IS SCUBA DIVING BETTER THAN SNORKELING?
I often get asked this question by people who are about to travel to a beach destination and willing to spend a bit more time in the water than on the sand. My answer is always “YES!” as long as you are physically fit for it. Here are my 6 reasons why:
1. Snorkeling is fun if you can venture into the rocks or the reef directly from the beach. Many of the cool snorkeling spots are inaccessible without a boat, in which case, it will probably be an organised snorkel trip with quite a few people aboard. Most frequently, you need to stay close to the anchoring point and there are many people chasing the same fish. With such restrictions, you’re likely to see a limited aquatic life. On the other side, scuba diving sites are less frequented than snorkelling sites, decreasing the likelihood of your goggles facing someone else’s fins.
2. The sea extension covered and the sea depth attained while diving at a given dive site are greater than while snorkelling, hence, the variety of living species that could be seen is larger and more different to what you can see from the water’s surface. There are many amazing sub-sea landscapes that can only be discovered and explored while scuba diving. The liveliness under the sea can be so surprising!!!
3. When scuba diving, there is no need to worry about water going inside the snorkel pipe when someone splashes water nearby or when a slightly deeper swim is required to take a closer look at the fish.
4. I find scuba diving more relaxing, quieter (except for when there are ships navigating nearby) and worthier of the physical effort. It is a great connection with the sub sea world, having you feel like a mermaid!
5. When out on a multi-dive day tour, there is plenty of rest time to also socialize with other divers. The diving atmosphere is usually quite young, free-spirited and fun.
6. Most usually, there is little or none introduction to the subaquatic life of the area before a snorkeling session. Although you will still enjoy it, you will not maximize the experience by learning about the sub sea flora and fauna. A scuba diver always plans the dive and gets informed about the aquatic environment before jumping in the water.
IS SCUBA DIVING SUITABLE FOR ME?
This is the question that always comes next. Even when you are convinced you will enjoy scuba diving more than snorkelling, it does not always turn out to be the case. Scuba diving requires a good physical condition, a diving certificate and good diving practices for a successful and enjoyable dive. No health issues should impair your breathing capability and behaviour under water. Hence, the importance of passing a medical test prior to gaining the diving certification and being responsible to know when you are fit or not for diving at any given time.
Provided you are fit for diving, you need to get your open water diving certificate by taking both theory and practice lessons and successfully passing an exam. Once this is done, you will probably need some practice before you start enjoying diving to the fullest and not worry about the diving equipment or actions to take underwater.
I only know one person who prefers snorkeling over scuba diving after having given a go at diving; and this was due to a health issue when under water. Most commonly, people who try out diving, they fall in love with it. I am living proof of it! 🙂
So are you ready to test it out on your next holiday? Let me know how it went!
Safe and Happy Dives! 🙂
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