If you have never been snorkeling before, then you certainly do have an exciting trip ahead of you. However, before you jump straight in there are a few things you need to remember so that you and your group can stay safe so that you don’t need to worry when out on your trip.
Whichever snorkeling spot you pick, the likelihood is that it is going to be in a sunny location where you are going to be exposed to the sun’s rays for a long amount of time. Remember your skin safety when out on the water and apply high SPF sun block before you begin. To protect your skin all over, you might like to opt for a t-shirt over your swimwear or even a wetsuit which will keep your body at a nice temperature as well as protect you from painful sunburn.
Breathing And Vision Safety
Invest in mask and snorkel sets that will help you see well under the water as well as breathe with ease. A quality mask with anti-fog lenses will help you spot any potential danger and can also be a key ingredient toward making your snorkeling trip a day to remember. The snorkels themselves can include purge valves and are known as “dry” snorkels which prevent water entering the tube therefore making breathing much easier. If you are unsure about the right breathing technique, it may also be worth having lessons with a snorkeling instructor before you head out so that you don’t panic when in the water.
When you are spending hours in the water, keeping your valuables safe can be a bit of a concern. Always leave electronics such as cell phone and MP3 players in the safe in your hotel room – you won’t need to make a call when you’re out at sea! To keep items such as credit cards, keys, glasses or cash safe and dry however, you may want to get a safe case which will enable you to keep your items dry and also with you at all times for your peace of mind.
Health And Safety
Always be aware that you are out in the sea and that it is important to use your common sense in order to stay safe. Never stray away from your party or your boat, and always keep a safe distance from sea creatures. Snorkel instructors will be able to tell you more about safety around certain types of sea life and you will often find that different species are harmless when left alone. This obviously means staying away and observing but not touching them. Also, if you have an underwater camera, turn the flash off as this can distress underwater creatures and make them more likely to attack in defense.
If you are not a strong swimmer or if you have small children with you who are not used to swimming, then keep a rubber ring or small floatation device nearby so that they can rest whenever they want.
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