Looking at Snorkeling and Diving

Underwater adventures provide some of the most exciting experiences. These can be enjoyed with activities such as snorkelling and diving. Some are under the impression that these are the same, but there are differences:

The Basics of Snorkeling

The first thing to consider about snorkelling is the reason why an individual would do this. Aside from the excitement of being able to do it. During a snorkelling episode, the individual is only going just below the surface of the water. This is enough, however, to see some wonderful sights. Different types of fish can be observed. Then there is the beauty of the coral reefs. Also, there is usually an incredible selection of marine plants that add to the underwater environment.

Equipment for Snorkelling

The benefit of this activity is that there is very little equipment that needs to be used. The required equipment is a good quality diving mask. It has to be one that covers the eyes and when. Then there is a need for a pair of fins, but this is by choice.


The breathing methods are different between snorkelling and diving. A snorkeler puts their face under water, but the breathing tube has to be above the water. This is how the snorkeler gets its air. Sometimes a snorkeler would like to go a little deeper. To do this, they must remove the snorkel from their mouth and be prepared to hold their breath. Then after this, they can go back up to the near the surface. They will then have to blow the air out of the snorkel before they can use it again.

There is another option for this. The snorkeler can use a dry snorkel. This allows for diving a little deeper. This type of snorkel has a stop at the end of it. This stop will seal the tube at its top end so water can not enter it when the snorkeler is going deeper. It also has a purge valve. This allows for the expelling of water much easier.

Time Under Water

When the snorkeller remains just under the water’s surface, they can do this for as long as they want. Being as they always have access to air from the tube.

The Basics of Scuba Diving

With this type of underwater event, much more can be seen and explored. The diver is going much deeper than the snorkeller. This gives them a chance to seek out caves and perhaps even some shipwrecks. Some like to enjoy underwater fishing like spearfishing. There is also a category of scuba diving that falls within the realm of professionals. These experts take on tasks that involve offshore construction. Then there are professions that look after underwater welding.


For scuba divers, they are going to have to invest in more equipment. They are going to need either a wetsuit or a drysuit. They will need a buoyancy compensator. Scuba divers have to choose either a steel gas tank or an aluminium one, and both need an attached scuba regulator. Then they will also want a pair of swim fins.


Breathing is easier for the scuba diver as they don’t have to be concerned about water getting into a tube as the snorkeler does. For the diver, they will be getting their air from the scuba tank through a regulator mouthpiece. Each time the diver breaths, the tank releases gas each time the diver inhales.

Something that has to be remembered is a snorkeler can hold their breath whenever they want. A diver cannot do this as it is extremely dangerous.

Time Under Water

Scuba divers can stay underwater as long as their tank allows them too. Other factors can play into this, such as limits for decompression and what the environment is like where they are diving. Divers have to remember that the deeper they go, the faster their tank will run out of gas.

Both of these underwater activities are a great deal of fun and offer some great experiences. It is up to the individual which they want to try. Quite often, someone new to both of these will start with snorkelling. Then when they become comfortable with this, they will then move on to trying diving. Some do both regularly as they both offer different experiences.