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Snorkeling a different experience


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: King Cruiser Wreck

King Cruiser Wreck dive site map


Location:Andaman Sea, Thailand
Water:Salt Water
Depth:30 meters
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In the middle of Andaman sea, close to the Anemone reef 30 meters down lays a shipwreck covered in coral and shells. This is the wreck of the King Cruiser. Back in 1969 at the Nippon Kokan K. K. Tsurumi Shipyard in Yokohama a 85 meter long steel diesel motor vessel was built to serve as a ferry in Japan under the name MV Rokko Maru during the coming 21 years. In 1990 the MV Rokko Maru was sold to Songserm. Co in Bangkok which renamed the ship to the last name it would bear, the MV King Cruiser. When the ferry on day the 4th of May in 1997 on it's way over well known waters between Phuket and Phi Phi Islands in the south of Thailand the ship suddenly, and surprisingly hit a submerged collection of rocky pinnacles at the Anemone reef, which split the reef in two, as well as tore up a whole in the hull of the King Cruiser, which with it's almost 3000 tons had sunk to the bottom of the sandy sea floor within the next 2,5 hours. Luckily all 561 passengers survived, even though a woman sustained a broken back in the chaos. Now the King Cruiser is the one and only ship wreck in the area and attracts lots of divers from far to dive on it. The ship is almost entirely intact except the foreword on the upper deck has collapsed. Today it also serve as an artificial reef and coral and shells have found it as home, and a lot of animal life has emerged around it. At the top of the ship, 16 meters below surface, schools of yellow snappers like swimming around. Around the ship lionfish, grouper and occasionally leopard-, bamboo- and whale- shark, barracuda and sea turtle can bee seen. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.

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