While snorkelling and scuba diving are both great ways to explore the underwater world, they are very different from each other. Let’s take a closer look at the fundamental differences and the exciting adventures that these two ocean activities have to offer!
Snorkelling in Malaysia
Snorkelling involves three main types of soft gear:
• A breathing tube (a snorkel)
With snorkelling, you tread through and near the water’s surface, taking in the underwater views from above while relying on your snorkel to breathe. Snorkelers typically don’t go any deeper into the water than what their breathing tube allows.
Snorkelling in Malaysia offers you a beautiful scenery of tropical fish, coral, and other marine life close to the ocean’s surface. Snorkelling doesn’t require any previous training or experience. Although you can snorkel with a life vest or swim belt, it’s in your best interest to know basic swimming strokes for safety.
Check out our swimming course here, where we can teach you foundational swimming skills that are fit for snorkelling.
Scuba diving in Malaysia
The main difference between snorkelling and scuba diving is how deep you go into the water and the training required for scuba diving. Before you can dive into the open water, you need to take an Open Water Diver Certification course from a reputable diving company in Malaysia.
As part of your certification, you’ll experience your first few dives with an expert who will guide you safely through the process. Once certified, diving requires more gear than snorkelling, including a BCD (buoyancy control device), regulator, tank, and more.
Malaysia is known for having some of the most spectacular dive sites on the planet. Divers come from all over the world to experience Malaysia’s marine life, incredible shipwrecks, and some of the most pristine beaches and resorts.
If you’ve tried snorkelling before, you’re already familiar with using a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you’re well on your way to becoming PADI-certified. Snorkelling is an excellent introduction to diving, as you become comfortable with having your face in the water and breathing through a mouth apparatus. Snorkelers often find themselves marvelling at the beauty of the water’s surface with the urge to dive deeper and explore the underwater world.
Maybe you’ve felt the urge to dive deeper, to truly move through the coral reefs, marvel at marine life, and discover the ocean beyond the surface. The first step to a lifetime of ocean adventures is to get certified, and you can start right in the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information!