What Is Difference Between Snorkeling and Scuba?

Snorkeling and scuba diving are both popular activities for those who love the ocean and exploring its depths. Both of these activities offer the opportunity to explore unique underwater environments, but there are some key differences between the two.

Depth and Equipment

One of the main differences between snorkeling and scuba diving is the depth at which you can explore. Snorkeling is done in relatively shallow water, usually no more than 10 feet deep, while scuba diving allows you to go much deeper, up to hundreds of feet. In order to safely dive to greater depths, scuba divers must use specialized equipment such as a tank containing compressed air, a regulator (to control the air flow), a buoyancy compensator (to control buoyancy) and weights.


The way you move underwater is also different between snorkeling and scuba diving. Snorkelers typically stay afloat on the surface, using fins or flippers for propulsion when necessary.

Scuba divers swim underwater using their hands or fins for propulsion. This allows them to stay underwater longer because they don’t have to come up for air as often as snorkelers do.

Time Limit

Another difference between snorkeling and scuba diving is the time limit imposed on each activity. Because snorkelers only have access to limited amounts of air stored in their lungs, they must limit their time underwater and resurface every few minutes for air. Scuba divers can stay submerged much longer due to their tanks containing compressed air, allowing them more time to explore the depths.


In conclusion, snorkeling and scuba diving both offer unique opportunities for exploration but differ in terms of depth limits and equipment used. Snorkelers remain at shallower depths with no special equipment while scuba divers use tanks of air with specialized gear that allow them greater access to deeper waters for longer periods of time.

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Daniel Bennet