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Snuba is a portmanteau word, combing the words scuba and
snorkel. Snuba divers wear similar equipment to that of scuba
divers: fins, mask, and a bodysuit. However, the air tank
commonly worn on scuba divers back, is attached to a specially
designed raft floating on the surface of the water. The air
that the snuba divers breath travels through a twenty foot
hose, only allowing the diver to travel to a maximum depth
of twenty feet. The raft bearing the water tanks is designed
to move in coordination with the snuba divers movements.
Essentially, snuba contains the benefits of both snorkeling
and scuba diving; snuba offers the security of snorkeling
as well as the freedom to venture under water to examine native
fish or flora. Snuba is a patented underwater diving system,
literally combining both snorkeling and scuba diving. Snuba
allows users to not only view scenery from the surface, but
to travel a total distance of twenty feet from a raft that
supports your air tanks.
There is no snorkel or scuba experience needed for snuba,
making it a safe and easy adventure. No extensive training
is required as well as no certification or license. Unlike
scuba diving, there is no need for heavy equipment in snuba,
for the users air tanks are supported by a floating raft.
In general, snuba is relaxing and even those who are not as
strong swimmers can enjoy Snuba.
Snuba is a way to bring your children and family together;
it is a family activity. Though Snuba uses compressed air,
users do not have to worry about decompression issues because
of the relative shallow depth. Snuba has minimal complication
of equipment, and contstant connection to the surface over
bodies of water.
Like a scuba diver you should not hold your breath while
under the water and remember to descend and ascend slowly.
Slow ascents and descents will allow your ears (and lungs)
to pressurize in a similar way to being on an airplane.
While snuba users are restricted to a depth of twenty feet,
in general, Snuba allows users freedom of movement and full
control. Users breathe through a standard diving regulator,
which is connected to a 20-foot air tube to an air tank that
floats on the surface of the water in a floating raft. As
you move about underwater, the raft is designed to follow
you, allowing users to dive to a maximum depth of 20 feet.
This raft ensures the necessity of heavy diving equipment
needed for scuba diving.
Similarly to scuba diving, snuba gives you the feeling of
being a part of the underwater world. The reefs you swim in
have beautiful and abundant marine life, but you must remember
to respect the ocean by not touching or breaking coral or
taking anything out of the ocean.
Coral is very fragile and it is possible to break thousands
of years of growth in a matter of seconds. Corals such as
fire coral is dangerous. Fire coral can sting if touched,
and many other types of coral have defense mechanisms, so
it's always best not to touch any variety of coral. Because
snuba allows you to go deeper than the average snorkeler you
will encounter more ocean life, such as eels and poisonous
fish. Becareful to just observe and not touch or provoke the
ociean life you see. A no touch policy is the safest way to
ensure a succesful snuba experience.
Before you go snuba, be sure to take off all of your shiny
jewelry, especially silver. Though quite rare, sometimes silver
jewelry in the water resemble small fish, which could potentially
attract a fish such as a barracuda. It might get the wrong
idea about your jewelry and come closer than you or other
swimmers might like.
About the Author
Rob Daniels is an avid snorkeler and outdoor enthusiasts
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