PADI Night Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Scuba Diving Night Diver Specialty Course? What could you possibly see on a Night Dive that you couldn’t see during the day?

The thought of diving at night seems unusual. 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. Even if you’ve dived the same dive site a hundred times before, there is a change in the type of organisms you are likely to see, creatures that come out out to hunt or scavenge only after the sun gone down. Diving at night allows you to cast a light into their mysterious nocturnal world,things in the dark that you would miss during the daylight hours. If you find yourself curious about what happens underwater at night, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course is that you get a new perspective on the underwater world, and get to see creatures  that you don’t normally get to see during the day.

What will you learn?

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. You will learn about:

  • Light handling and communication techniques
  • Correct use of dive lights, SPG, Compass & depth gauge at night
  • How to enter and exit the water in the dark
  • How to Identify nocturnal aquatic life
  • How to observe plants and animals differing or changing behavior at night

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least three Open Water night dives that range from 6-12 metres /20-40 feet.

  • Demonstrate how to communicate with hand signals and dive
    lights while night diving.
  • Navigate to a predetermined location using a compass/natural
    features and return to within 8 metres/25 feet of the starting
    point, surfacing for orientation only if necessary.
  • Demonstrate proper buddy procedures by maintaining buddy
    contact throughout the night dive
  • Remain in a stationary position for three minutes, on the bottom, with no dive lights on.


  • Minimum age 12
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher

What will you get?

Apart from the awesome experience of  having dived at night, you will also get:

  • PADI Night Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Night Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion course to the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. If you have an interest in Underwater Photography, then shooting unusual underwater subjects probably appeals to you – and the nocturnal realm has  it’s fair share of those!  Shooting photographs at night has additional considerations & hazards that makes intuitive photographic skills an essential tool to make sure you safely get the best photos.