Silfra- Snorkeling vs Diving
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 6:27 AM Last Post By: anosmia
Jul 26, 2012 9:26 AM
Silfra- Snorkeling vs DivingHello all-
My boyfriend and I will be in Iceland next week, and one thing I've really been looking forward to is diving at the Silfra site ever since I first heard of it. Thing is though I'm not the best diver (haven't done it since February 2011, 4 dives under my belt after completing PADI open water, no drysuit experience) and my boyfriend has never even gone snorkeling (which he would do at Silfra), so I was thinking of just opting to go snorkeling with him to make sure he's comfortable with it etc.
Only thing that I confess is holding me back is how everyone describes Silfra as an amazing DIVE site, so I'm worried I might be kicking myself later if I could dive there but opted not to if it's that much more awesome a diving vs snorkeling site (I'm mainly thinking of when I went to the Great Barrier Reef- went snorkeling on a dive boat cause I wasn't certified yet, but never felt like diving would've been that much more awesome honestly). Are there any significant differences at Silfra between the snorkeling and diving experience that anyone who's been there noticed? Thanks very much!
Jul 26, 2012 9:41 AM
1Go for the diving, definitely. By restricting yourself to snorkeling, you can obviously not dive between the continental plates of Eurasia and America. That and the extremely good visibility is what makes diving there special, in contrast to other places where you maybe mainly go for seeing the fishies, which I agree can be quite rewarding also by "just" snorkeling.
Diving in Silfra is easy, no currents, so don't worry about having little experience. You'll probably have the option of diving through some holes, skip that if you're not confident. The dry suit could be an issue, though. Was my first time in a dry suit in Silfra as well, and taking care of buoyancy was a bit tricky. On the second dive it was much easier already.
Aug 10, 2012 6:27 AM
2I've just added Silfra to my itinerary (I still have two years until my trip, but I know planning will take ages, so I'm starting now). I've never gone scuba diving in my life and I've been wondering if I should spend the money on classes and getting certified so I can dive at Silfra or if I should resign myself to snorkeling. I love the idea of actually going under the water and touching both continental plates at the same time, but getting certified seems like a lot of work. Hmm.
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