Now that you have a few dives under your belt, you’re finally getting the hang of this diving thing. Dare we say, you’ve been bitten by the diving bug? If you’re looking for ways to breakthrough from beginner to experienced, we have a simple trick for you. Keep an up-to-date diving logbook!
How can keeping a logbook can help you be a better diver?
Always know how much weight you need
Sure, you can ask the PADI Divemaster for help calculating your weight every time you dive, but you’re ready to become more self-reliant. A record of the amount of weight you need with various combinations of gear will save time and help you pinpoint the right amount of weight and improve your buoyancy.
Nailing your buoyancy is the first milestone to reach if you want to become a better diver.
Write down equipment needs and repair notes
If you regularly forget your snorkel keeper or octo holder, use your logbook to write a reminder. You can also make a note of needed repairs after a dive while it’s at the top of your mind.
Good divers have a well-stocked equipment bag and well-maintained equipment.
Record your milestones
Some dive locations and advanced dive courses require a certain amount of logged dives. You don’t want to limit yourself because you don’t have enough experience. Record your dives in your logbook because you might need proof later.
Keep a list of fish sightings
Good divers are always learning and sharing. Take notes on the marine life you see so you can look it up later. Expand your fish identification knowledge, so you can share it and help improve the dive experience for others.
Remember your dive trip
An up-to-date logbook is a present to your future self. The days you spend diving can be the happiest days of your life. Take the time to write down your adventures, keep track of the lessons learned, and improve on what you did last time because this will give you inspiration to pack your dive bag and inspire another trip.
By Andrew Jenkins