Snorkeling, the underwater world within everyone’s reach
Snorkeling is a sport within the reach of all those who want to practice it, since with minimal physical conditions and common sense it becomes a sport of low risk and low cost.
If you have never dared, or you have doubts about what it is or how to get started in Snorkeling, read on; We will try to shed some light so you can live this experience.
What is Snorkeling?
Snorkeling comes from the snorkel, the breathing system that allows diving on the surface, without the need for a bottle or other elements.
Technically, the Snorkel is nothing more than a tube that connects our mouth with the surface, so that it allows us to submerge our head under the water, while we continue breathing.
Commonly, snorkeling is known as the discipline of surface diving. The diver will be equipped with the tube that allows breathing, which must be subject and guided by a diving mask that facilitates the visibility of the marine environment.
Thanks to the snorkeling we can observe the marine life that is located a few meters deep.
It should be considered that near the surface is where there is normally more light and visibility, in addition to a high concentration of marine life, so the sensations, although being different than deep diving with tank and other autonomous equipment, are also pleasurable
On the other hand, the snorkel allows small diving in freediving in which an expert diver can reach up to ten meters deep, getting to see up close some details of marine life equally appreciable in scuba diving.
Snorkeling vs Scuba diving
Scuba diving and snorkeling are two sports that go hand in hand and whose objectives and values are largely common, although of course there are differences between them.
The practice of snorkeling has some advantages in relation to the scuba diving with tank.
The first that we must highlight is the elimination of legal and administrative barriers to snorkeling. And it is that the scuba diving is an activity that involves a risk for the diver, and for the people who realize the dive, since it is about “surviving” in an environment initially hostile for the human being.
That is why in most international legislations the practice of scuba diving without medical insurance and civil liability, which is obtained through a federal license is not allowed. In addition, that license is not obtained without having passed a training course in an homologous center.
As you can see, the process is not automatic, and although it is available to everyone, it does require an economic investment, time, and administrative efforts.
In surface diving, the only thing you need is the desire to enjoy, and something of the same common sense that we apply to any bath in the sea in order to avoid a possible accident.
Well, it is true that we also require a minimum of equipment, but it will always be very less than that necessary for scuba diving. Later we will delve into the minimum and necessary equipment, as well as the recommended one.
In terms of physical conditions, both surface diving and scuba diving are accessible to all audiences. But it should be noted that in the case of diving with a tank, you have to carry more material, and background times influence our physiology, so the physical requirement in the practice of snorkeling is lower .
Finally, another of the great advantages is that the snorkel is an ideal sport to practice as a family; any child or adult can do it, being very rewarding to share that time of observation of nature.