Before I started my Dive Master Training (DMT) with Sairee Cottage Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand, I’d never been night diving before. I’ve got a fair few under my belt now, but I still recall the feeling of that very first one. Jumping into the balmy 28C (82F) Koh Tao ocean just as the sun had disappeared over the horizon was bloody magical.
Excitement levels were at an all-time high, and we were the only boat at the dive site. I remember descending and looking over at all of my new found DMT best mates, realising that we all had the goofiest grins on our faces. And if you’ve ever seen someone full-on smile with a regulator in their mouth, you’ll know how silly that looks.
I head out night diving whenever I can now. The feeling of being underwater in the pitch black is what I imagine being in outer space would be like, and is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. So next time you get the opportunity to head out for a night dive, jump on it (or in it, I guess).
On one of our last scheduled night dives, my dastardly doctor had banned me from diving for a few weeks because of a wee little scratch on my knee. Okay, it was a huge hole being held together by stitches from a motorbike accident, but whatever. Fearing a bad case of FOMO, I grabbed my Canon 5D Mark III and joined the crew to take some photos of their night dive from the surface.
Night Diving In Koh Tao
Where’s your favourite place to go night diving?