Pelagic DSAT & Z+
Number of Gas Mixes
Air, 21% - 100%
1.2 - 1.6 ATA
Air Integration
Safety Stop (SS)
Deep Stop (DS)
Conservative Factor
Altitude adjustment
Gas Switching
Dive Planner
9 - 57 meters
Logbook Capacity
24 most recent dives
Max Operational Depth
Air/Nitrox/FREEdive - 100 m; Gauge - 120 meters
Backlight duration
5/10/15 sec
Sampling Rate
2/15/30/60 sec
User Replaceable Battery
Data Retention
PC Interface
2 years










Oceanic VT4 received fresh new look, new data display, bigger front buttons, which are easier to press, especially if diver wears thick gloves.

As many other dive computers, this one has main and alternative displays for all dive modes and operations on surface, because there is too much data to be displayed.

Also VT4 has 2 bar graphs - TLBG and VARI, instead of 3 in VT3. Oceanic VT3 has separate bar graphs to show nitrogen loading and oxygen accumulation, and 3rd bar graph to control ascent speed. VT4 doesn't have bar graph for O2 level, it shows oxygen accumulation in alphanumeric way.

As display layout reorganized a bit - digits seem to be larger and easier to read under certain angles - that's another "plus" for Oceanic VT4.

User's interface has very handy "Step UP" and "Step Back" features.







Oceanic VT4 has extensive set of menus and sub-menus where I could access and adjust variety of parameters, like alarms and dive modes, turn on compass mode, program FO2s, time and utilities.

Below is the summary of what we may set at this stage by accessing SET GROUPS through NORM MENU and SET MENU:

  • FO2 for mixes 1-4: Air, 21% - 100%;
  • Depth alarm - OFF/10 - 100 meters in 3 meters increments;
  • Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) alarm - OFF/10 - 180 minutes in 5 minutes increments;
  • Tissue Loading Bar Graph (TLBG) alarm in 1 bar increments;
  • Dive Time Remaining (DTR) alarm - OFF/0 - 20 minutes in 1 minute increments;
  • Turn Pressure alarm: OFF/1000 psi – 3000 psi in 250 psi increments;
  • End Pressure alarm: 300 psi – 1500 psi in 100 psi increments;
  • PO2 alarm: 1.2 ATA – 1.6 ATA in 0.1 ATA increments;
  • units of measurement;
  • Deep Stop - ON/OFF;
  • Safety Stop parameters: ON (3-6 meters)/OFF/Timer (3/5 minutes);
  • Algorithm: DSAT/Z+;
  • Personal Conservative factor – ON/OFF;
  • Backlight duration: 5/10/15 seconds;
  • Sampling rate - 2/15/30/60 seconds;
  • time and date;
  • Transmitters linking code, etc.


Also we are able to use Shortcut menu to set specific functions accessible just by pressing M-button, display menu - what would be the default screen during diving, and dive preview display.

Compass function is accessible from Surface or Dive Main displays by pressing S-button and I might select dive mode (NORM, GAUGE, FREE) from Main Surf Menu.

To plan No-Decompression dives, Oceanic VT4 is equipped with Dive Planner that works for depth ranges 9 - 57 meters, and its calculations depend on selected Algorithm, Personal Conservative Factor, nitrogen and oxygen exposure from previous dives.







After I set Oceanic VT4 and planned my dive - it is time to explore its behaviours underwater! I tested it for diving with Nitrox in 2 tanks to check out how easy or not so, gas switching function worked.


Oceanic VT4: Diving With Air & Nitrox


Oceanic VT4 NO-DECO Card

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Upon reaching certain conditions - Oceanic VT4 will display Safety Stop prompt with Safety Stop Depth and Countdown Timer, as I set this option to ON. In my case it happend on depth of 3 meters and I did it for 3 minutes.

Also I set to ON Deep Stop function, so approximately on 15-16 meters deep, I could access the DS preview screen with DS and time. When you have data like this always present - you feel that Oceanic VT4 is really your honest buddy!


As other dive computers, this one has Fast Ascent alarm, and it proved working well! Flashing bars, audio, and message TOO FAST brought me back to proper speed of ascent.

As it should be in all air-integrated dive computers, Oceanic VT4 has Turn Pressure, End Pressure, and Air Time Remaining (ATR) alarms that are responsible for keeping the diver well-informed about everything related to air in tanks! All we need to do - is enable these alarms in initial set up, except ATR, that is factory set.

High PO2 and High O2 alarms are properly addressed too, and in certain conditions of diving - we surely have their warnings as well.


During Normal dives (Air or Nitrox) and Gauge mode we have access to Switch gases function. And it works great, if you set up your Transmitters links properly and there are no missing signals. Dive computer allows the diver to use all available transmitters in Gauge mode, that I found very convenient feature!

Compass mode is accessible on surface and Dive main display. And when I got used to it - it appeared very handy, with only downside - that arrow is too tiny. Sometimes it was hard to see underwater under the certain angles or on surface on sunny day.


Just for the sake of test I exceeded No-Decompression Limits (NDLs) and Oceanic VT4 surely activated Decompression mode, warning me with audio and the corresponding displays.

Below you may see summary of dive information on main and alternative displays during Decompression mode:

  • TLBG;
  • Deco stop icons and Deco Depth required;
  • Deco stop time required;
  • Total Ascent Time (time to surface);
  • Air Time Remaining;
  • Tank pressure;
  • Elapsed Dive Time (EDT);
  • PO2 current level;
  • FO2 set point;
  • current and maximum depths;
  • temperature;
  • time;
  • applicable icons, etc.


After having that, we 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 we complete required Decompression time, next shallower Deco Stop Depth may be displayed (if needed) and we have to ascend to that level to continue decompression process, and so on.

There are few Deco Violations that we may make unwillingly:

  • Conditional Violation (CV);
  • Delayed Violation 1 (DV1);
  • Delayed Violation 2 (DV2);
  • Delayed Violation 3 (DV3);
  • Violation Gauge Mode (VGM)


VT4 has sufficient information to guide the diver through these violations to be safe and happy!


Oceanic VT4: Diving In GAUGE Mode

If you use Oceanic VT4 as a Gauge - it would work as a depth gauge and timer only and wouldn’t perform calculations for nitrogen and oxygen exposure and following functions like Switching gases and Buddy Pressure Check are still available in Gauge Mode. In this mode VT4 works with all Transmitters.

In Gauge mode you will get main and alternative displays with the following information:

  • applicable icons;
  • Tank pressure, if TMT is enabled;
  • Elapsed Dive Time (EDT);
  • Air Time Remaining (ATR), if TMT is enabled;
  • VARI during our ascent;
  • current depth and max depth reached;
  • temperature;
  • time and day


Oceanic VT4: FREEdiving

Another dive mode of Oceanic VT4 is FREEdiving. When we select this mode, dive computer will operate as a depth gauge and perform nitrox loading calculations based on the fixed FO2 of Air and the amount of nitrogen remaining between freedive and diving with Air or Nitrox previously (if any).

Freedive mode has set of specific alarms, which you set while on surface. They include:

  • Free Dive Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm – this alarm comes up every 30 seconds if set to ON.
  • Free Dive Depth (FDA) Alarms – you may set those to progressively deeper depths:
    • Depth Alarm 1 – range from 10 to 100 meters;
    • Depth Alarm 2 – range from 11 to 100 meters;
    • Depth Alarm 3 – range from 12 to 100 meters


Countdown timer (CDT) can be accesst from FREEdive menu.

During freedive you will get the main and alternative displays, freedive alarms displays, and if you entered into the Decompression mode during freedive – you will be given another display as well.

You may see following information on main and alternative displays:

  • TLBG (if any nitrogen still remaining from previous dives during last 24 hours);
  • Elapsed Dive Time (EDT);
  • Dive Time Remaining (DTR) - No-Deco (NDC) Time Remaining;
  • Algorithm icon;
  • temperature;
  • current and max depth;
  • day of the week;
  • time


Also you may get easy access to Countdown Timer display and possibility to set it ON and OFF.

As I mentioned above, you may get into Decompression mode during freedive. This happens if nitrogen level increases to the Deco level (5 segments). At this moment TLBG will start flashing, audio alarm comes on, and message VIOLATION DECO will appear with UP arrows. And on the surface Oceanic VT4 locks for the next 24 hours in Violation Gauge Mode.

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After transition period (10 minutes after NORM and GAUGE modes, and 1 minute from FREEdiving mode) I could get an access to:

  1. Dive Planner – plan my next dives according to the nitrogen loading or oxygen accumulation from my previous dives, Algorithm selected, Personal Conservative Factor and altitude;
  2. Time to Fly countdown timer;
  3. Time to Desaturate countdown timer;
  4. Log mode with 24 recent dives (only air/nitrox/gauge; number of freedives is not recorded to Log mode, they are stored in the memory and we may download to PC for viewing and analizing);
  5. History mode – contains accumulative information of my diving activities for NORM/GAUGE modes;
  6. PC upload/download function;
  7. Replace battery (if needed)


It is worth to say here that battery removal doesn’t affect either Logbook data or History data, and has no effect on nitrogen and oxygen calculations for repetitive dives, because Oceanic VT4 has data retention feature.







Oceanic VT4: What Divers Say


  • very easy to operate after learning all instructions;
  • proven reliability;
  • user friendly and fully customizable;
  • stable wireless;
  • recommended dive computer for advanced recreational and technical divers



  • audio is not loud enough;
  • high price for complete system;
  • compass is hard to get working;
  • no "buddy pressure check" function


You may consider Oceanic VT4 if you want to go far beyond just tropic recreational diving and try technical and FREEdiving. Oceanic is the brand we can always rely on!

This Oceanic dive computer has many convenient improvements towards easiness of use, as we discovered while doing test dives with it.


To its strong sides we may consider 4 Nitrox mixes support, 4 dive modes, improved user interface, and Dual Algorithm that realy made this computer more flexible and adjustable to many dive conditions and dive profiles of other similar dive computers as we saw and compared with Oceanic OC1 and Aeris A300 Ai. Also wireless was perfect all the time! I had to try hard enough in order to lose it!

To its downsides I may consider its integrated digital compass - it finally worked and we got used to one another! Looks like it is common problem for integrated digital compasses - to make them work properly we need to work overtime with them!


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As you may see from the number of advanced features that Oceanic VT4 has, this dive computer belongs to high tech-end of the dive instruments that we have on our market today. But at the same time it is quite user friendly, if the new owner devote some time to learn it in and out. This dive computer is well suitable not only for experienced divers, but for newbies as well, as it has all functions to satisfy any needs that we may have to expand our diving experience!



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Larry, 26 August 2013 06:53
Oceanic VT4 Made Me The Master In Diving!

Oceanic VT4 is perfect dive computer for those who want more than just pure recreational diving and seek new challenges! I've bought this computer to upgrade myself from Oceanic VEO 250. And it was quite a learning curve for me! Since then I logged more than 250 dive on.

I actively use all of its functions. Even going freedive, which I've never done before. So it's kind of dive computer that I grow into!

Oceanic VT4 is very sophisticated device and has large number of functions to set. It's menu devided into few sections to set FO2s, alarms, and others.

Dual Algorithm is very convenient feature when I dive with my buddies who have older models with Haldanean algorithm. We are pretty in range from each-other!

Display is large enough and very informative with few alternative screens to accommodate all data. Integrated compass is a very handy feature but I had to get used to it, first calibrate and use it after.

I think only one downside of Oceanic VT4 - high price for the whole system. And if I add optional PC interface and couple of extra transmitters - it may cost the whole set of dive gear!

Martin, 19 May 2013 13:43
Oceanic VT4 - Excellent Dive Computer For All Levels

I've logged 75 dives on my Oceanic VT4. This is a great computer for multi tank use, but at the same time it gets dearer and dearer with each extra transmitter!

The instructions and inital set up is a little confusing at first, but once I got over it for couple of times and play with VT4, set up becomes quicker and clearer.

VT4's reading are very accurate, and it has lots of personal settings. I love especially Dual Algorithm feature and integrated compass.

Wireless transmitter never gave me any problems.

At the price this dive computer, transmitter, and PC cable interface all together are sold for, I would highly recommend it to every advanced diver who wants having multifunctional instrument.

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