Snorkeling is a very approachable activity that is accessible to novices as long as they are equipped with the right gear and have a reliable buddy. While snorkeling can be fun for the newbie and expert alike, many snorkelers find themselves in trouble because they don’t use common sense while they’re in the water. If you plan on snorkeling any time soon (especially if you won’t be using the buddy system at all times), consider getting yourself a snorkeling vest and making it a permanent staple in your snorkeling gear bag.
As far as safety tips, you should always know how to swim before getting into the ocean and should always try to snorkel within arm’s reach of a fellow snorkeler. This will keep you safe and it will be easier to alert someone if you’re in distress. Wearing a snorkel vest is another great precaution you can make in the water. If you do get in trouble, having a snorkeling vest can help you save valuable energy. Don’t be worried about looking silly; vests are easy to use and comfortable to wear. The air valve is positioned for easy inflation/deflation but won’t get in your way as you make your way around the water. The adjustable strap keeps it in place and includes a quick release buckle. The vest is constructed of a super strong fabric material that won’t puncture, is mold resistant, and designed to last.
Snorkeling vests also help you control your buoyancy while in the water. You can keep it deflated so that you’re still allowed to free dive or you can inflate it to help you float on the top of the water without expending unnecessary energy. You can inflate and deflate the vest with ease without having to make returns to the beach or boat. Bright colors also make you easy to locate in the water. Sunplay carries snorkeling vests from the trusted brands of Mares and US Divers. Don’t overlook this vital piece of equipment when you compile your snorkeling gear!