Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snorkeling/Scuba Hybrid Lets Non-divers Get Their Toes Wet

Even though Snuba diving has been around since 1989, it seems to be receiving a decent amount of play in the news these days.

The Boston Herald posted this piece on the snorkeling/scuba hybrid last week.

Breathing underwater was a strange sensation. It was even stranger because I’ve never been scuba-certified. Stranger yet that my wife - who is reluctant to even duck her head under water - was happily swimming 15 feet underwater behind me as we plumbed the depths on this island off the coast of Honduras.

We had discovered Snuba, a hybrid of snorkeling and scuba diving that was an exciting way to experience breathing underwater while not having to go through hard-core training. It has its limitations - namely, a 20-foot air-line attached to a raft above - but for a new way to experience watery depths, it can’t be beat.

Snuba has been around since at least the late 1980s, when a group of California divers started Snuba International to export the sport. It still isn’t offered in many places in the United States beyond a few beaches in California, Florida and Hawaii. But it’s also caught on in the Caribbean, where tourists go Snuba diving from Aruba to Turks and Caicos. Other destinations include Cancun, Mexico, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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