FLORIDA KEYS -- Featuring vivid coral reefs teeming with exotic sea creatures, the Florida Keys are a ready-made vacation paradise that attracts almost 800,000 snorkel and scuba aficionados each year who can’t wait to get into the water and explore — even as first-timers.
SNUBA, a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, is a guided experience that offers a safe, comfortable and easy way to do that. It’s now available at professional dive centers in three Florida Keys regions: Islamorada, Marathon and Key West.
SNUBA enables outdoor adventurers and ocean lovers to breathe easily underwater on a regulator without first earning a scuba diving certification.
“Divers” breathe by means of a 20-foot hose attached to an air supply that sits on a 5-foot-long rubber pontoon raft at the water's surface. No prior diving or snorkeling experience is required, although participants need to know how to swim.
Experiences include training and about 30 minutes of SNUBA at a shallow reef site with a professionally trained instructor.
The sport is particularly suited to multigenerational family adventurers — children 8 years and older, couples, active seniors and people interested in an underwater experience who may go on to learn more and become certified in the sport of scuba diving.
SNUBA is a fun family activity for visitors to the Keys for close, calm observation of the inhabitants of one of the world's most diverse, complex and beautiful ecosystems.
To find a Florida Keys SNUBA experience, visit snuba.com/where-to-snuba/.
Florida Keys Diving & Snorkeling information: fla-keys.com/diving
SNUBA is particularly suited to multigenerational family adventurers — children 8 years and older, couples, active seniors and people interested in an underwater experience.