Scuba Divers Experience Annoying Pings of A Submarine’s Sonar

Scuba Divers Experience Sonar Pings

Crazy things happen, but to be pinged by a submarine’s sonar while scuba diving certainly ranks as a completely unexpected occurrence.

The video below records the reaction of a group of divers that were shocked ( not literally) by a submarine’s sonar. A submarine’s sonar is very loud and can be literally felt in your body.

“First Meeting With A Submarine Sonar” YouTube video post by Bahamas Islands

The idea of being pinged by a submarine is actually something that never occurred to me. So, I did a little digging and found out that these pings can be potentially deadly for divers as well as marine life.

A submarine’s sonar is said to travel at nearly full blast , retaining an intensity of 140 decibels) for as far as about 300 miles.

“How Sonar Works” Youtube post by Mentor Animations

Sounds a bit far-fetched, but according to a article, the US Navy’s 235 Db sonar results in unbearable pinging. They go on to say that at 200 Db, the vibrations can rupture your lungs and above 210 Db they can cause brain hemorrhaging. Read more here on

“Sonar Pinging When Scuba Diving ” YouTube video by Chad Sinden

As stated by Chad, “The noise of US Navy Deep sea sonar target practice while diving. It got so loud you could hear it on the boat. One of our divers briefly managed to record it. In the tongue of the ocean. Bahamas. Footage didn’t record the super loud bits unfortunately.” H/T Chad Sinden – YouTube Clips

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