What is Snorkeling
Snorkeling is an underwater activity, that requires a breathing apparatus used by swimmers and skin divers, consisting of a long tube held in the mouth.
Equipment and Care of Equipment
Storage- keep your mask in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight. Store it in a box for better protection.
Care-The rubber parts on the mask can deteriorate.Your masks should be rinsed with clear, cool water after use. Periodically washing with a mild soapy water and a thorough rince after, will extend its life.
StorageYour fins should be stored in a cool dry place, with all of your gear. Be sure to dry off any water that may be present on the blades or in the foot pockets.-
Care-Using a fresh-water rinse after each dive and storing them in a dry cool place, out of direct sunlight, will greatly extend their life.
Storage-Snorkels should be stored in a cool, dry place, upside down like an up side down j.
Care-Snorkels are usually maintenance free, although a rince after each use will increase its life.
Getting in & Out of Water
- When entering the water you may step out with your legs pinned together and arms pointing out to the left and right.
- When coming in, make your way to the back of the boat and climb up the ladder.
- Finning is just kicking your feet. You can dolphin kick (both feet at the same time) or kick individually (one at a time).
- Plan to go snokelling a couple days before you go because the weather forecast would be more accurate the closer you get to your planned date. Get your gear together the night before and make sure you have all the gear that is needed.
- first bend at the hips, propel using breaststroke action with arms, kick only once feet have submerged.
Clearing your Snorkel and Mask
- To clear your snorkel, rise to the top and blow as hard as you can and the water be expelled through the top or out the purge valve
The Ear and Equalising-
- You should feel something happen in your ears as they equalize. Ear pressure equalization is usually accompanied by a popping/clicking/“poof” sound and a sensation of fullness in the ears. Quote from http://scuba.about.com/od/divemedicinesafety/p/Ear-Equalization-Why-And-How-Do-Divers-Equalize-The-Pressure-In-Their-Ears.htm
- What is neutral buoyancy? Snorkellers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally.
Knowing what is dangerous in the water is essential if your planning to snorkel. There are many dangers that are visable such as sharks, stingrays, some corals may be poisonous and many more. There are also dangers that you might not even notice, currents can drag you for 100's of meters without you even noticing, if this happens do not panic, rise to the surface and identify where you are.
Basic First Aid
Remember this easy 7 step method if someone is in trouble and there is no one else around.
D = Danger
R = Response
S = Send for help
A = Airway
B = Breathing
C = Compression
D = Defibrillate