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What type of scuba dives should you log?
Greg - 5/11/2012 6:28 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 55

We go scuba diving in pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, mud holes...just about anywhere there is water. We train underwater, we work underwater, and we have fun underwater. Some dives are short, some are long. Some are shallow, some are deep.

So my question is: What type of scuba dives should we record in our dive log?
katelubinski - 9/19/2017 2:41 AM
[Choose #1] I’ve just started using as an online logbook to keep track of my dives. Looks good so far and it makes it easy to show my dives to friends and fellow divers, via my dive map.
Eric_R - 5/02/2014 9:11 AM
[Choose #1] A dive is a dive.
Plmr747 - 9/24/2013 8:35 PM
[Choose #1] I log all dives with the exception of pool dives, in great detail.
MonkeyDiver - 11/28/2012 12:26 PM
[Choose #4] All OW dives regardless of depth/time. For example, an aborted dive because of equipment problems or environmental issues is important to document for future reference, etc. You may want to review the details to share or prevent recurrence.
divingbear - 11/22/2012 5:52 PM
[Choose #4] I dive w/ my instructor on class dives. I have done rescues, recoveries, and so many different things in under 15 min, if I didn’t log them I might forget half of them.
nutralbouy - 6/14/2012 6:42 PM
[Choose #3] as a service tec/ diver for Aloha diver pool sevice, i don’t count pool service dives as logable. just not deep enough.
Jen_Jen - 6/12/2012 11:20 AM
[Choose #4] I dove pretty often for almost four years and never logged a single dive after my open water cert dives. LOL! I was young and had no idea it would be so important. :-( Now I log any open water dive at least 15 mins long.
daz88 - 5/18/2012 11:08 PM
[Choose #4] might log a pool dive under training or something, but I wouldn’t call it a "dive." other than’s a "logged dive"
Nems - 5/17/2012 12:34 PM
[Choose #3] I’d have a lot more dives if I counted pool dives. Plus I think there’s something to be said for experiencing a dive in the open water.
JoePagano - 5/15/2012 3:07 PM
[Choose #3] Strictly non-pool, open water, real dives. Why cheat? I log the pool dives and the activity involved, but it does not get a number.
diver2011 - 5/12/2012 8:19 PM
[Choose #1] I choose #1 because it a record of what I was doing during the dive to give me a pattern to my diving.
arenjacobsen - 5/12/2012 11:38 AM
[Choose #1] This is simple, any time you’ve been under pressure there is the possibility for dive related medical condition. Every Dive no matter what!
flaski - 5/12/2012 9:16 AM
[Choose #1] If would have kept up with logs I may have passed 6000 dives
tardmaster - 5/11/2012 6:09 PM
[Choose #4] I log most of my of my dives. Working/training at the aquarium, recovery/safety dives, checkout dives with students and recreational dives are all logged. The only dives I dont log are pool dives with students.
Backwoods - 5/11/2012 4:04 PM
[Choose #3] I have always gone by 20+ mins at 20+ feet
Khou - 5/11/2012 2:48 PM
[Choose #4] I personally don’t log the dive unless it’s more than 30 minutes or half of a tank used. Non pool dives.
jimran - 5/11/2012 1:32 PM
WarmWaterTurner - 5/11/2012 12:52 PM
[Choose #3] Because so many agencies have a time component when considering advancement I think there has to be a time consideration to the dive to make it count for "their" purposes.
Agojo - 5/11/2012 10:19 AM
[Choose #1] a pool would not be considered body of water
LatitudeAdjustment - 5/11/2012 10:13 AM
[Choose #1] I never logged pool time with students but everything else, it’s a log of what you have done, right or wrong so you can learn from it.