Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

Following the rules

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Most serious snorkelers know the basic rules of snorkeling – with regard to safety as well as conservation.

In the case of the former, read it, learn it, live it. In the case of the latter, intelligent conservation is the key.

Good snorkeling practices are good for everyone.

Snorkeling Safety

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Avid snorkelers know the importance of safety when snorkeling. Part of that is protecting your body and being mindful of your surroundings.

Do we need to go over the rules again?

Saving Coral Reefs

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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 like to hear about the good work people like Reef Check are doing – like this project in Haiti.

Left Behind

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Remember that movie Open Water? The one about scuba divers left behind by a careless dive operator? The one where, you know, they get eaten by sharks?

Well, this snorkeling tourist was left behind on an Australian snorkeling outing, but he met with a happier ending.

Take a Dive on the Wild Side

Monday, November 15th, 2010
If you find yourself in Long Beach, CA and have a hankering for lobster, this columnist from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, has an idea for you: go get it yourself.

You’ll need to be careful, he warns, but the payoff might be a lobster dinner.

Night Snorkeling

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

If you’ve never been night snorkeling, this describes it pretty well.  We’ve never done it ourselves, but it sure sounds interesting. It also sounds……   dangerous.

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.

Sunscreen for Snorkelers

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We all know how important it is to keep our gear in top shape. And of course we know all about safety protocols.

One of the basics we should always remember is to use sunscreen, but which kind is best for snorkelers?

Are You Safe on the Water?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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.

Snorkeling Safety – Be Careful On The Water

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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.

2 Snorkelers Injured in Florida when they are hit by a boat

66 Year old man dies while snorkeling in Hawaii

Woman Steps on Sea Urchin with Painful Results

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.