Divers can now use their Apple Watch Ultra and brand-new Apple Watch Ultra 2 for freediving to 40m. The new Freedive mode is packed with advanced features specific to training and freediving with custom alarms for target depth, max dive time, sequential depth, surface time, and max session time. For each alarm, the diver will receive both haptic and visual notifications.
Additional features include surface heart rate tracking, heart rate training zones, surface data, and more.
Freedive mode includes a feature called ‘Stealth mode', which will automatically dim the screen while underwater. Stealth mode disables all haptics and alarms and reduces the display brightness by 90% while diving. This clever feature ensures freedivers won't startle the fish during their dive.
When back on the surface, the display automatically goes back to normal brightness, keeping all surface alarms intact to help fine-tune training.
With a simple click of the logbook, a detailed view of each individual dive made is shown. This includes the total session time, max dive time, max depth achieved, total number of dives, and coldest water temperature. Also seen is each dive on a map with a start and ending point.
While the Apple Watch Ultra is great for real-time critical data, Oceanic+ on iPhone offers a closer view of freedives in much more detail. All dives are automatically saved in the logbook, showing individual session statistics with detailed dive information, and an overall summary.
This includes ascent and descent times, heart rate data from each session to provide a recovery assessment, relaxation improvement, and enhancing carbon dioxide recovery resistance.
In addition to Freediving Mode on Apple Watch Ultra, Oceanic+ has received many new enhancements for an enriched diving experience. The new ‘Activity Map' on Oceanic+ allows divers to visualize their dives on a global mat, showing hotspots with colour-coded indicators for different modes, such as scuba or freedive.
“Oceanic+ continues to expand its capabilities,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “Now with Freedive mode on Apple Watch Ultra and the many additional improvements to the app including advanced photo and video color-correction, Oceanic+ improves the way we will share our underwater adventures.”
Planning for dives is now easier with Diver Generated Content, which provides real-time water temperatures at various depths as reported by our diverse diving community. The new Weight Planner assists divers in determining the right amount of ballast needed for their dive.
The updated logbook allows divers to instantly share their dive stories. Dive photos and videos taken with the Oceanic+ Dive Housing are now seamlessly integrated into their logs, allowing divers to overlay their dive profile alongside visuals to tell a complete story.
Oceanic+ 2.0 also includes advanced editing capabilities for photos and videos taken with the patent-pending Oceanic+ Dive Housing. The free version includes automatic colour correction for both photos and videos, while the premium version allows access to advanced editing – adjust blue or green colour dominance in images and videos; utilize keyframes to make colour corrections throughout videos; and the ability to apply colour correction to imported media, even if taken with other devices.
The Oceanic+ app is subscription-based and includes a free version and a paid subscription for more advanced photo and dive computer features as well as freediving.