If you like scuba diving, try going to the Blue Heron Bridge at night. It’s a great, one-of-a-kind experience. Force-E Scuba Centers's gets a permit just for this event so that you can park and dive at Phil Foster Park past sunset.
Recommended equipment: primary light, back up light and tank light.
Required equipment: Each dive group must have a state legal dive flag with light mounted on top.
When: Sat, March 16 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Phil Foster Park - 900 Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Things You Need To Know About Nighttime SCUBA Diving
SCUBA diving at night isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, it’s pretty cool, but is only suggested for people with at least some diving experience. If you’re not a long time diver, you should, at least, probably have one with you to show you the ropes. For those who have never been before, here are a few things you might want to know about nighttime SCUBE diving.
Stay close and shallow. Night dives tend to be shallow, so you'll have plenty of bottom time to go slow and take it all in. Colors, for example, are much more vivid on a night dive than they are during the day. It's simple dive physics. If you're making a daytime dive in 66 feet of water, sunlight gets absorbed, stealing away the colors. On a night dive, your light source is never more than five or 10 feet away, so the water doesn't take away any of the light spectrum.
Get the right gear. You'll need a primary dive light and a backup light. The primary light should be the larger and brighter of the two. How large and how bright? That's up to you, and your choice may vary depending on the clarity of the water. When shopping for a light, try out several as some have different grips and handles to suit your personal preferences. Your backup — or pocket — light should be small enough to stow easily, yet bright enough to help you find your way back home. Most lights designed for this purpose are smaller and typically shaped more like a traditional flashlight. Remember, though, that if the primary light fails and you switch to your backup, it's time to end the dive.
Know The Signals
Know the signals. If there's one aspect of night diving that is more complicated than day diving, it's communication. You and your buddy should review hand signals before entering the water and agree on the ones you'll use. You have two options: One is to shine the light on your hands so your buddy can see what you're saying. The other is to make signals using your light. You can signal “OK” and “Yes” or “No” by moving your light in a circle, or up and down, or side to side. You can even get your buddy's attention by circling or “lassoing” his light beam and then pulling it toward you. If you've practiced this beforehand, your buddy will know what you're doing.
Should you become separated from your buddy, get vertical and shine your light outward while turning a full circle. Your buddy should do the same and chances are you'll spot each other. If you surface far from the dive boat, point your light at the boat until you get the crew's attention, then shine it down on your head so the crew can see you clearly.