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Diver6 System

Rugged and Reliable, the Diver6 System meets the environmental elements that divers encounter every day. IP-67 Rated and MIL-STD-810G, the system operates in the most extreme conditions and provides the user with consistent reliable information and data. Learn more about the system components below.
Rugged Tablet
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Latitude Rugged PCs can handle any condition they’re put in. The tablet is drop-tested from 4 feet, temperature-tested from -20F to 145F, and is IP-65 rated, for maximum protection against dust, dirt, and water ingress. With hot swappable dual batteries and improved thermal management, the tablet maintains peak performance while offering military-grade durability and performs well in the wet environment normally associated with diving. The sunlight-readable touch screen is highly reliable and accurate, giving the divemaster a quality view of the divers in the water. The unit is equipped with an onboard GPS with better than half-meter accuracy.

The tablet is loaded with ENC charts customized to your normal operations area. Additional charts and updates can be loaded at any time.

Diver6 is a fully self-contained system. The system does not require any additional sensors or instrumentation (heading, GPS, depth) to operate.

Specification (may change as newer tablets are offered)

  • Processor: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8365U Processor (4 Core,6MB Cache,1.6GHz,15W)
  • Tool-free access to battery, SSDs, SIM, Micro SD
  • Display: 11.6", FHD (1920 x 1080),1000 Nit Outdoor-Readable, AG/AS/Polarizer, Glove-Capable Multi-touch Screen with Gorilla Glass
  • Memory: 16 GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • Hard Drive: M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
  • Intrinsically safe for explosion-prone environments
  • Full Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Comprehensive communications suite
  • MIL-STD-810G and IP65 rated
  • Hazardous Location Certified
  • Battery: 2-cell (34Wh) Lithium-Ion Primary Battery
  • Dimensions: (WxDxH) 12.3” x 8.0” x 0.96” (312 x 203 x 24 mm)
  • Weight: starting at 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs.)
  • On-board Dedicated u-blox NEO-M8 GPS card (Robust meter-level accuracy)
Topside Modem
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The topside modem, built around a robust broadband spread spectrum signaling scheme, is a multi-purpose acoustic transponder beacon capable of simultaneously tracking up to 14 other asset positions while undertaking bi-directional data exchange. The unit is small and lightweight (708g, 1.56 lbs) and can be mounted from a fixed location (e.g. dock) or the supervisor vessel.

The unit is powered by the Diver6 Battery Box and is hardwired or Bluetooth connected to the Rugged Tablet with reliable communication.


  • Supply Voltage: 9V to 28V DC
  • Operating & Storage Temp: -5°C to +35°C (23°F to 95°F)
  • Acoustic Range: 1km radius horizontal, 1km vertical
  • Range Resolution: ±50mm (dependent on VOS accuracy)
  • Angular Resolution: ±1°
  • Communication: Broadband spread spectrum encoding, 24-32kHz, 100 baud. Multi-tiered Acoustic Protocol Stack.
  • Transmit Sound Pressure Level: ~172dB re 1uPa @ 1m
  • Size: Diameter: 55mm (2.16") Length including connector: 160mm (6.3") Weight in air: 708g (1.56lbs), in fresh water 508g (1.12lbs)
Diver Modem
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The Diver Modem consists of the Diver Beacon and Diver Control Module (DCM). The beacon communicates with the surface transmitting and receiving data. The DCM provides power to a DiveCAN connection to communicate with Shearwater products and devices.

The beacon is attached to the diver's air tank, and the DCM is placed on the dive belt or any secure location that does not interrupt the diver's ability to perform his task.

Both units account for less than 3 lbs. of weight in the water

  • Operating & Storage Temp: -5°C to +35°C (23°F to 95°F)
  • Acoustic Range: 1km radius horizontal, 1km vertical
  • Range Resolution: ±50mm (dependent on VOS accuracy)
  • Communication: Broadband spread spectrum encoding, 24-32kHz, 100 baud. Multi-tiered Acoustic Protocol Stack.
  • Transmit Sound Pressure Level: ~172dB re 1uPa @ 1m
  • Removable Battery Pack with 6+ hours of charge
  • DiveCAN enabled interface for Shearwater integration
  • Size (Beacon): Diameter: 55mm (2.16") Length including connector: 134mm (5.3") Weight in air: 676g (1.49lbs) / in water 484g (1.06lbs)
  • Size (DCM): Diameter: 69mm (2.73") Length including connector: 187mm (7.35") Weight in air: 1kg (2.4lbs) / in water 730g (1.60lbs)
Shearwater Equipment
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Diver6 integrates with the Shearwater Petrel and NERD 2 dive computers. Rigorous testing to the highest standards, commitment to safety, and proven reliability over thousands and thousands of dives has earned Shearwater divers' trust all over the world.

Diver6 adds some new features to the Shearwater equipment that works exclusively with the Diver6 system.

RECALL - A diver receives a message from topside to return to craft. Range and bearing information is provided to the diver for craft location. The information is updated with each new modem transmission.

ASSIST - A divemaster has the ability to provide range, bearing and depth information for one diver to assist another diver.

DISTRESS - A diver that needs help can notify the divemaster of his or her situation. The system will provide the distressed diver with bearing and range back to the surface vessel.

RETURN HOME - A diver wishing to return to the surface vessel can issue this request to obtain the bearing and range to the surface vessel.

SEND ASSIST - A diver can issue a request to the divemaster to obtain the assistance of another diver.

Tank Pressure - Diver tank pressures are transmitted to the divemaster giving a clearer picture of each diver’s air supply.
Visit www.shearwater.com to learn more about the features and specification of the Petrel and NERD 2.
Topside Battery Unit
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The Topside Battery Unit supplies the Topside Modem with power and data communication to the tablet computer. The unit is a ruggedized water-resistant enclosure with a dedicated on/off switch. The unit features MIL-STD locking connectors for firm reliable power and data transmission.

  • Lightweight and Portable
  • 24V – 4.9 Amp-Hours
  • Nickel-Metal Hydride BB-390B/U
  • Transport Regulations Compliant
  • Reliable & Simple Operation
  • Bluetooth Connection to tablet