Safety tips

You will find on this page some advice to practise the snorkeling in complete safety

Get the right equipment.
Snorkeling does not require much equipment, but you shouldn’t overlook its importance. Swimfins are indispensable in areas of current or waves. Protect your skin from the sun with an anti-UV sunscreen with a high index and / or clothing of the rash guard type. The equipment page is available to help you choose. You should protect your back, the back of your neck, your forehead, your forearms and the back of your legs, which are parts of the body that will be strongly exposed to the sun during your exploration.

Stay within your physical capacities.
Snorkeling is an activity that can prove tiring, depending on the current or the waves. Some places are reserved for good swimmers. When you set off on a long swim, remember that you will need even more energy for the return trip. Don’t let yourself drift, except when you are taking part in very specific excursions organized by professionals. Generally speaking, don’t go alone to areas that are far from the shore.

Find out about sea conditions.
Tides, wind, atmospheric pressure, weather, temperature – all these elements can change sea conditions quickly and dramatically. A completely peaceful spot can become more turbulent in a matter of minutes. Not all the dangers are visible, and a calm sea can hide strong currents. Tides can carry you far away from the shore, and you can be projected against the rocks by the waves. Always get some information before entering the water, and if in doubt, postpone your exploration.

Respect the authorized swimming areas and local regulations.
Swimming is sometimes forbidden in areas without lifeguards, or because of the weather, the seas conditions or the presence of jellyfish or sharks. In areas exposed to the risk of sharks, it is generally recommended not to swim at dawn or dusk, near river mouths or after heavy rain. Don’t go into sailing areas or watersport areas (surfing, windsurfing, jet-ski, etc.) to avoid the risk of a collision.

Respect the regulations for protected areas.
More and more countries are aware of the need to protect their coral reefs and so set up regulated areas. Respect the regulations and don’t enter the totally protected areas. We do our best to point them out in our destination pages, but ask for more information on site. Similarly, the access to some areas listed as marine parks or reserves is subject to payment of an entrance fee. By respecting this obligation, you are helping to preserve the undersea world.

Be aware of potentially dangerous species.
Depending on the area you visit, you might come across jellyfish, red lionfish, stonefish, fire coral, sea urchins, stingrays, sea snails, etc. These species are generally not aggressive but can cause stings, bites, burning sensations or electrocution of a more or less serious kind. Learn to recognize them and, generally speaking, you will avoid most accidents if you do not put your feet on the seabed and if you refrain from touching or picking anything up.

Remember that, fortunately, the ocean is still a natural and wild environment, and so is always unpredictable.

(On each Snorkeling Report destination page you can see the dangers that have been recorded by our members. This information is not exhaustive).

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