Who doesn’t want to dive deep down under the waters to experience the breathtaking beauty and colorful life the oceans hold? Snorkeling allows you to do just that, and a beginners guide to snorkeling may be all you need to get started. However, there are some do’s and don’ts of snorkeling and some common first-time mistakes can sabotage your entire experience while putting you at risk. Here are some of the mistakes you need to avoid as beginners:
Don’t Neglect Your Equipment
Buying cheap snorkeling gear can save your money but not your life. Hence, invest in quality equipment that fits you well and is comfortable. If you haven’t used your equipment for a while, check to see if it doesn’t have any leakages.
Buy Your Gear Beforehand
Buying your snorkeling kit at the end moment should be avoided since you might not get the best equipment due to the shortage of time. Besides, purchasing your equipment ahead of time gives you enough time to learn how it works.
Don’t Snorkel Alone
A common mistake beginners make when snorkeling is wandering away from their friends or snorkeling group to explore the sea on their own. Remember that although snorkeling is quite safe, you’re still vulnerable to wildlife and unexpected currents in the open ocean. Therefore, being alone might put your life at risk.
Don’t Forget to Practice
Practicing with your snorkeling kit will help you understand how your equipment works. Go out in a pool or a shallow beach to test your gear to strengthen your legs for the upcoming experience.
Don’t Miss The Brief
Every snorkeling session follows a diving brief in which details of the dive are discussed. Essential information that you need to know, such as diving signals may also be communicated. So don’t skip the briefing session and pay attention to what is being said.