Monday, June 30, 2008

Logging Dives & Dive Computers

I managed to get in 6 dives over the weekend that almost got me to my goal of 30 dives for the month of June, I wound up with 29 dives in June, which puts me at 119 for the year so far. So barring any unforseen complications I should be able to easily hit 200 dives for the year. To non-divers, they are probably saying "so what?". But most avid divers realize that for anyone who doesn't dive for a living, 200 dives in a year is a pretty remarkable achievement, and this will be my 3rd time to get over 200 dives in a year.

I wish now that I had always kept better records of all my dives, but sadly I didn't log any of them when I first started diving. I didn't start logging any of them at all until about 10 years ago, so I had missed recording the first several hundred dives that I had done. Now I have a dive computer that downloads all the information from my dives to my laptop computer, so all I have to add is the location, people who dove with me and my comments. It's a great way to make sure that you stay on top of your dive log. When you just have a book you write everything in, you tend to get busy, and forget to update it. Then by the time you finally get around to it, you've forgotten most of the pertinent information. With my dive computer, which also doubles as my regular watch, I always download all the dives on Monday morning after my weekend of diving, then I add all the other information. It's great to be able to look back and remember dives and people who have gone with me in years past. There are many awesome dive computers out there to choose from these days, but if I were giving advice on which one to get, I'd highly recommend the Scubapro Xtender. You can buy the computer and the download kit to let you download all the information onto your laptop or home computer for about $500. I have never had any problems with the computer and got over 250 dives on the computer before I had to replace the battery. Using a dive computer is essential for the type of diving I do these days, but it's also essential for recording valuable dive information and making sure I keep a detailed log of all my dives. If keeping records of your dives is something you've gotten out of the habit of doing, I'd highly recommend you start it up again. One of these days you'll want to look back and remember, and your dive logs will serve you much better than your memory, I can guarantee it!

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