Snorkeling is a great way to explore underwater life without the complicated … Know where to snorkel. Just about any body of water is appropriate, …
Snorkeling: Safety Activity Checkpoints
Snorkeling is a great way to explore underwater life without the complicated equipment required of scuba diving. It’s important to learn how to breathe using snorkels properly, and to receive instruction from an experienced snorkeler or equipmentrental facility. Coral, an ecosystem of shell and marine life, is a popular attraction for snorkelers and must be respected. As ocean organisms that support plants and fish, coral reefs are an essential part of the underwater ecosystem. Unfortunately, the coral reef is threatened by climate change, ocean acidification, and people who mistreat it. Touching coral can harm the delicate outer layer, which may take up to 100 years to recover. Know where to snorkel. Just about any body of water is appropriate, but snorkeling is most recommended in warm ocean water with minimal waves. Connect with your Girl Scout council for site suggestions. Include girls with disabilities. Communicate with girls with disabilities and/or their caregivers to assess any needs and accommodations. Learn more about the resources and information that the National Instructors Association for Divers with Disabilities provides to people with disabilities.
Basic Gear Onepiece bathing suit (less cumbersome in the waves than a twopiece) Waterproof sunscreen (SPF of at least 15); apply generously to back and backs of legs Beach towel Dry clothing and sunglasses to wear after snorkeling Specialized Gear If snorkeling in coastal areas, participants wear a U.S. Coast Guardapproved life jacket (Type III recommended) that fits according to weight and height specifications. Inspect life jackets to ensure that they are in good condition and contain no tears. Read about Coast Guard life jackets here. Wetsuit or dive skin recommended when swimming in cool water Snorkel Mask Mask defogger solution