Five Snorkeling Tips for a Safe Ocean Experience
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Five Snorkeling Tips for a Safe Ocean Experience

When it comes to enjoying each snorkeling trip, there are multiple ways to enjoy the experience while also keeping the reef safe. There are also some things you should look out for during each snorkeling tour to guarantee your own safety, but many people overlook these snorkeling tips because they likely haven’t done enough research before getting in the water. 

For starters, we’ll cover snorkeling tips that keep the reef safe:

Wear reef friendly sunscreen

Since coral reefs are usually found in warm seas and tropical climates, most people that visit will likely wear sunscreen. However, not every brand of sunscreen is safe for coral, in fact, many of the popular brands found in supermarkets are damaging. Before going out on your next snorkeling tour, consider using a sunscreen brand that is safe to use near reefs. This will help to keep it safe for future generations.

Don’t touch the coral

Each snorkel trip will take you close to a coral reef, but it should not be touched. In shallow waters, or areas where the coral is close to the surface, so you should be careful not to step on or kick the reef with your fins. Coral is a living organism and isn’t just a pile of rocks like many have assumed in the past. This means you can cause harm if you touch or move it. So, it’s best to leave it all untouched during your next snorkeling tour.

Leave the animals alone

One main feature of each snorkeling tour is to see the wildlife that call the reef home. This is likely one of the most important snorkeling tips to be aware of as it refers to the safety of the fish and sea creatures. While enjoying your snorkeling trip, make sure not to touch or chase the animals in the reef. You should observe with your eyes only, and not get too close. It would be unfair to frighten or harm them in any way.

Now to cover two snorkeling tips to keep yourself safe:

Always be alert

Reefs are oftentimes home to dangerous wildlife, so you should always stay alert to what is nearby. Sea snakes, sea urchins, box jellyfish, lionfish and blue-ringed octopus can all be harmful to humans if you come into contact so it’s safer to avoid during your snorkeling tour, if you can.    

Beware of strong currents

Even in the clearest water, you can get caught out by rogue waves and undercurrents. These can cause you to bump or crash into sharp pieces of coral which can cause injury. It’s recommended to use a life vest on a snorkeling trip as well as keeping your distance from the reef so as not to risk getting hurt.

Coral reefs are beautiful and bright ecosystems with so much life for people to witness. However if too many people use toxic sunscreen and touch the reefs they will get badly damaged. We need to collectively do our part to keep the reefs and everything inside them safe to help the environment flourish. Before booking your next snorkeling tour, follow the snorkeling tips above to help us protect them and allow them to bloom well into the future.

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