Thursday, July 18, 2024

Garmin Unveils Descent G1 Series of Dive Computers


The folks at Garmin today introduced the Descent G1 series of watch-style dive computers that sport multi-type dive technology, 24/7 health and wellness features, smartwatch functionality and optional solar charging.

Both computers in the series — the Descent G1 and Descent G1 Solar — have a high-contrast display and 45mm watch case, with a depth rating of 10 ATM (100 meters/328 feet) with leakproof inductive buttons and a sapphire lens, according to Garmin.

Available in multiple color options and compatible with Garmin QuickFit bands, divers can switch between long and short straps for wearing over wet suits when needed, or switch up their style in a snap to take their timepiece from a dive to dinner, the company claims.

The Descent G1 Series sports a rechargeable battery with up to 25 hours in dive mode, up to three weeks in smartwatch mode and up to four months in smartwatch mode with the solar charging models.

The Descent G1s support multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including air, nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea spearfishing and closed-circuit rebreather.

Garmin's Descent G1 Dive Computer
Garmin’s Descent G1 Dive Computer

The G1 Series also includes a 3-axis digital compass and vibration depth alerts. Right on the wrist, divers can view depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, and time-of-day, all customizable to the user’s preference, according to Garmin.

For freedivers, Garmin says the watches sport customizable dive and surface screens in apnea modes, plus more metrics like ascent and descent rates to analyze performance between dives. The Descent G1 will automatically mark surface entry and exit points in the water using multi-GNSS satellite support and log it in the companion Garmin Dive app so divers can review a detailed analysis of each dive activity including max depth and bottom time.

Additionally, Garmin says the Descent G1 Series has wellness features including advanced sleep monitoring with sleep score as well as a variety of built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include swimming, hiking, running, cycling, golf, yoga and surfing.

The G1 Series can track and measure performance with Garmin’s full suite of advanced fitness features like VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts and Daily Suggested Workouts, according to the company.

The Descent G1 and Descent G1 Solar are available as of today, with suggested retail prices of US$549.99/~€494 and $649.99/~€584 respectively. For more info, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.