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SNUBA vs Scuba vs Snorkeling
What makes Snuba a unique activity? Snuba combines what is easy about snorkeling with the amazing experience of breathing underwater, but does so in a controlled safe manner.
Snuba utilizes a floating raft, which acts as a platform (almost like the side of a pool) that users can hold onto to practice breathing with their heads underwater and also practice some of the safety measures that the Snuba guide will demonstrate. The raft is designed to be highly visible to boat traffic to reduce the chance of being struck by a boat while on the surface.
The hoses used in Snuba are designed to limit the depth of the activity to a maximum depth of 7 meters. The hoses also act as a personal descent line to allow users to safely and easily control their descents and remain at exact depths to equalize their ears. To return to the surface the user simply walks hand over hand to the surface, which brings them back to the safety of the Snuba raft. The hose may be used as a 'safety blanket' if users prefer to hold on at any depth they feel most comfortable. In guiding small groups the hose keeps all participants together and easily managable for the Snuba guide. No participants can 'get lost'.
Lightweight harnesses allows more people to experience breathing underwater. The harness eliminates the need to wear, and learn how to use, a BCD (Bouyancy Compensation Device)and Air Cylinder, which combined together are extremely heavy out of the water. This opens this activity up to persons who have weak knees, bad backs, are overweight, older, younger, and even those with disabilities.
Soft weightbelts are used to make participants neutrally bouyant in the water. Soft weights are used to avoid injuries to feet on the surface if dropped, as well as underwater soft weights are less likely to damage the reef.
The use of a regulator eliminates the entry of water if used as instructed. Compared to snorkeling where many participants get a few tastes of the ocean they are swimming in or have difficulty clearing the snorkel.
Snorkeling is most often done without guidance. Beginners are often not taught the reasons why they should not stand on coral while wearing fins, are not taught about safety issues regarding snorkelling in open waters.
Snuba diving through Licensed Snuba Recreational Centers ensures that a Snuba Guide conducts a thourough safety briefing, inspects all equipment, and maintains safety throughout the experience underwater.
Snuba allows people to see another world while on holiday in a safe & easy manner.
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.
SNUBA equipment is available only to Authorized Snuba Recreational Centers ensuring safety and insurance standards for all participants.
Scuba diving is a seperate sport and requires that participants undergo specialized training. Never attempt scuba diving, breath hold diving, or hookah diving without proper training and knowledge in each particular field.
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