Snorkelling

About the Sport:

Snorkelling is swimming on or under the surface of the water. The water body is usually warm and has minimal waves. The diving mask, known as snorkel and fins are primary equipments. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.

You need to hold your breath while under the water at regular intervals, with only a tube sticking out of the water. Intensive training and costly equipment’s are not needed, making this water sport easy for people of all age groups having physical fitness and appropriate skill level. This adventure sport gives you a chance to have a view of the mesmerizing beauty of the marine life and the underwater coral reefs, rocks, aquatic animals and plants.


Relation To India:

India is blessed with a number of beautiful islands, beaches and long stretch of coastline, making it one of the most famous snorkeling destinations. The captivating underwater life, the serene water and the fascinating underwater scenery are a treat to the nature lovers. The Lakshadweep Island, Andaman’s and Nicobar Islands, beaches and shores in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka are among the top snorkeling locations.


Tips / Precautions / Interesting Facts:

You should always select a water body having low currents and high visibility. Accidental collisions, dehydration, hyperventilation and sunburn are the risk factors involved. If safety precautions are observed under the guidance of an expert, then snorkeling is one of the easiest and most enjoyable adventure sports.


Photo credit: NOAA's National Ocean Service Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Do's

  • Check your equipments properly
  • Check weather and water conditions
  • Be with a partner
  • Do use simple hand signals

Don'ts

  • Don’t disturb the sea creatures
  • Don’t swim against a strong current

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