So, what exactly is a “Bonfire Dive”? It’s still a relatively new type of dive, where it originated from, I’m not exactly sure, the first time I heard about it was when a group of divers I was guiding had decided to do a “Black Water Dive” (more on this in our next bog) and we had to cancel due to bad weather. That was when one of the divers suggest we do a bonfire dive, which can be done in a sheltered bay, unlike the Black Water Dive which is done out in the open ocean.
Any diver who enjoys night dives can do a Bonfire Dive, simple to organize and you don’t need any specialized equipment or training other than the usual for night diving. What you do need is as many underwater lights as you can get your hands on, the more powerful the better, and a big roll of duct tape comes in handy. Basically, you tape all the lights together making a “Mega Light” make sure you can still reach all the switches and you have a light for yourself, your buddy and any other divers that might be joining the dive.
Now you’re ready for the dive, you need a dive site with a steep slope and not too much current, I’ve found sheltered bays facing out into deep water work well, jump in, head down to 30ft/10m and find a place to secure your “Mega light”. Makes sure it’s facing out into the deep water, its not going to fall over and of course it’s not on any sensitive marine life. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is where the dive gets its name from, as the lights resemble a bonfire.