Equipment: An essential for a Night Dive…

Last year on our Red Sea liveaboard, the most popular PADI course Debbie and Rob ran was Night Diver.  I won’t go into the details of the course here: it’s there under the Specialities in the Learn to Dive section of this site, but what was interesting is the number of divers I see on Liveaboards clamouring to do night dives (qualified or not) who end up hiring a torch from the boat.

Costly, (€5 a night normally) often older technology and a bit dim, hire torches are OK, but they don’t get the best out of a dive. The excuses most divers make is either cost or weight…  neither is really valid.

Varilux make a cracking little travel torch.  Weighing in at under 400g with the battery (not as heavy as a tee shirt), kicking out 1000 lumens, very robust, and costing much less than four holidays worth of hire fees, what’s there not to like?  If you are a UK diver too, it makes a really good option for poking around wrecks too, or as a back up light to bigger lights.

Treat yourself: you won’t regret it!

Another Assistant Instructor!

Best wishes and congratualtions to Jamie Keeble, no longer Dive Master Jamie, but AI Jamie!

Achieving Assistant Instructor rating is no mean feat: you have to be a Dive Master first (a full on internship in it’s own right) then, once you’ve got that nailed,  it’s the same exams, lectures and in water work that you take for the full Open Water Scuba Instructor.