Highly accessible, snorkelling is great fun and an excellent way of discovering nature for the whole family. The most important thing is to remember a few basic safety rules, anticipate the risks associated with the sea and to use your equipment properly. Here’s a few things to remember on your snorkelling trip!
Common Sense Prep
When your out at sea, common sense can make a huge difference in everyone’s comfort. This means taking the following precautions:
- never go snorkelling alone.
- check the weather before you go.
- plan an entry point and several exit points.
- don’t overestimate your physical capacities.
Before leaving, don’t forget to tell a member of your family or a close friend where you’re setting off from and the time you plan to return: this will make it easier to deal with problems like cramping or being found if there’s a rip.
Fighting The Cold
Water will steal your body heat much faster than you can heat up. That’s why it is advisable to limit the amount of time you spend in the sea and to wear neoprene thermal protection, tops, a shorty or a suit that’s right for the water temperature and your body.
Shivering? Blue lips? These are signs it’s time to get out of the water, especially for children who don’t feel the cold quite often!
Keep Away Cramps
There are several reasons why people can get a muscle cramp: the cold, physical effort, fatigue, being unfit, not drinking enough, hypoglycemia, stress, or unsuitable equipment.
To avoid them, build up slowly with fins suited to your body shape. Use a snorkelling buoy to make things easier for your children. Warm up before you start. And do some stretching afterwards! Finally, as careful snorkeller would, don’t forget to stay close to the shore.
Like all physical exercise, snorkelling requires a suitable intake of calories without which you may suffer from tiredness and cramps, as well as signs of hypoglycaemia.
Don’t cool off too fast
Don’t go jumping into the water after warming up in the sun. Show your children the right example by putting water on the back of your neck with your hands and then on your body to avoid cold water drowning.
Read the instructions
Snorkelling equipment tends to be simple. However, it is not risk-free if it used improperly. Please take the time to read the manual before using equipment for the first time.
While keeping these tips in mind when getting prepared you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your time in the surf with your family. If you haven’t yet, consider making snorkelling easier with our Easybreath mask, or our other snorkelling gear like wetsuits.