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Snorkel Dive keeps young divers on a safety leash

The Snorkel Dive helps get kids comfortable with scuba diving
The Snorkel Dive helps get kids comfortable with scuba diving
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The Snorkel Dive helps get kids comfortable with scuba diving
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The Snorkel Dive helps get kids comfortable with scuba diving
The Snorkel Dive system incorporates different depth levels while keeping kids constantly tethered
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The Snorkel Dive system incorporates different depth levels while keeping kids constantly tethered
The three-step process gradually gets kids used to diving at different depths
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The three-step process gradually gets kids used to diving at different depths
Each step of the Snorkel Dive system includes being with an experienced diver
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Each step of the Snorkel Dive system includes being with an experienced diver
Both the young and experienced divers are tethered to the same system
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Both the young and experienced divers are tethered to the same system

While simply gearing up and jumping into the water may be one way for kids to learn to scuba dive, Snorkel Dive Innovations believes there's a safer method. Its patent-pending approach incorporates a tethered system with adjustable depth limits of from 0 to 6 meters (20 feet), giving young divers the opportunity to build experience and technique while becoming more comfortable with diving at their own pace.

In step one, kids are swimming at surface level while connected to a safe, wave-free air supply. This allows them to watch and learn from more experienced divers who are swimming below, but still using the same system.

Kids can then move to step two where at 1 to 2 meters (3 to 6.5 feet) they learn slow ascends, how to clear their ears, and basic dive techniques while still tethered to the system and with an experienced diver.

The Snorkel Dive system incorporates different depth levels while keeping kids constantly tethered
The Snorkel Dive system incorporates different depth levels while keeping kids constantly tethered

By the third step, kids are learning to be more comfortable at depths of 2 to 6 meters (6.5 to 20 feet) while building experience to prepare them for their first formal scuba training course.

Snorkel Dive Innovations said that its approach is not intended to replace formal scuba training or the Junior Open Water certifications. The company expects to release more information, including technical specifications and pricing, later in February. A crowdfunding campaign on either Kickstarter or Indiegogo is planned for later this year.

Source: Snorkle Dive Innovations

2 comments
SteveO
Isn't this the same thing as SNUBA? That's been around for years. If their only difference is adjusting the amount of hose at each stage, that is really lame.
SnorkelDive
Sometimes the small differences make the biggest impacts. SNUBA also has a great surface option for kids for snorkeling, but their next step allows users to freely go to a depth of 6m. That's a big step in terms of potential risks. We believe that the flexibility for parents to set the max limits at just 1m or 2m of depth allows a much safer range for initial practice, and that the further adjustments in gradual steps truly allow it to be a gateway family system to build experience ahead of a JOW course.