Dive at night? Why? If you’re new to diving and have never tried it, the idea might seem strange, or even intimidating. What can you see at night that you wouldn’t during the day? Think about a nocturnal stroll through a familiar park. At first it seems a little scary perhaps, but as your eyes adjust to the dark you relax, recognizing the familiar paths and trees. It’s the same place you’ve seen many times during the day, yet somehow different.
Your flashlight illuminates a jasmine blossom that opened at nightfall; you almost didn’t recognize it as the same flower you see during the day. The birds that normally flit about are gone, but a different bird – one you’re not familiar with – whistles in the darkness. It’s the same park, but already you’ve discovered something new and fascinating about it. Visiting a favorite, familiar dive site at night can be like visiting a whole new dive site. You may feel a little bit anxious about going underwater in the dark – no worries, that’s natural and for some, even a bit of the fun. But, as you explore applying the techniques you’ll learn in this section, you’ll find curiosity and excitement replacing hesitation and anxiety. Chances are, before the dive ends you’ll be fascinated with night diving, already ready for your next.
• Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
• How to control your buoyancy at night
• Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
• Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different
You will need 3 night dives to complete this specialty.
To enroll in the PADI Night Diver Specialty, you must
• Be 12 years or older
• Have a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
• PADI Night Diver manual
• PADI Night Diver Manual
• PADI Night Diver Specialty certification card
Excludes: Resort related costs
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PADI Night Diver certification counts toward your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – the highest non-professional rating in recreational diving.
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