Exploring the fascinating world of marine life by snorkelling is a wonderful, but potentially dangerous experience. Following a few simple, but important, rules minimises the risk of injury while snorkelling.
To avoid snorkelling injuries, you should:
- Only snorkel if you can swim
- Wear a snorkel vest if you are not very confident in water
- Check your equipment thoroughly and make sure you know how it works
- Get information on local weather and water conditions to be sure they are safe
- Never snorkel alone
Before getting into the water, you should ensure you are able to clear water out of your snorkel and take off and put on your mask while treading water. Practising in shallow water to start with will also help prevent a snorkelling injury.
Getting into the water
To enter water from a small boat, slide over the side and gently lower yourself down. From a larger boat, simply take a step off the side. Hold your mask to your face to stop it coming off as you do so.
In the water
Once in the water, make sure you do not swim or get carried too far out from the shore or boat by currents. When diving deeper, you will feel a squeezing sensation on your ears. This is caused by pressure build-up.
Prevent ear injuries by releasing this pressure, equalising ears, every few feet. To do this, squeeze your nose to seal your nostrils and then blow out gently through the nose. You may feel a little pop while equalising your ears in this manner. Should you experience pain or difficulty, do not try again, but return slowly to the surface.
Beautiful as they are, many marine creatures can deliver a nasty sting, so avoid accidental injuries by looking, but not touching.
If you notice an approaching storm, exit the water to prevent injuries by electrocution. Water conducts lightning electricity very well.
On the boat
Prevent slips, trips and falls on the boat by keeping equipment tidy and out of the way; watching out for wet areas on the deck and generally being careful.
If you have a snorkelling related accident or sustain an injury by slipping, tripping or falling through someone else’s error or negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline Freephone number on 0800 689 0500, for no-win no-fee* expert help in conducting your claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice