1. Are there any ways to manage dive data more effectively?
There are a number of different styles of dive log books available that can help you to record and manage your dive data more effectively. If you use a dive computer then you can choose log books that are designed for computer focused recording (you will have more space for comments). If you use hand written notes then a table focused log book will help to calculate complicated multi-level dive profiles.
2. Why do I need a computer dive log book?
Creating a logbook of your dives will allow you to manage your equipment efficiently and will also provide you with detailed records of each dive. You can map underwater terrains, record your experiences and also list the creatures you have encountered. If you use a dive computer you can record data very quickly and effectively. You will also be able to transfer this data to your main computer as well by using special USB interface devices. This will allow you to back up all of your dive log entries on your computer and you can also add additional details for more complete records when you get home.
3. What is a dive computer?
Dive computers are handy portable devices which you can use underwater. These feature large, bright displays that are easy to read and are ergonomically designed so that you can wear them comfortably on your wrist for long periods of time. Dive computers such as the Nemo Wide allow you to pre-set dive mixes. The computer will automatically alert you when it is time to switch to the next gas. Other features of dive computers include stopwatches, dive simulator programs and digital compasses.
4. Are there any online dive log resources available?
There are several websites that allow you to upload and share your diving records online. You will be able to transfer data straight from your dive computer to your PC using a USB interface. This means you can store details about your diving experiences online and share them with your friends. For example MyDiving.Net (www.mydiving.net) allows you to create maps of your world dives online and upload pictures, video clips and depth profile charts to your online account.
5. Will I need to take my log book on diving trips?
When you first qualify for your diving certificates you should take your diving log with you every time you go on a dive. Not only can you record your new experiences quickly but a dive centre may always want to see exactly what experience you have. This will help them assess your suitability for certain diving conditions before they take you out. Very experienced and frequent divers may not keep thorough log books but these are an essential tool for beginners to help record and focus your learning.
6. Are there any wildlife identification guides to help my fill in my log book?
Many divers like to record the sea creatures they come across in their dive. You can get some useful fish identification guides specifically designed for diving. These feature easy to read descriptions and pictures of fish and are laminated and waterproof. You can also get these cards with lanyard clips so you can keep them easily to hand when you are diving. This is particularly useful if you are going on holiday to a new dive site and are not familiar with common sea life in this area. Alternative take pictures of the creatures you see and then use identification books when you are back on dry land to fill in your dive log book.
7. Are there any dive computers available with audio alarms?
If you find it difficult to remember to check your dive computer then you can get options with audio alarms. These will alert you with a buzzing sound when you have missed decompression stops, have exceeded your oxygen toxicity limits or are ascending too rapidly.