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TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 11:08
ok so im gettin ready to take my advanced diving course. one of the things we have to do is night diving :)

I can't wait. can some of you share your experiences though? so I can get an idea :smiley20:

navyhmc
07-27-2009, 11:10
Most of my night dives have been a lot of fun! It's an entirely different experience once the sun sets. Enjoy!

Don't get too hung up on what's n the water that you can't see. Pay attention to not only your compass, but your surroundings.

TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 11:15
yea I'm not too worried about it. after diving in the florida keys I have wanted to do a night dive hearing all of the experienes and such. The only thing I think i might do is at first be worried that all I can see is my lights radius. But im sure ill get over that pretty soon like whenever i see the first school of fish :)

Travelnsj
07-27-2009, 11:26
I've done a few nite dives.....Number 1 on the list is the Manta Ray dive in Kona number 2 was the Zoo in Wakatobi and number 3, 4, 5, 6 and so fourth is in Lembeh Straits.....Although I am not the biggest fan of Nite diving....you see some of the coolest things.

TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 11:28
I live in Florida and we dive in the gulf of mexico. maybe 45 minutes away from where we launch and ppl have said that you see octopus and sharks and stuff. im so stoked

SugarInWater
07-27-2009, 11:35
I've done a few night dives. It's cool to find some sand, take a knee, and turn off your light for awhile. Spooky! I find navigating at night a bit easier then during the day especially if the boat ties a strobe off on the ladder. Also, turning off your light and waving your hand in front of your face is cool, you'll see plantkton glow.

TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 11:40
yea! some of my buddies said you can see the phosphorus in the water :)

were still gettin a class together for the advanced class and as soon as they get enough well be on our way. I already have my open water and nitrox cards.

DMWiz
07-27-2009, 13:15
I don't know how the viz is on your side of the state, but out east is great for night diving usually specially with a little moon light. I really enjoy doing the Ft. Lauderdale wrecks at night and hunting is always better at night specially for lobsters :D

fire diver
07-27-2009, 13:22
yea! some of my buddies said you can see the phosphorus in the water :)

were still gettin a class together for the advanced class and as soon as they get enough well be on our way. I already have my open water and nitrox cards.

Slight correction... It's Bioluminescence.

Anyway, night diving is exactly like daytime diving except you have to use a flashlight to see most things. You will have the chance to see some things out about on the reef that are hiding during the day.

TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 14:03
oh ok I thought it was phosphorus lol. either way its still cool :)

TRiggER2117
07-27-2009, 15:57
I don't know how the viz is on your side of the state, but out east is great for night diving usually specially with a little moon light. I really enjoy doing the Ft. Lauderdale wrecks at night and hunting is always better at night specially for lobsters :D


idk how the night diving is but I know the day diving is pretty good. nothing like south florida though. its AMAZING down there. we actually used to live in ft. Lauderdale and my dad dove there a lot but I was too young to dive then :)

Flatliner
07-27-2009, 16:10
I find it more relaxing.

thor
07-27-2009, 17:28
It is the closest you will get to feeling like an astronaut

Desert_Diver
07-27-2009, 19:12
I was a little nervous in the begining, but now I'm a believer. Night dives are a whole different world. Different critters and the envrionment looks different at night.

Try to dive the site first during daylight in order to get the lay of the land.

Sharpen up your nav skills. If possible, leave a tank light or a strobe on the anchor chain. It makes finding your way home much easier.

Don't worry what's out there beyond the reach of your light. It's the same stuff that is out there in the day.

Watch for reflected red light. Some of the little critters are easy to find if you look carefully at the little pin pricks of reflected light.

Be careful at certain locations at certain times of year. Light attracts some stinging kinds of critters. You will be most vulnerable entering and exiting the water. (Sea lice come to mind as an example.)

Have fun. Dive safe.

Art

DMWiz
07-28-2009, 10:37
I don't know how the viz is on your side of the state, but out east is great for night diving usually specially with a little moon light. I really enjoy doing the Ft. Lauderdale wrecks at night and hunting is always better at night specially for lobsters :D


idk how the night diving is but I know the day diving is pretty good. nothing like south florida though. its AMAZING down there. we actually used to live in ft. Lauderdale and my dad dove there a lot but I was too young to dive then :)

Depending on where you are it's a short run out here... I know a few people who do that all the time.

Come on down!

TRiggER2117
07-29-2009, 09:06
I don't know how the viz is on your side of the state, but out east is great for night diving usually specially with a little moon light. I really enjoy doing the Ft. Lauderdale wrecks at night and hunting is always better at night specially for lobsters :D


idk how the night diving is but I know the day diving is pretty good. nothing like south florida though. its AMAZING down there. we actually used to live in ft. Lauderdale and my dad dove there a lot but I was too young to dive then :)

Depending on where you are it's a short run out here... I know a few people who do that all the time.

Come on down!


we might just do that after I get a few more dives under my belt. I know the viz there can get pretty good at times

Genghis_Khan
11-24-2009, 08:46
I don't have too much experience in night diving. But doing it in Curacao in September/October 2005 during the coral spawn is in my memories as one of my best expiriences in diving.

jet126
11-24-2009, 09:09
Have you gone yet?

Something else to keep in mind: if you see something cool try not to shine your light on it for too long. Fish use cover of darkness to hide from predators, too. You might be putting a big spotlight on someone's dinner!

BRsnow
12-05-2009, 13:55
I did my first night dive after OW down in Cozumel and was so relaxed, my air consumption went from about 45 minutes, to over an hour with plenty of air left during my dives the rest of the trip. It really made me a much more efficient diver and you see some incredible things...BR

samerjb
12-06-2009, 09:36
I did my night dive as part of AOW few days ago...I liked it more than day diving...I saw more fish, different kinds & they were not swimming away as usual. The atmosphere was very serene & yes...I felt like an astronaut!

BuzzGA
12-07-2009, 21:27
I like night diving...just go slow...you'll see more and use little air. Remember, don't turn your light off (50/50 chance it won't come back on) if you want to "turn it off" just hold it against your body

kat
12-07-2009, 21:47
I like watching bigger fish eat the smaller ones at night...the big ones seem to follow just hiding in the shadows until a meal appears in the light.

navyhmc
12-07-2009, 22:11
I like night diving...just go slow...you'll see more and use little air. Remember, don't turn your light off (50/50 chance it won't come back on) if you want to "turn it off" just hold it against your body

That and test both your primary and backup(s). I had my primary go out and the first of my backups decided to flood... I just KNOW a Big 'ole shark was waiting for that moment to strike. Thankfully the backup backup worked and he/she swam off for other less prepared night divers. :smiley36: Just KIdding...Sharks, p'shaw! It's barracudas and tarpon you have to worry about....:smiley36:

Chilkie
12-14-2009, 14:52
Be careful at certain locations at certain times of year. Light attracts some stinging kinds of critters. You will be most vulnerable entering and exiting the water. (Sea lice come to mind as an example.)



Art


Sea lice??!!!?? Ewwwwwwwwwwwww.....

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rayaa3
12-14-2009, 15:46
I love the night dives, to see the critters that hide during the day. Also at night since I bring light with me, I see a lot more color on the reef.

Have a nice light, it makes all the difference in the world. I like the LED lights. Rental lights provided by the shop often aren't as nice, and are nearly have dead batteries. Of course there are exceptions.

whichwayis_up
12-29-2009, 22:28
First night dive was in Bonaire. Nothing like having a huge tarpon swim right under you from behind. All I saw was a flash of silver!

thesmoothdome
01-10-2010, 17:39
I like night diving...just go slow...you'll see more and use little air. Remember, don't turn your light off (50/50 chance it won't come back on) if you want to "turn it off" just hold it against your body

That and test both your primary and backup(s). I had my primary go out and the first of my backups decided to flood... I just KNOW a Big 'ole shark was waiting for that moment to strike. Thankfully the backup backup worked and he/she swam off for other less prepared night divers. :smiley36: Just KIdding...Sharks, p'shaw! It's barracudas and tarpon you have to worry about....:smiley36:


You people use lights when it's dark? I figure that's just gonna bring the sharks :).

workhorse
01-13-2010, 12:15
best time to see the critters is at night! and bugs! love bug hunting at night. the whole experience is great! gearing up, catching, cooking (with beer), and eating (with more beer).

diverg
05-16-2010, 16:11
When I first started night diving I was really apprehensive about it. I would cancel the dive in a heart beat. On my first and only live abroad trip to Roatan in 1999 I recall to night dives that I was not comfortable with. The first one I didn't even suit up. I was going to do it, but saw a big a** barracuda sitting right at the jumping off point. I skipped that dive. LOL! Later in the same trip I did start the dive with another person from the boat even though I was apprehensive. We got the briefing hit the water and somehow got lost. We spent some time trying to figure where we were and how to get to where we where supposed to be. By the time we found our bearings I had had enough and called the dive. I let my partner know I was through he chose to continue on.

Next time I'm on a Flower Gardens trip with the dive club. It is time for the night dive. I'm suiting up, ut still nervous about doing it. Hit the water and it was a perfect dive. Vis was great, and I just had a great time. I haven't had a problem doing night dives since although usually I could care less about doing them., but now it more because by that time I am usually in relaxation mode. LOL!

Bill A
05-28-2010, 13:46
As many here I truly enjoy night diving. I'm from So Cal so all of my night dives have been in or around our kelp forests so It may be a bit different than Florida or other warm water areas. My first time was on Catalina Island in the divers park below the casino so the lighting around the casino roof lit the water quite nicely. That was sooo many dives ago but I think my favorite is a pre dawn dive where you get wet at maybe 5 or 6 in the morning or at least before dawn and watch the sun rise in the kelp forest...... now thats way kool. You just sit on the bottom in the kelp and shut all the lights off and watch the sun rise. Probably the most frequent purpose is hunting bugs after dark and i have had the best luck doing that freediving in the shallows like 15- 20 fsw. They don't seem to know your coming.
Bill