Our smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the modern age. PADI staff use ours constantly throughout the day to check the weather, travel info, and of course connect with friends. The new ScubaEarth® app is a fun (and free) tool that will help you dive more and do more whether diving locally or on an exotic dive trip.
In the initial release you can log dives, view your log book, search for dive sites or dive shops and connect with friends. More features are coming soon. Until the ScubaEarth app can do it all, here is a list of some of our favorite apps to use when traveling:
If you are looking for affordable flights to your favorite dive destination, this app will be your new best friend. Skyscanner compares millions of flights from over 1,000 airlines around the world. It is available on iPhone and iPad, Android, Windows and Blackberry.
Create trip itineraries in seconds by forwarding your confirmation emails to TripIt. The app conveniently digests the reservation details and plops them into an app on your phone for easy access. TripIt was the favorite app of both Ashley and Megan.
Don’t get lost while you are thousands of miles away from home. This map app allows you to pre-download maps to avoid high data charges. Kate from PADI says “Forevermap works like a GPS and tracks your position as you move to your destination, without having to access the internet. You can pin all the sites, attractions and restaurants you wish to see.” It is available on iOS 5.1 or later.
If you want to keep in touch with friends or family back home while you are overseas, WhatsApp is the way to go. This messenger service uses an internet connection so you don’t have to pay high roaming costs of SMS. Plus, it is even fun to use while you are in the same state. It is available on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
Traveling to a country that speaks a language you are unfamiliar with? Brush up on your skills with the free language application, Duolingo. It will help you feel more comfortable and confident while on your trip. Its app is available on both iPhone and Android.
If the language training didn’t go so well, there is always Google Translate. Select the language you want to translate to or from. You can even have someone speak into the phone to translate what they are saying. It is available on iPhone and Android.
This app is a detailed weather forecaster with a particular focus on wind and wave heights. WindGuru will help you plan an enjoyable and safe dive. AJ from PADI says it is “Great for planning diving and surfing trips!”
Read more about the new ScubaEarth app or download it from The App Store or Google Play.