Snorkeling is such an exciting adventure. You get the chance to try out something new. You explore the open waters. You are in an environment that you are not really used to. The idea of doing this activity alone will surely make you feel really excited.
Before you jump into the water, there are a few things you need to remember to ensure safety.
Swim with someone
You have to invite your friend when you go snorkeling or a guide who will ensure that you are safe throughout the adventure. There are a lot of water accidents taking place when people are out there on their own. You can stick together while snorkeling and watch each other’s back. When there are problems, you can instantly call for help.
Train how to use the equipment
If you avail of services provided by snorkeling companies, they will surely give you training on how to use the equipment for snorkeling. Be familiar with the said equipment. Ask all possible questions especially if you are unsure how the equipment works. Wear every equipment properly so you will enjoy the adventure and remain safe.
Be on your best physical shape
You can’t snorkel if you are not physically well. If you are sick or you are not in the mood, just don’t do it. You need to be fully alert when you are underwater or else you could be in great danger. On the other hand, if you feel like you are already an expert as you have done this activity before, don’t force your partner to be in the same difficulty level as you. This will put your partner in danger and you as well as you would feel responsible for the situation.
Be aware of everything around you
Be vigilant. You need to check the wave sizes, wind speed and other potential risks. If the weather conditions are not favorable, you better cancel the plans. You can reset your adventure the next time when weather conditions are better. Boat traffic could also be a potential hazard. It helps if you ask the locals first about what is going on in the area and check if it is totally safe to snorkel.
Never touch marine lives
It would be nice to see wonderful marine organisms. You can swim with the fish. You can even take photos using underwater cameras. You can wave at them. However, if possible, just don’t touch them. You don’t know the types of animals that you are facing. Some of them might not respond well to touch. You are wearing the right suit to disguise yourself but things could still go wrong. Besides, you are also placing these animals at risk. They might be rattled by your touch. Some of them get stressed out and eventually die.
There is nothing wrong in planning to have this wonderful outdoor adventure. A lot of people have snorkeled before and have tried different locations. You can start with something simple and opt for more difficult areas later when you are more confident of your snorkeling skills.
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