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Late last week Pam had asked offhand if anyone was interested in taking part in a night dive. I was but figured that the with the time it would take to set things up I would have departed the project by the point any dive took place. So it was with much surprise that on Monday night before we departed for the Full Moon Party that Pam tried to gauge interest in a night dive on Thursday March 12. Interested - absolutely. It would cost 1500 Baht for the dive (this tagged with the Full Moon Party costs meant I spent more extra money in the past few days than I probably had in the past month total) but the opportunity was too good to pass up and 9 other of the volunteers agreed.
During the day we actually were on a standard dive day.
We returned to the beach and took the longtail back to the dive boat. On the boat we received a briefing on how to use our underwater torches (flashlights) and how to communicate and keep in contact in the dark water. We decided that we would try to maintain one large group underwater with Pam at one end leading and Marie at the other keeping the group intact.
We were at Koh Si and entered the water together and descended. It was completely different from a regular day dive. Without the sunlight streaming through the water we were left to the light from our torches. As we swam along we encountered two huge jellyfish in our path that everyone made sure to keep lit up until everyone had successfully swam by. We saw more grouper out and about than we typically did during the day. And tiny shrimp, smaller than a fingernail could be seen delving from the coral. Another fantastic opportunity was to smother your light against your wetsuit and then swirl the water around you.
As we swam around I realized that we didn't have all 12 torches in the water with us. I saw Marie for a while but eventually lost her as well. There were four lights in the general area that I could see (mine, Patrik, Mia, and Allison). Patrik gestured to me and we knew that we were coming up on the dive time limit of 50 minutes. I motioned to Allison, Patrik motioned to Mia, and we began a slow ascent to the surface. Since we were only diving around 8 meters there was no need for a decompression stop at 5 meters so we just slowly made our way to the surface. As we came through we saw that there were at least 3 separate groups from our original group (one with Marie, one with Pam, and the four of us). Apparently our briefing didn't do us much good. But everyone was fine. A fantastic experience. But there was to be one more interesting dive story on my last dive day tomorrow.