The dive logbook was initially introduced into the certification programs of the major diving federations to meet an increased demand from divers. Indeed Scuba-divers are looking for a multifunction tool to record parameters such as depth, dive time or surface intervals. The logbook has evolved over the years, becoming what it is today.
Why should I create a digital dive logbook ?
Official Diving Logbook
Many diving centers require proof of your level. To do this, you have two choices: show them your certification card or show them your logbook. The dive log informations are very usefull for your future guide or instructor and will allow him to evaluate your experience: date of last dive, number of dives carried out, deepest dives, types of diving, Drift, wreck, cave …, the usual diving conditions, etc …
The logbook allows divers to record valuable information such as the GPS coordinates of the dive spot, the best points of entry, the best time of day for diving, wildlife, observations related to dive conditions Current, visibility, etc., which help optimize pre-diving preparations. For divers who return to an already visited diving site, the dive logbook allows them to compare all these elements. Furthermore, dive logged allows divers to benefit from the experience and opinion of other divers including type of wildlife seen.
For many divers, the problem of ballasting arises at each new dive. Whether you’re in tropical or cold water, in a freshwater lake or on the open ocean, the amount of weight can change from single to double. Instead of repeating a buoyancy test, your dive log can simply answer the question by checking the weight already been used under similar conditions.
Performance improvement and monitoring
The dream of every diver is to be able to spend the maximum time under water without the air limit problem. By monitoring and analyzing its air consumption, divers will be able to measure their evolution. However it is also essential to know how to breathe well during a scuba diving.
Between diver, it is often interesting to exchange about our experiences. The logbook allows this. If a diver is interested in a destination you have visited, a center that has pleased you or a very friendly instructor, you can easily find and share information. Today, the digital dive logbook gives the opportunity to communicate and share photos and diving information by e-mail or via social networks. Furthermore, digital logbook allows web platform such as spotmydive to gather very interesting information about fauna and flora evolution that can be used by the non-profitable organization to help protect marine life. Finally, these information are very valuable for other divers that would love to better know the dive sites.
For divers, the main reason for them to fill and keep their notebook carefully is to keep the memories of all these wonderful moments under water but also to keep track of the names, the marine life seen and the impressions of the moment. Digital logbook also allows to extract great datas and statistics such as world dive map, world wish list map, deepest dive, coldest dive, longest dive, total dive time, ….
In the event of an underwater or surface incident, a quick review of your logbook and your last completed dive will allow physicians to improve their diagnosis. A well-filled dive log will also include details about your physical conditions, emergency contacts and the diver’s insurance number if he has one. To summarize, it will facilitate the appropriate treatment.
Fauna and flora
Another interest of the logbook is to keep track of which animals, coral or marine life you have seen, when and where. With the help of your monitor or a search engine, find and name this small fish with stripes encountered or this strange multicolored fish. You will also be very happy to review the date of your first encounter with a Manta ray. Finally the logbook of your friends is an excellent place to look for new sites with observed species.
Dive computers and electronic books have gradually replaced paper versions of dive books. By creating a Logbook on Spotmydive, you create a profile rich of useful information in order to keep track of your diver’s life. It also helps understand the world of tomorrow: changing dive conditions, new practices or species migration.