Snorkeling guide

If you cannot swim or have not snorkeled before or have any concerns, you must advise our crew before entering the water.  Please be aware that snorkeling can be a strenuous physical activity even in calm waters.

  • Flotation devices are available for you to use
  • Follow the instructions of your snorkelling supervisors and lookouts
  • Snorkel in buddy pairs
  • Always stay in an area which allows your supervisor to offer close supervision
  • To avoid sunburn, use sunscreen and wear suitable clothing
  • Complete the medical declaration form that will be provided to you

Snorkeling environment

  • Take careful note of the environment in which you will be snorkeling
  • With the assistance of the snorkeling supervisor, identify boating channels, marine animals, wind and tide strength and direction
  • Identify and locate flotation devices such as buoys and rest stations

Dealing with problems

Snorkeling can be a strenuous physical activity even in calm water and may increase the health and safety risks for persons suffering from:

  • any medical condition that may be made worse by physical exertion, for example, heart disease, asthma and some lung complaints
  • any medical condition that can result in loss of consciousness, for example, some forms of epilepsy and some diabetic conditions
  • asthma that can be brought on by cold water or salt water mist
  • the person should tell the snorkeling guide if they have any concerns about any other medical condition
  • Older persons are more likely to suffer from diagnosed and undiagnosed medical conditions  that may be made worse by physical exertion, for example, heart disease and stroke
  • It is a good idea to practice snorkeling beside a platform, boat or in shallow water before venturing into more open deeper water
  • Take into consideration your own limitations when snorkeling, if in doubt wear a flotation device
  • Note the location and availability of life jackets, wetsuits or other flotation devices
  • Learn how to communicate with supervisors and other snorkellers by using hand signals so that you will know when to return to the boat and how to communicate if you do need assistance
  • Learn how to lift and keep your face clear of the water
  • Learn how to use the buddy or pairs system where two snorkellers make sure they are always within a short distance of each other and keep a watch on each other’s safety
  • Do not drink alcohol before snorkeling