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Posted By: Julie Koupe

Posted On: Nov 26, 2002
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We plan to go back to Cozumel end of Feb. 2003(during Carnivale). We haven't gotten into scuba diving, and are kinda bored with snokeling. A friend told us about snuba. Any info would be greatly appreciated: where to go, how difficult is it, etc.
Thanks and happy travels!

Posted By: Kirk

Posted On: Dec 2, 2004
Views: 1093
RE: Snuba

I just got back from Cozumel a couple days ago. We went on a Carnival cruise, and while I was there we booked a Snuba shore excursion. It cost us $65 dollars to book it thru Carnival, but I suspect we could have gotten it for $45 if we had just booked it ourselves. It was a dream come true for me, I really enjoyed it. I think it's a great way for you to see if you're going to like SCUBA. With snorkling your stuck at the surface looking down at everything, or holding your breath going up and down. With SCUBA you have the cumbersome tanks and all the certification process to deal with. With Snuba, you have your air tanks (six of them) on a raft at the surface and long 30 foot air hoses that attach to your regulater you hold in your mouth and breath thru. You don't have to get certified, and you go thru about 10 minutes of safety training before you go out into the water. Then you practice in about waist deep water until everyone in the group (about 5, we had 6) feels comfortable. Then you begin swimming out, about 2 or 3 feet from the bottom. You end up about 20 feet from the surface, we saw beautiful coral reefs, lots of colorful fish, a stingray and a seasnake while we were down there. You stay in formation side by side so you don't get your lines tangled, and your dive instructor swims backwards keeping a eye on everyone, he has SCUBA on. I'm going to get certified and go back in the spring, hopefully, next time I'll SCUBA, you can go to better places that way and swim around where you want to instead of being in formation and go deeper. But I absolutely loved it, they even took my picture while I was diving, it turned out great. I'd recommend it. From Cozumel, we got off the ship and right at the end of the pier that goes to the big shopping mall, there is a big sign that says Snuba, you just wait there, fill out a release form, and the guy comes and takes everyone for a short taxi drive down the beach to where you go to class, and then walk across the street, walk out into the 82 degree warm, clear, blue waters and swim out from there. Good luck and happy diving!