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Logging Dives?

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

  1. DXHI

    DXHI Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States

    Landau. Are you able to upload photos like the program screen shots show?
  2. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    Subsurface for me - it works with virtually every computer on the market, it logs everything you can think off (location, weights, tank size, start/finish pressures, buddy name, etc), is available for PC, Mac, Android and Iphone with cloud storage so dive information is available everywhere.

    The software was written by Linus Torvalds (writer of Linux) and a group of pretty dedicated coders so if there are any missing features/computers, they can normally get them added fairly easily.

    Oh and its free as well.
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  3. GreggS

    GreggS Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Thomasville, NC
    Another Subsurface user here. It downloads all the important info from my DC an then it's a smple mtter to manually enter other info such as dive site, buddy, dive notes, and dive gear used.
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I have logged every dive since 1997. I enjoy having a paper log to refer back to and generally fill it out the day of the dive or shortly thereafter. I have a summary spreadsheet covering that period and added computer download in 2010.

    I have been using DiveLogs since 2004 Scuba dive log refill packs, logbooks, binders, stamps, and accessories. Easy to use, replaceable pages in a small binder, all the information I want, and easy to archive
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  5. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
    Here's a screenshot of a recent dice in Mac-Dive on my iPhone. My paper logs are similar to @scubadada 's above but I have custom designs. Play with the custom designer at Custom Designed Dive Logs if nothing else it will give you some ideas.

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  6. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    I dive independently, and I've gotten a lot of value from my rather detailed logs about different sites and their quality. Apart from the obvious advantage of keeping track of weighting vs exposure protection (or vice versa). I guess that if you basically dive on vacation, with commercial ops, you'd get less out of a detailed log.

    I use Diving Log (www.divinglog.de) for my electronic log. I've tried Subsurface, but Diving Log fits me better. The cost of the program is rather negligible, and the PC/smartphone integration is fairly decent.
  7. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NYC
    I'm going back to using a dive logbook. I will have the data on my computer and linked to my phone (Suunto movescount) but plan on tracking the details in an actual physical book.

    I have been back and forth with apps and software and whatnot and just can't land on one that I like. I briefly had the Cosmiq computer and loved their dive log (online) but it doesn't work with the Suunto.

    There is something to be said for the tangible, I believe.
  8. Foothills

    Foothills Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alberta
    I use the Shearwater app which synchs up with my Perdix, as that seems to be a good way to carry around the basic dive details.

    I still "log" my dives in a paper format, but I use a hard-bound notebook (I like the Moleskine notebooks as they seem pretty durable) to log the dives. I have one notebook that I haul to site and use for "on the spot" notes, and another that I keep safe & dry at home.

    This lets me put as much or as little detail in as I want. I often sketch dive sites, make comments about accessing the site, the bottom composition, the type of grade associated with a bottom profile, detailed notes about depths & features. This helps me plan dives in the future and select best mixes, etc. which can be important on a moderately deep dive (60 to 70') with a 2 hour bottom time at altitude if you want to avoid hellaciously long deco obligations.

    I can also glue photos of the site or other features into the log, and can include all of my dive plan and then compare it to the actual dive profile.

    I've referred back to these "logs" several times to plan dives and share site details with other divers. The ability to plan dives in details several years after my last dive at a site proved the value of recording all the details.

    However, some of my buddies have a spreadsheet with location, depth & time. Totally minimalist. It seems to work for them. You should match your logs to your personality & diving style I guess.
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  9. unwantedsn

    unwantedsn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Nebraska
    I really like subsurface. it works between ios and windows which was a must have for me. I really like the dive planner that's included with it as well.
  10. Divegoose

    Divegoose Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Vancouver Island
    Took a bit of digging on the various storage devices I have, but I found version 1.0 of my dive log. This log contains the information that is valuable to me. I found that the log books you can buy had too much superfluous information that I did not find necessary. Feel free to copy the format if it works for you.

    Dive safe !!


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