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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: Jackfish Alley

Jackfish Alley dive site map

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Location:Red Sea, Egypt
Water:Salt Water
Depth:30 meters
Briefing Map Uploaded by:
Anthias divers
Site Description Uploaded by:
Anthias divers

Description:

Divers appreciate Jackfish Alley because of its small but attractive caves. The first cave opens at a depth of 5 metres with an exit situated at 9 metres. The cave is spacious and well illuminated by the sun rays filtering through, therefore suitable also for beginners who can swim through it without problems. Following the reef on your right, you will find another but darker cave at the height of the sandy bay which can be explored at a depth between 5 and 14 metres. You leave the sandy bay behind you and you will spot a coral formation with glass fish and their companions. Then you encounter further to the south a sandy „alley“ with a coral garden between the reef and a satellite reef where you can look out for crocodile fish and leopard sharks. Reef sharks and guitar sharks may also rest in this place.

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