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Snorkeling For Great Entertainment

Anyone who can swim and has access to the ocean, a lake, river or pond can enjoy Snorkeling, a wonderful activity. It is a source of great entertainment for all member of the family no matter what the age. It is an excellent pastime, but one that requires more instruction, time and money significantly. Most people who have snorkeled have done so only in groups and that too while on a vacation. But snorkeling can be done almost anytime, anywhere. Did you know that world-wide, snorkelers outnumber divers by a wide margin?

History of modern snorkeling can be traced back to over 5,000 years. There is evidence from 3000 B.C. pointing to some of the earliest known free divers- sponge farmers in Crete. It was realized soon that more complicated equipment was required to penetrate the ocean. There is an ancient bas-relief dating back to 900 B.C. shows Assyrian divers using animal skins filled with air, which they obviously carried with them to increase the length of their dives. With advancement in technologies through the ages, the efforts to explore the ocean’s depths became more serious.

Modern technology has led to more complex and technical snorkeling equipment in use with drastic improvements in the most basic diving tools. Today snug fitting masks and goggles made of rubber and plastics, along with treated glass have improved the diver’s safety. Snorkeling fins were developed to allow divers of all types to navigate the waters.

Today, snorkeling is definitely more efficient and easy. With just a basic snorkeling gear in a body of water and an hour of time is all that anyone needs to become a snorkeler. Just put on a mask and start enjoying the wonderful sea creatures and the coral formations. But be sure to protect yourself against the sun by using a waterproof sun block, especially on your shoulders and the backs of your legs.

What is Snorkeling?

It is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, along with a shaped tube called a snorkel, and swim fins. Swimmers may wear a wetsuit in cooler waters. The main idea is to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. A popular recreational activity, mostly at tropical resort and scuba diving locations, search and rescue teams may snorkel as part of a water-based search.

What is a snorkel?

It is a 30 cm long tube with an inside diameter of between 1.5 and 2.5 centimeters and is usually L- or J-shaped. It is fitted with a mouthpiece at the lower end, which is made of rubber or plastic and is used for breathing air from above the water surface.

The first and foremost thing a first time snorkeler should engage is in to get comfortable wearing the mask and breathe through the snorkel. Some people get anxious while breathing through a snorkel. So, it’s a good idea to practice in shallow water first. This often takes a few minutes to get used to. Don’t jump into the deep waters only to realize that you aren't comfortable wearing a mask and breathing through a tube.

Practice in open water, when you cannot touch the bottom. You will need to be comfortable using your snorkeling fins to stay afloat upright as well as moving around while floating face down in the water. While swimming, practice breathing evenly through your snorkel. If you feel a bit more adventurous, practice going deep underwater by diving below the surface.

The main attraction of snorkeling is to observe underwater life in a natural setting. Floating effortlessly and observing the feeding and courtship rituals of the reefs many residents is what draws thousands of snorkelers to enjoy the beautiful marine life. Butone must be cautious so as to not to touch anything for you may disturb the delicate natural balance of the reef and marine life.

Some important safety measures while snorkeling should be kept in mind always.

• First of all, never do it alone. Go with your trainer or an experienced friend whom you can trust completely.
• Don't snorkel if you cannot swim, as a common sense.
• Be sure to stay close to shore, as you are likely to misjudge your own endurance and find yourself exhausted.
• Remain aware of your surroundings. Keep away from any areas to be avoided. • Avoid getting exhausted and retain your energy.
• If you like to dive below the surface, make several short dives instead of one long one.
• Do not touch or disturb marine life. Remember that most underwater creatures will avoid contact with humans. So maintain a safe distance to protect yourself.
• Be aware of the seabed, as in shallow waters, coral and other rough surfaces can severely injure a snorkeler who is not careful.
• Learning first aid and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is important Practice before you dive in.
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