Whilst neither are necessarily ‘easy’, snorkeling is certainly the easier option. This is because scuba diving requires that you master a number of skills such as maintaining buoyancy, equalizing your ears, and having the ability to use the scuba equipment.
Snorkeling is also fairly easy to pick up and doesn’t require any complex training like scuba diving does. Many people manage to learn how to snorkel fairly quickly and easily and this means they can enjoy the activity right away.
Scuba diving does take some time to master but once you have learned everything you need to know about breathing underwater and using your oxygen tank then it becomes an incredibly enjoyable experience that can take place during both day and night. The main disadvantage with scuba diving is that if you do not know what you are doing then there’s a much higher risk of injury.
Whilst there are risks associated with both scuba diving and snorkeling it can be said that if you’re injured whilst snorkeling then the injury may not be as bad as one sustained by a scuba diver.
Scuba diving is harder than snorkeling, if for no other reason than learning how to use your equipment correctly. Scuba divers must deal with buoyancy issues (how does moving around affect my depth), equalizing their ears (necessary to avoid damaging your ears), using different gas combinations depending on the depth they reach, and also these factors:
One study found that of all sport-diving injuries, roughly half were caused by running out of air; another 25 percent or so were due to regulator failure.
As for snorkeling: snorkelers usually only move around very little (seldom more than a few feet up and down), creating little potential for injury. The biggest hazard in snorkeling is the breathing tube getting kicked by other swimmers, causing water to get drawn into the tube.
Okay, now that we’ve outlined which is the most difficult out of the two, let’s look at the main differences so you can make a choice on which you want to try as an intro into the wonderful world of diving.
The main differences between scuba diving and snorkeling are as follows:
1. Scuba diving requires you to take your scuba equipment down to the bottom of the sea with you, whilst snorkeling does not require anything like this; all you need is a mask, flippers and a breathing tube.
2. You can go deeper underwater when snorkeling than when scuba diving because it is impossible for a person to use their breath as an anchor, which limits how deep they can go when wanting to stay still. This means that if you have never dived before then there’s no better way of stopping yourself from sinking into the abyss than by wearing scuba gear rather than just using snorkel equipment.
3. Snorkeling may be easier for beginners because they don’t have to master a number of skills before they can go out there and start exploring under the sea. If you’re a beginner then you might want to try snorkeling first.
When comparing scuba diving and snorkeling, which is best for beginners overall?
The best option between the two is definitely snorkeling, simply because it is much easier to pick up. It’s also good for beginners because they don’t have to bring anything with them, most of the time anyway.
Scuba diving requires you to learn a number of skills before you venture out there on your own, which is why it isn’t necessarily the best option for anyone who doesn’t know how to swim or has never dived before.
It does require some getting used to but once you’ve got to grips with all the necessary skills then scuba diving is one of the best ways that I can think of for exploring nature while at the same time having fun and enjoying yourself while doing so.
There are some people that prefer snorkeling over scuba diving due to safety reasons, but ultimately it’s the one that is the easiest to pick up.
Whichever you choose, stick with a school or certified professional and be sure to learn the correct way. Also, ensure that you have all of your equipment and that it has been thoroughly checked prior to any underwater excursion!