Blackwater diving is a night dive in open ocean, well away from a reef, over very deep water. We aim for 3 kilometers away from the shore where the seafloor is over 1000 feet away. When we are at the drop zone we cast out a free floating lighting array that acts as our dive center and attracts in planktonic life. There is no noticeable current during a blackwater dive so it feels like diving in a supermassive dark swimming pool.
The largest migration of animal biomass happens every single night as animals migrate from the mesopelagic zone unto the epipelagic . In simple terms, plankton (pelagic life forms of fish, corals, and invertebrates) migrates from the dark depths to the oceans surface each and every night. This offers us the ability to see otherworldly lifeforms that are otherwise far beyond the reaches of scuba diving.
That experience was offer by the professional photographer Robert Stansfield
Robert or Rob for the close friends is a published and multi-award-winning photographer. He organizes many macro workshops on Cozumel. Robert is an ambassador for the SUPE, the MARELUX and KRAKEN brands and has been a diver since 2000. He is also a TDI Cave Diver and an SSI/PADI instructor. Before becoming totally dedicated to diving and underwater photography, Robert worked as a touring video engineer for live events, including with big recording artists in rock and roll music.