Do you love the adrenaline rush of a fast drift dive? Do you dream of a night on our luxury liveaboard VIP One during full moon, a night dive when it is very dark, or do you love underwater photography and wish for calm still seas?
What are all of these questions about? Well have you ever considered what the moon is doing when you book your Red Sea diving holiday? Is she waxing, waning, new or full? The moon’s cycle can have a great affect on your diving experiences. Whether you are a seasoned SCUBA diver or a fairly new to the SCUBA world, you soon begin to form preferences for SCUBA diving disciplines. With these preferences in mind, have you thought about booking your dive holiday within a specific time?
Spring is in the air and more importantly for Red Sea SCUBA divers it is the Spring Equinox on the 20th March. The latin word Equinox means ‘equal night’ when the daylight hours are approximately equal to the night hours. This event has a particular effect on the tides and consequently the tidal currents, which will therefore have an effect on our diving experience. On this day there is the greatest rise and fall in tidal levels which translates to fast, fun and exhilarating drift diving.
If you are diving with the Red Sea Diving College during this period and have not dived in currents before, consider signing up for the PADI Drift Diver speciality and learn to ride the currents in style and of course safely.
Ras Mohamed National park and the Straits of Tiran can provide some amazingly fast and thrilling drift dives around this date. If you are a SCUBA diving club or a group of friends who love this type of diving why not consider booking VIP One. Our expert Captain will know the best times to jump. Fast currents also have an effect on the marine life and you are more likely to see larger pelagic fish hunting in stronger currents.
It is not only the Spring Equinox which affects the currents. Twice a month the Red Sea is influenced strongly by the full and new moon. The moon’s pull is stronger than the sun’s, because the moon is much closer to the earth than the sun is; therefore expect stronger tidal currents at full moon than during the new moon.With this knowledge in mind you can plan the best time to visit the Red Sea depending on your diving preferences. For the PADI underwater digital photography course it is probably better to dive in calm seas. It makes it easier to get that ‘shot’ if you can stay neutral and still. When you dive the wreck of the S.S Thistlegorm, consider a new moon phase; as weaker currents allow for easier diving and better air consumption. A night dive is better in pitch darkness, but drift diving and sightings of pelagic fish are better during full moon phases.
If you want to leave it up to the experts then let the Red Sea Diving College team of experienced Instructors guide you through the best dive sites at the best times. Even if the moon is changing all the time, there is one constant. The Red Sea, 365 days of the year is blessed with a massive array of corals and fish, wrecks, and interesting topography that is it every SCUBA divers paradise.