Last weekend while at Brandcation: DESTINation ... I fell in love. Growing up on the Gulf Coast has given me the opportunity to do a LOT of water sports - from skiing to surfing to parasailing. But this weekend I found what I truly want to do - scuba dive.
Now, Snuba Diving is a little bit different than SCUBA diving. When you Snuba, instead of carrying your own tank on your back, you are actually attached to a raft which carries two tanks - enough air for you and up to three of your friends. Your airline is about 20 feet long - so plenty long to let you get to the bottom of the inlet, with the security of knowing you can not drift too far away from safety. And, since you have a certified diving instructor going with you, you do not have to be certified yourself to dive.
My group included myself, Nicole (MissBlondie.com) and TerriAnn (CookiesAndClogs.com). It took me a little while to get comfortable breathing only from my mouth under water. The first regulator I had was a little tough to breathe (damn being a former smoker) but I changed to a smaller one and was just fine. The water was freezing, so thankfully we had wetsuits on. Once I got comfortable in the water - it was on. I fell in love the minute I started playing with the fish.
We had the best dive instructor too - he was so incredibly patient - I know we drove him completely crazy. His name is Ty and I totally recommend going with him - especially if it is your first dive. He's really great about making sure you are ok under water, and finds cool stuff to look at. We spent a half an hour petting fish, chasing flounder, and playing with hermit crabs. It was awesome.
The toughest part for me was having to not LAUGH under water. Anyone who knows me knows that I laugh at everything - and when you laugh, you fill your face mask with water. Even though Ty showed us how we were supposed to clear our mask, that would only make me laugh harder. The first time I went down, I turned around into Gregg Velez - the under water photographer and scared myself half to death (BIG BLACK FISH!!!!!) and got the giggles so bad I thought I was going to drown right there. I could see the headlines now: "Local Blogger drowns from laughter after mistaking her own cameraman for a shark."
We did a lot of really awesome things in Destin, but this one was by far my favorite. I am already ready to go back and dive in. In fact I am already looking at getting scuba certified - goodness knows I need a hobby.... you know, for all of my spare time.
Thank you so much to Destin Snorkel for hosting all of us and a special thank you to Ty who was so patient and let me really get comfortable under there that I think I have found a new hobby. Also thanks to Gregg Velez from Diving Deep, LLC for all of the amazing underwater pictures and video.
My parents always said I should have been born with fins... this is the closest I can get.
Disclosure: The cost of this trip was comped but all opinions are my own.
leah- diaries of a domestic goddess says
Looks like so much fun!!! I really want to do that too. How far out do you go??
we stayed in the alcove before the pass. It was beautiful. We were about 18 feet deep I would guess. 🙂
Sara Phillips says
That looks like SO MUCH FUN (and I hate water in my face!)!!!
Did you take down a waterproof camera or did they take the pictures?
Both. They had a photographer/videographer go with us, but we had GoPros and Lifeproof cases on our phones - naturally I left mine on the boat LOL
Jacqui Odell says
That looks like so much fun! I love water and so does my kids! I bet this would be a great activity! Thanks for sharing!
Wow this looks like so much fun, I would love loved to have been there.
Candy @ Candypolooza says
Wow Lynsey that looks amazing!! It looks like it would be easier to get used to than dragging around the tank.
LOVE it!!! Looks so fun!
Lorie Shewbridge says
This looks like so much fun. I love to snorkel, so to be able to go down further with the safety of the tether would just be awesome.
I love your photos, the sealife is just beautiful.
I SO wish I could have been there with you. Water sports like that are one of the things that I can do.
Can't wait to read more about Destin.
Kristine/Real Food Girl says
That looked like tons of fun! I would like to try SCUBA one day... Maybe after we get settled down in SC (we're moving in August) I'll look into taking some classes. I'll only be 2 hours from the ocean. 🙂
This looks like fun. It's on my bucket list because I've never tried snorkeling!
Beeb Ashcroft says
How neat, I love your photos! My fiance and I went scuba diving for the first time in October - we had a lesson in an indoor pool. I had a really bad cold that made it really hard to breathe, but I still had a lot of fun. I think this would be great for me because the idea of going too deep in the water kind of unnerves me - I get a little claustrophobic, I guess? So it would be great to know that I couldn't go "Too deep", and man not having the air tank on your back would save a lot of weight!
This was SO much fun!!! Even if i did panic a couple times. Not sure I could Scuba dive but maybe with some training, I could.
That looks like so much fun!
That looks like so much fun! I love the photos. I would definitely be trying to not laugh too. 🙂
Jennifer Soltys says
WOW HOW FUN!!! Even better that you got good pics of all this! That's amazing.
Dawn Lopez says
Oh how cool is that? I have never heard of "snuba", sounds really cool! I only went scuba diving one time in the Keys.. it was a lot of fun.. but I have to admit I was SOOO scared and paranoid the whole time.. I was the last one to get in the water!
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
That's awesome! I would love to try it!
Shell Feis says
That looks like so much fun! I would love to snuba.
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
That is about the coolest thing ever. I have got to do that within the next few years. It's like a dream activity!
What a fun trip! I've not heard of snuba diving. It sounds like an option I could handle instead of scuba.
I love these photos!! I also would love to try scuba diving!
Definitely adding this to my list of "must try" things to do! Looks like you had tons of fun!
looks like a lot of fun was had! I am too scared to go scuba divin myself but my uncle in an instructor 🙂
I laughed reading your post. Fun! Fun! Fun!! This is on my bucket list but thanks to your post it definitely looks like Snuba diving is way better than Scuba diving considering no tanks need to be carried around!
Ashley - Embracing Beauty says
Very, very fun!!! The pictures are beautiful!
Dianna @ oyveyaday.com says
Wow, that looks fun. I've never heard of SNUBA diving - we may have to give it a try sometime.