SNUBA is a form of introductory diving that allows people with no training in scuba to experience what it is like to breathe underwater like a scuba diver. SNUBA is the registered trade name (SNUBA International, Inc.) for the underwater breathing system. The word SNUBA is both a portmanteau of the words 'snorkel' and 'scuba' and also and acronym for Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Snuba has been in operation worldwide for over 20 years and has sucessfully taken over 4 million people on underwater tours.
Tropical islands and beaches are one of the most popular travel destinations. Before the introduction of SNUBA visitors were resigned to snorkeling, touring in a glass bottom boat, or spending vacation time learning to use scuba diving equipment in order to see the coral reefs. SNUBA has opened up the underwater world by offering nearly the same expereince of scuba diving, but in a simpler, safer manner. This introduction to diving has in turn led many SNUBA participants to later take dedicated scuba diving courses to learn how to safely dive on their own.
There are so many activities available aboard today's cruise ships it is sometimes hard to choose. The following is a list of cruise lines that offer SNUBA Underwater Tours at some of their destinations. Inquire about SNUBA aboard your cruise.
There are two main choices when considering a SNUBA dive while on holiday - Beach or Boat.
A Snuba dive from the beach is a very good way for people who are not very confident to get used to being in the water at extremely shallow depths. Snub tours from beaches generally visit reefs that are just offshore of some of the worlds major tourist destinations. Beach dives are often much cheaper as they do not include transportaion and boat costs. A beach dive is good if the guest does not have a whole or a half day to commit to a boat tour. A Snuba dive from the beach will usually take approximately 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours including the safety briefing, gear preparation, Snuba underwater tour, and debriefing.
Usually presented as full or half day tours, Snuba boat dives are able to visit islands and reefs that are further afield. Getting further away from the beaches often presents clearer water and less crowds. Many Snuba boat dives are offered as an add-on to snorkeling tours for those that want to get closer to the marine life. Boat dives can be done from speedboats, which get guests to the reefs quickly and also have shallow drafts allowing the boats to drop guests on deserted beaches and do more exploring. Large boats and catamarans, which offer more room to spread out and relax. Lunch is usually served on board large boats and the main purpose is to spend the whole day on the water with no land stops.
Snuba does not require the guest to purchase or rent any equipment. All Snuba underwater tours include all of the gear you will need to participate. Guests will use the following pieces of equipment while SNUBA diving:
Of course if guests have their own mask or fins they can ask their Snuba Guide if they will be appropriate for the Snuba dive.
All SNUBA Guides are experienced licensed diving professionals. Before training to become a SNUBA Guide experience and training to top levels of a recognized diving organization (PADI, Naui, SSI, etc.) is required. Snuba guides are chosen based on their diving experience, safety, and professionalism. Each Snuba guide has recieved and additional level of training on the use, safety, and guidance of Snuba underwater tours. All Snuba guides are licensed and insured members of SNUBA International, Inc.
SNUBA is NOT dive training. Before attempting to scuba dive on ones own, proper training is required.
Pay close attention to your Snuba guide's safety briefing. Never let anyone (husband, family member, friends, etc.) force or pressure you into doing something you are not comfortable with. Discuss any concerns with your Snuba guide before going on a Snuba dive. Snuba guides are trained to inspect all equipment and evaluate all participants prior to every Snuba dive.
After your Snuba dive if you are interested in going to the next step and trying scuba diving, your Snuba guide can assisst you in locating a reputable dive training center / organization.
All Snuba Recreational Centers are members of the Reef Alliance. Coral reefs are fragile living organisms and with a little understanding, they can be preserved for hundreds of years to come. All forms of diving help to make people more aware of our coral reefs, what they are, and how to protect them. However, all forms of diving also have the abilty to expose coral reefs to damage.
Please following these guidelines while Snuba diving, scuba diving, or snorkeling:
After your Snuba dive ask questions about what you saw and tell others about what they can do to help preserve our tropical reefs.
Snuba's safety record among introductory diving is quite impressive. Over 4 million dives and not one insurance claim for injury. The Snuba system is designed with every aspect of safety in mind and Snuba guides are trained to ensure your dive is a safe and fun one. However, diving does carry with it risks that one should be aware of.
If you have any preexisting conditions (especially respiratory or cardiovascular conditions) consult your physician before Snuba diving.
Your Snuba guide will thouroughly cover the prevention of pressure related illnesses before your Snuba dive. Pay close attention and follow each rule.
Be aware that flying after diving carries certain guidelines depending on the number of dives and time before flying. Consult your Snuba guide for more details before diving.
SNUBA Regional Offices
SNUBA's Regional Offices provide support, training, and quality control for SNUBA International, Inc. Regional offices are a good contact point for more information about SNUBA.
Hawaii Regional Office - Steve Foulger 523 Ekahi Way Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753 Phone / Fax: +1 (808) 875-2866
Riviera Maya Adventures - Alex Edelmann Centro Comercial Marina Edificio C Local 2 Q. Roo, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico 77780 Phone / Fax: 011-52-1984-876-2358
Thailand International Office and Training Center - Matt Croft 48 / 22 Moo 2 Tambon Rawai, Amphur Muang Phuket 83130 Thailand Phone: +66 81-91-SNUBA (76822) Fax: +66 76-289-638
SNUBA Japan - Sunny Kamiya 6-47-3-301 Ooyma, Ginowan City Okinawa Japan 901-2223 Phone: (098) 829-0577