Snorkeling safety rules

Snorkeling safety rules

Within everyone's reach, snorkeling is an entertaining and natural sport that is practiced in an exceptional environment.

As an activity in an environment that is not our natural element, it requires following classic safety rules:
- Do not go snorkeling if you have any ongoing respiratory or cardiovascular issues including but not limited to chest infection, asthma, high/raised blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease or angina etc.

- If you have any doubts or questions relating to this please check with your medical practitioner.
- Breathing through a snorkel is more demanding than simply swimming. If you feel tired, short of air or dizzy, remove your mask and get out of the water.
- Do not practice  alone. Always go snorkeling with a buddy.
- Do keep in mind how far you have swum and keep in mind the currents; the return journey to shore may be exhausting.
- Practicing putting the mask on and taking it off several times before using it could possibly help prevent injuries and deaths.
- Check the state of the sea and the conditions before practicing. Protect yourself from the cold and the sun depending on the conditions.
- And of course, never touch the marine fauna or flora!

Before you leave, let a loved one know the route you have planned, don't forget to let them know once your adventure is over...

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Limit risks through regular care 

After each sea dive, you need to take care of your equipment (mask, fins, snorkel) to protect your safety and feel more confident the next time you go snorkelling with fins. This is quite simple. First, rinse your equipment, then soak it for a few minutes to remove the salt. Then, dry your equipment in the shade. If your snorkel has a valve, always check it for dust or grains of sand that could make the valve leak.

The Easybreath mask

There are many obstacles to go snorkeling: breathing with a snorkel is not natural and its mouthpiece can be considered uncomfortable and unhygienic. The field of vision of a snorkeling mask is reduced and sometimes the presence of fog on its mask does not allow you to fully enjoy the wonders of the underwater world.

To answer those insights, Decathlon - Subea design teams revolutionized the practice of snorkeling in 2014, by developing the world's first full-face snorkeling mask, allowing you to see and breathe in water as easily as on earth.
The Easybreath Decathlon by SUBEA mask is suitable for the whole family (children from 6 years old).

From now on, a complete product range exists for all uses: for people practicing only on the surface to explorers who practice up to three meters.

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The mask and snorkel set

Historically, we used a mask and a snorkel for home snorkeling. Be careful, diving with your head forward with a diving mask is strongly discouraged! Despite the fact that the glass is extremely strong, there is always a risk of injury if it breaks into several pieces.

When fitting your mask, do not overtighten it to prevent water from entering, this may have the opposite effect and cause discomfort.

During periods of apnea, your snorkel fills with water. To expel the water from your snorkel, calmly blow into it once at the surface. Finally, your snorkel should be placed perpendicular to your face to avoid water ingress in the presence of small waves.

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Snorkeling without fins?

It is quite possible to practice snorkeling without fins even if they provide more comfort and safety.

Indeed, they provide you with a swimming aid, but if you are comfortable in the water and you do not intend to cover too great a distance, you can do without them. To protect your feet when entering the water, on rocks for example, aquashoes can be very useful! Be careful not to crush the fauna and flora of these fragile ecosystems!

Snorkel technique

There is no specific snorkeling technique. The practice adapts to your level and your desires. If you want to observe the underwater fauna and flora from the surface with your Easybreath, you can simply let yourself float and take a few strokes. But if you want to go further, do some snorkeling with your mask and snorkel, or even go underwater, you are totally free, that's the advantage of snorkeling!

Limit risks through regular maintenance

After each session, it is necessary to maintain all of your equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) to ensure peace of mind and safety during your next snorkeling trips.
Doing it is simple: first rinse your equipment and then soak it for a few minutes to remove the salt. Finally, dry your equipment away from the sun. If you use a snorkel or a mask that has a valve or a buoy, always remember to check if dust or grains of sand are present in the valve as this can affect its sealing.

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