Practicing Safety While Snorkeling

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Safely come back from you awesome snorkeling trip

A lot of people all over the world enjoy snorkeling and spending time seeing beautiful marine animals, coral reefs, and much more. Snorkeling can be done as an excursion on vacation, or as a reason to go on holiday itself. Either way, when snorkeling it is important to practice proper safety to have the best, and safest, experience in the water possible. In this article, we will discuss some of these safety tips. Let’s get started!

1. Practice “The Buddy System.”

When it comes to snorkeling or doing any potentially dangerous activity, it is important not to do it alone. That’s where the buddy system enters into play. While enjoying the water, be sure to have a friend snorkeling with you, and stay close to each other to ensure that you are each safe.

2. Snorkel in Clear Water

While it can be tempting to snorkel as soon as you can, it’s safer for yourself and your snorkeling party as a whole to only enjoy water that is clear, not murky or hard to see through.

3. Check the Conditions of Weather

Before you enter the water, it is important to have checked the weather for the area you plan to snorkel in. You want to check current conditions, waves, and the wind for each day you plan to be out. And speaking of currents, if you find yourself caught in one, do NOT swim against it. You want to swim perpendicular to the current to get free.

4. Avoid Alcohol Impairment

drinking while swimmingThis tip should go without saying, but when it comes to snorkeling, it’s important to have all of your wits about you. That means you should not enter the water after having consumed alcoholic beverages, or any other substance that can alter your awareness. Save the drinks for another time.

5. Keep Your Hands to Yourself

What does this mean? Simply put, keeping your hands to yourself means not approaching animals and organisms that live in the water and touching them. Observe these beautiful creatures instead of physically interacting with them. This will help to keep yourself and your party safe while enjoying the water.

6. Stay Close to the Shore

When you are snorkeling, it’s important to be prepared for anything. And one part of being prepared is to stay close to shore. If any emergency should arise, you want to be able to reach safety as quickly as possible. So be sure not to stray too far into the water.

7. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When you are in the ocean, sea, etc., you are not only in the water with your snorkeling party but marine animals who are right at home. Therefore, it is important always to know what is going on around you while you are enjoying a snorkeling expedition. If you sense danger, do not ignore your instincts. Use common sense, alert your buddy if you feel it is time to make a change, and do not do anything that you feel against doing.

8. Keep Your Mask Clear

If you plan on snorkeling, it is a good idea to place No Fog within your mask. That way your vision is never impaired while you are enjoying your experience in the water. See http://www.snorkelinghq.com/ for the best masks and No Fog lubricants. You can also check their Snorkel Gear Pinterest if you need inspiration for your next trip.

In conclusion, practicing proper safety while snorkeling is essential to having the best experience you can while in the water. Before planning your snorkeling trip, it’s important to have had training by professionals or to bring a guide with you. Using the safety tips within this article is sure to lay the foundation for a fantastic vacation. Good luck!

How To Choose The Best Snorkel Mask

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choosing the right mask

It is important to select the best snorkel mask since it has a major impact on how much you will enjoy your snorkeling experience.  You ideally want a mask that fits your face comfortably so that you won’t even remember that it is on.  However, each person’s face is different, so therefore no mask is right for every individual.  There are several different factors of the mask that need to be considered in order to determine the one that is best for you and your situation.

Materials   

If you are shopping for a mask to buy, you need to make sure it has the right materials.  The best are silicone skirts since over time rubber skirts will begin to crack as they start becoming brittleSilicone masks last for many years, and when you are purchasing a mask, they are considered to be a better investment.

Vision Enhancing Coatings

There are some masks that offer the option of vision enhancing coatings.  If you think you might be snorkeling in lighting conditions that are less than ideal then that might be a good idea.  There is a coating on the mask lenses that increases clarity underwater in poor lighting conditions.  That doesn’t mean you will have the ability the to see in the dark.

When snorkeling the tinting that gets added to the lenses makes images clearer through cutting down on the glare.  Certain light wavelengths are also filtered by the lenses, which helps you be able to see better when you are underwater. Although the lenses do allow you to see more while you ar

e snorkeling, it isn’t worth spending a lot of extra money.

No Fog Lenses

Your snorkeling experience will be very unpleasant if your mask is fogged up.  Therefore, that is something you need to consider.  No fog lenses are made by many mask manufacturers, however, that doesn’t mean they will actually be completely fog free.  What it does means if they will have very low fog and a very low amount of preparation will be necessary to keep them free of fog while snorkeling.

Consider Peripheral Vision  

When first looking at masks you might not think about peripheral vision. However, it is an important factor.  Many masks will make the person wearing it feel like they have tunnel vision.  That is not good.  You need to try on masks to see to what extent it constricts your vision.  Once you have put on the mask roll your eyes and check your peripheral vision to see if it is good for you.

If you want to have the biggest viewing angle of any mask, take a look at the H20 Ninja Mask on www.fullfacesnorkelmaskreviews.com. It has a new design that makes for the widest possible viewing angle. You can read the latest information on these kind of masks on Twitter.

Low Volume Masks

snorkeling in Bali with schools of tiger fish

Whenever you dive underwater, the water’s weight will cause the air inside your mask to compress.  More pressure is applied the deeper you go.  For this pressure to be counteracted, you need to slightly exhale through your nose and fill the mask with your air to equalize the pressure.  The air volume inside your mask affects this, and so that needs to be considered.

For snorkeling, a low volume mask is advised since the lenses are located closer to your face, which reduces how much air there is.  The less the amount of air there is inside the mask the less you will need to blow inside to equalize the pressure.  Another thing that low volume masks help with is fogging since the less you exhale inside the mask, the less likely fogging will occur.

The Skirt On The Mask   

Whenever you are searching for a snorkel mask, it is important to take the skirt into consideration.  That is the part of the mask that comes into contact with your skin.  There are a range of different widths that skirts come in, and you need to determine which one best fits your face.  A wide skirt is recommended since you want to have more of the edge contacting your skin.  The seal is tighter with the more contact, and less water will also get in.

We’re Diving In

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This might come as a surprise to you, but we are rebuilding our site. Was it the empty page that gave it away?

Or the strange color scheme?

Anyway, it’s time for an upgrade and change of direction. Diving has always been our passion, and we’re more committed than ever. Because we want to help you explore the incredible underwater world. And do so in a safe and comfortable way.

You might wonder that Ohio doesn’t have any coastline. But we do have tons of water. Fresh water diving is a different experience from salt water. But many people like it so much that they hardly go back to diving in the sea.