Platform: iPhone, iPod & iPad
Description: RB Planner helps to calculate the total amount of air and tank size you and your buddy need to make a dive. It also calculates your “Rock Bottom” time in the event of an emergency, to get you and your buddy safely to the surface.
Pros: This diving app is very easy to use and utilizes conservative math. It also allows you to export your calculations via e-mail, Send to Printer, or Save for later use.
Cons: RB Planner only performs math based on imperial numbers, and it only allows you to plan a one- to two-stop dive. (After talking with the developer, a metric update to the app is expected by the end of the year.)
Bottom Line: RB Planner features more math than you’ll learn in your open-water class, and it's a great tool to use for predive planning. Lacking metric support (for now), some divers would have to perform manual conversions if they plan on using it.
To download this app, go to RB Planner.
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