Uncovering the Secrets of Snuba: How Does It Work?

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  24.01.2023
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Snuba is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving, but you don’t need any scuba diving certification to do it! You’ll be connected to a floating rope while you swim next to the boat and breathe through a scuba tank.

So how does it work?

How does snuba work

What is SNUBA Diving?

What is SNUBA?

SNUBA is the ultimate mix of snorkeling and SCUBA diving. If you’re a newbie to the diving world, you may not have heard of SNUBA; it’s not that well-known. Even if you have heard of it, you might not know what it is. Don’t worry, we’ll give you the lowdown on SNUBA and why everyone who tries it can’t get enough of it!

What Does SNUBA Involve?

SNUBA combines the best of both snorkeling and SCUBA diving. It’s like a bridge between the two, giving you the freedom of snorkeling but with the added bonus of being able to dive deeper. You don’t need to be a certified diver to try SNUBA, so it’s perfect for those who want to get a taste of the underwater world without having to commit to a full SCUBA course.

Got questions about how snuba works? Here are some of the most common ones:

  • How does a snuba mask work? Snuba masks cover your eyes, nose, and mouth, and they come with a special breathing tube that lets you breathe underwater. The masks are sealed tight so no water can come in. They form a watertight seal over your eyes and nose, so you can see underwater. Make sure it fits properly and the head strap isn’t too loose or tight.
  • You breathe through the tube attached to the raft. It contains a regulator for airflow and the raft has the oxygen tank to provide you with air to breathe underwater.
  • How do I clear water from my snuba tube? Don’t panic! Just breathe out sharply and this will force any water out of the tube.
  • What skills are useful for snuba? Apart from swimming, deep breathing and breath-hold diving can help you stay underwater longer. Plus, it’s always good to practice exhaling and inhaling deeply and slowly before jumping in the water.
  • Each diver is equipped with a mask, fins, weight belt, harness, and regulator.
  • Compared to scuba, snuba divers wear minimal gear.
  • Participants can tow the raft on the surface via a lightweight harness connected to the air line.
  • Participants can hold on to the raft at the surface using a lanyard.
  • No compressible dive suit is needed, and participants can pull on the hose to surface.
  • There’s a raft with a grab-rope to hold on to at the surface.


Snorkeling and snuba are both great ways to explore the underwater world. With snuba, you get the best of both worlds – the freedom of snorkeling and the convenience of scuba diving. It’s a great way to get a taste of the underwater world without having to commit to a full scuba certification. So if you’re looking for a unique and exciting experience, give snuba a try! And remember, don’t forget to take a deep breath – it’s not called snuba for nothing!

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Kauai Surf Report is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new sports with everything surfing at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2019 to help loyal readers with surfing and water sporting tips.