All you need to know about SNUBA

by Female Abroad

I have always wanted to go scuba diving, but I felt that, due to getting swimmer's ear quite easily as a child, I would probably have an issue trying to regulate ear pressure, so when I was SNUBA, I thought it was a great opportunity to try the closest thing to diving.

What is SNUBA?

For this experience, you are attached to a tube through your mouthpiece that connects to an oxygen tank that floats at the surface. Due to this, SNUBA® is a brilliant fusion of scuba diving and snorkeling, allowing people to experience the best of the underwater environment. In a manner, it serves as a transition from snorkeling to scuba diving without having to go into the deep end too soon. An important thing to note, however, is that despite the fact that SNUBA is similar to diving, it cannot be regarded as SCUBA diving training. Some people think that this seamless transition helps them mentally get ready for scuba diving, so they start with SNUBA before getting their PADI. However, SNUBA does not have to be used to work before getting your diving certificate, as it works well on its own and gives you the chance to view much more than you would on a regular snorkeling tour.

How is SNUBA different from snorkeling?

With the convenience of a breathing device, SNUBA enables you to dive deeper and experience more so you don't have to swim to the surface as soon as you run out of breath nor do you have to stay at the surface to keep breathing. There is also an added a layer of safety by allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the experience and swim around freely while still being attached to the raft.

Important thing to note: Basic swimming abilities are necessary because SNUBA® dives take you about 20 feet down, it helps to feel at ease in the water. You do not have to go down to the bottom of the ocean nor the full length of your tube.

How safe is SNUBA?

Depending on how you book your SNUBA trip, they may do things a little different, but they will all have the a certified instructor or guide that will brief you on:

  1. hand signals to use while in the water
  2. either on the beach or boat, will help get your gear fitting properly.
  3. Once in the water, the instructor will practice breathing
  4. explain how to pop or equalize your ears while descending
  5. how to clear your mask.
  6. how to clear your regulator if it falls out
  7. fit you with a weighted belt to make diving easier
  8. the sea life you can expect to see in the area
  9. usually "do not" items like touching sea life, coral, ascending / descending too quickly

Equipment Provided & What to Bring

Equipment provided by your tour:

  1. Diving Mask
  2. Fins
  3. Weight belt - optional
  4. Regulator which is connected to a tube
  5. Raft - this is where your air tanks will be floating
  6. some excursion groups may provide drinks like water or juice

What you will need to bring:

  1. Swimwear
  2. Towel
  3. Change of clothes
  4. Waterproof camera
  5. Watershoes - optional
  6. Flip flops - if you will be going on a boat and don't have watershoes
  7. Reef safe sunscreen / lotion
  8. Cash for tips

Remember to leave items you do not want to lose at your accommodation (i.e. jewelry)