When done the right way, snorkeling can be a fun activity to be enjoyed by friends and family. However, without the right precautions, snorkeling can expose you to some health and safety risks. Let’s consider a few tips for snorkeling safely.
Do not mind spending a bit more cash on snorkeling equipment. These will provide you with the best service and will last a long time. On the other hand, poor quality gear will break easy, the mask might leak and the fins may be uncomfortable which could expose you to dangers when out in the ocean.
Whether it’s your family members or your friends, ensure you are in the company of someone when you snorkel. In case of any emergency, you will be in a better position to call for assistance. Also, a snorkeling experience is just more fun when shared rather than snorkeling alone.
It is not the best idea to snorkel after a meal. In case you accidentally took a gulp of salty ocean water, this will mix with the food causing you to feel nauseous and it will lead to additional discomfort. Let the food digest for an hour or so and once you are energized, you can then head out to the ocean.
After having a few beers you might feel that it is a good idea to head out snorkeling but it really not a good idea to snorkel when drunk or with a massive hangover. Your senses are delayed and this could put you at a heightened risk of something going wrong. Ensure you are completely sober when you decide to snorkel.
Avoid snorkeling if you don’t feel 100%. If you have a cold, you have an injury even while it’s slight or any other feeling that makes you not be your complete self, then you should stay out of the water. This will prevent you from agitating your sickness or injury and putting your body at risk.
Snorkeling in direct sunlight can cause sunburn making the whole experience unpleasant. It’s easy to think that the best solution is to apply sunscreen, but these are made from chemicals that may cause harm to the marine life. Instead, use a UV protective rash guard. It will not only keep your skin safe from the UV rays but will also protect you from jellyfish stings.
The weather can change rapidly. What was a calm morning could end up with waves and rough seas in the afternoon. Such water can put you at a risk and push you further out into the ocean. Take note of the weather forecast to find out the best and safest time to snorkel.