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14 Jul 2009

Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Free Diving Differences


Snorkeling is using a mask and snorkel; you may or may not have fins on. Normally snorklers swim on the surface of the water and cruise around looking at the tropical Maui fish and Hawaiian corals just below  them. Sometimes diving under the water, and see the fish up close, which requires equilizing the ears and holding the breath for 10-30 seconds.

Those that break the surface and use fins would be considered free divers (check out http://www.mauifreediver.com). Taking this to some real extremes, with the record being over 400 feet! For most free divers, 30-100 feet is the normal range. If you trying to become a serious free diver in Hawaii, it is in your best interest to get some professional training, for a example:

1) To maximize your skill, which will make you more efficient and able you to go down longer and deeper. PADI, SSI and most dive certification agencies have specific courses for this.

2) Shallow Water Blackout, which can be deadly! Shallow Water Blackout is caused by the changing partial pressures of air at depth, which most only affects free divers and is why it is recommended to get some training, and why serious free divers always dive with a buddy that understands about Shallow Water Blackout, and what to do should it happen. It is standard operating procedure that one of the buddy pair is always on the surface, to help the other guy if there is a problem.

Spear Fishing while free diving is a whole separate sport and quite an exciting one, as you are looking for the fish, then you need to hit it with some sort of spear, and then you have to take the fish and yourself to the surface. In Hawaii it has been taken to a art form as they latch onto fish in the 50lbs and larger size, and they can have a real man vs. nature battle that is quite intense, as the fish will do their best to escape, which means that you have something fighting against you, trying to keep you from going to the surface when you need a breath of air right now! B

Scuba Diving is using mask, fins and a tank of air, usually they will have a scuba jacket attached to the tank called a “BCD” also attached to the scuba take would be a set of regulators, in diver lingo referred to as “regs” or “octo’s” which will have normally 2 hoses with regulators, and a low pressure hose or 2, as well as a information package containing 1, 2 or 3 different pressure and depth gauges, compass and computers. Scuba divers will also have some other equipment like weights and lights, underwater cameras and underwater video cameras are common accouterments to see on scuba divers.

We hope to see you soon underwater, no matter how you get there! Scuba Diving in Maui is one of the most accessible forms of underwater experiences, so don’t be shy and give Scuba Mike a call for an introduction dive.

Much Aloha!

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2 Responses to Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Free Diving Differences
  1. My wife and i are going to hawaii next month and i was wondering if you offer snuba we saw this offered on Maui Snorkeling Tours and were interested in doing something like this she is small and is worried about having a tank attached on her back or is this even something to be concerned about?

  2. We do not offer “snuba” at maui scuba mike. The ocean will equalize the weight of the tank, however there is negative weight, once out of the water we can help you with your tank.

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