Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Bog Snorkeling? Yes – Bog Snorkeling?

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

What do you think of when you hear the word “snorkeling”? White sand beaches, coral reef and

colorful fish, right? Some competitive snorkelers in Wales, however, have found a rather unusual

venue for their pastime- a bog. Often racing in humorous costumes (sumo snorkel, anyone?) these

competitors are carving out a unique niche for themselves.

Snorkeling Back in Time

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We’re always looking for a new, exciting snorkeling experience.

This sounds like just what we’re after: an underwater archeological park in the Bay of Naples.

Roman ruins and snorkeling – what a great combination.  We can’t wait to try it!

Where to Snorkel

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

If you need an excuse to go snorkeling in new places more often, you can blame it on divecaching – an underwater update to the geocaching fad of a few years ago.

Read all about it!

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has long been one of our favorite state parks, so we’re happy to write about this amazing park on the 50th anniversary of its opening. The coral reef is the main reason we love snorkeling here.

Every year up to about a million people visit the park to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and – of course – snorkeling. If you’re anywhere near Key Largo, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park should definitely be on your list of places to spend a day or two. You’ll keep coming back for more.

Fee-Free Weekend!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Take advantage of a fee-free weekend at every U.S. National Park this weekend, August 14 and 15, 2010.

Read about what’s on offer here. You’ll find snorkeling in National Parks from Cape Cod to the Dry Tortugas.

Get out and enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation!

Not only can you save a few bucks in park admission fees this weekend, lots of park concessionaires are offering special discounts this weekend too.

UK Begins Training First of 3,000 Snorkeling Instructors

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Here is a great story from the Isle of Man about a new training program aimed at eventually training 3,000 people as snorkeling instructors in the UK.
Seven enthusiastic volunteers have completed the Isle of Man’s first ever Snorkel Instructor Training course.
The British Sub Aqua club, the national governing body for snorkeling, recently launched an initiative to train 3,000 new snorkel instructors across the UK.

read the whole thing
This is a GREAT idea – while diving takes a much larger investment in time and money, snorkeling is simple, accessible and cheap – but many people just don’t know how to do it. We get emails all the time from people who want to go but just don’t know how / what to do.

How to Cure a Jellyfish Sting

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

At the Beneath the Sea show this spring the team from Sting Mate was  promoting their Jellyfish Sting Neutralizing Gel. The most incredible part of this product is the fact that they test it on themselves – by going to acquariums and putting jellyfish on their arms – talk about dedication!

jellyfish stings

jellyfish stings

Beneath the Sea Show – Olympus Underwater Cameras

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Olympus booth featured their line of underwater cameras – including these 3 which are perfect for snorkelers.

Olympus Underwater Cameras

Olympus Underwater Cameras

Beneath the Sea Diving Expo – Photos and More

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

At the end of March I took a short drive to Secaucus, NJ for the largest consumer dive show in the United States – Beneath the Sea. While we have been to the DEMA show a number of times, this was our first time at Beneath the Sea. The show featured over 100 exhibitors (maybe even 200, I’m bad at math…) promoting everything from dive vacations to different locations around the world (from North Carolina to Indonesia) to conservation organizations and companies selling Jellyfish sting relief gels. The show was well attended, but I couldn’t help notice the lack of young faces walking the floor. While diving has always skewed a bit older, the number of attendees under 35 seemed pretty low. Hopefully this is just because it was a Sunday morning…