FEATURES OF A NIGHT DIVE

DEFINE A SAFE PROFILE

Safety comes first on a night dive.

In general, it is better to plan a "calm" dive, avoiding going into a zone involving deco stops. And favour groups with a maximum of 3 divers for more safety. You'll quickly realise that it is not necessary to go very deep to be blown away by what you see. The 20 metre zone will be more than sufficient to have a great time exploring every nook and cranny.

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conseil caractéristiques plongée sous marine nuit subea

SUITABLE EQUIPMENT

What's more, communication is different...

"Doing a night dive" requires a few extra precautions such as logic and compulsory use of a torch. This will allow you to light your way, make yourself visible and communicate with others. Because at night,we light up our signs (be sure to go over the few specific gestures) and our instruments: compass, phosphorescent pressure meter, etc. Safety is our watchword in this sport (we can never say it enough!), and so some divers sometimes take an emergency light as well as a flash light attached to their jacket or cylinder, or a chemical light stick in case their lighting fails. Believe me, these little accessories are really worthwhile... And in the event of a problem, you'll always have a solution to make you visible!

STANDING OUT IN ANOTHER WORLD...

You might well know sites like the back of your hand in broad daylight, but it's quite another matter at night...

It might be difficult to locate your familiar landmarks or to find the anchor dropped on the ground, a marker that usually indicates that you are at the entrance to a cave... You'll only be able to count on your beam of light, your compass and your team-mates! Talking of your team, be careful to remain at the right distance from each other and check regularly that they are close to you. That's a basic diving rule you might say, but you need to be particularly vigilant at night! Don't go too far from the boat either, as it's the main indication of your position, normally equipped with surface and/or submerged lighting to guide you better during your exploration. Finally, for anyone diving from the shore, and there are many of you, trust your instruments above all to get you back to dry land without any difficulties!

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ONE LAST TIP

Enjoy yourself!

At night, you get to see specific underwater life as species that come out of their hiding places when others join them to get some rest. Pay attention and respect this fauna that is resting peacefully right next to you. You don't like be dazzled with a torch right in your face (understandably), nor do the fish! Regardless of the dive site, you will get a wonderful show! Imagine the comatulidia, the "carpets" of slate pencil urchins, amazing crustaceans that finally come out of their nooks and crannies, convoys of cuttlefish off to find food or even the magic show of the Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus).

You will soon understand that a night dive is an interesting part of being a diver! Once you've got over your apprehension, you'll marvel at this unusual world. And, just like after every dive, you'll come out of the water with a smile on your face, completely refreshed.

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