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Snuba in Maui

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Snuba in Maui

Should we Snuba with Trilogy or Four Winds? Prices and experience seem comparable. Or is there a company that is even better?

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Trilogy is the top company when it comes to snorkeling or snuba. Since I've been out with them, I can recommend them. Not so with Four Winds.

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We've been on any number of snorkel trips when snuba was offered...I think you would be fine with either.

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In addition to SNUBA you can also scuba. Most resorts have an introductory scuba dive. They train you in the pool and then take you on about 30 minute shallow beach dive. You will have more freedom with the scuba intro and think you can go down to 25ft so they can take you along a shallow reef.

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There is another company that offers SNUBA. That's Aqua Adventure. We have used them twice and love them. It's a family run boat and the crew has always been great. They go above and beyond in my opinion.


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I snubaed with Trilogy and they were great. I discovered that Snuba was not for me, but the instructor was wonderful, patient, and put safety first.

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Unless you're physically unable to walk a few yards with a tank on your back I see no advantage to Snuba, and agree with John that you should also consider a resort course SCUBA dive.

There's often confusion among those with no diving experience, but Snuba *is* SCUBA diving. It offers all of the risks of any other method of SCUBA diving, along with the rewards. The key difference is that instead of wearing the tank, it floats on the surface, and you are tethered (some might say restrained) with a long air hose. You also won't have a buoyancy compensator, though that's not a big concern. I believe that Snuba typically limits maximum depth to about 20 feet, as opposed to 40 feet for a resort course SCUBA dive. Another difference is that the official Snuba policy seems to call for a 15 minute "safety briefing", whereas a resort course will typically spend about an hour teaching you what you need to know, and practicing basic skills.

As for those risks, diving is generally very safe but regardless of where the tank is it is possible to get killed or severely injured, almost always through your own ignorance or error. At the shallow depths of either Snuba or a resort course dive it's nearly impossible to get the "bends", but you are still subject to injury as a result of breathing compressed air, which will expand as you ascend. Never holding your breath prevents the air from expanding in your lungs, but as with other activities beginners sometimes forget the rules. That's more likely to happen when you get inadequate training, or if something causes you to panic. YMMV, but I think a bit more time learning and practicing is well worth it.

Perhaps it's also worth noting that if you take a resort course you can do multiple dives during your stay without having to repeat the instruction and practice. You'd need to do any repeat dives with the same outfitter, and there's a time limit (I think it's 10 or 14 days).

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