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The Importance of Logging your Dives. The Advantages for new divers (and old)

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Gary_Ward, Jul 6, 2020.

How do you prefer to log your dives?

  1. I don't log

  2. I just use my computers log features, but don't add anything else

  3. I use a paper log book

  4. I use a digital log book app or website

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. drl

    drl Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago suburbs
    I still use paper logs. I enjoy logging my dives over lunch or a post-dive beverage, while my husband/buddy deals with the pictures. He cribs off my logs later (using his own computer stats but my site and critter observations)
    Ontwreckdiver likes this.
  2. Ontwreckdiver

    Ontwreckdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
    I still log my dives in a log book. I designed my own log sheets to because I didn't like any of the pre-made ones. I will pull my dives off my computer every couple months.
  3. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    I used standard commercial logbooks and then got excited about using a digital one with my Suunto Cobra. I bought a serial port connection (about $125, IIRC) to make it happen. I have no idea now where any of that is now or how I could access the technology to see it. Fortunately, I had a written backup.

    I now use a paper log both because it is a standard format that will not be outdated by new technology and because it is much easier than digital if you, like me, are only interested in the minimal information about the dive. As an instructor, I frequently have to do minor setup stuff requiring me to go underwater for a few minutes before the real dive. If I do that a couple of times before the dive, my computer thinks I have done 3 dives. It is a PITA to go into the digital log and correct all of that. When I am ready to log the dives (I usually wait until I have a number to do), I scroll through one of the computers to the log section and jot down the only things I am usually interested in--depths and times. Then I open up my paper logbook and put down whatever information I want. I will frequently combine the training dive segments into one dive, which only requires the ability to total the times. It is much faster than uploading from the computer to a digital log and then correcting everything.

    I use a custom-designed paper log book page that I will reproduce for you below this paragraph, after which I will explain its benefits. Feel free to use the design--I hold no copyright for it.

    Explanation: As you can see, the design is simple and uncluttered. If the dive has nothing of particular interest to me, I will have almost nothing more than the dive #, the date, the location, the depth, the time, and the added total bottom time. Maybe a one-sentence description. If there was something of greater interest, I will write more. I will sometimes have 3 entries on a page. I will sometimes write 3 pages on a single dive.
    dead dog likes this.
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Where is your attachment?
  5. Dubious

    Dubious ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Wisconsin
    I have been doing both a paper log and using diverlog+.
  6. WI Scuba Dave

    WI Scuba Dave Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: West Bend, WI (about 30 miles north of Milwaukee)
    It’s interesting, I started diving in the late 70s. Never paid a whole lot of attention to my logbooks, I tried to keep them up as best I could. But it was mostly just as my own personal diary. Never had anyone actually sign it. I would usually just write number, location, a few details, and the names of my buddies. My last dive prior to this year was 2008. Fortunately I found my previous two logbook Volumes, because I’ve lost my earlier ones. I never would’ve expected logbooks to be such a big deal as they are now. I suppose that’s due to a litigious society and everybody wanting to cover their butts.
  7. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    Why do you think they're a big deal now? Aside from class requirements for some organizations, who really cares? I've been on boats all over the world and never once been asked for one.
    scrane, WI Scuba Dave and dead dog like this.
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Come to think of it, the only times I can recall seeing them was when I took OW course (2005) and later assisted on them. Probably saw a few over the years that I can't recall.
  9. ATJ

    ATJ Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Same. I've never once had to show my logs.

    There is usually a form that has to be signed that asks how many dives and date of the last dive but no-one has ever checked that what I said was accurate.
  10. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    What attachment?

    I said I would put it after the paragraph. I did. There it is. Nothing. I use blank pages of paper.
    scubadada likes this.

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