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Is it called Free diving OR Skin diving?
Greg - 10/23/2013 1:52 PM
Category: Survey
Replies: 24

What do you call it when you dive underwater for a period of time without SCUBA? Free diving OR Skin diving? Or is there a difference between the two?
USACMASDiver - 7/30/2014 1:20 PM
[Choose #3] I don’t know what was happening in the Florida Diving scene in the 1960’s, but in California, Malibu, Catalina, etc, we called it skin diving if you were on snorkling gear and pushing the depths. Snorking meant surface breathing through a tube.
MonkeyDiver - 1/03/2014 4:36 PM
[Choose #3] To the best of my knowledge skin diving is just the old way of expressing free diving. They are the same.
Pixel - 12/31/2013 3:54 AM
[Choose #1] Skin diving sounds too much like naked diving.
JohnB47 - 10/29/2013 1:36 PM
[Choose #3] I call it snorkeling... Skin Diver Magazine was mostly about SCUBA.
uwlover4u - 10/26/2013 8:56 AM
[Choose #3] I don’t really think it matters.
JasonP - 10/24/2013 10:58 AM
[Choose #3] Freediving (no space) really starts at 50’. Skin diving is somewhere between there and snorkeling, which is done mostly at the surface. I’d call it accurate, not restrictive. Each level is leagues apart.
RAWalker - 10/24/2013 9:59 AM
[Choose #3] Free diving is the attempt to dive to depth on a single breath while skin diving may include this activity it also includes snorkeling on the surface and just below the surface to look around and explore.
zielit - 10/24/2013 6:24 AM
[Choose #1] Well at first I thought free diving was when someone else is paying for other person diving (very popular among attractive young female divers) and since I don’t belong to that group I went SCUBA.
RockRat2008 - 10/24/2013 5:13 AM
[Choose #3] For me, I put free diving (freediving) into the category of the people going deeper underwater 50’+ and instead of "skin diving" I use snorkeling. Otherwise you’re just swimming. :-)
Eric_R - 10/23/2013 5:36 PM
[Choose #1] No equipment means no expense. Free diving it is.;)
LatitudeAdjustment - 10/23/2013 5:36 PM
[Choose #1] I always thought the term skin diving was to separate us from hard hats not freedivers
SantaFeSandy - 10/23/2013 5:12 PM
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dheary - 10/23/2013 2:29 PM
[Choose #1] Free diving is rationalizing your breath to achieve a purpose:IE: Swallow wreck or reef
Greg - 10/23/2013 1:52 PM
[Choose #1] I call it free diving, but I also hear the term skin diving a lot.