Night Diving is a a different style of Diving Phuket and some scuba divers either love it or they hate it. If you have never been on a night dive, than you might say “why should I?” The answer is easy… Yes, you should! … as many underwater creatures, which you not see during a day dive come out to feed at night and you can easily spotted them in your torch beam.
Many of these species you only see at the back of holes or under rocks, but by night they can be found in open spaces. The vis underwater is obviously restricted by the darkness, however this situation should not be mixed-up with low or bad visibility, which are usually caused by particles suspended in the water.
Our house reefs at Kata Noi and Karon Noi are perfect places for your first night dive. Also our Phi Phi Overnight & Raya Noi Overnight are a good opportunity for a night dive. And not to forget a Thailand Liveaboards trip to Similan Islands.
At a night dive you concentrate on what you see in your torch beam and you realize that a dive site you dive at night often have a lot more life than during a day dive. Which is actually not true, but during the day your horizon is wider and you may not see all that is there.
Please note that a night dive is seldom totally dark and if switch off your torch, you will be supervised at the amount of light there is. Reflected sunlight from the moon & starlight are the main sources, however once your eyes have become accustomed to the darkness you may see the water glowing, and when you start moving the disturbance causes a display of phosphorescence, which is caused by phosphorescent plankton giving off a glow when they are disturbed.
The use of a torch allows you to see easily under the water and, because the light source you see instead of the usual blue green look during daylight, the bright colours that actually exist. Plants & animals that look black during the day are suddenly coloured in scarlet’s and purples. Notably, Under Water Photography benefit from night dives.
Night diving can provide a great experience, however it has to be done safely and has to be properly organized. You need to stick to the standard rules of scuba diving and must apply in addition to several other things that must be in place before you can start.
What You will learn:
- 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
Prerequisites To enroll in the PADI Night Diver course, you must:
- Be 15 years or older
- Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)