Are you ready to try night diving? Here are some night scuba diving tips to get you ready. If you go, you won't regret it. It's a whole new world underwater once the sun goes down.
Your first night dive can be intimidating. After all, swimming around in a dark ocean isn't the norm.
Just try and relax and rest assured, you won't be alone if you are a bit nervous for that first time night diving.
My first night dive was a shore dive, so it was a bit less intimidating to me than if we went off a boat.
We were staying at a dive resort in Roatan and could go out on our own but we hired one of the divemasters to go with us for that first dive. It was well worth it and it was a great dive.
You see so many different things at night and we just went slow and steady. No need to rush. Just take in all the night activity around you. It is fascinating.
Not that I wasn't a little scared to begin with but I soon relaxed and enjoyed it immensely. Who knew so many octopuses were out at night?
So if your are thinking about scuba diving at night, hopefully this introduction to night diving and night scuba diving tips will help you relax a bit. Try it - you'll be glad you did!
Likewise, if you are doing a shore dive, plan on hitting the water right before the sun sets.
Even though you will have some light above the water, it will still be pretty dark underneath. And by the time you surface, it will be dark out.
If you are thinking of doing the night dive, sign up to do a dive at the night dive site during the day. This way you will have some idea of what the area is like and may feel less apprehensive.
You don't need the biggest and brightest light you can find. In fact, it is fun, once you get accustomed to diving at night, to turn your light off and let your eyes adjust to the dark. You'll be amazed at what you can see. Of course, it is up to you and get the light you would feel comfortable with while diving at night.
If you don't want to turn your light off underwater (I've never had a problem turning it back on but you never know) you can always face it into your BC so you get the same effect.
Many dive operators will also attach a glo-stick or something similar to your tank. This makes it easier to spot someone underwater. One dive group may have one color, another group a different color or the divemaster will have a different color so it is easier to tell who is who underwater.
Please note that some areas do not allow the use of glo-sticks due to their chemicals. In this case, another device, such as a light, can be put on the tank. More night scuba diving tips:
The reef also looks brilliant and colorful in the beam of your light. Much different than during the day when you are diving deeper and the colors are absorbed.
If you are on a dive boat, the divemaster will probably tell you what signals to use. If they don't, just ask. There is nothing wrong with that.
A typical way to use hand signals is to shine your light on your hand so your buddy can see them. Another common night diving signal is to move your dive light in a circle to signify "OK." Moving it up and down or back and forth can signify yes or no.
Whatever you choose to use, just make sure you clarify before you begin the dive. Which leads into one of the next night scuba diving tips:
If you are doing a shore dive, you should also know how to mark the night diving entry/exit point. The most common way is to place lights on the shoreline. You should use more than one to make it easier to spot. You could have 2 close together and 2 close together but further down the shoreline. Or whatever configuration works for you.
It also doesn't hurt to have someone on the shore to make sure the lights don't go out (or somebody doesn't swipe them). And last, but not least, the last of the night scuba diving tips:
Another, and pretty much opposite way, is to turn a full circle while pointing you light outward. You might be able to see your buddy in the beam or he might notice the movement (if he hasn't noticed you are gone yet).
If the boat has to come pick you up after you have surfaced, shine the light on yourself so the captain can see you.
And that the last of my night scuba diving tips.
If you haven't done night scuba diving, you should really give it a try. It's a different experience and isn't difficult. You just have to get used to it, like all new things. You'll see lots of new creatures and habits to add to your memories. So give it a try. I hope these night scuba diving tips will help make your first night dive a more comfortable experience.
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Here's to great night scuba diving!
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