December 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #106: Preparing to Snorkel

Tip of the Week

A few preparations before entering the water will make your snorkeling adventure more enjoyable and less hazardous. 

*  Take off jewelry.  Not only is there a chance that you could lose it, but there's also a possibility that a fish might mistake a shiny object for prey.

*  Protect your skin from sun exposure.  In most cases sunscreen should be enough, however there are some locations that ask tourists not to wear it because it can damage the reefs.  In these situation, exposure suits are your best bet.  Exposure suits can also protect against run-ins with marine life, and they help you float as well.

* Test all of your equipment to make sure that it fits and works properly.

* Make sure your equipment is streamlined, with nothing hanging loosely.  Dangling equipment can attract fish and damage coral.

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