The Best Dive Training in Virginia: Why You Should Keep a Log Book
During your Open Water Scuba Certification course you were told to keep a log book. At Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Center in Alexandria, Virginia all of our students keep track of their training dives by logging them immediately after each dive. This is done whether an initial Open Water Training dive or a Continuing Education or Specialty course dive. Once certified, however, many divers forget to log their dives, which is not a good practice. Your log book is an important part of your scuba diving protocol. By properly logging your scuba dives you will have access to a wealth of information that will come in handy during later diving experiences. Some important information to keep track of it:
What Exposure Protection You Used: By writing down the water temperature, what exposure protection you wore and how comfortable you were you will be able to look back and decide what to take with you on future dive trips. If the exposure suit you wore still left you chilly you will know that you might want to add a vest or other piece of layering when next diving in similar water temperature.
How Much Weight You Used: If you write down the particular piece of exposure protection you used and how much weight you wore you can keep track of how much weight to use on future dives. Be sure and write down whether you were comfortable with this amount, if you were too heavy or too light. This will give you a guide of how much weight to use on future dives when using similar exposure protection. Be sure and note whether it was in fresh water or salt water as this will change the amount of weight that you would use when diving in the future in different locations.
Note Equipment Condition: By writing down any equipment issues that you might have had you will be able to remember the exact problem and have it repaired or addressed when you return from your dive trip. Another good idea is to log when the annual service of your equipment was completed. This will make it easier to keep your equipment in good repair and lessen the likelihood of forgetting an important annual service.
Special Notes & Special Events: Writing special notes of anything that occurred during your dives you can keep track of these special events. Milestones like your 100th dive, the sighting of a shark or rare fish are other notable events worth remembering. Particularly good dive sites are another, and you will refer to this feature in later years should you return to that dive site, island or resort.
Where ever and when ever you dive if you take the time to write down a few particulars about the dive you will have an important record of your diving accomplishments. Many dive computers keep track of bottom times and dive depths and can be downloaded to a laptop computer. If you use a digital log be sure and add the information regarding temperature, weights used, exposure protection worn and things you saw. This information will be invaluable at later times in remembering your past experiences and planning for that next great Aquatic Adventure.