SNORKELING IS FUN
Snorkeling is a very popular sport for the young and old alike. Masks, snorkels, and fins provide comfort and freedom to swim and dive like a fish. But you must learn the use of each to achieve full enjoyment. Each item has an important function of its own. It should be emphasized that in any sport, the broader your knowledge and understanding, the better. It is strongly advised that you practice first in shallow water or a pool to get used to the equipment and gain confidence. Snorkeling is a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. Basic snorkeling gear, along with a body of water and an hour of time is all that anyone needs to become a snorkeler. If you haven't already, give it a try - you'll love the new world beneath the water!
How to choose the right set:
MASK: Your mask should be able to stay on your face without the help of the straps; mask straps are just there to make sure the mask stays in the correct position. A simple way to test the fit of the mask is to place the mask on your face and draw air in through your nose.The mask should seal to your face when you inhale. i.e. the pressure should hold it in place. Look for Tempered glass - Plastic fogs up and standard glass is hazardous if accidentally broken.
Desirable features: Feathered, double skirt silicone - Makes mask seal more reliable and comfortable, Wide strap with touch buckle adjustment - Mask adjusts quickly, easily and stay adjusted
SNORKEL: Look for a snorkels with a purge valve and splash guard. A purge is helpful in clearing the water out of the snorkel and thesplash guard minimizes water entry while at the surface.
Desirable features: Silicone, Purge valve, Splash guard and/or Dry top.
FINS: Provide a large surface area to push against the water. This allows you to swim using your powerful leg muscles. This moves you more efficiently and frees your hands.You want your fin to fit like a comfortable shoe. Not so tight that your feet cramp but also you don't want your foot to have any loose movement inside the fin.
Desirable features: Look for Fins that are high quality, lightweight fins that come in a variety of sizes for both children and adults.
Other items to consider:
Snorkeling Vest: Great for resting at the surface. Floats you at the surface for saftey and keeps you from damaging the delicate coral reefs.
Lycra Protection: Snorkelers should be protected against contact from marine life and even provide additional protection from harmful U.V. rays.
Snorkeling Bags: Keep it together with a snorkeling bag. It keeps your snorkel gear in one place and makes it easy to carry and clean after use.
Snorkeling Travel Needs: Make your trip safter and easier with these last minute items.
How to care for your gear:
After purchasing a new mask and for maintaining the quality of yourmask, prepare a diluted solution of neutral, mild soap to wash the insideof the masks lens. If this is not done, the mask surface could easilybecome foggy. After the lens has been washed with the soap solution,thoroughly rinse away all soap from the mask surface with water.Use of an petroleum based or strong soap can cause the frame todeteriate. Your mask, fins and snorkel should be rinsed thoroughly withclean water after each use. Store them in a cool place with no exposureto the sun for longer life.
The sea is for everyone to enjoy. But there are some regulations. Please acquaint yourself with local regulations. While we are all able to enjoy marine sports, remember that not only the fishermen’s rights should be protected, but also nature. Let us all contribute to keep the sea clean and clear. Dispose of litter properly.
A. You must be a competent swimmer before attempting snorkeling.
B. Do not snorkel alone. Always have company.
C. Do not snorkel in high waves or rapid currents.
D. Practice in a shallow area of the beach or in a pool