Only a diver understands the value of a logbook. A logbook documents all the Dives one has experienced along with important details like the marine life encountered, environment, water conditions, and the notes from a Dive. Much like a diary, this information reminds a diver of the diving experience and documents the highlights of the dive. A logbook is also like a passport that can serve as a documented reminder of the places you have been and the people you dove with. Dive Shop stamps and buddy signatures are an important part of this. Unfortunately, logbooks are usually in analogue form and rarely shared with the rest of the scuba diving community, sometimes even forgotten about or lost. We are trying to change this.
You can now fill in your own logs online and create your personal online logbook. Just choose what information about your dive you want to fill in, keeping in mind that all information asked for in a dive log is non-personally identifiable information, which means it does not expose your online identity nor does it invade your privacy. Once you’ve filled in your log, you have the option of digitally verifying your log, either by the dive shop you visited, your dive instructor or master, or a dive buddy. You can also choose to leave your log unverified. Once the Log is created, you are able to attach media to it, share it with your friends and indirectly provide advice on the Dive Site to future divers.
We see how valuable your logs are, and the value they can bring to the scuba diving community. For example, if a fellow diver wants to travel to a foreign dive destination, for example at The Similan Islands, Thailand, he/she can browse through other scuba divers’ logs and make note of the best times to go, what conditions to expect, and what marine life are likely to be found there.
It’s also noteworthy that a dive logbook acts as proof of you being an experienced diver. Often divers who are unable to provide proof of 50 logged dives or a dive within the 6 months are asked to do a refresher course, or even refused permission to a dive expedition.
In a soon-to-be paperless world, what better way to carry your logbook than virtually. You can access your logbook anywhere you go, either from the Dive Advisor site or from our Dive Advisor mobile app. Our mobile app allows you to have your logs offline and with you at all times. Moreover you can export your logbook to a .PDF and print it out. You don’t have to worry about packing your logbook anymore or even losing it. Just focus on your diving trips cause with your digital logbook here on Dive Advisor, you’ll always have your dive memories and experiences with you!