Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let’s Discuss The Differences


Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let's Discuss The Differences

Both snorkeling and scuba diving are famous underwater sports but they have many differences. Snorkeling is an activity where one swims on top of the water and needs to carry essential equipment with them. In this sport, the person swims on the surface while putting his or her face under the water.

When it comes to scuba diving, the diver uses breathing equipment called scuba to stay underwater. This means the scuba divers have their own breathing gas with them.

Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let's Discuss The Differences
Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let’s Discuss The Differences

However, both these sports are thrilling enough and will allow you to explore the world under the sea.

Types Of Gears Used For Snorkeling And Scuba Diving 

The prime contradiction between snorkeling and scuba diving is the equipment the diver uses. A Scuba diver needs to wear more equipment than a snorkeler.

Snorkeling Gear

Here are the mandatory snorkeling gears: a mask, a pair of fins, and a snorkel.

  • The mask is worn to protect the face as well as the nose.
  • The next one is the tube that is used for breathing. It is also known as a “snorkel”. So, when your face is under the water, this helps you to breathe.
  • Swim fins will let you move around the water easily and quickly.
  • If the water is cold, you need to wear wetsuits and if the water is extremely cold you can go for drysuits. These suits usually help you to keep your body warm. 
Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let's Discuss The Differences
Scuba Diving And Snorkeling: Let’s Discuss The Differences

Scuba Gear

The equipment used by scuba divers is way more complicated than the snorkelers. Their gears include a mask, a buoyancy compensator, a scuba tank, regulators, drysuit or wetsuit, weights, and fins. 

  • It is very difficult to open your eyes when you are under the water. Therefore a musk is a must!
  • A wetsuit or drysuit helps the diver to stay warm in cold water. Especially if the water is less than 50°F (10° C), one has to go for a drysuit. These suits are usually fitted to the body. 
  • A buoyancy compensator is a kind of a jacket that is filled with air and thus helps to stay inside the water without any hassle. 
  • A tank is where you will carry the pressurized air for breathing. 
  • Weights help the diver to maintain body balance and stay underwater. 
  • Swim fins are worn on the foot. They help you to propel yourself through the water very easily and also increases the pace of swimming.

However, it is important to note that the main difference between snorkeling and scuba is all about how deep the diver goes inside the water. Snorkelers stay near the water but they stay close to the surface of the water. Whereas, in scuba diving, the diver goes deep inside the water and stays there for a longer period of time. 

Hope this article helps you to understand the difference between both the watersports and choose the best one for yourself!

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