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Snorkeling Tips

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on November 16, 2016

The beautiful turquoise ocean of The Bahamas is truly a snorkeling paradise. Nassau Paradise Island’s location on the Tongue of the Ocean and adjacent to the Great Bahama Bank create ideal snorkeling conditions. And the crystal clear waters make it easy to marvel at the amazing world beneath the surface, full of coral reefs, tropical fish, marine animals and legendary shipwrecks.

If you’re new to snorkeling, don’t worry! Snorkeling is a great water activity to try if you’re looking for something fun and easy, and Nassau Paradise Island is the perfect place to get started.

Here are some snorkeling tips to keep in mind during your next underwater adventure.

Equipment Matters

One of the nice things about snorkeling is that it requires minimal equipment – all you need is a mask, snorkel and fins. When choosing equipment, it’s important to make sure you get the right fit. A mask that leaks or fins that fall off can get in the way of a wonderful snorkeling experience. If snorkeling with a tour excursion company, your equipment will be provided and fitted properly.

Safety First

While snorkeling is an easy and enjoyable activity, you’ll want to take time to get comfortable wearing the mask and snorkel, as well as swimming in open water. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, don’t have the stamina to stay in the water for a long time, or don’t plan to free dive, we recommend wearing a float vest. Snorkeling with a friend is another great way to stay safe, while also sharing in a memorable experience.

Mask Maneuvers

Masks come in all different shapes and sizes, so make sure to test yours before getting in the water. Once in the water, it is possible that your mask may fill with water or fog up. If your mask fills with water, lift your head out of the water and slightly pull open the bottom portion of the mask to drain the water. If your mask fogs up, simply wet the inside and dump out the water.

Snorkel Secrets

First timers find breathing through the snorkel one of the most difficult things about snorkeling, but all you need to do is relax, breathe through your mouth, and remember that practice makes perfect when it comes to snorkeling. If your snorkel gets flooded with water, simply exhale sharply through the top of the tube.

Marine Life Etiquette

Snorkeling is all about appreciating the beauty beneath the ocean. But don’t forget to keep a safe distance from marine life. While the coral may look beautiful, it is very fragile and can be damaged if touched. If you need to rest, avoid standing on the coral by floating on your back.

Relax and Enjoy

Now that you’ve mastered the art of snorkeling, it’s time to relax and watch the world below you in wonder. You can tire quickly if you aren’t careful, so be sure to stay close to the shore, or boat, while you take in the beauty around you.

With miles upon miles of beaches on Nassau Paradise Island, all you need is snorkeling gear and sense of adventure. If you would like to explore the seas with a professional, the island offers plenty of snorkeling and diving excursions. For the adventurous, Stuart Cove’s Snorkel Bahamas is billed as the world’s most exciting snorkeling adventure, where you may even catch a glimpse of feeding sharks!

Still need more snorkeling tips? Check out our snorkeling 101. After that, there’s no reason you won’t be ready to jump into an underwater adventure of a lifetime.

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