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Suunto D6i User Guide

Dive modes

Suunto D6i has the following dive modes:

  • Air: for diving with regular air
  • Nitrox: for diving using oxygen-enriched gas mixtures
  • Gauge: for using the dive computer as a bottom timer
  • Free: for freediving
  • Off: turns dive mode off completely; the dive computer does not automatically switch the dive mode when submerged and dive planning mode is hidden

By default, Air mode is activated when you enter dive mode. You can change which mode is activated or turn dive mode off under the general settings.

To change dive modes:

  1. While in time mode, keep DOWN pressed.
  2. Press SELECT to enter Dive Mode.
  3. Change to the desired mode with UP or DOWN and confirm with SELECT.
  4. Press MODE to exit.

Each dive mode has its own settings which you need to adjust while in the given mode.

To modify dive mode settings:

  1. While in a given dive mode, keep DOWN pressed.
  2. Press DOWN or UP to scroll through the settings.
  3. Press SELECT to enter a setting.
  4. Adjust the setting with DOWN or Up and confirm with SELECT.
  5. Press MODE to exit.
NOTE:

Some settings cannot be changed until five (5) minutes have elapsed after the dive.

Air mode

Air mode is for diving with regular air and has the following settings:

Nitrox mode

Nitrox mode is for diving with oxygen-enriched gas mixtures.

Diving with Nitrox allows you to increase bottom times or reduce the risk of decompression illness. However, when the gas mix is altered or depth increased, the oxygen partial pressure is generally increased. Suunto D6i provides you with information to adjust your dive and stay within safe limits.

Nitrox mode has the following settings

In Nitrox mode, both the percentage of oxygen in your tank and the oxygen partial pressure limit must be entered into Suunto D6i.

This ensures correct nitrogen and oxygen calculations and the correct maximum operating depth (MOD), which is based on your entered values.

The default oxygen percentage (O2%) setting is 21% (air) and oxygen partial pressure (PO2) setting is 1.4 bar (20 psi).

The gas mixes may be tagged as Primary, Secondary or Off. One of the gases is always set as Primary and the other gases may have any status. The decompression calculation is based on mixes that are defines as Primary gases.

To modify gas mix settings:

  1. While in Nitrox mode, keep DOWN pressed.
  2. Press SELECT to enter the Nitrox setting.
  3. Scroll to Mix1, Mix2 or Mix3 as desired and press SELECT.
  4. Define the selected mix as Primary, Secondary or Off with UP or DOWN and confirm with SELECT.

nitrox setting Dseries

  1. Adjust the blinking O2 value with DOWN or UP to match the oxygen % of your tank and accept with SELECT.
  2. Adjust the blinking PO2 (oxygen partial pressure) value with DOWN or Up and confirm with SELECT.
  3. Adjust other mix settings as needed.
  4. Press MODE to exit.
NOTE:

If the oxygen content of a mix is set to 22% or above, the setting value remains until changed. It does not automatically revert back to 21%.

Changing gases on multi-gas dives

If you have using more than one gas on a dive, Suunto D6i allows you to change enabled gas mixes during the dive.

A dive is always started with Mix1. You can change to another enabled mix that is within the set maximum oxygen partial pressure. The tissue calculation during the dive is based on the mixes you have selected as Primary gases.

To change gases during a dive:

  1. Keep UP pressed.
  2. Scroll through the enabled mixes with UP or DOWN and select the gas you want to use with by pressing SELECT.
NOTE:

If no button is pressed within 15 seconds, the dive computer goes back to the dive display without changing the gas mix.

The mix number, O2% and PO2 for the mixes are shown when scrolling. If the set PO2 limit is exceeded, the PO2 value blinks. You cannot change to the gas in this case. The mix is shown, but you cannot select it to use.

When ascending, Suunto D6i prompts you to change gas when the PO2 level you have set for the next mix allows a gas change.

Gauge mode

With Gauge mode, you can use Suunto D6i as a bottom timer.

The timer in the center of the display shows dive time in minutes and seconds and activates at the start of the dive. The total running dive time, in minutes, is in the lower right corner.

The timer in the center of the display can be used as a stopwatch by pressing SELECT during the dive.

Pressing SELECT resets the main timer and adds a bookmark to the dive log. The previously-timed interval is displayed below the main timer.

gauge mode timer Dseries

Gauge mode has the following settings

Gauge mode is a bottom timer only and thus includes no decompression information or calculations.

Free mode

With Free mode, Suunto D6i can be used as a freediving instrument. The dive time is indicated in minutes and seconds in the center of the display.

The free dive starts at 1.2 m (4 ft) and ends when your depth is less than 0.9 m (3 ft).

Free mode has the following settings:

Depth notifications

You can define up to five independent depth notifications for freediving, for example, to alert you to start free falling or mouth filling. Each notification has a defined depth and can be turned on or off.

When you reach the notification depth, the backlight blinks and the low priority audible alarm sounds.

To define depth notifications:

  1. While in Free mode, keep DOWN pressed.
  2. Press SELECT to enter the Depth Notify settings.
  3. Scroll through the notifications with DOWN or UP and enter a notification with SELECT.
  4. Press DOWN or UP to toggle the notification On/Off and confirm with SELECT.
  5. Adjust the depth with DOWN or UP and confirm with SELECT.
  6. Scroll to the next notification to modify or press MODE to exit.

Surface countdown timer

While freediving, you can use the surface countdown timer to help you prepare yourself for you next dive. Suunto D6i starts the countdown as soon as you reach 1.2 m (4 ft).

To set the surface countdown timer:

  1. While in Free mode, keep DOWN pressed.
  2. Press UP to scroll to Surf. Time Notify.
  3. Press DOWN or UP to toggle the timer on and confirm with SELECT.
  4. Adjust the countdown duration with DOWN or UP and conform with SELECT.
  5. Press MODE to exit.