Snorkeling is a fun and adventurous pastime that helps people get out and enjoy nature and train their minds and bodies. However, without proper attention and smart decision making, it can be full of potential dangers for those who are new to the activity.
To avoid common issues associated with first time snorkeling, here are five common mistakes you will want to be mindful of and avoid as a beginner.
- Skimping Out on The Best Equipment
When you are buying equipment that will help you float, swim and breathe while in the water, that is not the time to be cheap and cut corners with your equipment. From the goggles and snorkel to the fins, you will want to invest as much as possible into getting high quality gear.
It will make a huge difference in your snorkeling experience and can also affect your safety! Never skimp on the gear and equipment- that is a disaster waiting to happen for sure.
- Not Getting in Enough Practice Time
Like all new sports or activities, especially those that involve being in the water and using specialized gear, there is a bit of a learning curve. This is normal and is to be expected.
With time you will get more comfortable with the equipment and the processes involved with swimming and breathing while you are out snorkeling. You will want to make sure you have plenty of time to practice and get familiar with everything before you ever head out for your first real swim in the open water.
- Improper Swimming Form and Speed
While you are getting used to the processes involved with snorkeling, you will want to pay careful attention to how you swim. There is a certain form and technique that is involved and the sooner you master that, the sooner you will be more comfortable and relaxed in the water.
You will also want to pay attention to how fast you are swimming so you do not tire yourself out or cause yourself to breath too heavy and get too worked up or panicked while in the water.
- Poor Location for Your First Swim
While knowing your gear and being familiar with how to use it is of course important to your safety while out in the water, so too is making a smart choice of where to go snorkeling in the first place.
Beginners should keep to shallow waters and in areas where the water is clear and easy to see down to the bottom. Also, the waters need to be close to land and be sheltered from rough waves.
You should also avoid waters that may have larger animals like sharks or other large sea creatures.
- Not Being Mindful of the Weather
The final tip for beginner snorkelers is to always check and double check the weather. Make sure the day you are planning to go is forecasted to be calm and clear with no high winds, rains, or predicted storms.
You will also want to check again an hour or so before you head into the waters to make sure no sudden weather changes need to be taken into account. Beginners should never swim in anything other than calm and still waters with sunny clear skies.
Trust the Local Pros For the Best Experience
At Cancun Snorkeling, you will receive training and guidance from trained and experienced snorkeling professionals who have hundreds of hours out in the water. You can get the finest equipment, training, education, and experience possible by trusting the local professionals who know the local waters inside and out.
With snorkeling and swimming trips for everyone from beginners to the pros, Cancun Snorkeling is your one-stop-shop for all the best that local snorkeling has to offer. Call today for more information or to schedule your own outing!