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What are the rules for snorkeling?

Do you have a snorkeling adventure coming up? Even though you should certainly get excited about the myriad of plants and animals you will see under the surface of the water, you need to make sure to stay safe. Take a look at a few important rules you should follow during your adventure.

Never Snorkel Alone

First, you should never go snorkeling or scuba diving alone. Even though you may feel like you are a strong swimmer, the ocean can be a dangerous place. You need to have someone with you who can help you out if you get injured or lost. Furthermore, you need to have someone with you who knows where you are going. Snorkeling is a buddy sport, so make sure you have someone else with you, such as a guide.

Do Not Touch the Plants and Animals

It’s easy to get enamored by all of the plants and animals you will see during your adventure. You will probably see a lot of plants and animals you have never seen before, but resist the urge to touch them. You are an observer of their ecosystem, not a participant. If you touch one of the plants or animals, you could disturb them or even make them ill. Furthermore, you don’t know exactly what plant or animal you are looking at, and they could be dangerous.

Always Wear Sunscreen and a Lifejacket

You will probably feel cool in the water, but the sun’s rays can still be intense. You need to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn from developing when you snorkel or dive. In addition, you must make sure to wear a life jacket. No matter how strong of a swimmer you are, a life jacket is a very important piece of equipment. Safety should always come first when you go snorkeling, so follow these tips to stay safe.

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