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Logging Dives?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by DXHI, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. DXHI

    DXHI Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
    How do you do it? What all information is important to you?
    Do you use an App, book , computer log etc?

    If you dont mind, screen shots, pics would be appreciated.
    I would like to use a traditional book in addition to just a computer program ...as I'm not that computer literate..looking for ideas as I dont like the templates that came in my book

  2. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    I spent a week trying out different iOS/PC software to figure out what worked best for me.

    I landed on the following:

    For PC: Diving Log 6 $43 - Diving Log 6.0 - scuba logbook software for diver - dive log, scuba log
    For iOS: Dive Log $13.99 - ‎Dive Log

    The two are very compatible and sync up easily. The PC Software supports just about every diving computer out there so you can import directly from them, make your notes, sync to your iPhone, etc.

    I'm a tech-geek, so wanted all the options available.
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  3. VE7DAC

    VE7DAC Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    Subsurface is a free, open source logging and planning tool that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It has built in cloud functionality that allows you to synchronize with the Android app, and supports most modern dive computers.

    You can save the coordinates of sites you dive (and even mark the coordinates on your phone if you're out on a boat), attach pictures, upload to social media if you choose, and put as much or as little information in the log as you'd like. You can even put down the weighting and suit you were using to keep a record for future dives.

    I personally don't like physical logbooks. They can be lost or damaged, have lots of wasted space for simple dives, and not enough writing space for eventful ones. I have copies of my digital dive log from Subsurface saved on two separate computers, the cloud, and my cell phone.

    The software and a full user manual can be found at:

    Subsurface | An open source divelog
    D_Fresh, thatmark, divinh and 2 others like this.
  4. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    I generally log:

    Buddy Names
    Entry Time
    Dive Time
    Max Depth
    Surface Air Temp
    Water Temp (at max depth)
    Starting Air
    Finishing Air
    Which Cylinders Used
    Weather conditions
    Exposure Suit
    Water type (salt/fresh)
    Entry Type
    and then a detailed note/comments
  5. Snoweman

    Snoweman Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    After about 25 dives, I realized I didn't want to be a DM or instructor. So, I basically quit writing them down. My computer keeps track with the number now.
  6. diveUAE

    diveUAE Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Abu Dhabi
    I have a “deep blu” dive computer - easy to log on my phone.

    But, like you, I also like keeping a book. My husband designed ours. I log:
    Dive number
    Dive site/country
    Dive time
    Water temperature
    Anything interesting.
  7. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Log everything that you took with you on the dive and HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU NEEDED to get it right. Other than being a memory book, that is all a log is good for (solo diver mentality).

    I just log config changes. I'll never make 500 logged dives if I live forever...
    Seaweed Doc and Bottom Surveyor like this.
  8. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
    I down load dives to MacDive on my iPhone. Www.mac-dive.com and also keep a paper log. I use a customized paper log from Www.divelogs.com

    I recommend both of these highly. Mac-dive is way, way better than the app Suunto supplies for my Eon Core and I created some perfect (for me) log formats from dive logs. I use a condensed format for my regular dive sites and an expanded one when I travel and want more room to record the critters I saw.

    So why still paper? I like to take written notes of things to do (or not screw up on) for my next dive. For instance today’s entry has some notes on navigating to points of interest at the local site. I have a sure fire way to find the HUGE octopuses den when I dive then again on Wednesday.
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  9. Divegoose

    Divegoose Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Vancouver Island
    I have logged every dive that I have done. Keep track of standard information such as date, location, buddy(s), time in & out, air & water temperature, maximum depth, tide (flood or ebb), visibility, tank pressure in & out, and accumulated bottom time. I also have space for taking lots of notes, a chart for computing repetitive dives if my computer(s) fail, and a place for a "scene sketch" if I am diving a new site.

    I tend to take copius notes of what we see, sometimes what we don't see to track trends, and some detailed notes if we are doing surveys. I don't bother with fresh or salt water as all my dives now are in salt water, nor do I note how much weight I use as my setup only changes when I am warm water diving.

    If I can find a copy of my log, I'll upload the file - I know it is somewhere....:eek:

    Dive safe !!

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  10. DXHI

    DXHI Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: United States
    Divegoose I would appreciate that.
    Landau thanks for the website's! I'm going to check them out

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