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Night Diver


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The underwater world changes as day creatures retire & nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, enroll in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.



The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you've been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 12 years old, can enroll in the Night Diver specialty course.


Scuba diving at night teaches you to pay attention to details you may overlook during the day. You'll learn:



  • Light handling and communication techniques.

  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit. You may be able to get college credit for the Night Diver course - ask your instructor.

Prerequisites & Requirements


Age Requirement
12 years or older

Course Prerequisites
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)

Time Commitment
Approximately 2-4 hours

Available Languages


Spanish, Portuguese, English.

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.


Along with your basic scuba equipment, you'll need a primary dive light and want to have a backup light, too. Your PADI Instructor or local">">local dive center staff may suggest other equipment options, such as wearing more exposure protection to stay comfortable after dark.

Getting Started

Read and watch video about night diving, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your three night dives. Stop by your local PADI Dive Center or Resort> to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.