Cressi iScuba USA
Platform: iPhone, iPod, iPad
Description: Cressi iScuba USA is an app that works in conjunction with Google Maps to show you interesting diving locations around the USA. Using your built-in GPS, the app will help search and locate many diving sites around you, locate them on Google Maps, load weather conditions and find your nearest dealer that sells Cressi products.
Pros: The app lets you find many fun diving locations around the USA. It also overlays the dive site you choose onto a Google map for quick reference. This app is a quick way to get the current weather forecast at the dive site as well.
Cons: So far there aren’t many dive sites built into the app, which is also a bit clunky and doesn’t resize to all iOS device screens properly. It also isn’t easy to navigate all the features.
Bottom Line: For a dealer app, Cressi does a good job at focusing in on more than just its own products. It’s a nice attempt at adding useful information about dive sites and dive-shop locators. The interface is clunky though: It’s not easy to get to navigate to the dive shop or weather locator. Seeing that is hasn’t been updated in almost a year, I also don’t know that many more dive sites will be added. (For example, Florida has thousands of dive sites and this app only displays six of them.) The Cressi iScuba USA app has a section that displays all the full line of Cressi gear, but the interface is partially cut off and makes it difficult to use. Overall it’s not a bad app, but it needs a lot more to make it something I’d use often.
To download a free trial version of this app, go to Cressi iScuba USA.
PADI Rescue Diver Michael Dombrowski, President of DomCo Electronics, Inc., is an Electrical and Software Engineer with over 10 years of experience specializing in iOS applications and rapid prototyping. He has created apps for the educational industry, including The Organwise Guys, and for the dive industry with RB Planner, as well as prototypes for the Arduino Community. To see more, visit his website at www.DomCoElectronics.com