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    Grouper
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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzGA View Post
    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. Just KIdding...Sharks, p'shaw! It's barracudas and tarpon you have to worry about....

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert_Diver View Post

    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.)



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


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    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.
    Slowly exhale, relax, your brain will kick in...and if you can breath and think calmly, there's not too much you can't figure out, in any part of life.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzGA View Post
    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. Just KIdding...Sharks, p'shaw! It's barracudas and tarpon you have to worry about....

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

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    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!

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    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

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