What is black water diving?

This article is for new scuba divers that are not familiar with black water diving. Black water diving occurs at night and in open water. It typically takes place at dive sites with minimal or no light. We call it “black water diving” because the water appears black due to the lack of light. It is a type of night diving but the two terms are not always synonymous. Night diving typically refers to diving after sunset at sites nearer to shore. Dive sites like we the Blue Heron Bridge where ambient light from nearby buildings is enough to dispel some of the darkness.

Black water diving is a unique and exciting way to experience the underwater world. It allows divers to see a variety of marine life that is not typically visible during daylight dives. This includes species such as squid, eels, and deep-sea fish attracted to the surface at night to feed.

This type of diving requires additional equipment. It also requires that the diver be certified in night diving before attempting. Black water diving presents additional challenges and hazards compared to daylight diving. For example, divers must carry dive torches to navigate and see their surroundings. You have to be prepared to deal with the potential disorientation that can occur in low-light or no-light conditions.

Overall, it is a thrilling and rewarding experience. It allows divers to explore the underwater world in a new and exciting way. Many dive sites that you visit during the day are entirely different at night. With the right training and equipment, you can enjoy them in new ways.

If you are interested, you can learn more in this article titled “The Magical World of Blackwater Scuba Diving” at scubadiving.com.


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