When most people think about snorkeling, they tend to imagine a nice warm day, the sun shining and the deep blue sea, however, most people do not give a second thought to snorkeling at night. Now it may sound like a crazy idea, however, it is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of snorkeling amongst people who want to try something a little different.
Why Try Night Time Snorkeling
One of the main reasons that people who have experienced the joys of snorkeling at night say that they enjoy it so much, is because it gives them a whole new perspective on their favorite snorkeling site. On top of which, at dusk is the only time that you can see aquatic life that you would not be able to see during daylight hours, because reefs become alive with different aquatic life and fauna.
Getting The Right Equipment
It should go without saying that being safe whilst snorkeling is vital and this is even more important when you are snorkeling at night. That is why before you begin to snorkel at night you should make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and that the equipment is in full working order. This is because snorkeling at night requires extra apparatus and preparation than snorkeling during daylight hours.
One of the most crucial pieces of equipment for anyone looking to snorkel at night is the flashlight, not only will this allow you to witness all of the bright colors of the reef and aquatic night life, but it will also allow your snorkeling partner to locate your position.
Another handy piece of equipment for night snorkeling is the humble whistle. Attach the whistle to your vest and you have an emergency signaling device to alert your snorkeling partner should you get into difficulties.
The reminder of the equipment you will need is almost the same as any daytime snorkeling expedition, and you will need to protect yourself by wearing an exposure suit, gloves and boots as you are more likely to suffer from the cold thanks to the cooler air at nighttime. Plus being in the dark, you are more likely to bump into things and this can cause abrasions and bruises.
Hopefully this article has wet your appetite for night snorkeling and if you do try it then you will be amazed at just how different everything looks from the daytime.