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Snorkeling is swimming while using a tube to breathe under water. Snorkeling is a very popular activity, particularly in locations with clear, calm, warm oceans. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving and it appeals to all ages. Generally, shallow reefs ranging from sea level to 1 to 4 meters (3 to 13 ft) are favored by snorkelers. Deep water reefs can also be explored but, repeated breath-holding to dive to those depths limits the number of people how can do the sport and raises the fitness level on the required fitness and skill level. The risk increases when you are going depth and stay inside the water with breath-hold excursions from the surface.

The most interesting thing about snorkeling is when you dive under the water and discover the most colorful sea life. Under the water exist a lot of different types of fish there's also a coral life. coral is where the small fish live around the coral to get protection.


Snorkeling didn’t start out as the sport it is today. Man has always been interested by what is under the ocean. There is evidence from 3000 B.C. about the earliest free divers. They were sponge farmers in Crete. As a relative to the modern snorkel, ancient divers used hallow reeds to allow them to breathe while under water.

Common feelings during snorkeling

When you go to snorkeling some symptoms that you can feel are fear, nausea , dizziness but it also can feel exciting. Most people that practice snorkeling say that is the best experience they have had before.


To practice snorkeling the experts suggest a particular equipment. The basic equipment will be mask that protect your nose and face, also help you to see clearly under the water, another important thing that you need to carry is snorkel . The snorkel is a long tube that provide you air to breath under the water. Free- diving is an extreme sport, is based on the voluntary suspension of breathing underwater swimming long distances or get down to deep levels. But, to get down to deep levels, the experts recommend diving fins to push in or under the water.

Snorkeling equipment
Equipment for snorkeling, Diving Mask, Snorkel and Diving Fins

Differences between snorkeling and scuba diving

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Discover Scuba Diving -- St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Equipment for scuba diving

Snorkeling is swimming on the surface with your head and nose under the water using a diving mask, snorkel and diving fins . Scuba diving is your entire body under the water. Scuba divers wear a tight diving suit, diving mask, diving fins , and breathing through an oxygen tank. Scuba diving have need training to use the oxygen tank and get to deep levels . Snorkeling does not require training. In scuba diving the people can stay under the water longer because does not need to hold your breath, use your oxygen tank . On the other hand, in snorkeling is important hold the breath when the people go under the water.

Place for practice

National parks offer many opportunities to visit diverse environments and observe wildlife close up, but reaching some of those places can require a high level of physical fitness and a hearty constitution. An alternative method of enjoying unusual plants and animals is as comfortable as a warm bath and as effortless as floating.If that sounds good, consider taking advantage of the warm-water snorkeling opportunities in tropical and subtropical national parks where water is a key resource. No special skills are required, and no exertion is required to stay afloat. Face down in the water and breathing through a snorkel, your body is naturally. Even non-swimmers can do it safely using a flotation device.

The hard corals that form the structure of the reef often look like lifeless, colored rocks, they are actually living creatures. Ensconced in the calcium "rock" live thousands of tiny polyps jelly-like creatures that usually show themselves only at night when they feed. The color comes from the algae that live with the reef in a symbiotic relationship.

Snorkeling is a sport many people like to practice in warm water. The first thing you will know is the chance to see down the water life in a natural way also your visit is completely light without the heavy articles and training required for scuba diving and it doesn't matter what age you have snorkeling is for to all ages . Generally the surface ranging from sea level to 1 to 4 meters (3 to 13 ft ) are favored by snorkelers . Deeper you can also be explored but, you need to hold your breath to dive under the water, limits the number of practitioners and raises the bar on the required fitness and skill level. The risk increases with depth and duration of the breath-hold excursions from the surface. Snorkeling is a wild sport that you go to explore the coral life down the water and ocean life, you can detected a thousand of different fish and animals with you can interactive

Good places to go snorkeling

Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island Bahamas; Buck island, St . Croix USVI; Krystal River, Florida; Rockhouse, Negril, Jamaica; Pigeon Cay, Honduras

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