Scuba diving is familiar to us as that adventure sport which gives the thrill of being deep down in the mighty waters, letting us explore a whole new world that is present deep down the seas. What is more intriguing, than a regular scuba diving in the day is a night dive – when you experience something that is several times more amazing than a day dive!
Here are the top 3 reasons why night diving is awesome!
- Unveil the true colors of the sea
The light during the day in the oceans is mostly blue and all the sea creatures seen are not at their best of their vibrance. With the night diving torch light, you will realise that things look much more beautiful than seen in daylight. A diver who gets accustomed to the night diving light can see some really spectacular things that are treat to the eyes!
- Acquaint to the “dark” creatures
The creatures that come out in the night are something to be looked out for. Octopus, lobsters, squids, some species of sharks and many others that lurk around during the day and turn up for the show only in the night. If you are lucky enough, you will also get to see some underwater hunts!
- Trippy “living” lights
The naturally occurring phenomena in the oceans is the bio-luminescence. They are the living plankton things that illuminate in the dark. To view this, you will have to turn off your flashlight and wave your hands. The motion of the plankton makes them emit light. This view is just enchanting to the eyes! Some places where you can see the bio-luminescence are – Bali, Indonesia; California, USA; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Baa Atoll, Maldives; Krabi, Thailand etc.
Among the night dives in India the best are at Havelock Island (Night diving at Havelock).
The concept of scuba in the night definitely is a lot of fun. However, some risks are indeed involved in these dives. The main risk being, getting lost in the dark. Here are some rules you should follow while you are down there in the dark –
- Make sure the visibility of the diving area is at its best.
- Use a light beacon at the shore for starting point reference.
- Always carry backup flashlight, preferably something more compact than the primary flashlight.
- Always keep track of your diving partner or his light beam.
- Maintain constant communication your diving partner.
- Avoid shining your flashlight in other divers’ eyes.
- The location of your night dive should always be familiar to you. Do not venture to places for a night dive if you haven’t gone there for a day dive.
- Diving should preferably be started before, or during sunset.
- The depth of the sea should be a maximum of 20 meters.
- Caves and wrecks should be avoided.
If you have more reasons for a night time scuba dive, or more precautionary measures that have to be looked at, feel free to add ‘em up by commenting on the post.