Going on vacation, but you don’t want to lie on the beach for another year in a row? You can snorkel! What is snorkeling and what do you need for it? What safety measures you should take to snorkel responsibly? We’ll explain everything to you in the article below!
Snorkeling – what is it?
Snorkeling means that a swimmer equipped with a mask, snorkel and fins, while floating on the surface of the water, observes the underwater life.
No special qualifications are needed for snorkeling. The activity itself is child’s play – by submerging your head under the water, you can freely admire the beauty of the underwater world. You take in the air with the snorkel in your mouth or with the snorkel built into your mask (depending on what type of equipment you choose).
Snorkeling does not require good swimming skills (but you have to take care of safety – more on that in a moment). It is enough to just go into the water and dip your face under the surface, protected with the mask.
What to remember while snorkeling?
Remember that snorkeling is only supposed to provide you with pleasure, so try to relax, but also choose the time and place responsibly. Before you go out to snorkel, check the sea conditions (e.g. if there are no large waves or strong currents) and choose a quiet place. The shallow waters of the cove beaches are usually great places for your first snorkeling trip.
Snorkeling is a very pleasant form of recreation and at the same time, to keep it safe, you should remember a few rules.
- When floating on the surface in the sun, it is worth wearing a short wetsuit or a T-shirt with a UV filter. This way you will avoid burns, which can be very unpleasant.
- If you’re not swimming too well, it’s worth equipping (or borrowing) a snorkeling vest. It will increase safety, as it can be inflated when needed and stay calmly afloat. It may be needed when you get tired and away from the shore or you get a cramp.