Adventure to Try this Summer – Night Time Scuba Diving

Have you ever gone diving before? While not everyone has participated in scuba diving, many are at least aware of what diving is but, have you ever tried of or heard of diving at night? Night  diving involves suiting up, putting on underwater lights, and enjoying what the oceanic environment has to offer once the sun goes down. For many, diving at night is an even more thrilling experience than the routine daytime diving.

Getting ready for a night dive

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For people who think diving under hundreds of feet of water is scary enough; doing the same in the dark may seem a bit over the top. Though it may sound a bit daunting or even dangerous, it is relatively safe. Safety is rarely an issue when night diving is done properly and with trained and professional divers. As explained by Dr. Donna Blair, a Fresno dentist and diving enthusiast, “as long as you do things the way you’re supposed to, it’s relatively safe. I kind of like it better because it’s a lot easier to see your fellow divers because they’re all wearing lights.”

What’s so different about night time diving?

While many may think that night time scuba diving couldn’t be nearly as exciting as diving during the day when the sun is shining and everything is fully visible, with night time diving, some of the rarer sea animals and scenes can be enjoyed. “The animals that come out at night are so different from those that come out during the day,” said Dr. Blair.

Night Dive at Moonlight in Roatan, Honduras

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During the day time only a certain segment of oceanic life is out and about, while many others hide out until the cover of darkness falls. Once night time hits, a whole new cast of characters can be observed. At night, divers can expect to see all sorts of animals including shrimp, crabs, lobsters, octopus, sharks, barracudas, and many other animals. Coral feeding is another amazing experience that can best be observed at night. And of course bioluminescent creatures ( glow in the dark organisms) can only be observed in the absence of sunlight, making night time scuba diving that much more exciting.


Ladder Labyrinth Night Dive

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Not only are divers able to experience the wonders of night-time life under the ocean, many proclaim that diving at night almost creates a feel and environment that is simply out-of-this-world. “It’s the closest I’ll ever get to being in outer space. I’m weightless and floating in the dark. It’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever done,” explained Dr. Blair.


Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media on a variety of topics. Dr. Donna Blair is a general dentist in Fresno, California. She focuses her practive on TMJ and sleep apnea treatment.