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  Congratulations, you are about to enter the marvelous world hidden below the waters’ surface. This is just the first step in a world rich in fascinating adventures. Snorkeling can be practiced at any age level, without limitations of any kind. As always, common sense will tell you what the limits are. In this section, we’ll give you a few suggestions on how to use your equipment and how to enjoy the underwater world. The same basic rules for taking a dip in the ocean also apply to snorkeling. Namely, you should stop if you get the shivers, feelings of numbness, or when you get...
Let’s see how to prepare your equipment. The basic components are the mask and breathing tube, called- the snorkel. The mask is for looking and the snorkel is for breathing with your face in the water. In order to move around in the water, a pair of fins will make your movements more efficient and noticeably reduce the effort it takes. The mask generally consists of one or two lenses, a rigid frame, a soft skirt, and a strap to hold it in place. You should wear the mask like this (photo) the strap should be positioned this way (photo) for maximum comfort. If placed too high (photo), or too lo...
You can enjoy your adventures in the sea wearing just swimming suit or a light wetsuit. Wearing a wetsuit will allow you to stay in the water much longer by reducing the dispersion of heat and it also provides better buoyancy making you more comfortable as you observe the sea floor. An inflatable device is available to help you float with less effort. In some Countries this device is required by law. If you should decide to snorkel wearing just your bathing suit, you should protect yourself with a water resistant sunscreen. Spending a long time in the water exposes your body to the rays of th...
// Fins may feature a closed foot pocket or a rear strap. Before using them remove the plastic mold used during shipping. To put on the fins, sit in a comfortable position crossing one leg over the other will make them easier to put on. If your ONLY option is to put the fins on while standing lean on your buddy for support to make your position more stable and secure. A few simple considerations will make it easier to put on your fins (flip down the heel portion of the foot pocket to slip your foot into the foot pocket with no obstruction). Loosen the heel strap as far as it will go t...
Now it’s time to hit the water and discover a few more secrets. Before entering the water each time, you should take a few steps to prevent the lens from fogging up. When the mask is dry simply rub the lens with special surfactants such as special anti-fog product or those found in saliva enzymes. Caution should be recognized that saliva also contains bacteria and bacteria in the area of the eyes can cause irritation and infections. After application of special anti-fog drops, spray or gel, rinse the mask making sure you don’t touch the lens again. It’s also important that the lens stays wet....
  Sometimes in the water, you may need to clear your snorkel. One strong breath is all it takes. Some snorkel models feature a purge valve this device makes it noticeably easy to clear the tube. If for some reason you are unable to use this technique simply raise your face out of the water take the mouthpiece out of your mouth and reposition it correctly. Some snorkel models feature a special device that prevents the tube from flooding with water even if you dive below the surface making it all even easier.  Sometimes water can get inside the mask and can even cause an unpleasant v...
The best way to enjoy snorkeling is to go with friends. You can share your discoveries and experiences with them and you will have moral and physical support if you need it.  For the youngest swimmers, snorkeling in pairs or in groups is crucial for safety reasons as well. Kids can drift too far away without realizing it and then run into trouble.//
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In the water you can communicate using gestures you and your companions will quickly establish a vocabulary of signs and gestures. Once you begin to get a little more comfortable with your skills, you may want to get a little closer to what you see. All you need are a few simple hints. The easiest way to descend is to take advantage of the thrust given by the weight of your legs raised out of the water. As you descend you will notice the strange feeling of pressure in your ears. Don’t worry- this is entirely normal and it’s easy to fix. The mask has a pocket for your nose. If you dive below ...
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