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Snuba Diving in the Caribbean (What is Snuba?)

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Snuba® is the new sport that combines the technology of diving with the freedom of snorkeling at a depth of 6 meters (20 feet).  Snuba diving does not involve the bulky equipment, intensive training, and certification associated with scuba diving.

Snuba® is a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, however snuba offers the simplicity and safety of snorkeling without the need to get certified to go scuba diving.

"Snuba®" is a patented shallow water diving system, bridging the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving by allowing users to breath surface air from a hose that extends from the surface down to 20 feet.

 
Not ready to don scuba tanks and take the plunge? Snuba® is for you!
  • Great family fun, ages 8 and up
  • No snorkel or scuba experience is needed
  • It's Safe & easy
  • No heavy equipment or extensive training
  • No certification is required
  • Equipment and instruction provided by a tour operator
  • Snuba is a personalized guided tour by a licensed tour operator
  • Snuba has been featured on MTV, "Undersea Adventures," "Travel America," and in "USA Today"

Snuba is safe and easy and does not require certification like scuba diving. Even those who are not strong swimmers or are first time snorkelers can enjoy the Snuba experience.  Snuba is easily accessible to all over eight years and older, though there is a program called Snuba-Doo that allows those four years or older to experience Snuba.  It's also a  way for a certified diver to introduce non-certified partners to the underwater breathing experience perhaps leading to full scuba certification.

Though Snuba uses compressed air, users do not have to worry about decompression issues (the bends) because of the relative shallow depth (less than an atmosphere) and tour duration.  What makes Snuba safe is the minimal complication of equipment, connection to the surface and fully guided tour over pre-surveyed "Snuba Trails".  And just like a scuba diver you should not hold your breath while under the water and descend and ascend slowly.  Slow ascents and descents will allow your ears (and lungs) to pressurize/ajust just like in an airplane.

Snuba diving allows you maximum freedom of movement and full control. You breathe using a standard diving regulator, which is connected by a 20-foot air line to a scuba tank that floats on the surface of the water in a specially designed raft. As you move about underwater, the raft follows you, allowing you to dive to a maximum depth of 20 feet.There is no heavy diving gear.

Snuba Raft
Snuba Raft with tour guide and snuba divers.

Every Snuba tour is guided by a professional as each Snuba operator is licensed by Snuba International, Inc. Your guide will familiarize you with the Snuba equipment you will be using and briefly describe what you can expect in the water.

Instruction will start in shallow water and take whatever time necessary to get comfortable breathing underwater. Once comfortable, the group is then taken on a guided underwater snuba tour. Tours may leave from shore or a boat depending on what type of tour you arranged. During the dive you are never more than 20 feet from the security of the raft floating on the surface.

Snuba
A couple Snuba diving.

Just like scuba diving, Snuba gives you the feeling of being more apart of the underwater world. The reefs you Snuba dive in have beautiful and abundant marine life, but please remember to respect the ocean by not touching, or breaking coral or taking anything out of the ocean.  Coral is very fragile and one can break thousands of years of grown in a matter of seconds.  Also, some corals such as fire coral, sting if they are touched...so it's always best not to touch any coral.  And because you can go deeper than the average snorkeler you will encounter sea life, such Moray and Spotted eels that should not be touched or provoked.  A no touch policy is best while enjoying snuba and the coral reefs!

Snuba Photos (click to enlarge)

Getting Ready to Snuba Couple Snuba Diving
Snuba with a Turtle
Snuba with a Turtle

 

Snorkel/Dive/Snuba Tip:
Take off all of your "shiny", especially silver jewlery.  Though quite rare, sometimes dangly shiny things in the water look like small fish that could attract a fish such a barracuda. She might get the wrong idea about your jewlery and come in for a closer look than you might like!

Places in the Caribbean you can Snuba Dive:

U.S. Virgin Islands
Snuba Dive at Trunk Bay VI Snuba Excursions (340) 693-8063
Fax 779-4519
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Coki Beach Snuba of St. Thomas (340) 693-8063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Coral World Snuba of St. Thomas (340) 693-8063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
BVI
Snuba BVI Prospect Reef Resort (242) 494-3311 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Aruba
DePalm Island Snuba Aruba (297) 942-999 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
St. John, U.S.V.I.
Snuba Dive at Trunk Bay,
Coki Beach, Coral World
and St. Thomas Hotels
VI Snuba Excursions 340-693-8063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Coki Beach Snuba of St. Thomas (340) 693-8063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Coral World Snuba of St. Thomas (340) 693-8063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Snuba Buck Island Snuba of St. Thomas (340) 775-4389    
Coki Beach and
St. Thomas Hotels
Dive World (340) 775-5971 Email  
St. Maartin        
Bobby's Marina Beach Safaris N.V. (599) 542-6024 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Grand Cayman        
Seven Mile Beach Kirk Sea Tours (345) 949-7278
Grand Cayman, B.W.I
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Barbados        
  Ocean Adventures, Inc. 69 Clearview Heights
St. Michael, Barbados
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Puerto Rico        
  Sunset Snuba (787) 354-0999 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Turks and Caicos
  Snuba TCI   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Email  
Riviera Maya/Cancun
Maeva Club Maeva Club 0052 (984) 871 3000 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Sacred Paradise Parque Xcaret 52 (987) 14000 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Natural Aquarium Parque Xel Ha 52 (987) 54070 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Beaches at Cancun Hotel Camino Real      
Beaches at Cancun Hotel Zona      
Isla Mujeres
Garrafon Park Garrafon Park 52 (998) 987-71100   Website
Cozumel
Le Cieba Hotel Aqua World 52 (987) 2-07-00    
Catamaran Sail, Snuba & Snorkel Mayan Paradise Tours

52 (987) 872-2394

Fax 52 (987) 869-0923

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Snuba Cozumel Sand Dollar Sports 52 (987) 2-07-93 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Chankanaab Park

Snuba Chankanaab

52 (987) 6-05-04 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Snuba Cozumel Chankanaab Park 52 (987) 1-00-08 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website
Brisas Hotel - Cozumel
Costera Sur Km. 1.7
Cozumel, Q. Roo, Mexico 77600
52 (987) 872-2900
   

For additional information about Snuba check out Snuba International's website at: http://www.snuba.com

Photo's and Video Courtesy of Snuba International © Snuba International, Inc.

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