Diving with a snorkel or use a air cyclinder? Entertainment and Hobbies

  • View author's info Posted on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:20 PM

    Does anyone know safety wise, what's better to snorkel or use a air cyclinder for diving?

    Are there any safety regulations in regards to diving with a air cyclinder without proper lessons?

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  • View author's info Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Most dive shops won't even fill your tanks without a cert card, much less sell you gear beyond snorkle.

  • View author's info Posted on Jun 09, 2010 at 06:40 PM

    I agree - get certified.  Do not go diving with Scuba tank unless you have been trained.  There is a lot more to it than just strapping on a tank and going underwater.  And remember not only would you be putting yourself in potential dangerous situations but also the person with whom you are diving.

    Getting certified does more for you than just allows you to dive.  You experience a new hobby, get to meet new people, enhance your travel to a new place with new skills.  It certainly expanded my world and my social interactions.  I have seen many people enrich their lives through diving  -  mine was one of them...    (PADI Instructor)




  • View author's info Posted on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Practice breath holding during the course of your day; not only while snorkeling.
    Engage in aerobic fitness activities.
    On ascent, look up, and turn 360 degrees. this will do 2 things: (1) you won't split your head open surfacing under a boat, and (2) it'll point the tip of your snorkel downwards.
    Within the last few feet of the surface, exhale, and upon surfacing roll forwards into a supine swimming position. Your snorkel should now be clear of water, and you can breathe, rest, and look downwards.
  • View author's info Posted on Apr 08, 2010 at 09:18 PM

    Thanks for the advice...any tips then for snorkeling?

    I especially have issues with holding enough air and releasing the air out of the mouth piece when going up for air.

    Any suggestions or tips for improved experience?

  • View author's info Posted on Apr 05, 2010 at 06:37 AM

    It is MUCH safer to use snorkel gear. Air decreases in volume with pressure, which increases with depth. Therefore, a breath of air inhaled below the surface is going to increase in volume as you rise to the surface. Your lung tissue is not as elastic as you think; the increase in pressure can rupture alveoli, introducing air bubbles directly into your bloodstream, which can KILL YOU DEADER THAN A DOORNAIL! Want to use SCUBA gear? GET CERTIFIED!
    (NAUI Divemaster)