Although it’s not usually written as such, “scuba” is actually an acronym. It stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, which sets it apart from snorkeling. Snorkeling involves special equipment, too, but it comes down to using a tube to breathe natural air from under the water.
Scuba diving is different. Scuba divers carry their air in tanks with them under the water. Some scuba classes begin with snorkeling as means of introduction to scuba diving. It’s important for parents and caregivers to understand the difference between these two terms before deciding on what water activity they choose for their kids.
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