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If you enjoy snorkeling, you know how important it is to help preserve coral reefs.
Among the basic rules of snorkeling safety is being aware of your surroundings – and that includes respecting the reef.
We want to look into trying this, while following the rules of snorkeling safety, of course.
If you’ve ever been night snorkeling, we’d like to hear from you.
Here is a great post on the Hawaii Insider blog on the SFGate website that talks about water safety in Hawaii. Dozens of people – many of them tourists – die on the water every year in Hawaii, many of them by simply making bad decisions. The author makes some great points…
But millions of visitors to Hawai’i over the years have survived their vacations quite happily, in large part thanks to their answers to these and other commmonsense questions:
- Do I know what I’m doing in the ocean — snorkeling, boogie boarding or even open-water swimming?
- If not, will I seek out qualified instruction once in the islands?
- If I do know how, can I accept that conditions in Hawai’i might be more challenging than those found elsewhere, and adjust my behavior accordingly?
- Will I read the beach safety brochures in hotel rooms, check the local newspapers and/or online updates for current conditions, and talk to locals before heading to a specific beach?
- Can I remember that a pretty guidebook picture or the advice of friends might portray different conditions from what’s actually in front of me?
- At the beach, will I take warning signs into account, and — especially if I see no one in the water, or only people who appear to be other visitors — will I consider heading to a lifeguarded beach instead, or just enjoying the view from a safe distance on the sand?
And after thinking about this, we have to admit – we’ve made some bad decisions in our day. Snorkeling alone, snorkeling too far from shore, or in rough conditions. 99% of the time you will be fine doing these sorts of things – but who ever expects those “1%” types of things to happen? Certainly not the people who are killed every year. Be safe out there everyone.
We don’t want to scare anyone off, but we do think it is important for everyone to understand that if you are not careful, snorkeling can be a dangerous activity.
Unfortunately, these types of things happen regularly – especially with the elderly and those who aren’t strong swimmers. Remember – never snorkel alone, choose your locations carefully and don’t snorkel if you can’t swim.