Why Updating Your Dive Logs Is Important
Although scuba diving is an exciting and entertaining pastime, it also requires a lot of discipline and organization to ensure each dive is safe and enjoyable. One of the core items in every divers kit is a dive log, and updating your dive log is extremely important for several reasons.
What is a Dive Log?
Before we get into the specifics about why updating your dive log is so important, you’ll need to understand what a dive log is first. A dive log is a paper journal of sorts that every diver is required to carry in addition to their certification card, and you use it to record the location of your dive, the duration, the depths, the equipment you used, and any other pertinent information. The logs are intended to track your progress so you can prove you completed each dive as you advance your certifications, which is why it’s also important to get your divemaster or instructor to sign each log. They have several benefits beyond their intended use as well though.
Proof of Experience
As we noted, updating your dive logs is important because it allows you to have tangible proof of each dive you completed, but it’s about much more than record-keeping and bragging rights. Certain dive excursions and certifications require you to have so many dives at different depths and durations if you would like to participate. Having an updated dive log is an easy way to prove that you have the certifications you say you do and the experience necessary for the dives you wish to participate in.
There are a lot of factors at play when you are scuba diving, including; buoyancy, temperature, visibility, and much more. As you gain more experience, you’ll learn which equipment you need for different dives, and updating your dive logs with that information ensures you’ll never forget. It’s much easier to quickly reference a similar dive and equip yourself accordingly than it is to guess what you need or get in and out of the water trying to get it right.
The only downside to scuba diving is that it’s not always easy to snap a picture or video of the wildlife and sights that you see. Updating your dive logs with personal notes and using the additional comments section as a journal is an excellent way to keep track of all of your scuba diving memories, and it’s always a fun experience going back and reading through your personal notes!
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