Top Tips for Safe Snorkelling

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BSAC have got together with Tanya Streeter - World Record Freediver to promote some safety tips to help you enjoy snorkelling safely

Top Ten Tips

seal 2Never dive alone - The minimum snorkelling group is three; a buddy pair in the water and another person on the shore to act as a look out. 

Be Fit - By being fit and healthy you will be able to enjoy your snorkelling more and also be safer.

Train with quialifed instructors.

Check your equipment - A strap breaking on a fin, a split mask seal or a leaking snorkel valve while you're at sea can all cause problems and discomfort. Taking good care of your equipment and checking it carefully before you go will reduce the chance of problems.

Choose a safe site - Avoid areas with heavy boat traffic, dangerous currents and rip tides. Make sure the entrances and exits to the water are easily accessible and that there are alternative places to exit if your dive is cut short.

Check tides - The safest times to snorkel are at the slack water, which usually occurs near high or low water.

Check weather and sea state - Before setting off check the weather forecast. Although rain can be unpleasant it isn't necessarily as difficult to dive in the rain as in a wind. Wind can cause waves to increase which make snorkelling tough. Force 3-4(12mph+) is usually enough to cancel.

Don't hyperventilate - (when you breathing faster or deeper than normal) as it can lead to fainting and black outs.

Don't snorkel with a cold - if you have cold you could force mucus into the Eustachian tubes and cause an infection.

One up, One down - While diving with your buddy, avoid both diving under water at the same time, one should stay on the surface in case the diver has problems

urchin"I have long believed that there is a very strong connection between free diving and snorkelling, and have always been concerned that proper safety is maintained while snorkelling."
Tanya Streeter - World Record Freediver

Last Updated on Jul252013

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