Snorkeling things to remember :
- Clean your new mask.
The inside glass of all new masks should be cleaned to remove any oily
film left behind from the manufacturing process. Oddly tooth paste will
work very well
- Defog your mask.
Although saliva works well, it is not very hygienic and usually washes out
very quickly. Two or three drops of anti-fog made specifically for diving
masks will usually work best and may last all day.
- Wear your mask strap high on
the back of your head. If you find that your
hair tangles in the strap, replacing it with a padded neoprene strap will
- Attach your snorkel on the left
side of your mask. Snorkels with drain valves
are designed to work best if worn on the left.
- Clearing a snorkel is easy.
Blow forcefully into the snorkel, take a shallow breath, and blow again to
remove any remaining water. A self drain snorkel will make it even easier.
- Avoid walking with fins
on. If you must walk, shuffle your feet sideways or backwards only.
- Snorkel with a buddy
and use the "One up , and one down rule " when breath hold diving. This
means one stays on the surface while the other one dives down.
- Use a snorkel vest
if you are not a good swimmer or if swimming far off shore.
- Avoid getting burned.
Wear a Lycra dive skin or a tee shirt with a good waterproof sun block. A
bad sun burn could ruin a great trip.
- Respect the reef.
Avoid touching and bumping into coral. A healthy reef is a pretty reef.
Snorkelers Check List
- Prescription mask
- Self-draining snorkel
- Dry snorkel
- Snorkeling vest
- Dry box
- Mask defog
- Padded mask strap
- Waterproof sun block
- Waterproof fish ID books
- Waterproof fish ID cards
- Waterproof single use camera
- Mesh draw string bag
- Snorkeling manual
- Beach walker shoes
- Lycra dive skins
- Shorty wet suit
- Seasick bands & pills
- Dive knife
- Fin socks
- Clean your equipment with fresh
water each day. This will remove salt and sand
that can cause problems, especially with purge valves. Washing or dunking
it while in a mesh bag can make the task fast and easy.
- Avoid excessive heat.
Temperatures above 170 F can damage your equipment.
- Soak your equipment
when you return home from your trip. This will help remove
sand and salt that a quick rinse didn't get.
- Store your gear in a cool dry place