Night Diving

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Winter time is Night Diving season!  The sun angle is so low during December and January that a good dive torch is an important piece of kit for day time diving anyway, so why not do an afternoon dive and a night dive. The best life is seen at night, and with the shorter days as this time of year, we can set off for our Night Dives at a very civilised 4:30pm to 5pm!

Preparation is the Key

Night diving is exhilarating, and relatively easy if you are well prepared. To get the most from your diving, with the minimum of hassle, it is best to dive in the afternoon to make sure you have everything right.
 Plenty of of thermals, properly weighted, settle on the right set of gloves, mitts or even dry gloves! Get your scuba unit, torch , camera all set up for your night dive while it is still bright out. If you are night diving from a boat get your kit on board and stowed well before departure time.

In the spotlight

Night diving makes us slow down and see amazing colours and details that get skimmed over during the day.  Dive Light technology is improving all the time, not only are modern torches less likely to flood but with LED bulbs and Lithium Ion batteries available, they are brighter, whiter and lighter! (in weight). A back up light can be bought for as little as €38… you’ll find it handy for day time dives to look into crevices and under ledges. A primary light doesn’t have to cost a fortune, (although some do!).. But the excellent Scubapro Nova Light 230 costs just €104! It uses 3 of the standard C size batteries, which will last for 14 to 18 hours. So it’s cheap as chips to run and your path ahead will be well lit by it’s very bright 230 Lumens Hi-LED bulb, which has a rated lifetime of 50,000 hours!


Up close and personal

 With curious fish and crustaceans swimming up to peer into your camera lens … (instead of other divers!) night diving is a photographers dream.

If you’re heading out night diving from a boat, your skipper will check that you have a torch attached to you at all times. Many personal floatation devices have a small light on them, but your back up light attached to your wrist or clipped into your drysuit pocket is the ideal companion!

PADI Night Diver Specialty Course




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