3 Reasons Why You Need to Keep a Dive Log

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Beginner divers are always taught to keep a personal dive log.

Scuba Diver Life tells us that a typical log will consist of “the dive site, day and time of the dive, duration of the dive, depth, and perhaps things like water temperature, equipment used and sights seen.”

If you want to take your diving to the next level, it’s going to take more than just logging in the technical details. Here are reasons why every diver should take notes on every dive they make.

1. Documentation
The very obvious reason is for you to document your entire dive. Knowing how many dives you’ve made and having proof of it will make certifications and advancements easier. Furthermore, some certification levels require a minimum number of dives. The absence of a log will make it close to impossible to receive such merit.

2. Memory
A personal log helps us remember every diving experience we’ve encountered. From how deep we went to what sea creatures we came across with, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to preserve those fun memories. Just imagine when you get older, you will always have those logs to make you smile.

3. Equipment reference
Dives can vary from one location and depth to the next. Keeping a log gives us a better idea on the right equipment to use for your next dive. “If you dive in various locations around the world, and in various climates, a dive log takes the guesstimation out of the equation. Of course, things change, and perhaps you need less weight now than the last time you dove tropical waters in a 3 mm shorty, but at least you’ll know if your starting point should be five pounds or 15 pounds,” Scuba Diver Life says.

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