About: What is Snorkleing and Skin Diving?

WHAT IS SNORKELING? WHAT IS SKIN DIVING?

For safety and enjoyment, watersports such as Snorkeling and Skin Diving are best enjoyed using the buddy system. (Photo © Scott Pearson Photography.)

Snorkeling, or swimming on the surface with mask, fins, and snorkel, is one of the most relaxing and interesting activities that one can enjoy. With a mask on your face, you can look down into the depths and watch dolphins and fish swimming, sea fans waving, and lobsters and crabs crawling along the ocean floor. With a snorkel (breathing tube), you can breathe without lifting your head out of the water, allowing you to float effortlessly on the surface. With fins, you can swim quickly, efficiently covering a large area with a minimum of effort.

One of the greatest advantages of snorkeling and skin diving is that you don’t produce the noisy bubbles associated with scuba gear, which can frighten many types of marine life. In many cases, a quiet snorkeler or skin diver can get much closer to certain types of marine life than a scuba diver would be able to. It is also easier to cover long distances in the water when you’re not weighed down with scuba gear and tanks.

Mask, fins, and snorkel are the three most basic pieces of diving equipment that can be used, whether you choose to remain on the surface to make your underwater discoveries or plan to plunge into the ocean depths. You can use this same gear no matter where your diving adventures take you, from the shallowest seas to the deepest shipwrecks.

Snorkeling is swimming on the surface of the water with mask, fins, and snorkel, or breathing tube. Nearly everyone can participate in snorkeling provided they can swim reasonably well, are comfortable in the water, and have a minimum level of physical fitness. It is not necessary to dive underwater to enjoy snorkeling.

Snorkeling is the least expensive way to explore the underwater world as it can be done with a minimum investment in equipment. You can enjoy snorkeling anywhere the water is clear and shallow enough for you to see the features of the site you want to view, though this doesn’t necessarily mean you must see the bottom. For example, in some parts of the world people swim with whales in water that is hundreds of feet deep. The ocean bottom cannot be seen, but the water is clear enough for snorklers to easily observe the whales.

Participating in snorkeling is a good way to see if you are interested in going further and exploring skin or scuba diving. You may decide that you’re only interested in snorkeling, or you may find that snorkeling opens a deeper interest in underwater exploration.

Instruction is not required for snorkeling, though it is strongly suggested. A snorkeling instructor can show you how to get the most out of your equipment as well as little tricks and techniques for making your snorkeling more enjoyable.

REMINDER: The material presented in this online program is designed to act as a primer, or supplement to in-water instruction in snorkeling or skin diving from a qualified diving instructor.


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