ITDA Snorkelling

Certification

Snorkelling) is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins. In cooler waters, amask_snorkel wetsuit may also be worn.

Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods with relatively little effort and to breathe while face-down at the surface.


Snorkelling

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 finswimming.

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 teams.

 

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 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...

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Low cost and popular sport

maskAs 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 budget...

Warning!

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...

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