If you are thinking about hitting the water, and are wondering whether snorkeling or scuba diving is the right choice, it is important to have the proper information. There are distinct differences between the two sports when it comes to everything from training, fitness ability, equipment, and even psychological makeup.
Snorkeling allows you to observe fish and algae in calm water
To begin with, think about your purpose for pursuing this activity. Do you want to simply enjoy the recreational time while observing fish, reefs, and algae in relatively calm water? If you are comfortable floating on your stomach, face down in the water as you bob around in the surf, snorkeling is a great option. The diving mask and tube allow easy breathing as you keep your face submerged. If you find that the tube has gotten filled with water, or you decide to hold your breath for a quick dive, it can be easily cleared by blowing hard to expel the water from the tube. People commonly don swim fins, adding more power to kicking legs, allowing you to skim across reefs or dive down a short distance.
Snorkeling does not require any special training
If you want to try snorkeling, you won’t need any special training if you use a safety vest and stick to shallow areas, you don’t even have to know how to swim. When it comes to psychology, if you don’t have a lot of experience swimming or aren’t familiar with water, you can prepare yourself by sitting down in the water near shore floating using your safety vest. However, you must learn to hold your breath for short amounts of time. Then you are ready to head off to explore the undersea world of sea turtles, fish, and shells.
When it comes to safety, the biggest danger when snorkeling is having watercraft such as jet skis not see you, as the only visible indication is a small tube above water. You can improve your visibility by using a snorkel tube that is reflective or applying patches to your safety vest to help others spot you from a distance. It is important to remember to leave shells and coral alone in the water. Never touch!!!
Scuba diving allows you to go underwater and observe sea life
Scuba is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is another way you can work underwater or observe sea life. A knowledge of scuba diving opens up a world of recreational activities, including shipwreck and cave diving, ice diving and cenote trips. The biggest differences between snorkeling and scuba diving are the level of fitness required and the amount of training necessary. Similar to learning how to drive, you will need a professional certificate to prove you understand what you are doing.
Scuba diving requires a specific training
This is issued by the Professional Assoc. of Diving Instructors (PADI). You must also be able to psychologically handle the strain of being underwater with a full mask covering your nose and eyes. You breathe by inhaling and exhaling through a mouthpiece called a regulator that connects to the tank of air you carry on your back. Many destination dive locations and shops can provide you with a four-day course which includes spectacular hands-on dive experiences while you learn. Prices vary greatly, so make sure you research ahead of time to ensure you are getting a good course with licensed instructors.
Cost is another major difference between snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkeling simply requires a face mask, and an air tube, with optional swim fins. In areas popular for water sports, you can often rent equipment for use during the day for a low price, or find them inexpensively at most sporting goods stores.
A PADI course can provide you what you need to Scuba dive
Whether you opt to scuba dive or snorkel, you are sure to enjoy the fun and relaxation as you experience the magical undersea world and its many enchanting creatures. Think carefully about your budget, expertise level, fitness ability, and how much time you are willing to invest before making your decision.