Night Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve dove this site many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

Prep for Night Dive
Lobster Patrolling at Night

In the Night Diver course you will introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that come out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.

Night Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Night Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 12 years old
  2. Be a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Night Diver Course Details

The Night Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (3)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Reading his Night Diver Manual

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Night Diver manual, as well as the optional Night Diver Video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Like previous courses, each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Completion of All Knowledge Reviews in Your Manual
3. Classroom Session to Discuss Knowledge Reviews
4. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer Session

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Octopus on Night Dive

2. Open Water Dives

With your knowledge reviews completed, it's time to get hands-on learning in a real diving environment like Lake Mendota, Devil’s Lake, or Lake Wazee. During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  2. How to control your buoyancy at night
  3. Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  4. Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different
Marker Light

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Night Diving experience, you will need the following additional diving equipment:

  1. Underwater lights - primary and secondary
  2. Tank markers - chemical lights, marker lights, and/or strobe lights for your tank
  3. Surface support lights - for marking entry / exit point (if applicable)
  4. Dive flag & line marker lights (if applicable)

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your open water dives.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and send you off with your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as PADI Night Diver.

Course Price Includes Everything You Need (No Hidden Costs)

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Night Diver Manual

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.