Snorkeling allows swimmers in the open water to observe the sea and coral life below by looking through a mask and breathing through a tube called a snorkel.
Typical equipment used for snorkeling includes a snorkel or dive mask, which covers the nose; a snorkel to breath through; and fins that help to minimize the energy a snorkeler expends.
Although most snorkeling is done during the day, on the surface of the water, night snorkeling is also a popular activity, along with free diving, where a snorkeler dives below the surface.
The best places to snorkel are reefs that are protected from the open ocean, attract marine life and have plenty of visibility. Beach snorkeling is good but snorkeling in the open water by taking a boat can ensure better visibility.
A major hazard when snorkeling is sunburn, which can occur on your back, which is exposed to the sun; to prevent this, where a wetsuit or rash guard.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.