19.12.2016 by ricardo
dive log

Back again at the diving base. Compressed air bottle in the filling station, end-of-day wellness rinsing at the basin: Diving suit, buoyancy jacket & fins. Diving regulator, diving mask, lamp, computer & underwater camera.  Tidying up, stowing away. Hang the neoprene sausage skin inside-out and take your logbook.

Then it is time for the ritual: Sitting in the shade, talk about the dive with your Buddy or the whole group, hold onto the most important aspects for eternity. Benni does so in a chequered, tattered school notebook, Nele has a ring binder with pre-printed inserted sheets and a hipper neoprene cover, the blonde one sitting opposite combines laptop with diving computer and lets the data upload directly. My buddy has a voluminous Buddenbrook tome on his knees and resembles Toulouse Lautrec without the beret. He excuses himself with the sentence: 60 years will easily fit in here. Then he continues drawing and writing his detailed logbook. And you? Just a plain book with spiral binding.

You sit in a round, everyone scribbles or draws, notes or saves. This is not obligatory, No association or law stipulates it, but the majority of us do it: Record the performed dives in a logbook.

What is a logbook good for?

Your diving certificate gives information about the level of training, but not about your diving experience. It will be helpful when you register for a more advanced course or check-in at the diving base. The diving instructor in charge can assess your level of skills better based on your dive documentation. How many dives, which diving regions and surroundings? Diving situations experienced? Experience in current diving, night diving or in cold bodies of water?

Anyone can decide which details make the logbook informative, spicy & unique. You keep it simple: Consecutive number, date plus time, country including location, diving depth, diving time, decompression stops (m/min), weight plus suit thickness (kg/ mm), air consumption, a column for remarks (animal observations, water temperature, air temperature …) and of course the name and the signature of your diving partner. Then this is usual in the diving buddy system: You sign each other’s entries in the logbook.

The logbook – secures a collection of facts for documentation lovers, maybe a Nobel Prize in literature without an ISBN number, ensures heart-warming-gushing material for cold winter evenings and the time after the age of 89 in the diving seniors residential community.

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