Choosing the right dive light makes a big difference, as most divers know. Having the right dive light not only enhances a diving experience but it’s also crucial for safety. There are many different variables to consider when choosing a light, including the grip style.

Types of Grips

There are three different styles of grips for dive lights today. One of the newer styles is a wrist mounted system that allows divers to navigate with greater freedom of movement. The second style available is called a pistol grip. Like its name suggests, the pistol grip light features a handle on the bottom of the light that is grasped similar to a pistol. Finally, the third type of light is a lantern style dive light. This option is often preferred for divers.

The lantern style of dive light features a handle mounted to the top of the dive light and curved over the top. It’s easy to grasp and aim the light when diving. Additionally, divers find that the lantern grip is a comfortable one to use on longer dives and often prefer this option. The lantern style beam may make it easier for divers to aim their light in a specific direction as well, more so than other styles of grip.

All three of these grips are available for lights but are generally used for primary dive lights. Because a primary light is usually a heavier light, divers need a strong handle. Stick lights are usually secondary lights and much more lightweight.

Before purchasing any type of primary light, divers should test out the grip of the light to see which ones works best for them. The diver’s hand size and style of diving may be a deciding factor when choosing which light to use. When testing out dive lights, look for ones with each of these three styles.