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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:15 PM
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I really want to do this, hubby says, not so much Tell me how it was....Scared? Easy? What port did you do it in? Good value for the Cost?

We'll see if hubby will go for it
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Add me (and the DW) to the "want to try" list. We saw in Belize and it looked like a blast! We did the Sea Trek in Cabo and was very very cool to be below the surface for so much longer than snorkeling allows.
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Hi Trip,

I did the snuba in St-Thomas a few years ago,I loved it.Because I can't wear a mask I was crasy about it and it was short time for the pleasure I had dreaming about before.At that time the price was $85. it must be cheaper to day.Try it if you like the sea bottom as I do. Enjoy!
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Is this a cross between snorkling and scuba diving?
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Trip I love to scuba dive, but I have never snuba'd. It seems to be like it would be the next best thing to scuba though. I've seen folks in Curacao, Cozumel and St.Thomas do the Snuba thing and it seemed somewhat tranquil, relaxed and non stressful. Personally I would chose a location rich in Sea life so you could enjoy some terrific sights. I say, go for it, sounds like lots of fun!
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What is it though? Sorry, Trip, I didn't watch the video. Can someone describe it?
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You wear a helmet, with an air hose, and wallk along the bottom...One video I saw, they held on to a walk way on the bottom.
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Thanks for the clarification. How deep are we talking?
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I've yet to scuba or snuba but both seem interesting
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Trip - what you described is the SeaTrek. Snuba is something different.

Snuba is more like scuba diving except you are not wearing tanks. Snuba uses a regulator attached to tanks on a raft or a compressor on a platform. The group follows a dive master around.
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ok...I am so confused..one of these things is not like the other, huh?
The video I posted is not running so..Aren't they both walking along the bottom, with gear and a hose? With an experienced leader walikng you along a set path? Help!
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Trip, I looked at several youtube videos. It seems u have all the same equipment as scuba, execpt u don't have a tank on your back; the tank stays up onshore or on a boat. Thanks.
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Here is a snuba group with their equipment boat:


Here is a SeaTrek group - looks like they follow a line around the sea floor as well. That is the group leader showing them the way.

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Go for it Trip!!!! You'll have a blast.

I haven't done SNUBA but I have seen them when I've done diving and snorkeling. It looks like it would be a great way to see the other side of the water if you aren't a good swimmer or have an issue with scuba.

Do it! You won't regret it.

unless the air hose breaks, kinks, helmet leaks or the compressor quits. :o I'm sooo mean.

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Okay, I hope this helps:

Snorkel - you stick a short tube in your mouth, which allows you to breathe air from the surface even though your mouth is not near the surface. It is simple, easy to understand and easy to execute. It is, however, limiting, in that you cannot dive any deeper than the length of your tube - if you want to keep breathing through it, anyway.

Scuba diving - you carry compressed air in cylinders on your back, and you use some apparatus to breathe this air that you carry with you. While the concept is straight-forward, it is not so easy to execute this properly, and thus requires that you first take some lessons. Once you have learned it, however, it enables total freedom of movement for extended periods of time underwater.

Snuba - sort of a compromise between snorkel and scuba. You have a long, flexible tube that goes up to the surface, enabling you to breathe at much greater depths than snorkeling allows. You do not carry your oxygen supply on your back; you leave it at the surface. You do have to keep in mind that you need a straight line to the surface (imagine a dog on a leash going around a tree and getting stuck), but the concept is simple and it takes only a quick lecture (mostly covering safety) to teach you what you need to know.

Helmet Diving - you wear a helmet which enables you to breathe comfortably, without anything stuck in your mouth. This helmet is fairly heavy, which weights you down like ballast, sending you to the bottom of the seafloor. As a result, you are able to walk on the ocean floor, almost as if you were not swimming. There are many variations of helmets - some are sealed, which means you could swim if you wanted to; others are open at the bottom, which means you cannot tilt it too much or water will pour in (so you HAVE to walk upright). For short dives, you can simply use the air the helmet traps naturally; for longer dives, you can use either an oxygen tank on your back (like scuba uses) or a tube to the surface (like snuba uses).

Sea Trek - a commercialized helmet dive where a group of people walk on the ocean floor, usually following a set marked path. The path is often, but not always, marked with ropes, and these ropes double as handholds that make it easier to control your walking.
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Thanks for all the info; snuba looks to be the one for me.
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