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As the sun sets on your favourite scuba dive site, it magically changes into a wondrous new world beaming with different life and things to see. Night diving allows you to see the underwater world in a new light and re-explore a new site in very different conditions.

Just as above water, there are different animals that come out at night, while others go to sleep. Come closer to sleeping fish and see the nocturnal crayfish scavenge the area for food and see a whole new array of animals.

Quick overview of the PADI Night Diver Scuba Diving Course in Cape Town

  • Duration: 2 days
  • 3 x dives
  • Minimum age : 12 years
  • Bring your swimsuit, towel, a warm jacket and a snack (torches are included)


The PADI Night Diver Specialty Course is conducted in the evenings. We normally meet at the Into the Blue Shop in Cape Town at 6pm, and divers can expect to be finished by around 10pm a night. The course consists out of theory and 3 practical scuba dive sessions in the ocean around Cape Town.


Divers have to read the PADI Night Diving Manual, and complete and review the knowledge reviews found in this manual.


The practical side comprises three dives:

  • Number 1: Navigation at night
  • Number 2: Navigation at night
  • Number 3: Leading a dive at night, lights out exercise    


  1. Isn’t it scary in the dark?
    Not at all. We all go with our own torches and it opens up a whole new world of interesting critters to see which is very exciting to us.

  2. Why would I want to dive in the dark?
    There are different fish that come out at night, which means that even if you have dived the same site before, there will be new things that you will see.


What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017


Jayson De Ath

Super and very professional setup. Glad I was able to dive...

with them and would not only recommend diving here, but look forward to the next trip to dive with again.

Kieran Biddulph

Aswome set up Relly nice friendly staff resonably priced