Discover new sensations with night dive speciality
Many beginner divers have often asked me what they could see well during a night dive. The answer is simple, everything is different. Still, we’re talking about scuba diving with a standard scuba unit, fishes, bubbles ? Night dive speciality will provide all the answers to your questions with 3 dives.
The environment change
The main environmental element that changes is the luminosity. A night dive is happening between the sunset and before sunrise. There is no specific time as sunset and sunrise differs depending on the country where you are. Natural daylight will give way to darkness. But the human eye is well made, because even at night, just let your eyes adjust low light, you can see objects, their shape and contours. It’s exactly the same underwater.
An accessory that will be useful for night diving specialty, is the torchlight. The main purpose of a torchlight is to light with its light beam. Regardless of the size and power of the light, it will allow you to see objects and animals, it will restore the colors hidden by darkness. The light also serves as a communication method. You can illuminate your hand so that your partner can see the hand signals. You will a signal with your light if your buddy is too far away.
During daylight, our eyes tend to scatter, because of all the colors and life teeming underwater. At night, our eyes will focus only on the light beam. With a low luminosity, you will be amazed to see animals so small when you are not careful doing daylight.
At night the fishes are sleeping
All fishes do not sleep at night. But most fishes hide away after darkness come, then more strange creatures come out. It is not uncommon to encounter sponge crabs, octopuses, squids, holuturis, barracudas, groupers, moray eels. At night the predators hunt.
Hidden skills of the night diving specialty
The night dive speciality is done in 3 dives, so over 3 nights. You learn how to handle a night dive, safety procedures, communications codes, orient yourself with a compass and especially the good practices.
Night dive speciality develops unsuspected skills. In other diving organizations, night diving is considered as low visibility diving. If you have already dove into a stop-pit or a lake, you know what I’m talking about. These are exactly the same skills : communications, safety procedures, orientation with the compass, use a torchlight. This speciality teaches you not only dive at night, but also to deal with low visibility or luminosity. Your dive light you will not only be useful during your night diving specialty, you can reuse it for wreck diving or deep diving.