I have been diving quite a bit during the past few months. Like most divers I met, I log my dives in a small booklet, a dive log book. Many dive shops sell their own dive log books, usually at around US$5-10. The motivation for creating my own dive log book is not so much the cost, but the content. By creating my own dive log book, I can decide what information I want to log and make optimal use of the space.
Using LaTeX, I created a dive log book template. I provide the following code/PDF as is, without further explanations. The template contains all information I would personally log after a dive. Feel free to use and /or modify it to create your own custom dive log book. If you are not familiar with LaTeX and would like to make minor changes, drop me a comment below and I’ll try to help.
Link to dive log template created with LaTeX.
Link to dive log template tex source file.
Instructions on printing and binding
For an A6-sized dive log book, I created an A4-sized PDF that contains four copies of the dive log template. This was done using the
pdfnup command on Linux/Unix and Mac.
pdfnup --paper a0paper --nup 2x2 dive_log.pdf '1,1,1,1' --outfile dive_log.booklet.pdf --no-landscape
To create your own dive log, download the PDF below (dive_log.booklet.pdf) and print it using an A4 printer (duplex/both-sides and long-edge binding). You want to print 5-10 copies, which would allow you to log between 40 – 80 dives. Cut the pages horizontally, stack all the sheets and staple or bind them. Don’t forget to design and add a booklet cover, ideally using a stronger/thicker paper. You could use a picture from an old dive magazine for example. I can also add a letter-sized template if that’s any useful. Just let me know below.
Dive log for printing: dive_log.booklet.pdf.
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