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How to Fix Leg Cramps While Snorkeling

How to Fix Leg Cramps While Snorkeling

Every snorkeler has had it happen at one point or another. They are paddling along when suddenly the muscles in their legs starts to convulse and they start sinking into the ocean like they are being featured in a bad water-based horror movie. Leg cramps can be as annoying as they are occasionally terrifying, typically […]

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How to Snorkel Safe in Heavily Trafficked Waters

How to Snorkel Safe in Heavily Trafficked Waters

In June 2014, two snorkel buddies were out enjoying the underwater sights in Jupiter Inlet, Florida, but tragedy struck when both were struck upon surfacing by a passing speedboat. The 26-year-old man died while the woman later recovered from a broken pelvis. This is the tale that led to a string of snorkeling and scuba […]

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Why You Should Never Snorkel Alone: Safety, Convenience and More Fun

Why You Should Never Snorkel Alone: Safety, Convenience and More Fun

There are a bunch of different reasons why snorkeling with a buddy makes the experience more fun. No one who contributes to this site has ever, and never will, go snorkeling alone. It’s just the policy of the site. It helps a great deal that we enjoy snorkeling so much and doing so together makes […]

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Protecting the Coral Reefs and Tropical Fish of the World

Protecting the Coral Reefs and Tropical Fish of the World

The tropical fish that we have the privilege to see each and every time that we snorkel or dive are amazing.  I’m sure that you can agree if you’ve been snorkeling or diving before.  If you haven’t, and that’s why you’re here, then I can’t emphasize enough how much you’re going to love it when […]

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Best Ways to Protect Your Body from the Sun While Snorkeling

Best Ways to Protect Your Body from the Sun While Snorkeling

There’s nothing like enjoying few hours or an entire day on the beach, at a resort, or off the back of a boat snorkeling.  It doesn’t matter who you are, most of us are intrigued and spectaculated (is that a word?) by the ocean and what resides beneath its surface.  From colorful coral to turtles, […]

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8 Dangers of the Ocean that You Need to be Aware of at All Times

8 Dangers of the Ocean that You Need to be Aware of at All Times

Living near the ocean is a beautiful thing.  Visiting island paradises during vacation is the treat of a lifetime.  All of that beach and ocean time comes with its own set of risks, though.  Between dangerous ocean conditions, not so friendly marine life, tides, currents, weather and contaminated water, your time in paradise may have […]

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Snorkeling Age and Ability Guidelines

Snorkeling Age and Ability Guidelines

Snorkeling is one of those activities that really can cater to the many different types of people in the world. Snorkeling as a recreation or a sport is more lenient in regard to age, gender, body type, and ability. Still, you should always be mindful of the basics before you go snorkeling: • What are […]

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Snorkel First Aid: How to Treat Coral Cuts

Snorkel First Aid:  How to Treat Coral Cuts

If you make it a point not to disturb coral to the best of your ability, following the snorkeling etiquette rules, then you should avoid most injuries from coral.  However, every once in a while the surf or water have its own plan.  If you’re close to coral, checking out a fish or particular growth, […]

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Snorkel First Aid: Sea Urchin Puncture Wounds

Snorkel First Aid: Sea Urchin Puncture Wounds

The first thing to note is that you’re probably not in real danger of dying. Here’s some quick guidance: A puncture from a sea urchin can cause redness, swelling, pain and possible infection in the affected area. Carry on to treating a sea urchin puncture below and follow the steps and tips there. If you […]

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