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Night Diving Specialty

Half of your life is at night...why not be able to dive ALL the time?

Night diver specialty course is an exiting course designed to give the diver training and experience with diving in Zero light conditions (diving in the dark).  It is usually conducted following the advanced open water certification.   The course is structured around three night dives conducted over two separate diving evenings.  Students are introduced to the added equipment requirements of night diving (lights and backup lights), in a controlled and safe environment. Students also learn to navigate in the dark, and for this reason good underwater navigation skills are a plus.  Marine life is very different at night, so what you might see different from daytime aquatic life is also a wondrous part of the course.

The course is made up of three open water dives and a classroom session.  Dive planning is very different when conducting a night dive, it's challenging when the lights are out, but it's nothing that a well trained diver can't handle.

  • Identify the personal diving equipment required for night diving.
  • State the safety rule regarding the use of new or unfamiliar equipment on night dives.
  • Explain the importance of carrying two underwater lights while night diving.
  • State seven features all good dive lights should have.
  • Compare the advantages of both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries.
  • Explain why some dive lights should not be switched on above water.
  • Select a suitable dive light based on personal needs and environment.
  • Outline three uses of chemical lights or similar markers and where they should be attached.
  • Carry out user-level, post-dive maintenance on dive lights.
  • Care for a flooded dive light.

These are just a few of the "equipment related" topics that you'll learn during the night diving course.

Prerequisites are Open Water Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition you will find that your ability to navigate underwater will significantly enhance your comfort at night.  If your not sure about yours, you might consider taking the Underwater Navigation Course prior to this class.

Course Cost is $125 and includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives.  By this point in a divers training it is important that a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your own gear is preferred).  Additional night diving specialty equipment is provided for class use such as strobes, personal markers, etc.  A dive light, a backup light, and a slate are essential for a student to have when night diving, but are not included in the course fee.


The Learning Materials Included

Night Diving – there’s really nothing like it. With the right training and a little bit of planning, night dives can be as easy as diving during the day. PADI’s Night Diver crewpak (manual and video on DVD) will help you prepare for your first night dives with a PADI Instructor. Topics covered include: tips for navigating at night, night diving etiquette, establishing an entry and exit point, and how to maintain your underwater light system






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