Logging Scuba Dives
As you know from the other lists that I have posted, I do love to keep track of things I have seen and done. When it comes to scuba diving not only is it fun but it is important and quite helpful. Not only does it keep track of how many and where one has gone scuba diving, but also keeps track of things that could be helpful on future dives.
I have two places where I log. One is in a written log book that I can bring with me when I dive so I can write down any pertinent information that I may forget later as well as any immediate feelings on how the dive went. Two, I keep a spreadsheet on my computer. Both of the logs have much of the same information, but the advantage to the computer is that it makes it easier to search for particular information on past dives.
At this point in my dive experience, I have dove in many different environments and places. I also have a bunch of different equipment which is used in different situations. What I probably own the most variety of is exposure suits. I own everything from a 3mm shorty wetsuit (short legs and sleeves) to a 7mm full wetsuit, a 7mm semi dry suit, a dry suit and a bunch of stuff in between. I also have different accessories (lights, cameras, reels etc...) that I do not bring on every dive. I make decisions on what I am wearing and what I will bring with me based on several factors. To decide which suit I will wear is primarily based on water temperature and sometimes air temperature is also taken into consideration. The accessories that I bring depends on location of the dive, purpose of the dive, time of the dive, depth of the dive and what type of dive I am doing. For example, If I am diving in the Caribbean, for fun, in the middle of the afternoon, staying above 60ft over a reef, I will probably will wear a 3mm shorty wetsuit, will bring my camera, but probably not a wreck reel and flash light.
What I wear, what I bring with me on each scuba dive as well as whether I am diving in fresh or salt water has affects on how much weight I need to wear. As I am sure you can figure there are quite a few combinations that could be configured and I would never remember how much weight I needed for each configuration. I also record how each dive felt physically so I can make adjustments on future dives to make it more comfortable and go smoother. I also find it fun to look back at what I recorded and comments I wrote down, as the memories bring me right back to that dive. Looking back will also make your future dives more comfortable as you more finely tune your setup and more fun as you record your comments on what you liked and what you may want to improve on.
All in all I highly recommend you keep logs of any activity you enjoy and want to remember. Not only will it improve your times in the future but also help you relive what you have already done.