I've done over 3000 dives and have had a few occasions of getting caught in a current or the fog rolling in, not being able to see the boat. This causes a fair amount of anxiety, especially since I've read stories about divers getting lost at sea. As soon as I heard about the Nautilus Lifeline 3 years ago with the VHF marine radio and it's ability to broadcast my GPS location, it was a no brainer for me, I had to have it. I dive all over the world and knowing that with my Nautilus Lifeline I can talk on Channel 16 or transmit my GPS location, gives me great peace of mind. I'm a technical diver doing deep dives to over 100 meters (330'), so the Lifeline's depth rating of 425' is another big plus. Although unlikely, the idea of being lost at sea does not appeal to me, I'd rather invest in my peace of mind.
"Save your own life with the Nautilus Lifeline!!!!"
One of my Worst FEARS is to surface and find the Dive boat gone, or Diving here in the North East get blown off a wreck. Not too great of a feeling, so I tried to carry every safety device I could. When I came across the Nautilus Lifeline, I said this is what I've been looking for, now I can Dive with peace of mind, knowing I can SAVE MYSELF. $299 is a small price to pay, when you're LOST on the Open Sea's. This product is well worth the investment, LIVE TO DIVE ANOTHER DAY!!!
"A good radio with convenient dive tracking history "
I purchased the Nautilus Lifeline as a radio to use in case of emergency and separation from the dive boat. I was able to test it out on a recent trip to the Channel Islands.
Radio works as intended, clear transmission and speaker to the dive boat (although I was never more than 500 yards from the boat). The nice thing is that the orange button is tuned to channel 16 which is usually always monitored by marine vessels in the US. The GPS dive tracking feature is neat as well, simply power up the device at a dive site and it will record the coordinates of the site and export it to a neat maps API when hooked up to USB.
Overall, a valuable piece of equipment that should always be part of the dive kit.
"LifeLine for Sea Kayakers"
I always keep a Nautilus Lifeline clipped to my lifejacket when kayaking at sea. The three buttons on this small simple waterproof unit allow me to call a local working channel, the Coast Guard emergency channel, or transmit a continuous DSC mayday call complete with my GPS location and boat information. The only maintenance required is to charge it by USB every three months and run its self-test procedure. It could save my life on day.
"Lifeline Alternative Use"
I've been teaching scuba for 33 years and I carry a Lifeline on dives when I'm far offshore. Professionally, I've been operating rescue and fire boats for the past 28 years. I started carrying my Lifeline in the pocket of my floatcoat. Last year during a very bad winter storm (breaking 10-12' seas), I was responding to an emergency call when my patrol vessel started sinking. I put out the distress call on my vessel's VHF radio. My other patrol vessel was still 30 minutes away and the Coast Guard helicopter was 45 minutes out. As we prepared to go into the water, I double checked to make sure the Lifeline was secure, zipped inside my pocket. I made sure it was on Channel 16 because that's the frequency we were all working on. Fortunately my pumps were able to keep up with the flooding until additional pumps were transferred to my boat. We were far from shore and it would have been very difficult to find us had we gone down. Although I didn't have to use it, I was very thankful I had my Lifeline. Now I have 2 Lifelines: 1 for diving and 1 that always remains in the pocket of my floatcoat.
"Small price to pay if I ever need to use it"
I hope I never need to use it. Quality built product. I've had one for about a year and purchased this one for my partner/dive buddy. Can be used to communicate diver to diver on the surface, hail the dive boat (or any boat in the area) or send out an emergency distress signal with GPS coordinates.
"I *LOVE* my Nautilus Lifeline!"
I dive... a lot. I started diving in 1972, and since then have done over 4,500 dives, in all types of water conditions, and literally all over the world. In this time, one of the problems I have been concerned about most is separation from my dive platform (boat), not because I cannot navigate under water, but because other issues arise over which I have had no control.
Once, I was separated because I saw a group of distressed divers on the surface, and went to their aid. The current carried us so far from the boat we could not swim back. Another time I started a dive in clear surface conditions, and surfaced in fog with surface visibility reduced to less than 10 feet. I surfaced within easy hearing distance of the boat, but could not see it! In Florida one time the boat's anchor line parted, leaving my buddy and I lost at sea (obviously, they later found us!). On another Florida dive, two of my students missed the wreck we were supposed to dive, and surfaced behind the dive boat. They saw the boat immediately, but it took us 6 hours of searching before we found them. And I am always concerned on long dives where there is a current running, and we are far offshore. Until this product was introduced, I had no reliable means of dealing with these issues.
My Nautilus Lifeline has eased my concerns tremendously. It is small, easy to carry, and I have been diving to over 300 feet deep with it with no problems. I do not carry it on every dive. Like any other tool, on some dives it is appropriate, on others unnecessary. But for any dive in which I am concerned about separation where I have no other means to recover from the situation, I carry it religiously.
I have tested it under many conditions, and it has always performed well. Fortunately, I have not had to use it for real in a scuba diving emergency setting, but I have used it a lot as my primary marine radio on my Zodiac. I like it for that because of its resistance to water damage.
I only have 2 minor complaints: If you leave it stored with the case top folded down, the antenna takes a semi-permanent "wilted" set to it. And if you want to use a channel at sea, and forget to have programmed that channel on your laptop prior to going out, you cannot do so (or at least I have not figured out how to do so). Other than that, it is a GREAT product, and I have been extremely happy with it.
"Diver breathes easier"
I've had my lifeline for 2 years now and it gives great peace of mind knowing its there if needed. While I have not had the opportunity to use the safety features on a dive site, the instructions for use are easy to remember, and if you're like me, you can't be too prepared for any eventuality at a dive site( see also "Open Water" ) . After almost a year, the software on my original Nautilus went bad --- sent in to the company , it was replaced in 2 weeks with a new unit. Good to know that if you have a problem they will stand behind their product. I am totally satisfied with the Nautilus Lifeline and as a dive instructor recommend it to make you breathe easier wherever your diving takes you.