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Snorkeling a different experience

2012-11-21

There are two ways to look at snorkeling; as a non-scuba diver curious and interested in what lies beneath the surface and as a scuba diver wanting to get the most out of the sea.

The scuba diver goes snorkeling

Most scuba divers start out as snorkelers wanting more, once they start breathing compressed air they never go back to snorkeling. This is sad because as a snorkeler you experience something you may not with an open circuit. This is one of the reasons rebreathers are becoming more and more popular, as is free diving. The sound created while breathing scares animals and the heavy equipment makes you slow and clumsy.

Next time, after your dive, take off your tank and BCD but keep your weights, fins, mask, snorkel and wetsuit (a drysuit is too clumsy). Make a few dives holding your breath and notice how different the animals react to you, listen to the sounds and feel how free you feel.
There is a chance you will get hooked on snorkeling and then move over to free diving or perhaps move over to tech diving and rebreathers.

Snorkeling, easy access to the underwater world

The easiest way to start exploring what hides beneath the surface is with a pair of fins, mask and snorkel. Just lying on the surface watching colorful corals and fishes swimming around below you can be amazing. Taking a deep breath joining the animals under the surface will give you a feeling of freedom, weightlessness and the different sounds and stillness below the surface is almost magical.

Snorkeling is great for several reasons; it’s accessible to everyone, young and old, handicapped and overweight. It’s fun easy and relaxing and can be mentally stimulating as well as competitive. Meeting a dolphin or a whale shark can be one of the most amazing experiences in your life.

Snorkeling Safety

Snorkeling is easy to access and fun, it’s not difficult in any way but still people die every week while snorkeling. Therefor there are a few things you need to know and a few safety measures you must take.

Never go snorkeling on your own, if something happens you might need assistance. Stay close to shore and know your surroundings, strong currents and tides can move you far away. Do not touch marine life, some are deadly poisonous and some will get hurt by your interference. Retain your energy and do not push yourself too hard, exhaustion can be fatal.

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This week featured Dive Site: Yolanda - Shark Reef

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Location:Red Sea, Egypt
Water:Salt Water
Depth:40 meters
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Description:

The Jolanda and Shark Reef dive site is the area where two reefs rising just outside of the coast of Ras Mohamed with only a shallow channel and a smaller reef formation separating it from the main land. The Jolanda Reef is named after the 72meters long Cypriot Merchant Ship Jolanda, previously owned by the Sea Brother Marine Shipping Company, but which during a storm the 1st of April 1981 caught on to the reef and sunk after some time. She landed on the bottom with the stern hanging over the edge of a drop off with only the abyss underneath. She remained there for several years, slowly tipping over. Then one day in 1985 the wire that kept her from falling snapped and she felled down on a sloping ledge down below where most parts of her is resting at a depth between 145-160meters. Since these depths are too deep for most divers to ever see, the only trace of there ever been a wreck here are the remaining part that Jolanda left where it rested the first years as a wreck. There are cargo left including toilets, wash basins and bath tubs and broken containers next to the reef. Considering the reef, it is the bigger of the ones and have a lot of small caves and colourful coral growing on it. At the top of it there is a hollow cave formation that you can swim through. The Shark Reef is placed right on top of the ledge dropping into the abyss down to 750 meters and has a lot of colourful coral and is cramped with fish, especially during the spawning seasons. As the name implies, sharks can be seen here. The small reef is called Satellite Reef and is close to the Jolanda containers, but there's often poor visibility here. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.

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