Spoiler: Both activities are fun and exciting.Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are two famous underwater sports that allow you to see and explore the beauty of the ocean. However, many people need clarification on one with the other. We cannot blame them though, because these activities have similarities but are vastly different.
In this article, we’re going to talk about the differences between snorkeling and scuba diving.
Difference #1: Equipment
One of the keys to distinguishing between snorkeling and scuba diving is the equipment used for each activity. Snorkeling requires a snorkel mask, a snorkel (or tube), and a pair of fins. The mask creates an airtight seal that keeps the water away from your eyes and nose, while the snorkel allows you to breathe through your nose and mouth. While in scuba diving, you need an open water certification, a diving mask, a buoyancy compensator (BCD), a scuba tank, a regulator, fins, and a wetsuit.Difference #2: Maximum Depth
The primary difference between the two underwater activities is depth. The goal of the two sports is to explore the underwater. However, the average snorkeler can only swim down 3-4 meters (12-15 feet). They generally swim at the surface of the water. In comparison, scuba divers can go deeper. They can explore down to 40 meters (130 feet).
Difference #3: Duration
You can snorkel as long as you want, but your time will be limited since it depends on how long you can hold your breath underwater. But in scuba diving, you can dive deeper and stay underwater for a long time without holding your breath, thanks to the breathing apparatus.
Difference #4: Training Time
Snorkeling can be easy for you if you already know how to swim. People of all ages can master basic snorkeling skills within 30 minutes. That’s why most people do it for recreational purposes. But in scuba diving, it requires at least three days of in-water training. You will be trained on properly using the breathing apparatus, safety precautions, and troubleshooting.
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