Garmin Malaysia has launched the Descent Mk2S, a fully-fledged diving smartwatch. Descent Mk2S features connected watch-style dive computers with a smaller form factor and striking new colors designed with a 1.2-inch color sunlight-readable sapphire display, a 43mm watch case and interchangeable QuickFit bands in silicone, leather, metal and nylon.
The Descent Mk2S supports multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including air, nitrox, trimix and up to 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather. The Descent Mk2S features an underwater 3-axis compass and displays depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, time-of-day, and more.
In devoted efforts to aid in marine research for the conservation of marine megafauna and their habitats in Southeast Asia, Garmin introduced The Descent Mission campaign to prompt awareness into marine ecology through photography records and non-government organization Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines’ (LAMAVE) research methods.
#EveryDiveCounts – Underwater Photo Contest
Every photo capture of marine life by divers is a contribution of valuable information and data. Through the “The Descent Mission #EveryDiveCounts Underwater Photo Contest, Garmin invites diving enthusiasts of all levels to contribute their photographs of marine life to be populated as research data. Every diver can be a Citizen Scientist by contributing precious marine life data to LAMAVE’s #CitizenScience collaborative data collection and analysis project with professional scientists through the platform iNaturalist.
The gathered information can help LAMAVE’s research on marine species such as marine turtles, whale sharks, manta rays and more, by providing information on individuals and their distribution. Through the photographs of these species, LAMAVE uses a method called “photo-identification” to analyze and identify unique patterns on the bodies of these marine animals and newly identified animals will be added to the national population database for the species for marine research.
Divers are encouraged to submit underwater photographs of marine life on iNaturalist from now to 31 August 2021. A star-studded panel of judges made up of renowned diving celebrities and award-winning underwater photographers including Kohei Ueno, Sirachai Arunrugstichai, Ariana Agustines, Martin Zapanta, Marco Chang and Kim Sung Soo will select the best entry for each country and the top entries would compete for the regional award. All winners will win a Descent Mk2i and T1 transmitter worth RM 9,198.
Key features for Descent Mk2S
- Sonar-based revolutionary technology – SubWave
- Descent T1 transmitter
- Multi-GNSS support
- Enhanced wrist-based heart rate monitoring
- Animated workouts
- Multiple sports profiles including a newly added Surf profile
- Pulse Oximeter
- Notifications for calls, texts and calendar alerts and more
- Music storage with compatible service support
- Battery life of up to seven days in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in dive mode.
- Store and review dive data for up to 200 dives on the watch
- New free Garmin Dive app