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Night diving - what is it like?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Dogbowl, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    They're quite nice to have when you're breaking down the gear and for making sure you haven't left anything, as well :)
     
  2. Todd Bissonette

    Todd Bissonette Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York
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    Hi @Dogbowl. You should definitely try out night diving! Every new type of diving that you do gives you more options, more experience, and more opportunities to move forward with your diving! If you haven't done your Advanced Open Water you can even do a Night Dive as one of the dives in that! Here's a little vid I did down in the Keys a cpl of years ago... the vis wasn't great, and there was some surge... But still a super fun dive!

     
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  3. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Good point. I forgot to mention about the backup light, which part of my safety gears that I always carry with me in my BCD pockets, as shown below.
    1. PLB1
    2. Knife
    3. Whistle
    4. Dive Alert
    5. Flashlight
    6. Mirror
    7. DSMB
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  4. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    That's one thing I've adopted from the GUE/tech crowd: the BP/W with a backup light on one of my shoulder straps. That way, I always carry at least one light. It's always attached to my harness. I never go diving without a cutting device (usually a BFK on my left calf, and a trilobite on my harness), and I usually stuff a dSMB in my DS pocket as well.
     
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Dan _T, What do you do with the mirror--shine your light on it?
     
  6. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    That mirror is for day time signal to reflect sunlight to a boat when you are lost at sea.
     
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  7. RayfromTX

    RayfromTX Student Of Gas Mixology Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hill Country of Central TX
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    The coolest creatures come out at night. Take it slow and keep your buddies swimming as a team, especially in a popular site as it can get a bit confusing if your group mixes with other groups and you just become a big knot of lights and fins. There is whole new set of signals to learn with your lights. On surfacing, purging your reg while shining your light into the bubbles can alert your boat and other boats to your presence. The dives can end up shallow and really long as they are quite relaxing.
     
  8. Richard Alexander

    Richard Alexander Angel Fish

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    Location: US
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    Love night dives. It’s a completely different world. Dived in Curasao and first night out I turned around and was accosted by a sizable squid that seemed to glow in the dark. Way cool.
    Night dive in Cozumel. The world comes alive. Our guide took us to a barren area of sand. Turn off our light and wave our arms.
    The ocean lit up with bioluminescents.
    Very exciting
     
  9. Anthony Jones

    Anthony Jones Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Morehead City, NC
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    It depends on where you dive. I got some of my night dive videos on my YouTube page.

    Earl Jones III
     
  10. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    Here's a few noob questions, if you don't mind:

    When I'm diving with my camera, which has two wide-beam video lights mounted on arms, do I need to bring a third, narrow-beam light as a backup?
    If yes, what's the best place to put it? Clip it to the BCD by a lanyard, put it in a BCD pocket, mount it on the camera housing with a cold shoe adapter or a triple clamp?
     

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