Costa Rica News – Around Catalina Island in the north Pacific region of Costa Rica, divers can find huge schools of tropical fish, octopi, manta rays, and sharks. Now, it’s no longer necessary to have a tank, wetsuit, or hours of training to see these amazing things.
Snuba diving is a new type of underwater tour. It combines the safety of snorkeling with the below the surface feel of scuba diving.
The word snuba is both a combination of the words snorkel and scuba and an acronym. It stands for Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
The sport has been around for two decades, but this is the first time Costa Rica has experienced it. The first SNUBA operator in the country is in Tamarindo.
Their director of water operations and safety, Kyle Mayfield, has a ton of diving experience. He came to Costa Rica to “make a living in the water.” He tried snuba in Hawaii and decided to open a franchise in Costa Rica.
The first customers were taken out last week. Anyone over eight years old who knows how to swim can try it, with no previous experience. They say, “If you can snorkel, you can snuba.” Since its invention, no one has been seriously injured during a snuba adventure.
Even 90 year olds can do it. Divers don’t exceed one bar of pressure during snuba, making it equally as safe as walking on land.
Prices start at $95. Call 8523-3649 for more information.