You’ve been to shipwrecks, towering reef walls and even caverns, but have you ever explored your favorite diving destinations at night?
Diving is exhilarating in its right to be certain, but night diving adds an extra bolt of adrenaline, and highlights some of your favorite dive spots in an entirely new light or rather, lack thereof.
During a night dive, fluorescent fish and corals stand out in a crowd, and normally timid crustaceans and other critters come out in full force to feed and explore. It’s a strange new world!
A world that you’ll typically have all to yourself after the day-trippers have left and is worth trying at least once by every die-hard diver.
So how to you get your feet wet in night diving? It all starts with a little extra training, a few new supplies and an excitement to try something new.
An advanced open water diving course typically incorporates more challenging and varied dive types, including night diving skills. You’ll want to start with a little formal training to ensure you know what to expect.
See what courses are available in your area. Sign up to get yourself mentally prepared for a night diving adventure as well as more difficult types of diving expeditions.
The equipment you’ll need for a night dive is surprisingly almost identical to what you need for a daytime dive with one big exception, lighting. You’ll want to invest in both a primary and secondary dive torch/light to ensure you can safely navigate the dark waters.
Both rechargeable and traditional battery operated lights will do, but many dive instructors recommend that divers come prepared with one of each. Standard battery operated lights tend to be the most reliable, but a rechargeable torch or light will save you a lot of excess vacation funds on new batteries for multiple trips.
Many expert night divers attest that the best way to ensure a good first dive is to start with a dive site you’ve been to before and are somewhat familiar with. This rule will make it less intimidating.
It also makes it easier to navigate as you recognize different landmarks along the way. You’ll probably cover less ground but will do more detailed exploring as you uncover nooks and crannies where the nocturnal critters are known to congregate.
Once you’ve had some practice, you’ll discover there is a myriad of world-renowned sites that are even better after the sun goes down. Plan a trip to Raja Ampat off of Indonesia – one of the most acclaimed night diving sites in the world.
Or check out coral-stocked destinations in Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and around Chuuk Lagoon. With so many sites to discover and re-discover in an incredible new environment. Night diving can provide an exciting new perspective of the constantly moving world beneath the surface.