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9 Tips for Great Snorkeling

June 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 174

All ready to have a great day on your snorkeling excursion? Well, here are a few tips to make it that much better.

1. Stretch

Seriously? This isn't the Boston Marathon, ya know. No, it's not. But a cramp in the water is twice as painful and 10 times as dangerous as the same cramp on land. You're about to repeatedly use your leg muscles in a way you don't normally. Those muscles may get fatigued and start to cramp. Take a few minutes to stretch out your calf and hamstring muscles before you start.

2. De-Fog

A foggy mask takes the fun out of it. After all, we came here to look underwater, not at clouds. You should defog your mask before every snorkel session. Dawn dish liquid or better yet a travel sized bottle of Johnson's Baby Shampoo (no tears formula) is all you need. Just a drop on the inside of the lens, then smoosh it around with your finger to cover the entire lens. (It's best to do this when the mask is dry, but should also work when wet.) When the entire lens has been covered, fill the inside with water (salt or fresh) and quickly go over the entire lens with your finger. Then empty the water and you're good to go.

3. Sunscreen

You know, the kind that stays on in the water. Use it. Not only are you taking sun on your entire back side, but the amount of sun is magnified. Think of the water around you as a giant reflector. Now think of those beads of water on your skin as little magnifying glasses. The intensity of the sun you're getting is much higher than just the sun by itself. And you'll start to burn a lot faster than if you were out of the water. Protect yourself or you won't be snorkeling tomorrow.

4. Splash Your Face

Excuse me? That's right. Splash water on your face before putting your mask on. If you've followed the advice of number 3, you should have sunscreen on your face. Splashing it with water will remove the excess that could drip down into your eyes as you snorkel. It happens more than you'd think and depending on the brand of sunscreen, it can really sting when it does.

5. Position Mask Strap

One of the most common reasons a mask leaks water is that its strap is in the wrong position. Too far down on the neck and water will leak in. Too far up on the head and water will leak in. So where should it be? Ok. Take your hands and cover your ears. Do it so the tips of your fingers are just barely touching behind your head. The lower part of the mask strap should lie just above your finger tips. Most mask straps split into two pieces in the back. You've just found out where the lower part goes. The upper part should be 1 to 2 inches higher and untwisted. Twisted, bad. Untwisted, good.

6. Buddy Up

Aw, Ma. Do we have to? No, you don't. But there are many safety reasons to have a partner. Touching on this briefly. Two people in the water are more likely to be seen by passing boats than one person alone. Also, if you do happen to get that cramp, a second person is good to have close by to help stretch it out.

Need more reasons? Two sets of eyes see more things than one set alone, so you're actually seeing more cool things. And maybe the most important reason of all is having a witness. No one is going to believe you saw the elusive Hunky Funky Coconut Fish unless you have a witness to back you up.

7. Current Check

If you are going to return to the point you started from, then start your snorkeling into the current if any exists. This way, if you do run out of steam, you'll get an extra little push to help bring you back instead having to fight the current on the return trip

8. Slow Down, Cowboy

The goal here is to observe underwater activity. To do this, you want to present yourself as a non aggressive element in your new environment. English please! Ok. Don't scare the fish! The faster you approach something the faster is will swim away because it feels threatened. But if you calmly drift-kick-drift into its area, you'll have a much better chance of getting in close for a good look. Move slow. Approach slow.

9. No Arms, No Splash

If snorkeling is a sport, then one of the goals is to use as little energy as possible. Don't use your arms to propel yourself through the water. They are inefficient compared to your flippers and using them will just make you tired. With flippers on, you have all you need to smoothly move yourself through the water. Keep your legs straight with a slight bend in the knee and slowly scissor them together and apart, as if you were walking in slow motion. The fins shouldn't come out of the water very much if at all. If you're splashing, you are wasting energy (because kicking the air won't move you forward) and you're also scaring the fish.

Now get out there and find me a Hunky Funky Coconut Fish! And have fun!

Capt Bradley Wilson has been a professional snorkel guide since 2001. He is currently the owner and operator of Island Wilson Excursions which offers island hopping (and snorkeling) day trips into the Virgin Islands from both St Thomas and St John.


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