The many diving memories I will forever treasure
A diving logbook is basically a small booklet with preprinted pages and columns where divers note information about their dives. Typically after a dive you would take information from your diving computer and write down data like date of the dive, dive number, dive site. To follow will be the information about weather and water conditions, the maximum and average depth, how long did the dive last and what equipment you used. Divers usually like to add personal notes and comments about the dive sites, fish identified or anything special that they experienced during the dive.
THE STORY OF A DIVING LOGBOOK
Is it so important to record all your dives and write down details about them and about you?
Yes, it is, especially if your own safety is important to you. Believe it or not, a diving logbook can be more useful than you think. The logbook will not only allow you to store memories of your diving activity, like places where you dived and the wildlife in the area, but also will help you write down diving parameters, things that did not go according to plan, equipment that is not working properly, tips, observations, anything that is related to a dive, both positive and negative. So, we can say that the diving logbook is more a detailed journal for a diver. If you don’t think the logbook is necessary, think again, as you are about to find out several good reason to have and keep one.
First of all, a logbook can be very helpful when it comes to your safety. Even in the case of experienced divers, things can do wrong and accidents may happen. Your personal and mostly medical information written on the first page of the logbook can be very valuable for the rescue and medical team, as they will be more informed and efficient in managing your case. So, yes, in case you suffer an accident, the logbook can lead to a better treatment for you. Make sure you state the medical information such as your blood type, allergies, diving insurance. Providing a contact person, e.g. your spouse or family member is also a good idea.
If diving is your passion, you might also like to record your performances during your activity, not only for your personal satisfaction, but also in case you would like to subscribe to advanced diving courses. In case you would like to benefit from diving destined for advanced divers, you should know that the dive operators might request your logbook, besides your certification. They will need to see how many dives you did in the past, at what depths, for how long, and where. So it is worth keeping a detailed journal.
If you like traveling around the world to dive in all sort of exciting places, it would be fun and exciting to record your every experience. No matter how good your memory is, you may lose some incredible details of the adventures you had in the past. Recorded memories will be as exciting as being right there at the spot where you dived a while ago. Also, when diving in different water bodies, you will see that the biggest challenge is to decide upon the amount of equipment needed for the dive. So the logbook will provide useful data from your previous dives, helping you decide faster, regarding the conditions you encountered in the past.
It will also help you keep track of parameters such as air consumption. Every diver wishes to spend as much time as possible underwater, but this always depends on how fast the air is consumed during a dive. You will get to see what conditions make you consume more air and when you are more efficient, helping you optimize your every dive and improve your performances.
And, last but not least, keeping a diving logbook will help you keep an eye on your equipment usage and condition. Data like purchase dates, warranty period, next visit to be serviced, noticed malfunctions, anything related to your diving equipment will be recorded, allowing you to have reliable pieces of equipment at all times.