Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Description: Tide Table displays tidal prediction information for your current or selected locations. The information provided in the app is based on public tide and current websites maintained by NOAA. It displays estimates for the next four days.
Pros: Tide Table is very easy to use. It stores the locations you choose and updates them every time you reopen the app. The app displays more than just the tides, though, and includes wave conditions and currents.
Cons: This app does not have an easy way to search for specific locations and doesn’t have all the locations you might be looking for tidal information.
Bottom Line: Although this app is easy to use I found it difficult to locate information on specific sites I wanted to dive. For example, I wanted to know the dive times for my favorite shore site, West Palm’s Blue Heron Bridge. High and low tide information is critical to diving Blue Heron Bridge. After aimlessly searching through the Florida state section, I found West Palm Beach Canal tidal information. Although West Palm Beach might be considered close enough, I’ve found that the tides can differ near the bridge. So even though this app contains valuable tidal and sea condition information, I wish it had two more options: a search engine so I can find the site I’m looking for quickly, and a more comprehensive database of tables. For a free app it’s a good one to have and use. Even if you can’t find your dive location directly you can at least get an idea of what the tides and currents may be in the adjacent areas.
To download, go to Tide Table.
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.