About: Scuba Diving


The next natural step for many snorkelers is scuba diving. (© Dan Orr)

Scuba diving offers greater opportunities to explore underwater, but also involves a bigger commitment to diving in terms of time, money, and effort. The decision to participate in scuba diving is a personal one that each person must make for himself. There are more risks in scuba diving than there are in snorkeling.

If you are really interested in the diving activities described in the previous chapter, you may decide you want to try scuba diving. Most dive stores and resorts have short, introductory courses to give you a taste of what scuba diving is all about.

It is not difficult to learn to scuba dive or participate in scuba activities. The boats that take scuba divers out to dive typically go to sites that are more remote and deeper than those boats that are oriented towards snorkeling trips. There are liveaboard dive boats that offer week-long trips to deeper dive sites especially for scuba divers. Scuba diving opens up more of the underwater world to your exploration.

Is scuba diving “better” than snorkeling? No, it’s just a different type of diving. If you are happy snorkeling in shallow water, and see all that you want to see there, then you don’t need to make the investment in learning to use scuba and buying the equipment to participate. However, if you want to explore shipwrecks in deep water, or you become serious about underwater photography, then you should consider taking the time to learn to use scuba.

REMINDER: The material presented in this online program is designed to act as a primer, or supplement to in-water instruction in snorkeling or skin diving from a qualified diving instructor. 

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