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Log keeping

Keeping a record of dives undertaken serves a number of purposes including:

  • allowing the departure and return of divers to be monitored so that missing diver situations are detected quickly
  • assisting in decompression management
  • providing dive profile information in the event of an emergency
  • serving as a record of experience for divers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)
  • allowing the PCBU to monitor and review the dives undertaken by dive workers.

Dive safety log

For high risk diving work, a record of  each dive must be kept by the PCBU in accordance with the requirements in AS/NZS 2299.1: 2015 Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice.

For general diving work the dive safety log must be kept by the PCBU and contain the required information about all dives  undertaken. After a dive, each diver must verify their return from the dive by  signing the dive safety log entry as soon as practicable after returning from  their dive. The dive supervisor must also verify that the dive safety log is  complete. The dive safety log must be kept for one year.

For recreational diving the dive safety log must be kept by the PCBU and contain the required information about all dives undertaken. After a dive, each  diver must verify their return from the dive by signing the dive safety log  entry as soon as practicable after returning from their dive. The dive  supervisor and the vessel master, or other appointed person, must both also  verify that the dive safety log is complete. The dive safety log must be kept  for one year.

A dive safety log (PDF, 0.22 MB)  template is available for use.

Diver's log

Divers should make a record of their own dive  experience. Generally the diver's log should contain similar information to the  dive safety log which will then form a personal record for the individual  diver.