|PADI Night Diver Specialty|
|Minimum age: 12
Minimum qualification: PADI Junior Open Water Diver
|Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean to say that the fun’s over. Not by a long way. All it means is that the night shift is coming on duty. Whilst you’ve been heading back to port for a very welcome beer or two at the end of a great days diving, all those creatures that have been hiding all day come out to play.
If you thought the coral was colourful during the day, just wait to see it in glorious technicolour as it’s caught in the full glare of your torch beam. As a PADI Night Diver, you’ll be one of the priovileged few to see these sights.
|You’ll almost certainly find that certain parts of the reef that you thought were a bit bland in daylight positively glow in the dark. I’m not kidding. All sea creatures have their own unique colours and markings but sometimes during the hours of daylight with the sun streaming through the water, they’re not too obvious. Caught in your torch beam however, they’ll show their full spectrum of vivid colours. Emerald blue, ruby red, flourescent greens and yellows.Tiny shrimps and crabs that have piercing red eyes that light up like cats eyes in the road. All of those sea urchins that were wedged between the rocks and coral during the day crawl out to feed at night. That’s when you see that far from being that flat dull black colour that you saw during the day shift, they are in fact a very rich deep blue that’s almost purple. What’s more, between their thousands of spines they are covered in tiny pinpricks of vivid ruby red dots that positively shine.|
|If you’re very lucky, even the sharks will come and have a look. They sometimes get attracted because of all the diving activity in the water. No we’re not dinner! Because of all the torch beams flashing about in the water, the fish activity picks up and that’s dinner! You’re also more likely to find octopus walking about on the open sand because like a lot of other sea life you’ll get to see, they also hunt at night. As you can see, there’s a whole new world out there after dark and if you don’t night dive, you’re missing one of the most amazing experiences of being a diver.If you don’t night dive, you’re not a diver.
We’ll show you how to organise and safely carry out a night dive
It involves a self study portion and 3 open water dives (In the dark!)
Any other options?
Of course there are. We always have options in life.
If time constraints are a problem, instead of coming along to us for your self study and classroom sessions, why not complete the PADI eLearning course at home or in the office? That way you can complete all your academic studies on line in your own time and then come to us for the open water dives.
You can find details and sign up for your PADI eLearning materials here.
(NB: the cost quoted on the PADI website is for the training materials only: call us to find out the cost of the diving element of the course)
Think about the delights of night diving in warm water on a multi-coloured reef. Do your qualitfying dives on one of our liveaboard trips and make learning a blissful experience.