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1. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am going to Isla Mujeres in December. A few friends are taking SCUBA classes prior to joining and I figure SNUBA will be okay for me. Has anyone done either and would suggest one over the other?

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've been a diver longer than SNUBA has been available so I have never tried it. (You'll find there are quite a number of divers in TP.) Friends of ours tried SNUBA during one of their vacation trips as a way of judging whether they would like diving or not. Though they have not yet taken their training, they said SNUBA was very fun and they now want to learn SCUBA.

From what I have learned about SNUBA, you will reach depths down to 20 feet. That's not a bad depth and lots to see. Your friends who will be certified will be able to reach depths of 40-60 feet, depending on the dive facility they use on Isla Mujeres. Some operators/dive masters will allow newly certified divers to go as deep as 75-90 feet but that's pushing it for novices. Also depending on the Isla Mujeres dive sites, the 20 foot depth will be perfect for reef marine life viewing. (Some of my more interesting dives have been at the 20-40 foot depth.)

One option may be to try the SNUBA and if you enjoy that, possibly take your training then. Most facilities will offer open water training and it may even be cheaper than what you'd pay in the US. You don't say how long you will be on Isla Mujeres but training would take about 5 days - some of your dives would be with your friends.

I recommend SCUBA training to anyone interested in the sport. Though again, I'm a bit on the biased side since I have not tried SNUBA. It will depend on your budget as dive training in the US is a bit expensive. Unless you are staying where diving is included in your hotel price, SCUBA will cost a bit more (per dive) than SNUBA.

3. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, that was good information. I will be at Isla M for 1 week, but plan on doing more things than just diving so a 5 day course will not work. Again thanks for the info. It helps i have some things to consider. Kristen

4. Posted by JimK07 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've done both and they are both fun in very different ways...the biggest is the degree of freedom and mobility that is much greater with snuba you are tethered...but sometimes slow and steady is really more pleasant...