K2 Goodness: The Beautiful World of Diving & Snorkeling, and How to Stay Alive! Irrespective what your life insurance provider might think Snorkeling is essentially a rather fun and healthy spare time pursuit. Obviously safety begins with training and training, but beyond that the cardinal guideline of dive safety once you have hopped off the boat and become a Snorkeling Diver, is if you will pardon the pun – Don’t Get In Over Your Head. Dont be some sort of imbecile, are familiar with your constraints! you may have 30 minutes to work it out. . .and then your ticket is punched! Of course even prior to getting competent, Dive Safety begins with getting in suitable health – if you have never snorkel dived and really think you may have any health-related condition that could be a problem it is a good idea to have a comprehensive physical when taking a snorkeling class. Then once trained understand the limits of your training. Do not dive under crappy conditions or in dangerous environments that you have not been trained to dive in. Caves, caverns and snorkeling wreck diving all require practical knowledge. It is all too simple to become trapped in one of these places if you do not know what you are doing.
Never, never dive alone – always dive with a buddy and let people know when and where you will be diving and when you are expected to return. If you own your own snorkeling equipment make sure it is checked regularly and well maintained. Protect your snorkel mask from scratches, and keep your snorkel fins from baking in the sun. If you are renting dive gear make sure everything works and fits properly – if something does not seem make sure you tell the Dive Shop or Dive Master if you are on a group dive. Sunscreen is considered to be very extremely important when diving and snorkeling – a large number people do not recognize how easily sunlight penetrates water, especially in some of the most crystal clear clear seas that are ideal for snorkeling. If you are not wearing a snorkeling wetsuit be sure to wear water resistant direct sun light block of at minimum SPF fifteen. Grasp of the weather condition and also the weather forecast where you are snorkeling. Storms can change the diving conditions in certain areas dramatically – and remember water conducts electricity – you are not safe from a lighting strike just by being on the surface while snorkeling. And while it may seem apparently obvious do not snorkel while under the influence of drugs or the happy stuff! Use common sense, live to dive another day! Thanks so much for reading! Avicenna 🙂