Do you remember how your surroundings excited you when you were a child? The thought of adventure made you jump for joy. Seeing a new bird, observing a caterpillar, chasing a butterfly, or catching a firefly mesmerized you when you were little. As you became an adult, perhaps some of that adventurous spirit waned. When you learned how to scuba dive, it brought back that childlike curiosity that you thought you lost.
Night diving is a whole new experience
Scuba diving allows you to explore a whole new world and encounter amazing marine creatures. For many divers, scuba diving never gets boring because there’s always something new and exciting in every dive. If you’re a new diver and you’ve participated in several day dives, you can level up the excitement by signing up for a night dive. Get to see and experience your favorite dive sites in a whole new perspective. You’ll be surprised that the dive site you are so familiar with holds amazing mysteries that you never imagined.
Night diving is a totally different experience compared to daytime diving. You get to witness how the underwater world changes when the day fades and the darkness cloaks the waters. Interested in trying night diving in Dubai? Get started by familiarizing yourself with the things that you will need.
Essential gear for night scuba diving
Aside from the diving mask, fins, scuba tank, regulator, and dive computer, here’s a list of vital gear that you will need for night diving.
Since air temperatures tend to drop at night, wearing a wetsuit during your night dive will help protect your skin and keep you warm. A wetsuit or drysuit is usually made of neoprene rubber, a stretchy material that acts as a padding by trapping a thin layer of water alongside the skin.
Dive torch (primary and backup)
Each diver is required to bring his or her own dive light or dive torch during a night dive. The dive torch is essential to see where you’re going underwater and it can also serve as a means of communication in the dark. At the Nemo Diving Center, we make sure that our divers are well-equipped, that’s why we let them carry at least a primary and a secondary dive light. Primary light is for your main use and in the event that the primary light fails, you can safely switch to a backup light.
It’s important to choose a quality dive torch that you can depend on during your night dive. It should have a good light output and we suggest that you choose one that is comfortable to carry around. Keep in mind to secure your dive torch to your body or BC using a lanyard to prevent it from getting lost in case you drop it.
A dive torch can fail when you least expect it. This is the reason why a secondary light source is crucial. Your backup light should also have a decent light output and compact enough so that you can easily bring it with you during your dive.
A scuba marker light, also called dive tank light, is a small waterproof signal light that you can affix to your gear. It will act as a beacon for your dive buddy and other divers in the water. Marker lights enable scuba divers to see and identify each other while diving in the cloak of darkness or waters with low visibility. In case of an emergency, scuba marker lights can help locate divers who are in distress or lost.
A whistle can be a backup signaling device. It is essential in case you need to get the attention of your dive buddy, other divers, or your dive boat.
Ensuring a fun and safe night dive
Equip yourself with these essential night diving gear to make night scuba diving in UAE safe. We also recommend that you read our blog entitled “10 Night diving tips to remember” to guide you underwater.