Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Apple Watch Ultra Can’t Be Used As A Dive Computer Just Yet


If you’re planning on using the new Apple Watch Ultra as soon as possible as a dive computer immediately after you get it, well, just hold off for a bit.

The actual Oceanic+ app that turns the watch into a dive computer is not yet available and won’t be available until later this fall, as Apple said in its initial announcement (even if that detail was buried deep in the press release).

Apple Watch Ultra Yellow Ocean band with Depth app (Image credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra Yellow Ocean band with Depth app (Image credit: Apple)

The watch does feature a Depth app that’s available at purchase designed with an intuitive user interface. With just a glance, the Depth app displays time, current depth, water temperature, duration underwater, and max depth reached. Users can program the “Action” button to instantly launch the Depth app.

That Depth app, though, should absolutely not be used as a dive computer, according to Apple:

“Underwater activities are risky. The Depth app isn’t a dive computer and doesn’t provide decompression stop information, gas analysis, or other recreational scuba diving functionality. If you’re using Apple Watch Ultra where the failure of the device could lead to death, personal injury, or severe environmental damage, always use a secondary depth gauge and timer/watch. Before going on a dive, be sure your Apple Watch Ultra is free of cracks or other damage.”

Check out how to (safely) used the Depth app here.

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.