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    Grouper
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    for all you anxious night divers

    out there.
    The best way to start night diving is to go before dark. Time it that your dive is approximately 1/2 hr light(dusk), then it will just get progressively darker, and you will adjust as you go. In at light, out at dark.
    Remember, dive plan, choose a site you know. and your light plus at least 1 back-up light, a personal (tank) marker(glow stick, light ) of your choice........all that said.....just go for it!!!
    With the privilege of diving, comes the responsibility of conservation.

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    Night diving is awesome. I did my first night dive late last summer and it was midnight when we got in the water. It was a site we had dived many times, but going at night made it a whole new experience!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boates View Post
    out there.
    The best way to start night diving is to go before dark. Time it that your dive is approximately 1/2 hr light(dusk), then it will just get progressively darker, and you will adjust as you go. In at light, out at dark.
    Remember, dive plan, choose a site you know. and your light plus at least 1 back-up light, a personal (tank) marker(glow stick, light ) of your choice........all that said.....just go for it!!!
    Good plan. That's the way we did our first night dive, and everyone was very comfortable with it.
    "Stay thirsty my friends"

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    Good idea. Many of the creatures you would like to see at night are also active at twilight.

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    Going to be doing my 1st night dive this fall in St Croix. I've done the same dive in daylight so it should help with any nervousness I have.

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    I had a great time on my first night dive. I'm having trouble convincing the wife to give it a try.

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    I loved night diving so much that I did the padi specialty (just to have the card I guess ) I agree, starting at dusk is the most fun. My thoughts on lighting; in clear water you CAN have too much. You don't want to scare all the critters away nor blind other divers. With multiple divers, try putting a different color glow stick on everyone's tank valve. It's pretty cool to look around and know who everyone is.
    Diving is safe.....People are dangerous!

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    I've never had a bad time on me night dives. My first sal wate night dive was a little spooky because I was sure something was going to come along and eat me. When they didn't I just kept at it. One thing I've done is had different color glow sticks for buddy pairs on larger groups. That way if you do get separated by a little, you know what color to look for. I've also noted a lot of charters put a strobe on the ascent line to help you find your way home.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    I've also noted a lot of charters put a strobe on the ascent line to help you find your way home.
    I can see how that would help you get back to the boat, but how would it help you find your way home? I use a GPS for that, but I'm always willing to learn new tricks from you elderly folks.
    Diving is safe.....People are dangerous!

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    I will be doing my first night dive this weekend in Cozumel and I can't wait. While I was doing my deep dive last year the sun was starting to go down we were in a lake with mountains all around (near Lawton) and as we went deeper it got dark. My instructor only had a small backup light with batteries that really needed to be changed before we went in (they didn't), I had no light 50 feet down it was dark has vis about 1 foot. I kept thinking some large fish was going to swim by and suprise me. So I now have a new light, beacon, and great vis to look foward to!

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