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If you are looking for a fun activity for your tropical vacation, there is no better option than snorkeling. Snorkeling allows you to peer into the underwater world of coral reefs and colorful fish. The greatest advantage snorkeling offers is that you don’t need to become certified or trained, like you do in scuba diving, and the equipment is inexpensive and easily to obtain. Whether you are headed to Hawaii, Belize, or the Galapagos, your beach vacation will be all the more better with at least one snorkeling adventure. If you are going snorkeling soon, here are some ways you can prepare for your trip to ensure that you have the safest and most enjoyable snorkeling adventure possible.

Plan Ahead

Most importantly, you want to make sure before your trip that you know where you will go to snorkel. You want to pick a location according to your specific needs. If you are snorkeling with children or anyone who is not a strong swimmer, you want to make sure that you can snorkel close to shore to avoid fatigue. Calm, warm waters provide a great environment for snorkeling for hours on end. Depending on your destination, you may be able to find a guided snorkeling tour. If you decide to go this way, make sure that you do your research and ensure that it is a reputable company to make sure your experience is positive.

Get the Right Gear

Regardless of where you snorkel, it is imperative that you have the right gear for your safety and enjoyment. First and foremost, you will need a snorkel mask that fits comfortably and snugly and affords you a clear, unobstructed view of the majesty of the ocean floor. At Smarssen, we offer a full-face snorkeling mask that is completely leak resistant and comes with a mount that works perfectly with our action camera, allowing you to capture the memories of what you need for all of your friends and family to enjoy. Additionally, you will want to invest in some fins. Go for either open heel or full-foot, depending on what you find the most comfortable.

Safety First

Make sure that you have the safest and most enjoyable snorkeling adventure possible by following a few easy rules. First, consider wearing a snorkeling vest if you are going to be out in the water for a long time. Even if you are a strong swimmer, you can become fatigued after snorkeling for a long time, so a snorkeling vest is a good investment in your safety. Additionally, when you are snorkeling, look with your eyes, not your hands; touching any plant or marine life is not only detrimental to the environment, but poses a safety risk. Finally, when you are snorkeling, you are floating on top of the water, exposing your skin directly to UV rays. Make sure to cover your whole body in strong sunscreen first before you hit the water for your snorkeling adventure.

Practice Makes Perfect

To snorkel, it is not, strictly speaking, necessary to practice first. Beginners tend to catch on pretty quickly. However, if you are concerned, practice snorkeling in a local swimming pool before your trip. By becoming familiar with the gear, technique, and safety precautions before your trip, you can more easily enjoy your experience. Test out your snorkeling gear and take some laps in the pool. If you find yourself getting tired easily, this means investing in a snorkeling vest is a good idea.

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