Snorkeling is a water activity that is much easier to learn compared to surfing and scuba diving. However, there are still some accidents that can happen during this activity if you are not careful. That is why it is important to follow rules to avoid accidents so you will have an enjoyable experience. Here are some safety tips when snorkeling.
Check and Be Familiar with the Equipment
Before snorkeling, it is important to check if your equipment is working well. You should try if the mask fits comfortably, as well as the fins and snorkel. You might want to try using the equipment at home to be familiar with it. You can also make your mask or goggles anti-fog for added safety. Some do it yourself that include:
- Saliva –It may sound a little gross but simply Lick or spit in your goggles, rub it around and rinse.
- Baby shampoo –Put a small drop of baby shampoo on your goggles and then wipe it around and rinse off or wipe with a towel.
- Shaving cream – Put a small drop of shaving cream on your goggles and then wipe it around and rinse off or wipe with a towel.
- Toothpaste – Use a tiny dab of nonabrasive toothpaste and wipe it around and rinse off or buff with a towel.
Remember you just need a bit to add that thin layer of coating needed to help keep your mask from fogging up. There are also commercial products you can try as well instead of these household items.
Check the Weather and Surf Condition
It is also very important to check the weather condition first. You should pay attention to the present currents, the size of the waves, and the speed of the wind. This tip should be done not just beforehand but during snorkeling as well because these conditions may change from time to time.
Protect Your Skin
Snorkeling is the same as going out for a swim. Remember to apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn. Make sure that you are wearing UV protected swimming outfits as well. Aside from the sun’s heat, these type of clothing can also protect you from some marine animals like jellyfish.
Snorkel with a Buddy
Snorkeling by yourself is not a safe idea because if accidents happen when people are alone they can quickly escalate without help. That is why it is advisable to find a buddy so you may watch one another. If you’re going an area alone, consider joining groups to snorkel with. Aside from just being safe, you may also meet new friends while snorkeling.
Stay Close to the Shore
Most snorkeling destinations have their assigned snorkel areas. Make sure that you stay in those designated areas and do not swim far from the rest of the group. If there are no assigned spots, you can ask a local staff on where it’s safe to snorkel as they are more familiar with the area. It is also important to plan beforehand on where your entry and exit points are or plan an alternate exit point if ever you’ll be too tired to swim back to where you entered the water.
Avoid Snorkeling at Dusk
Snorkeling is much safer and enjoyable under the broad daylight. Aside from being able to see the underwater clearly, it is also easier to rescue people if there’s an accident. Avoid snorkeling at dusk because there will be reduced lighting at this time and you might not see some marine creatures like sea urchins which can be dangerous.
Do Not Touch Marine Animals and Organisms
Remember to keep your hands to yourself when snorkeling. It’s true that the underwater organisms look beautiful but you don’t need to touch them to show your admiration. Touching them may cause you cuts and may also cause them damage. This tip is for your safety and for the good of the sea life as well.
Take a Rest First After Eating
Snorkeling with a full stomach is not a good idea as the salt water and waves may cause you discomfort. It’s better to rest for a while after eating before heading out. If you want to eat before snorkeling, you consider choosing light foods like salads and pasta to avoid being too full.
Avoid Alcoholic Drinks
Just like in driving, you should not consume alcoholic drinks if you plan on snorkeling as this may impair your judgment. If you had too much drink the previous night, it’s better to let your body recover first before snorkeling.
Contacts, Glasses, and Prescriptions
If you don’t have great eyesight then make sure you plan out your snorkeling experience and make sure you will be able to see the beautiful underwater world clearly. Check out our other posts for guidance:
If you’re a good swimmer be confident but also smart and use common sense when in the water. It is important that you can swim well. If you’re not a great swimmer consider using flotation devices like a life jacket and go with well-trained support and/or instructor.
Help to ensure you will have a great time when you go snorkeling by following these safety tips. Staying safe is one of the factors that will make your snorkeling activity pleasurable and memorable.