If you are into diving, then you want to try the unconventional from time to time to test your limits, and what better way is there to do this than simply get your scuba diving gear and take a dip into the deep at night? Sounds like a simple enough idea, doesn’t it? Well, not when you look at the potential dangers that lie ahead, which is why you need a guide before jumping off into the deep.
Let’s take a look at what you need to think about:
1. Only go to familiar territories
A night dive is very different from a day dive; during the day, you have the gift of sunlight. At night, you don’t. It is therefore, important that before going out in the night, you know the layout of your diving area. This helps you avoid obstacles and keeps you confident and assured. If you intend to go down there at sunset, then first take a test dive during the day in order to familiarise yourself with the layout. There are in fact some night dive operators that won’t let you in at night if you have never been there during the day.
2. Get out while there is still some sun left
The common practice of most diving tour operators is for diving boats to set out before the sun sets. The reason is that you will need a little bit of sunlight to see where you are going and get your scuba diving gear ready. In addition to that, a little sun gives you a little confidence as opposed to setting out when it is pitch dark, which a lot of people will tell you is the most intimidating job they ever had to pull off. This also applies if you are diving offshore, whether alone or as a team.
3. Do not forget to carry a backup light
Obviously, you will need your primary source of light. However, there is always the small chance that this may fail, backfire or get lost. This is why you need to pack an extra source, which could be anything from a small torch to a glowlight. Once in the water, avoid using the lights unless you really need them, especially if there is an emergency. Your naked eye can see pretty well in the dark, given that you set aside a little time for adjustment. After all, nothing is more adventurous than finding your way around in the deep dark waters.
4. Keep your diving simple and shallow
It is night, so you don’t want to move around too much. Keep a regular trajectory of movement and always avoid areas that you know to be too deep or complex to navigate. The professionals say that 60 feet is about the maximum depth you can go at night, so keep it strictly below that. Most people keep it between 30 and 40 feet; you are however free to test your limits as long as you don’t go beyond the 60-feet threshold.
5. Take care of marine life
Like us humans, most aquatic animals will work or move around in the day and lay down at night. You are looking forward to a diving experience that does not upset them because the water is their bed. If you are using a light to move around, do not turn the full gaze on them. Shine your torch off the animal and you will still get the view you are looking for. Never take this lightly, as some of the bigger marine animals like sharks will at times get aggressive and make way toward the source of light.
6. Carry a reflective tape
Chances are that you will end up dropping stuff here and there, so a good idea would be to attach this type of tape to your items. This means should you drop anything, you will be able to retrieve it by simply shining your light upon it, you won’t have to fumble around in the dark.
If diving during the day is fun, then diving at night puts a golden crown on the entire experience. All you need to do is carry the right gear, be confident and restrained, and try as much as you can not to disturb the guys nodding off at the bottom of the water.