PADI Night Diver Specialty Course

PADI Night Diver During the PADI Night Diver course, you will experience one of the most fascinating types of diving. There is a natural curiosity and a chance to see animals that are normally active only at night. Plus, you get a different look at some of your favorite dive sites. The course consists of three dives, all done between sunset and sunrise. You will learn some of the basic procedures for diving with lights, navigation techniques, and general considerations when choosing dive sites at night. Prerequisite: PADI Open Water Diver or higher.

From the PADI Night Diver Instructor Guide:

Course Philosophy and Goals
"Is it natural curiosity? Is it getting a new look at the familiar? Could it be the vibrant changing colors of aquatic life? Or, is it just because you can, that night diving is so popular? Whatever the motivation to dive at night - you'll find that the environment is quite different. Imagine hovering over a large pumpkin-size brain coral, and watching a group of parrotfish that are easily three to four feet long, weighing in at 50 to 60 pounds each trying to sleep. The creatures, paying no attention to you, on some secret signal from one of their group, lower their heads under the reef ledge and secrete a mucous sack that envelope their bodies rather like a bubble. Typically, these interesting creatures wouldn't spend the time of day with a diver; however, the cover of night changes their behavior."

"Picture your dive light penetrating the cold dark emerald sea. You see her lying there on her side. You feel what the hapless crew must have felt on that cold stormy day - you begin to have that uncomfortable sensation as you descend through the night above her main deck. Suddenly, a slithery wolf eel darts out of the darkness in front of you and you realize the sea has begun to give her new life. What had once been a wheelhouse of a container ship is now a home for marine life. Thousands of cold-water friends scurry out of their hiding places by the unintentional blinding of your light. You move cautiously and slowly to allow the timid nightlife to settle."

"Keep that thought, the philosophy of this course is to focus on seeing in the dark things you miss seeing, or that appear differently during daylight dives. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying diving at night. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in night diving within recreational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life."

"The best way to learn night diving procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, expands student diver knowledge about night diving equipment, evaluating dive conditions at night, using and maintaining dive lights, night navigation techniques, and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they'll see while night diving. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Night Diver Manual and watching the companion video on at least three open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of diving at night."

We typically conduct the Night Diver course on tropical trips along with local dives sites during the summer months. See our Trips Page for trips that may include the Night Diver Course or go to our Class Schedules.