Scuba Diving vs Snorkeling in Pensacola
Scuba diving and snorkeling are both, about exploring the underwater world around you. Deciding, which is best for you is a matter of personal preference. Your abilities to explore the changes dramatically, between the two.
There are definitely similarities, between Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. The basic equipment of mask, snorkel and fins are used by both methods and both Snorkeling and diving can be taught by a PADI professional instructor. Both methods give you a glimps into the underwater world and its abundant wildlife, relics and treasures. To this extent that is where the similarities end, between the two.
The basics of snorkeling
Snorkeling is an inexpensive and fun method of exploring the waters all around you. It requires no certifications and minimal equipment. If you are physically fit and have the ability to swim you can learn to snorkel. Once you understand your gear and how it is properly used it is a simple matter of deciding where you want to snorkel. In Pensacola there are numerous artificial reefs and shipwrecks that are accessible to the snorkeler. Once you’ve decided on the location you want to explore, put on your gear and get in the water. Your mask when properly adjusted will keep the water out of your eyes and let you see below the surface. The snorkel will allow you to keep your face underwater and continuously breathe for prolonged periods. The fins give you the opportunity to glide almost effortless through the water at faster speeds than a normal swimmer.
Pensacola is home to white sandy beaches that provide easy access for the snorkeler. After each adventure the beaches gives you a place to warm up. Depending on your abilities, you will be able to dive to depth and remain there for short periods of time. The ability to transition, between surface and depth with ease is a huge advantage for the snorkeler. Imagine you are swimming out to snorkel reef off of Pensacola Beach and you see a loggerhead sea turtle swimming below. A snorkeler you can watch the turtle without disturbing it as it glides, along the bottom and surfaces for air. The same ideology holds true when the dolphins come by on one of their inquisitive visits.
The basics of Diving
Scuba diving requires certification from a professional dive instructor and additional equipment that is not needed by the snorkeler. In most cases you can be certified in a few short days and ready to start your adventure. Scuba diving is having the knowledge and training to completely immerse yourself in water at depth and remain there for prolonged periods of time. Divers’ equipment includes, but is not limited to, a mask, fins, snorkel, air tank, wetsuit, buoyancy control device, regulator, depth gauge, air gauge and mouthpiece. Now that you’ve had your training and earned your Open Water Certification you are free to explore the vast oceans and lakes on our big blue planet.
Imagine being 50-60′ underwater exploring a wreck from a century ago and seeing a massive Goliath Grouper, Manta Ray or even a tiny seahorse. The colors of the sea creatures stand out with sharp clarity against the vast blue wilderness that surrounds you. Inside the wreck you see shards of pottery that once contained oils or wines and you realize you are in the midst of history.
Both Diving and Snorkeling provide the opportunity for adventure, excitement and the ability to learn more, about your surroundings. Pensacola is an ideal location for both activities as you never know what you’ll find beneath its emerald green waters. You can do both from the beach, a kayak or a boat and both provide an excellent cardio workout while being fun and exciting.