Is SNUBA Worth It?

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Is SNUBA for You?

If you are booking a vacation for a place like Maui or another tropical destination, one of the most memorable and fun things you can do is dive. You get to explore the depths of the ocean, while swimming with beautiful fish in crystal blue water. Unfortunately, scuba diving requires a certification and if you are planning on taking your kids, they have to be at least 10 years old. Snorkeling is another option, but you can’t go as far down since you don’t have an air take or regulator. Your chances of diving might seem like they are over, but luckily there is SNUBA.

SNUBA is an excellent way for you, your children, or another group of family or friends can safely enjoy diving without having to get a certification. It’s easy and fun, making it possible to explore gorgeous coral reefs and fish. While its an easy way to dive, many people want to know if its worth it. We’ll go over why its worth it to SNUBA and how you can benefit from this type of diving versus scuba diving or snorkeling.

What Is SNUBA?

SNUBA is a mix between snorkeling and scuba diving, hence the name. SNUBA allows people to dive in shallow ocean water without wearing large tanks or having a certification but gives them the freedom to dive deeper than they would with snorkeling. With scuba diving, you need the proper training and experience in order to dive and snorkeling doesn’t allow people to go as deep in the water as they want to. This can be frustrating for people who want to dive but don’t have the certifications or don’t want to dive two feet in the water. SNUBA can meet everyone’s needs, as it lets people dive up to 20 feet, but you don’t have to go through a class or worry about the gear that you have to wear. With SNUBA, all you need is an air tank, raft, harness, weight belt, fins, and mask. In order to learn how to SNUBA, a SNUBA guide will go over a safety briefing for 15 minutes and then go over what was talked about in the briefing. After that, people are free to SNUBA with a SNUBA guide. It’s easy, quick, and a lot of fun!

SNUBA without Heavy Equipment

A big problem when it comes to scuba diving is that you have to carry a heavy air tank on your back, but with SNUBA you don’t have to worry about carrying a big tank. You will still need an air tank, as you need to be able to breathe underwater, but the SNUBA system makes it to where you don’t have to worry about your air tank. The way that we make this happen is by using a raft that will float on the surface of the water and carry the tank. A person will use a regulator that is attached to an air line that is 20 feet long, which is connected to the air tank. The air line is also connected to the SNUBA harness that you are given to wear, so you will never swim away from the raft as its all attached to you. The other equipment that is needed for SNUBA is

  • SNUBA harness
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Weight belt
  • Regulator

Once a person learns about the equipment and how to breathe through the regulator, they are ready to dive! Not only do you not have to carry a huge air tank, but you can go as far as 20 feet with help from SNUBA!

Fun for the Whole Family To Enjoy

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Kids Can Enjoy SNUBA Also!

Certifications and carrying air tanks are a big hassle when it comes to scuba diving, with another issue being that kids younger than 10 can’t participate. This is for the safety of the child, as it does involve learning how to use the regulator, as well as other rules that many kids might not be able to comprehend at such a young age. This can put a damper on your plans, as many people want to dive but they can’t because of their children. Snorkeling is another option that is considered, but again, you can’t go as deep without the use of an air take or regulator. Something else to consider is that scuba diving and snorkeling require people to drive to a pick-up location to get on a boat–if you have young children or don’t want to leave your resort or hotel, snorkeling and scuba diving are not a viable option.

Fortunately, with SNUBA, parents of small children can still enjoy diving without having to leave their hotel or resort. SNUBA has a program called SNUBA doo, which allows children ages six to seven to SNUBA. They have all of the same equipment as adults, except the wear a SNUBA doo vest for better safety. In regards to not leaving your resort or hotel, SNUBA comes to you–whatever hotel or resort you are staying at, SNUBA will come to you so you can dive right off your hotel or resort’s beach. SNUBA doesn’t just make diving easier than snorkeling and scuba diving. they have a specific diving program for children, and doesn’t require you to use heavy equipment. This type of diving system is an exceptional way to get the feel of scuba diving and snorkeling without any problems. If you are interested in SNUBA for your next Maui trip, book with us now!

Is SNUBA Safe?

Family-Friendly Adventures

One of the best things about SNUBA excursions in Maui is that it is a great activity for all ages and all groups. Families and travel parties alike will enjoy sharing an adventure that is equally accessible to young travelers and those who aren’t strong swimmers. In fact, you don’t even have to be able to swim in order to SNUBA. Because of the simple equipment and straight-forward training, as well as the many options that companies like Shoreline Snuba Maui offer for private dives, we think you’ll find SNUBA safe for all!

Unlike SCUBA diving, SNUBA doesn’t require lengthy trainings or heavy gear worn on the body. A private SNUBA dive in Maui allows visitors to take in the gorgeous landscape of the Pacific Ocean from a boat launch or from the beach. (We are the only company authorized to start our dives from the beach, which is a great starting point for young divers.) Participants can venture up to twenty-feet deep, still getting the full three-dimensional experience, but without the cumbersome requirements of SCUBA.

Snorkeling tends to be another enjoyable family activity when visiting Hawaii, but it literally just skims the surface of our breathtaking waters. SNUBA, on the other hand, gives flexibility to families and small groups who have varying levels of swimming ability and desire in terms of depth. Our private tours cater to only your party, which means we can customize the experience so that everyone gets what they want, knowing it’s not every day you can swim the Maui beaches and see incredible sea life up close.

Special SNUBA Equipment For Kids

Our SNUBA Doo program makes SNUBA safe for children ages six to seven, even if they’re not able to swim independently. We provide specialized gear and child-sized mouthpieces for the air regulator, so your little ones can comfortably float on top of the water. Because they are tethered to the gear raft by an unobtrusive line and wearing an adjustable floatation vest, they can still take in the views and experience breathing underwater without struggling to navigate their dive. This also allows you to enjoy the depths, knowing your kiddos are secure and having a blast too.

Professional Dive Guides Make SNUBA Safe For All

Because the Maui SNUBA dives we charter are private, the guide-diver relationship is a huge part of the experience. We boast the best team in Maui because our guides genuinely love what we do, and we’re passionate about sharing the underwater wonderland around us with everyone who visits the island. We can even accommodate many special needs, having led blind divers, folks without limbs, and terminally ill children on a memorable adventure. No one should miss out, and we do everything we can to make SNUBA safe for every single person who calls us.

One of the really important aspects of our unique ability to start our SNUBA dive tours from the Maui beaches is that we can provide an extra level of confidence building with this approach. Children and newer swimmers may shudder at the idea of jumping off the bow of a boat in the middle of the ocean, even if they’re just going to float. On the other hand, having the opportunity to wade in the shallow waters of the beach and slowly emerging to their comfort level allows them to feel in control of the experience. We’ve seen folks start out adamantly against going below the surface, but the no-pressure beach launch allowed them to see that they could do it, and indeed thrive. There’s never a wasted moment on a SNUBA excursion, and we love having a myriad of options to give your travel party part of an unforgettable memory.


SNUBA Training Is Simple And Straight-Forward

SNUBA diving is simple and safe, but that doesn’t mean we shake hands and dive right in. There is a compulsory training that every diver on our Maui excursion must participate in, but the great news is that it usually take less than fifteen minutes. We know it’s hard to keep your attention when the beautiful blue deep awaits, so we move through the critical training points swiftly. But our priority is always the safety of every diver we meet, aged four or ninety. Tour guides and trainers will take as much time as needed to ensure everyone feels comfortable with their instructions and gear. And because no one else but your travel party is on the tour, there’s no pressure to get in before you’re truly ready.

Only when you’re free from worrying about the logistics of the dive and the gear can you really connect with the astounding environment around you underwater. This is where SNUBA can change your entire perspective and impact your memory for life. The job of your guide/trainer(s) is to overcome obstacles and help you feel comfortable and safe so you may spend more time marveling at our sea friends.

We Can’t Wait To Take You Out For A Dive In Maui!

The team here at Shoreline Snuba Maui is confident that you’ll find SNUBA safe for your whole family, and we can’t wait to show you our playground. It’s spectacular, and it’s waiting for you! Book now to book your private Maui dive tour today.