TIPS FOR USING DIVE LIGHTS
In many locations, the action really picks up on the reef after the sun sets. Here are a couple of scuba gear tips that can help you stay safe and get the most fun out of your next after-hours diving excursion.
- A primary dive light and a backup light. The primary light should be the larger and brighter of the two. 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. Make sure both lights come with a lanyard. Remember, though, that if the primary light fails and you switch to your backup, it’s time to end the dive.
- Reflective gear or tape. Many wetsuits, fins and masks have neon color accents, making it easier to spot divers in dark water. If your gear is mostly black, consider putting some reflective tape on it.