Should You Get a Dive Light?

Should You Get a Dive Light?

Dive lights are one of a scuba divers most versatile tools.

Even on daytime dives underwater flashlights give the diver opportunities for exploration he won’t experience when entering the water without any light source.

Once at Devil’s Den in Florida I teamed up with two other divers for a tour of the cavern. Leaving the open area we found an air space with just enough distance to the overhead rock to let us surface and breathe without regulators.

The space was dark. I pulled out my MM-B80, rode it around the space, and that ride rewarded me with the opportunity to examine fossils in the ceiling rock.

It also gave my dive buddies a chance to have a look around. Later they thanked me for having the forethought to carry a light along even though the day was bright with sunshine, and blue skies.

Diving in rock quarries around the Midwest gave me the habit of keeping a dive light in a pocket of my buoyancy control device (BCD) all the time. I check the batteries as part of my equipment preparation before every dive.

I dove in some of those quarries so many times over the years that they don’t offer much to see any more. After all my aquatic visits I have every inch of each sunken object (cars, boats, dental chairs, even a coffin in one quarry) cemented into my brain.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy diving those quarries still. No such thing as a bad dive for me.

These days rather than go exploring on the wrecks that I know so well I fin to the rocks.

Poking my head into all those spaces between the huge rocks that lie piled up around the bottom of the quarry gives me new rewards every time I get wet.

It’s always a fun treasure hunt. I find something different in those rocks almost every time I get into the water.

From time to time I find a scuba mask that some diver lost. You know when you’re floating at the surface, and you drop those things they sink. And they don’t sink straight down either.

Nope. Those masks slither sideways as they fall toward the bottom. No way of telling which direction that mask will coast. That’s how masks get lost. Sometimes they slide quite a while before they touch down.

One time I found a dive knife in one of those holes in a pile of rocks. Funny thing about that find is the knife was still in its sheath. It didn’t have any straps attached, and looked as if the diver failed to secure the sheath to his leg or BCD. Might be it fell from a pocket the diver forgot to close.

Often I find some real interesting fish hiding inside those spaces. At one quarry I found a hole that had rebar placed vertically across the front. It looked like the bars of a prison cell. Behind the rebar was a huge catfish. He looked like a prisoner.

Those rock cavities are always dark. Even on a bright day you can’t see inside them without a dive light, and especially not well enough to read HSI flat iron reviews. And if you don’t carry a light along, you never know what you miss.

A small dive light makes a perfect gift for scuba divers. It’s compact, and easy to carry in a BCD pocket. It gives the diver an opportunity to explore places where even the sun’s beams won’t reach. And small dive lights are inexpensive.

When you think about gifting that scuba diver in your life consider a small dive light. You can’t go wrong.

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