|Does thinking about scuba
diving at night make you nervous? Night diving is exciting--the night shift
comes out and the day shift has gone to bed. You'll see fish and critters that
you'll never get to see during the day! After taking this course,
you will have the skills to safely and enjoyably conduct night dives, including
the effective use of underwater lights. |
OverviewJust as people
have varying reasons for being interested in diving, they also have different
reasons for diving at night. While there may be as many rationales as there are
night divers, the appeal of night diving can be put into five categories.
completing the Night Diving course, you will be able to organize and safely conduct
night dives, and have a great time while you're doing it!
- Natural curiosity - "Because it is there, " is probably as good a
justification for diving at night as it is for climbing a mountain. Many people
dive at night simply to have a safe and controlled glimpse at something they're
- To observe aquatic animals - At dusk, nocturnal
animals, such as lobsters in salt water or catfish in fresh water, become active.
Other animals that are difficult to approach by day, including many fish, will
let you get closer at night. Still others that you're quite familiar with will
look very different at night. Coral polyps open at night to feed, for example,
making the reef look "fuzzy" and colorful instead of hard and rocky.
A new look at old sites - The mystery of night diving gives a new perspective
and appeal to dive sites that have lost some of their daytime fascination . Night
diving gives you a new reason to revisit familiar dive sites.
chances to dive - For many, diving during the work-week means diving at night,
due to work schedules that typically make day diving impossible except on weekends.
Colorful dives - As you recall from your entry-level course, water absorbs
color so that the deeper you dive, the less colorful the scenery. When night diving,
however, your dive light's beam doesn't get filtered through very much water,
so you see more vibrant "true" colors that you may miss without a dive light.
- Three scuba dives.
- Maximum depth 60 feet.
Dives conducted any time from sunset until sunrise.
- Recommended that
the night dives be conducted at a site where the student has dived during daylight
- Read Night Diving chapter in
PADI Adventures in Diving and complete chapter review.
- Dives can
be completed locally or during any tropical trip where night diving is available
by boat or by shore diving.