** EDITED on 24 Nov 2013 ** Please see the static “Dive Logbook” page up top for the latest version of the template.
Recently I was getting ready for a dive when I realised that I’d filled up my 2nd scuba diving logbook. I was fondly paging through it looking back at some of my more favourite previous dives when I realised my logbook pages had a lot of extra fields on them which I wasn’t using at all. Which got me thinking – why don’t I just make my own logbook with just the stuff I want.
A couple hours later I came up with this template:
Dive Logbook Template
To turn it into a logbook I simply printed 2 pages per sheet (i.e. to turn A4 in A5), double sided. I then took my double sided printout to a local copy shop, had them make 20 copies, then cut the pages in half with a guillotine. Then they simply put it into a binding machine and bound the whole lot up for me.
Alternatively you could just fold the A4 pages down the middle and then staple the pages together along the fold to make a booklet.
I would recommend “printing” the pages out with either a copy machine or a laser printer though as your normal home inkjet printer results in prints that run and bleed like anything when water touches them, which is not optimal for a dive log book. But prints done with toner usually tend to be pretty resilient with regards to a couple drops of water.
I’ve put together the template into a (hopefully) handy PDF file which is made up of two pages with the template appearing twice in A5 size on each page. Just print the PDF file out on a double sided printer (or only put one sheet of paper in your home printer and once its printed the first page, turn it over and put it back into the printer to print the second page). Then hit up your photo copy machine or your local copy shop and take it from there.
You’re free to use the template for whatever you want. Even for commercial uses – actually if you’re a dive shop looking to make cheap log books for your divers I want to personally thank you. Diving can be a ridiculously expensive hobby and anybody who helps make it cheaper (and let divers dive more often!) gets a big thumbs up from me. All I ask is don’t use it to rip off customers – you’re welcome to put some markup on your effort to get it printed and bound and all that, but please let your price reflect the fact you got the template for free.
Get the free pdf version of the logbook template here:
Dive Logbook Template – version 1.0
Finally, if you’re making your own logbook, please remember to include a cover page including at a bare minimum the following details:
- Your full name
- Your contact details (so that if the log book is lost, it can be returned to you)
- Your current diving certification level
- Your diving insurance details (provider, policy number, etc)
- AN EMERGENCY CONTACT (name + telephone number including international dialling code) – this is super important, do not leave it out!
- You may also find it really convenient to include your diving certification number so that when you’re filling in logbooks with your buddies you can easily look it up and not have to try remember it between dives. Likewise, including your email address and/or social media contact details will let your new dive buddies easily write them down.
If you like this template but think it would be even better with something else added, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.