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Dive Log question/suggestion
Rich-D-Fish - 8/09/2012 1:19 PM
Category: Web Site Help
Replies: 8

I’ve been using the Dive Log function on Divebuddy since February and I LOVE IT! I lost my original log book several years ago, and tried to keep track of my total number of dives through my computer dive log. Well, at least until my computer failed. And again. So I have been keeping a handy post-it note in my dive box until Greg created this great website function. I hope many of you have been able to use it! Here are my questions, suggestions after 4 months of use:

1. Add "shore dive" to the dive types checked boxes.

2. The number of dive sites already in the system is amazing and I almost always can find my dive site through the search function to make the entry quick and easy. Sometimes I have dove at a new site and I don’t mine entering a new site for others who follow. It’s quick and simple. The more of us who do this the better the system is for people logging dives as well as finding new fun spots to dive.

3. My buddies cannot view my dive log. I wouldn’t want to give others the ability to edit it, but I wouldn’t mind having the list viewable to my buddies on the site (not the public, just my buddies). It would be fun to check out all the sites my buddy John Dough has been all over the world. If you go to a specific die site now you can view all the members who "have been there." So why not make that information accessible another way? Or perhaps make the ability to "show log to buddies" an option on your profile page?

4. I miss being able to see the number of total dives a buddy has. Can we add that function back in to the profiles? I understand it might intimidate the newer divers to show that they only have their 5 training dives logged. I for one don’t think that is a bad thing. Be proud of being newly certified. I never turn down a new buddy based on experience. But I do like to know their experience level so I can choose a proper dive site, be it a boat dive or shore dive, and the depth. I know it’s extreme to say that this could save lives, but it could. What if New Joe Diver showed up last weekend with me for his first ever dive since being certified and I took him down to a wreck 120’ deep because he "looked" experienced with all the hi tech gear he borrowed or rented...... If I know a new diver is coming along I am that much more careful on the dive site, and that much more thorough on my buddy checks.

Overall I give the Dive Log 4 stars! You should all use it. Thank you Greg for a wonderful tool!
LatitudeAdjustment - 8/10/2012 4:53 AM
Ditto, when someone rates a dive site a 5 it would be nice to know how many dives they have and where they’ve been to put things in to context.

There was a diver on another site that shall remain nameless who was always handing out advice to newbies like you should wear doubles on beach dives, what! Turns out he only dove springs, "not that there is anything wrong with that"
Smithsgold - 8/10/2012 9:19 AM
I also miss the total # of dives on the profile
Greg - 8/10/2012 9:37 AM
It’s hard to ignore y’alls requests. I’ll look into doing this in the coming weeks.
Greg - 8/15/2012 6:48 AM
Regarding #1: Can we just all agree that if Boat isn’t checked, then it must be a shore dive :) ? Also Shore Entry is a data element on the dive site already.
Greg - 8/15/2012 1:30 PM
Ok, please test. You would not believe the complexities involved with doing this :)

Now when you visit a member’s profile that has logged dives on DiveBuddy you will see a "Total Dives" row under "Experience". If they have logged dives, it will be a hyperlink to their dive log (if they are on your buddy list OR if they are sharing with the public). If they don’t have logged dives, but have entered something in the "Dive Log Summary" starting dive/bottom time count, you will just see a label (no hyperlink to the dive log).

When viewing someone else’s dive log, you can see details, copy or print. If you choose to Copy, it will copy the details of their dive log to yours, immediately taking you to the "log a dive" page. You can then change the date, description, pick your dive buddies, etc. and quickly log the dive. This is great if you dove together and don’t feel like re-doing everything.

Please test and let me know what you think.

Thank you!
Rich-D-Fish - 8/15/2012 2:24 PM
Very cool. Seems to work great. So it looks like the number of dives only shows up on profiles where a diver has used the dive log function? Does that sound right? I clicked on a few of my buddies and it did not show their number, and some it did. I wonder how many members are using the dive log function. I know most of my buddies still like to write in their little books, and probably don’t want to double up the effort. We shall see. And some divers might get upset that their number shows up too small. I found one buddy who obviously tried the dive log with one dive, but didn’t use the start-at counter, so it shows he has only one dive. Perhaps the it should read on the profile page as "online logged dives ___" instead of number of dives. If not updated it could be grossly inaccurate. Maybe for the divers still using the book, but would like to keep their total number updated on their profile, you can go back and update the "start at" number? Just thinking out loud. Thanks for your efforts Greg, and we do understand the complexity of the task. Much appreciated.