Snorkeling is a popular
recreational activity, particularly at tropical
resort locations. The primary
appeal is the opportunity to observe
underwater life in a natural setting without the
complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. It
appeals to all ages because of how little effort there is, and
without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment. It is the
basis of the two surface disciplines of the
underwater sport of
Snorkeling is also used by scuba divers when on the surface,
and in underwater sports such as
underwater hockey and
underwater rugby, and as part of water-based searches
conducted by search and rescue
ITDA also include: CPR and First Aid training for snorkelling
as there are unique injuries llike "shallow water blackout", they
maybe life threatening if not treated quickly and effectively.
Also as snorkellers maybe called upon to execute / perform
rapid surface rescues CPR training is very important as is
Oxygen first aid which we can also certify snorkellers in...
Low cost and popular sport
snorkelling only requires minimal investment in equipment, "Unlike
Scuba Diving", it can be a low cost entry to diving... Masks,
Snorkel and Fins are all that is required and most dive shops can
sell a package from just $50 to $75 USD depending on your
When you are looking to buy snorkelling equipment, please be
careful as there are many low-cost and even dangerous products
out there, especially beware cheap "Masks" which may have a
glass lens, that is NOT "SAFETY GLASS", the words "Tempered" or
"SAFETY Glass", should be printed or engraved on the lens area.
Fins should be a "comfortable fit" or you may risk cramping,
they should be firm but not too stiff... and also very important
the snorkel itself - Beware any snorkel with a low bore tube or
any obstruction over the top (Such as ping pong balls etc.) as
the best and most comfortable breathing will come from a large
bore tube and a silicone mouth piece, not plastic or rubber....
If you choose a low volume or narrow bore tube you risk
breathing large amounts of CO2
with each breath, which may laed to a black out!
Ask a diving professional, dive leader or instructor for
advice and only buy from a shop that also sell diving equipment,
NOT a corner store or tourist shop...