Here’s the difference:
Scuba Diving is swimming underwater using S.C.U.B.A. (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus). You strap a cylinder of compressed gases (Air) onto you back and you can swim around for minutes, hours, and in some cases days!
Snorkeling is grabbing a pair of goggles, a pair of “fins” or “flippers”, and a thing called a “snorkel”. A snorkel is tube that you place in your mouth and it allows you to either float on top of the water while breathing air, OR you can take a deep breathe and dive down into the water and swim around freely.
Both ways of exploring are great to see colourful fish, sunken treasure, and maybe even a lost city of mermaids*.
Swimming underwater can be dangerous, so make sure you are shown how to do it properly from an trained adult or a parent.
*A mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature with a female human head, arms, and torso and the tail of a fish!
You can learn more about Mermaids here: Are Mermaids Real?
Or you can get real, and learn about something you can actually see here: Discover Fish.
Based on reader comments and suggestions, we’ve developed a list of great outdoor activities for kids from A to Z. See the full list at The ABCs of Outdoor Activities on the Campfire Blog.