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Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Other Accessories

Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets like the Nautilus Lifeline, an electronic surface signalling device. It’s a compact hand-held device with all the right features for an emergency, although it is less useful under ordinary circumstances.

The ability to signal a boat on the surface is a safety issue frequently overlooked by recreational divers, especially casual recreational divers. Why this is the case beggars imagination, given how many divers have seen Open Water, the horror film about divers lost at sea. Even so, groups of divers heading out with only the dive master carrying a signal sausage remain the norm. Frankly, every diver should own a signal sausage, or at least a whistle, and in every buddy pair at least one person should have a signalling device. Adventuresome divers operating in challenging conditions, unexplored locations or far from shore might want something more robust, however, and that is where the Lifeline comes in.

Nautilus LifelineThe Lifeline is basically a VHF marine radio, depth-rated to 425 feet (130 m). It incorporates a GPS receiver, and can be used as either a walkie-talkie or as a distress beacon. As a radio, it has a basic chat function and a hail/distress function, with the latter using the reserved emergency Channel 16. These walkie-talkie functions have a range of four or five miles. When activated as a beacon, the radio has an eight-mile range and broadcasts the diver’s current coordinates. The unit also has a small strobe LED on the bottom, which can be used to help boats find a diver at night.

Nautilus also built the Lifeline with a USB port, something any true gadget should have. You can recharge the Lifelife through the port, as well as download dive coordinates, upload software updates and other make use of other computing functions.

Alert Diver and Scuba Diving both look at the Nautilus Lifeline as a leap forward, since it allows a diver to signal for help without being found by a boat first. Short of a signal flare, a device like the Lifeline is also the only way to summon boats from beyond visual range, and with a 24-hour emergency power supply, the Lifeline is more reliable than signal flares to boot.

If you dive under circumstances where there is even the remotest chance of coming to the surface out of sight of land and out of sight of your dive boat, then you need the Lifeline. Indeed, many liveaboard boats that visit some of the world’s more exotic diving destinations have signal beacons of some sort clipped onto their BCDs as standard equipment, with exactly this kind of consideration in mind. Dive Gear Reviews expects the Lifeline to become the new standard for this type of gear.

However, the Lifeline is not a substitute for a signal sausage. It isn’t as convenient for signaling nearby boats, and it can’t notify the surface of submerged-and-ascending divers, two tried-and-tested features of the old signal sausage. It therefore does not replace that basic piece of signalling gear.

Average Price: $299