Why Use Scuba Logbooks?

A scuba logbook is an essential tool that scuba divers use to record all the information from their scuba dives.

When keeping a dive log you create a permanent record of your scuba diving career. Many scuba divers overlook this simple part of their diving career and loose all the information of their diving experience. Divers start with good intentions, but once they have completed their diving course, they soon forget to record details in their dive logbook.

Why Keep a Dive Logbook?

A scuba diving log is not only records of what divers see or do on their diving trip or holiday, it also records important details such as the location or the condition of dive sites that are visited. What dive plan was used on the last dive at this site? What are the conditions for diving? Is it a high tide or low tide diving site? There are many uses for the dive log record.

Another use of a log book is keeping a record of your diving equipment. Simple notes can be made for reference such as when was the regulator last serviced? A note in the log is a permanent record. It is something a diver can always refer to. Perhaps the diver has been diving in warm water in only a light wetsuit and now needs to use a full wetsuit but isn’t sure how much weight to use. If the information is in the logbook it takes a matter of seconds to check.

Logging Dive Trips

When on a dive trip you can make three or four dives a day. Its important to use a scuba log book, for many reasons, including recording the safety of tracking depths and times, You can use the dive log as a complete record of your entire diving trip.

Years later when you discuss the dive trip with the other divers the log book can be a great source of details and memories!

If doing long dive trips, where sightseeing out of the water is a major part of the trip, the logbook can be useful for recording these details. A diver’s log book might include information about exploring nearby islands after the morning’s dive.

Using a Dive Logbook as evidence of your Diving Career

There are many dive resorts who won’t accept just a dive card or certificate for diving. Many require a scuba logbook record to prove their diving experience, so using dive log refills can enhance your ability to dive at some resorts!

Also, a scuba dive log is used to keep track of how many dives you have done. Some divers brag they’ve done over 1,000 dives, and have only been diving for five years! This equates to four dives a week, every week, for five years. You can be sure that these divers don’t have log books to support their claims.

Top Tips for Keeping a Dive Logbook

One of the main reasons a diver gives up on keeping a scuba diving log is because it becomes a chore. After a great days diving, you’re tired, your equipment needs cleaning and sorting out ready for the next day, and you just can’t be bothered! The problem as outlined before is you could be harming your diving career by not recording everything. Keep it simple at first. Just begin with recording only the standard facts of dive time, depth and visibility conditions and after time the rest will usually flow.

There are many dive log software packages available so dives can be logged electronically. These packages are often quite expensive, and I personally prefer using good old pen and paper. It’s more spontaneous and I enjoy reading back through previous dives.

Diving logbooks have a particular layout giving space for writing all the different details of the dive. This format is a guide only; you don’t have to fill out all the spaces, and you can add as much extra information as you like.  It’s important to make it personal.

Don’t forget to use your diving logbook – make it as important as your dive. Keep the memories; record all your dives – the important and the not so important! Keep a detailed record of your scuba diving career and make sure you don’t miss out when on your next diving trip.

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