So you want to go snorkeling, you have your equipment, you’re all set and ready to go. Just hold on for one moment and consider reading about these 3 snorkeling mistakes you absolutely want to avoid. By following this advice you’ll be able to have a more enjoyable experience while also staying 100% safe.
Mistake 1: Buying/Renting Cheap Equipment
Look we get it, maybe you’re just trying this out for the first time and you’re not ready to spend too much on the really good equipment available. But understand that having cheap equipment pretty much always means that equipment is not really that good. The mask won’t fit you properly and water will make its way through, basically ruining your snorkeling experience. Yes, you’ll likely have to spend a few dollars more, but it will be worth it. You’ll have fun and the equipment will work properly. Same goes with the snorkel and the fins. If they are low quality, they’ll be more of a hindrance that will prevent you from having fun. It is crucial to have optimal equipment to really enjoy this activity.
Mistake 2: Choosing A Bad Location
You may not have considered this, but not all locations are the same. Some will be better than others and it is important to pick wisely to fully enjoy the beauty found underwater. First off, especially if you are just starting out, it is never a good idea to go out on a boat and try to perform snorkeling directly in deep water. Start on shore, get comfortable, and find a spot where there is more life underwater. Look for fish and corals until you find an appropriate spot. A lot of first time experiences have been ruined – or simply unimpressive – because they simply didn’t know how to choose a good spot.
Mistake 3: Not Knowing Basic Skills And Hazards
You shouldn’t attempt snorkeling if you aren’t at least a decent swimmer. You need to feel comfortable in water, otherwise you’ll panic more often than not, ruining your whole experience. Stay relaxed, and swim slowly. This isn’t a marathon, but an experience that doesn’t need to be rushed. Go at your own pace, and resist trying to follow others who might go faster or deeper. Take care of yourself and don’t push the limits if you are not comfortable doing it, or you’ll get exhausted quickly. One basic hazard to know is if it’s windy and there are waves. In some situations you should avoid snorkeling at all, and in others you should take the weather conditions into account and adapt. Don’t go towards deep water and stay near the shore, in a good spot with good underwater life.
Make sure to follow these tips to have the most amazing experience possible! Snorkeling is insanely fun when done right!