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Liveaboard nightdives question.

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by Ministryofgiraffes, May 5, 2019.

On liveaboard I would or I do prefer:

  1. Night dive to be before dinner starting just after sundown

    71.2%
  2. Night dive after dinner at around 7pm or later

    28.8%
  1. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Manta Ray

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    on the last couple of liveaboards we have asked the captain if we can move the night dive to an earlier time, just after sundown with dinner being an hour later ( this usually means dinner at 8pm as opposed to 6pm and night dive at around 6:30pm as opposed to 7-7:30pm)

    Reasons for this include being too tired to nightdive after dinner, too full, not being able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine with dinner, proper shower before dinner in your P.Js etc.

    We honestly have had no complaints from anyone and most people have gone out of their way to comment on how they now prefer it..I’m obviously conscious that this may not in fact be the case though. Can I just have a quick straw poll asking if people prefer or not.

    The only challenge we once had was a guy putting across a valid argument that the nightlife may not be fully awake yet, but after the second day he conceded that this wasn’t the case and he actually preferred it.

    Keen to hear thoughts/opinions.
     
  2. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    I prefer to get the last dive after sunset when its fully dark as I like to have a beer with dinner. Thankfully this is how all the boats I have been on so far have done it.
     
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  3. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

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    On the only liveaboard I've been on the night dives were before dinner, and started at sundown. It worked out quite well.
     
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  4. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've never been on a liveaboard; I'm surprised they would do dinner before the night dive. I prefer to eat around 8pm whether I'm diving or not, and I very much prefer a drink with dinner.
     
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  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    I've seen it done both ways. I suppose I prefer dive first even though it makes dinner kind of late. If dinner is first, the desire to crash for the evening often overtakes my desire to night dive.
     
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  6. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

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    We comply with the usual practice of the boat, but most LOBs that we have been on have the night dives after dinner and any night divers refrain from drinking at dinner. The idea is that it will be fully dark and the nocturnal creatures will all be out - rather than a dusk dive when the day critters are going to bed, but the night ones are not yet awake and active.
     
  7. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    We do usually have much better luck on true night dives, rather than the "changing of the guard" dusk time. Definite trade-off.
     
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  8. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

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    I haven't been on one so this is something I'll have to find out before I go.

    Maybe just mix it up, one option, then a different one for the next day?
     
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  9. Redfoot

    Redfoot Regular of the Pub

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    We did both on the TC Aggressor. The late night dives were my favorites of the whole trip, but the dusk dive was nice as well.

    We only had a few night divers, everyone else threw in the towel early and let the rum take over!
     
  10. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Manta Ray

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    Location: Toronto
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    i considered suggesting this, but on reflection, one of the great things about liveaboards is that you just get into the routineand can go on autopolit... all of the diving can put the body under quite a bit of strain and there tend to be older divers on liveaboards, so 'i' and i imagine most of 'they' much prefer a routine to stick to... if you start mixing it up, it can get a little overly fatiguing....

    i'd hate for someone to decide not to do a dive because of some idea i had....
     

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