Snorkeling Safety Tips Before You Jump In

2017-11-22 07:44:32

Always have a friend, family member, coworker, etc. go with you when snorkeling. Accidents are more likely to occur when you are snorkeling solo. That being said: make sure you stick together and watch each other’s back to prevent any mishaps. Communicate what to do in case of an emergency.
Leave the Marine Life Alone:
We are simply a guest in the ocean, so we must treat our coral reefs with respect. Unless you are Michael Phelps, it is unlikely that you can outswim the marine life you will see while snorkeling. Chasing animals (dolphins, whales, turtles, fish) will only scare them away. Remaining as a casual bystander will increase the chances they will stick around for a closer look at you. Please avoid standing on coral (sea creatures rely on coral reefs for food, homes, and protection), sticking appendages into holes on the reef (you wouldn’t want someone poking their head into your house uninvited either), or making too much noise (many animals use vibration to sense danger/food/threats and we do not want to be interpreted as any of those).
Take Care of Yourself:
Your gear should fit you well and snug, and if you are renting be sure to check your gear before taking it out into the water. We recommend trying your mask and fins and adjusting accordingly on dry land. It will be much easier to fine-tune for a small leak or loose fin on the beach so be sure to test gear out appropriate to your comfort level. Always hydrate before snorkeling and use waterproof sunscreen no matter what the weather says. *TIP: please apply generously at least 30 minutes prior to getting in the water for our coral reef’s health.*
Stay Aware:
It is easy to become distracted by the striking fish and infinite colors we see in the majestic underwater world, but we must remind ourselves where we are. Besides boat traffic, there may be other people in the water: swimmers, snorkelers, divers, spear fishermen. Always stay mindful of what is around you. Know the area you are snorkeling. Know the tides and waves. It is very important to know your limits!
Some of these may seem obvious, but using these general guidelines will enhance the snorkeling experience for you and the coral reef and help preserve both for future generations. Snorkeling Tours available now in California, Florida and Hawaii locations, so be sure to book your once-in-a-lifetime experience today!