Deepblu Academy | Manually Create or Edit a Dive Log
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Manually Create or Edit a Dive Log

Open the Deepblu app, tap the blue Deepblu icon and then the Dive Log icon. On the Dive Logs screen, tap the Create New icon  in the top right hand corner of the screen if you want to create a new log.

If you want to edit a log, find the it in the Drafts or Published tabs, long press the log and tap Edit. Note that if you are editing a log created using a dive computer, you will not be able to edit any data obtained from the dive computer. This includes Dive Profile, Type, Time, Water Temperature, Air Mix, and—for some dive computers—the starting and ending air pressure.

On the Dive Log screen, complete the steps below and then press Post.

The Basics

  1. Choose the type of dive: SCUBA dive or freedive.
  2. Choose the way you entered the water: either from shore or from a boat.
  3. Pick a purpose for your dive. For recreational divers, this will be a fun dive or a training dive (where you’re training toward a new certification). However, Deepblu also recognizes dives that are part of an expedition, scientific research dives or search and recover dives.
  4. Indicate which features the dive site had (you may pick more than one): Muck means sediment or sludge that is a refuge for a myriad of macro species. A cave takes you away from the open water and into a cave system. Other features include wrecks, cenotes or blue holes, ice, altitude, mines or quarries, ruins, artificial reefs, a wall (a vertical wall often covered with coral or other growth), channels, lakes, dams, rivers, coral and kelp.
  5. Pick a date and time. Deepblu will automatically suggest the current date and time.
  6. Below the dive spot section, choose the Max Depth and Dive Time for your dive. You can either fill in these values manually, and Deepblu will create a rudimentary dive profile, or you can tap and drag the translucent circle on the chart below to visually approximate your dive profile.
Entering the basics

Add a Dive Spot

When creating a dive log, you must specify the location of your dive. The Deepblu database currently contains over 20,000 dive spots, and you can select one of these sites by locating it on the dive map. If your dive site does not yet exist in our database, you can add a dive spot very easily when creating a dive log.

 

To choose a recently visited dive spot:

Deepblu remembers where your last dives were and will suggest these spots in the ‘Recently Visited Dive Spots’ list. This is particularly handy if you’ve done multiple subsequent dives in the same region.

 

To choose a dive spot from the Deepblu database:

If the spot you dove at is not in the recently visited dive spots list, you can pick one of the dive spots in the Deepblu database. To do this, tap ‘Choose Dive Location’. The first time you access this function, Deepblu will ask you for permission to access your device’s location. It does this to help you quickly find nearby spots.

Searching Nearby Dive Spots On The Map

If you gave Deepblu access to your device’s location, the app will show you a map of your current surroundings. Swipe the screen to pan the map or make a pinching motion with three fingers to zoom in or out. At any time, you can return to your current location by using clicking the crosshair icon .

When opening the map, Deepblu will automatically load the nearest dive spots and mark them on the map as red dots. If you move the map beyond the already-loaded dive spots, Deepblu will show the Search This Area button. Press it to load the dive spots in the current map area.

 

Searching By Dive Spot Name

If you know the name of the dive spot, you can use the search bar at the top to find it. Start typing any part of the dive spot name that you remember. Incremental search will narrow down the results for every letter you type. For example, if you went diving at the SS John Mahn Wreck off the Belgian coast, you can start searching for Mahn, and you will see the dive spot pop up in the results.

Found the SS John Mahn Wreck

Searching For A Dive Spot Via A Nearby Landmark

If you don’t know the exact name or have trouble finding the correct dive spot, you can also search for a nearby landmark. Deepblu uses information from Google Maps to help you find the correct area. For instance, if you know you went diving nearby Ostend, Belgium but you cannot find it on the map, simply tap the search box and type ‘Ostend’. Tap the result and the map will focus on Ostend, Belgium. Zoom out to an acceptable level and tap Search This Area to find dive spots near Ostend, Belgium. Tap any red dot to get more information about the spot.

Finding a nearby landmark

To add a new dive spot to the Deepblu database:

While extensive, the Deepblu database of dive spots does not currently hold every dive spot in the world.If you cannot find your dive spot by searching, you can contribute to the Deepblu database by submitting new dive spots. Here’s how to create a new dive spot:

  1. On the location map, tap the Add Dive Spot button, directly below the crosshair button.
  2. Optional: use the search bar at the top to get closer to the desired location.
  3. Drag the screen around until the marker is in the right location
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Enter a name for the dive spot.
  6. The region and country are filled out automatically, but you may want to check anyway
  7. Tap Add a New Dive Spot.

While you can instantly use this new dive spot in your log, new dive spot submissions will be verified by Deepblu and may take up to 10 working days before being added to the database. If the submission is declined because it is a duplicate or otherwise incorrect, the dive spot will only be visible to you in your dive log.

Review the dive spot

Deepblu relies on users like yourself to learn more about the various dive spots around the world. You can help out other divers by leaving a review and a rating for a dive spot. Select a rating from 1 to 5 stars where 5 = Excellent and write an optional review.

Writing a review and adding dive profile

Add Photos, Video and Notes

Deepblu allows up to 10 photos and 1 video for every dive log. Tap the Add Photos / Videos button and choose videos and photos from your device. Videos are limited to 3 minutes in length. Pictures must be in JPG format; videos must be in MP4 format.

 

You can also add an optional caption for every photo and you can choose one video or photo as the cover (i.e. the first image that will show when sharing the log on Deepblu or elsewhere).

If you want to remove a photo or video from your log, press the X button in the top right corner of the image.

 

If you want to upload photos from your computer instead of from your phone, you can edit the log (draft or published version) using the Deepblu website and add them later.

 

Press Done to go back to the dive log editor.

 

You may also choose to add notes to your dive log by tapping the Notes button. You can write anything you want here, from marine life sightings to a real story to make the experience more colorful or help out other divers on Deepblu. The notes are limited to 1000 characters.

 

In the notes screen, you can also add tags by tapping the Tag Icon  in the bottom left. Press space after finishing a tag to add another tag. Tags help you quickly organize your dive logs.

 

Press Done to go back to the dive log editor.

Selecting multiple images

Set the Privacy of Your Log

  1. Public: Public dive logs will be visible to any user who visits your profile page. Public logs will be housed under the Logs tab of your profile. They will also be visible on your timeline, in chronological order. Public logs will also be displayed on Live and in the Following Page feed of your buddies and followers. Additionally, public dive logs may be shared on the Featured Page feed.
  2. Buddies Only: Buddies Only means that only yourself and your buddies will be able to see the dive log on your timeline and in the Logs tab of your profile. In addition, your dive log will be displayed on your buddies’ Following Pages, but never on Live or Featured.
  3. Private: Private logs are only visible to yourself when you are signed in to your Deepblu account.

 

Simply select the privacy setting for each dive log you create. You can choose a different privacy setting for different logs.

Record Air Tank and Consumption Information

In the Air Tank screen, you can record your air consumption, your air mix and add the volume and material (aluminum or stainless steel) of your air tank.

Record the air mix you were breathing and the amount of air you consumed during your dive. It’s important to record this so that you can look back to see how you consume air in different diving conditions and whether your air consumption is getting better or worse.

Add Dive Gear and Equipment

In the Gear screen, Deepblu lets you add tons of information about your dive gear. Deepblu assumes that you own this gear so you won’t have to fill it out for every dive. If you went on a dive without a certain piece of gear, you can either change it or deactivate that particular piece of gear by unchecking the checkmark next to it. If you want to add it again, Deepblu will make suggestions based on your previous input (e.g. for brand and model).

 

You can add information about your Exposure Suit (its type and thickness), Weights, Regulators, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) and your Fins. Deepblu also lets you fill in information about other equipment such as Dive Computer, Torch, and Camera Equipment (camera, housing, strobes, etc.).

 

Tap Done to return to the main dive log screen.

Adding gear info

Add Dive Conditions

Record details about the environment where you dove, including the weather, water conditions, surface temperature and water temperature.

 

To set the dive conditions, click on the corresponding icons

  1. Weather: choose between sunny, cloudy, rainy or night.
  2. Air Temperature: enter the temperature in digits.
  3. Wave height: choose between No Waves (0 m/ft), Mild Waves (0.5 m/1.5 ft), Strong Waves (1 m/3 ft), or Extreme Waves (above 1.5 m/4.9 ft).
  4. Current: choose between No Current (0 kn), Mild Current (1 kn), Strong Current (2 kn), and Extreme Current (above 3 kn).
  5. Visibility (underwater): choose between <5 m/15 ft, 10 m/30 ft, 20 m/65 ft, or >30 m/100 ft.
  6. Water Temperature: enter the temperature in digits.
  7. Tap Done to return to the main dive log screen.

Tag a Buddy

In your dive log, it’s possible to tag your Deepblu buddies so you can remember whom you went diving with. Doing so will create a link to their profile from the dive log.

 

To tag a buddy in your dive log:

  1. Make sure that your dive buddy has a Deepblu account and that you are buddies on Deepblu.
  2. In the dive log screen, tap Buddies.
  3. You will see a list of all your Deepblu dive buddies. You can scroll or search the list.
  4. Once you find your buddy, tap their name or profile picture to tag them in your log.
  5. Tap Done to return to the main dive log screen.
Adding buddies

Have a Dive Pro Validate and Sign Your Log

Getting your dive log validated is easiest if you and your dive instructor or dive guide are buddies on Deepblu, because it narrows down the search. Also make sure that your dive instructor/guide is a verified Dive Pro on Deepblu. You can tell if they have been verified by the Dive Pro badge on their profile picture.

To send the validation request to your dive instructor/guide:

  1. Tap Validation Request.
  2. You will see a list of Deepblu dive pros that are your buddies and a list of other dive pros on Deepblu.
  3. Scroll or use the search bar to find your instructor or dive guide and tap their profile picture to select.
  4. If this dive log is part of a preparation for a certain diving certification, check the This is a Training Log option and choose a certification level. The certifications available depend on what your instructor is allowed to teach and on their affiliation with a certification agency. Note: If you selected this option, the Dive Purpose on the previous page will automatically switch to Training.
  5. Press Save.

 

Your instructor will receive a notification with a validation request which they can then accept or deny. You will receive a notification once your dive log has been validated.

Getting validated

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