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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. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I used to keep paper logs starting in 1998 when I got certified. I used up the PADI book they provided then bought several other pre printed books. When I was using tables we’d get out the log book right away to do the math for our pressure group and RBT and all that. Eventually I started using black hard bound artist sketch books which can be purchased in small 5”x7” size and they have blank pages. I call it my little black book.
    I like those because my log books became way more than just technical info, they became more like a diary with a lot of hand drawn maps of dive sites and places, GPS coordinates to some secret spots, mile marker numbers on the road, sketches of the scenery that day, names and phone numbers of other divers I ran across, etc.
    The nice thing about a physical paper copy of something is they can be pulled off the shelf years later and re-read or your descendants can enjoy your adventure stories and illustrations.
    Unfortunately I got out of the log book habit somewhere around 300 dives many years ago.
    But reading all this especially @Sam Miller III posts I may start up again.
    Ontwreckdiver likes this.
  2. WI Scuba Dave

    WI Scuba Dave Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: West Bend, WI (about 30 miles north of Milwaukee)
    Good to know. It just seems like what I’ve been picking up on.
  3. Dubious

    Dubious ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Wisconsin
    My wife and I had to show our logbook to the dive operation at Couples Resort in Jamaica to be able to dive without being required to take a refresher course. They wanted to see the last time we were out diving.
    WI Scuba Dave likes this.
  4. Nays

    Nays Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: The West USA
    But damn, I wish they'd ask.
    I'm ready to wow them with my breadth of experience, extensive world travel, bizarre sealife encounters, foolish penetrations, epic post-dive intoxications, mysterious liaisons with exotic women(?), and vulgar nicknames for my so-called dive buddies.

    rongoodman and 100days-a-year like this.
  5. 100days-a-year

    100days-a-year Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: NE Florida
    I'd be arrested for sure if I went into that much detail. And most nicknames are NSFW.
  6. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    Man! Your logbook definitely has some extra fields to fill in compared to mine! Those pages must be in the NSFW section of LogBooks.com...

  7. Ben_3

    Ben_3 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada
    I'v seen dive logs demanded when students sign up for different classes at my local shops. I log my dives to be eligible to continue on tu certain level or to serve as reference if need be.
  8. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    i stopped keeping logbooks for a 10 year period ...it came back to haunt me , with down loadable computers doesn't make sense not too ...........i still ask students to see logged dive for most courses and still interview them as to see if i want to be their instructor (as they should interview their potential instructor )
  9. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Honolulu
    We don't check log books, but sometimes, when I jump in the water with a "I'm certified" diver whom hasn't been underwater in more than a decade, I wished we did...
  10. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boca Raton FL & Bonita Springs FL
    I'm a meticulous logger and am glad that I am. I actually enjoy logging my dives. It allows me to relax and reflect on the dives. Having my dives recorded has been helpful time and time again. What were the temps? What was the vis? What reef or wreck did I dive? What charter did I use? What exposure protection did I wear? How deep was that wreck? Etc, etc, etc.

    I keep a waterproof paper log book, an Excel spreadsheet I've customized for my needs (including RMV calculation) and I also download my dives to Shearwater Cloud App from my dive computer.

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