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    Question 1st nite dives, do as specialty?

    We are going to GC in 10(yes 10) days- have unlimited shore diving as part of package-thinking might be worth it to do 3 night dives as specialty because:
    1-will have experienced night diver(DM) with us, and we have never dived in the area or at night
    2-specialty costs as much as getting a guide for 3 dives
    3-low volume of guests doesn't guarantee finding a suitable buddy(ie someone who is sober and has real experience-would hate to feel need to look at their logbook
    4-after 3 dives with DM should be able to navigate house reef comfortably by ourselves on last 2 nights
    any thoughts?

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    I'm a fairly cautious guy. If I was doing my first night dive of any kind - I would want a guide. If the cost of the guide is the same as a specialty dive class, why not squeeze some extra education out of it.


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    Ditto, if the cost is the same as having a guide, you might as well get a little training.
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    I'm always an advocate of having a guide or DM, when in doubt, or unfamiliar waters. In fact I'm rarely on my own in the ocean without some sort of guide. However, that being said, we did a night dive off of a boat on Sunset Reef in GC, and we did not have any problems finding our way. First, the visibility was great so we had no trouble finding the boat's flashing beacon. Second, we went with a big group, so it was always easy to spot other divers by their lights, and Third, it was so shallow (25-30 feet), that we could always pop our head up and get re-oriented if we really needed to. Also the reef area where we did the dive was not that big and had some very recognizeable features. I would imagine that if you have a good flashing beacon for the entry/exit point and a compass, you will not have any issues navigating your way on most house reefs. Of course these are famous last words.

    On the other hand, it was nice having a DM on the boat to prep us, and also to point out some things to look for, and interesting things to do (or not do) on the dive, like feeding blood worms to anemones, where the local turtles sleep, the parrot fish nest, etc.

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    I say take the class if you've never night dove and it costs the same as the guide. Even with a night diving cert, I'd be hesitant to jump into dark waters I'd never been in on my own the first time (on own meaning without someone who knows the area).

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    update- glad we took the class, yes, did learn more than a few things and it was a good feeling to be able to plan and execute our dive on final night including navigating exactly back to entry point, being spot on with estimated air consumption and even dealing with primary dive light failure(intentional sabotage on DI's part to see how we handled situation?)

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    Glad to know it went well. Had the same light problem too. It was a fun course.

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