Monday, May 31, 2010

Snorkeling Is Ultimate Summer Fun

Snorkeling is an activity that can be an ideal way to explore the underwater world without the expense and time of learning how to scuba dive.

To snorkel successfully, you should consider a few factors. First and foremost, you have to buy the right equipment. Snorkel sets range in price from very inexpensive to costly. Some of the higher-priced items may offer a better fit and some features, such as an anti-fog mask. However, you can select a moderately-priced snorkel set and achieve good results.

If you will be doing a lot of snorkeling in deep water, it could pay to invest in swim fins. These will give you better propulsion through the water and make snorkeling less tiresome. Also, a vest that will keep you afloat can also help prevent tiring out from extensive swimming and floating.

Next, you will have to consider snorkeling location. Snorkeling is best in clear, warm water that is bound to have a lot of wildlife. That is why tropical regions -- including the Caribbean -- are popular areas for snorkeling. If children will be snorkeling also, they can practice their technique in a swimming pool or bathtub to learn how to breathe solely through their mouths.

Adults, also, should practice proper snorkeling technique. This way they're not caught off guard when in deeper water. Additionally, consider these snorkeling tips.

* Choose a mask and snorkel that fit comfortably.

* Place the mask on your face and feed the snorkel through the rubber band that will hold the snorkel in place. This should generally run right above your left ear.

* Place the snorkel in your mouth and bite down on the mouthpiece.

* Lower your head into the water and make fluid movements. Swimming too wildly or making jerking movements can cause extra water to go into the snorkel.

* If water enters the snorkel, hold the mouthpiece and exhale strongly to "purge" the water. Breathe in tentatively to make sure the water is cleared. If not, purge again.

* Snorkel with a buddy at all times.

* Be aware of your surroundings. Fish can swim up behind snorkelers, and it's easy to misjudge how far out you are.

* Underwater wildlife is delicate or potentially dangerous. Don't touch coral or other marine animals while snorkeling. Be careful not to step on animals, either.

* Be sure to apply adequate sunblock to your body, including the back of your legs, neck and arms. You can get a serious sunburn with the expanse of your body facing up to the sun on the surface of the water.

Enjoy the experience of snorkeling. Just remember you are sharing the environment with marine life and should always use caution and care.

CAPTION: Snorkeling is a fun way to spend time outdoors in the summer sun.

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