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The Difference Between Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Diving


 

Unless you are very familiar with each activity, you might not have an idea how scuba diving differs from snorkeling diving. Many people use the terms interchangeably. The activities are unlike for each diver. Scuba diving and snorkeling are very different, though they seem to be very much alike.

Skill Set

According to some people, the ability to swim is not a need for either snorkeling or scuba diving. On the other hand, others say that it would be a foolishness to go in the ocean without knowing how to swim. Others who are saying swimming skills are not necessary might be because of the snorkeling and scuba gears. A wetsuit or vest can be purchased by an inexperienced swimmer that could help him to remain buoyant. The wetsuit and vest may help with buoyancy in keeping you safe in really deep water thus you should trust it.

Snorkeling is also the easiest for most children to learn. They can begin practicing this activity in the bathtub. They can practice putting on the mask as well as breathing exercises. Snorkeling involves being under the water at 30 minutes at a time. These exercises are easy to practice at home, unlike the ones for scuba diving.

Basic Activity

Snorkeling is a laid back method of viewing underwater life. You wear a snorkel, fin and mask and float face down while looking at marine life. Some say that snorkeling is much easier to learn and do because of the ease of the activity.

Scuba diving is more complex than snorkeling. An air tank is to be worn on back that allows much deeper diving. Although at the bottom there are many marine creatures to witness, you aren\’t able to spot them all because the sunlight doesn\’t go to deep depths. Although lights can be carried with you on your dive, it hinders and weighs you down.

Breathing

Breathing is also much different for each diver. Scuba diving involves an oxygen tank to go down to deep levels where you are completely under water. Whereas in snorkeling, you only have to say under water for 30 minutes at a time. You are using real surface air via your snorkel.

Equipment

Equipment as well is also different for each diver. Oxygen tank, wet suit, and other items are vital for a successful scuba dive. However, when snorkeling, gears that are necessary are fins, snorkel, and a mask. In addition, it has been argued that it is better to make the most of the simplest gear. Although, there are many divers that rather choose best equipment available.

No matter what type of diving you choose to do, both snorkeling and scuba diving are loads of fun. Many people confuse the two activities and interchange the names in error. Because scuba diving is more generic, it is usually identified more than snorkeling. Although there are different tasks for each type of diver; scuba diving and snorkeling diving are very similar as well. Snorkeling is much easier, but you can always advance to scuba diving once you really feel confident in the water.