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Should we dive at night?

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by jomcclain, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How many night divers do you think are out there? It's hard to imagine so many that they would have any kind of real impact.
     
  2. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I noticed a few years ago that these modern lights there are being used are way too bright and disturb everything way too much! I use my current light on the lowest setting and it still puts out more light than any of my old incandescent lights, even the giant 8 D cell and 12 volt models!
     
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  3. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My dive lights are all 1000 lumen or more. What I do if I need to use one in a situation where it's too bright is hold the light from the head and let my fingers completely cover the front of the light. Then move your fingers slightly so there is a small slit. Works great for "dimming" a bright light.

    When you're comfortable with less light, try turning it off as previously mentioned.

    However,

    Having a nice bright light is important to me on a night dive so that I can turn it on and let it dangle while waiting for pick-up after the dive. This way the boat can easily see me. Just make sure not to shine your light at the boat as that will temporarily blind the people on it.
     
  4. skippy311

    skippy311 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes! :)
     
  5. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    What about other divers underwater? You didn't even mention them, although you obviously are capable of blinding them with your torch. And a lot of guys like you certainly do.
     
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  6. Raphus

    Raphus Barracuda

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    At kpt dons there are 10-30 night divers every night. I think its enough to have an impact
     
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  7. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

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    I had the crap scared out of me night diving at Capt. Don's. I was sure I was either about to be abducted by aliens or run over by a landing 737.
     
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  8. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

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    By now I have probably done well over 100 night dives from Buddy Dive, often covering the reef in front of Cpt Don's.

    As many divers as there are some nights, there is a great deal of reef that is NOT being disturbed.
     
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  9. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Nassau Grouper

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    Do an Ostracod night dive. Pick a day when the moon sets before the sun sets and you'll see something truly amazing. Contact Paul with Bon Scuba and he'll take you. Most operations will only do it 5-6 nights after the full moon.

    Jason
     
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