SNUBA is a fun new form of underwater exploration that offers the ability to maintain deeper depths than snorkelling allows for. Compared to conventional diving which requires far more rigorous training for a certification, a half hour lesson is usually sufficient instruction to get most into the water.
SNUBA is a combination of SCUBA diving and snorkelling, and the equipment bears similarity to the gear used in both sports.
A conventional dive tank floats on a raft on the surface and follows the diver. Long air lines connect a breathing regulator to the tank, and provides an uninterrupted source of air. Weight belts adjust the diver’s weight for neutral buoyancy, allowing one to easily maintain their depth in the water without sinking or floating to the surface.
Maximum depths are typically about 15-20 feet.
All dives are guide-led and an introduction and safety brief is included.
Unfortunately, most tours operate off of Cockburn Town Beach and other west coast sites. This coast offers several beautiful stretches of beach, but the reefs and sea life in the area is lacking.
SUNBA on Grand Turk is definitely an activity worth considering, but be aware that sea life sightings will typically not be quite as spectacular as what may be seen on a decent snorkelling or dive excursion.
Minimum age is 8. Divers must be competent swimmers. This activity is unsuitable for those who may be pregnant or have heart conditions. SNUBA carries some of the many risks associated with diving.
Due to the shallow maximum depths, decompression sickness and nitrogen narcosis are very unlikely to be encountered. However, the risks of lung overexpansion and an air embolism remains so it’s crucial that regular breathing is maintained and that the diver does not hold his breath when ascending or descending.
If you have to make an emergency ascension, be sure to continuously exhale as you rise to the surface.
The only cruise port in the Turks and Caicos, this large complex on Grand Turk is located directly on an excellent beach and also offers a huge pool, quite a few shops and the largest Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in the Caribbean.