When we are not happily blowing bubbles beneath the waves, snorkeling is one of our favorite laid back pass times. There is something special about spending hours floating on the surface, enjoying the beautiful views of a coral reef. Or perhaps jumping overboard to swim with some dolphins. A while back we wrote about the wonderful snorkeling conditions found in Florida, and today we are here to help you get the most out of your new snorkel gear! If you are renting your gear chances are the local dive shop will have taken care of most of these for you, but just in case, here is 5 tips to get the most out of your snorkeling equipment.
1. Always Remember To Rinse Your Snorkeling Gear
Anyone who spends a lot of time snorkeling or scuba diving knows the destructive power of salt water. It will quickly eat through most materials and can ruin your equipment extremely fast. After every snorkeling trip, be sure to give your mask, fins and snorkel a quick rinse in fresh water to wash off all the ocean muck left behind. This can help your gear last 10x longer than letting it sit there and rot. Not only that, but it is a great way to avoid having a stinky mask from built up bacteria from the sea. Most dive shops tend to be on point with keeping all their snorkeling and scuba gear rinsed after every outing, but if you are bringing your own equipment, just give it a quick rinse! If you are looking for some reviews of the best snorkel gear, Diver World has some great info that can come in handy.
2. Never Leave Your Equipment In The Sun
Next to corrosive salt water the sun is another way to quickly destroy your snorkeling equipment. Lots of people have the habit of leaving their wetsuit or fins out in the sun to dry. This is another bad idea, the sun will bleach your gear of color and also can deteriorate the plastic and rubber parts of your snorkel mask and fins. After rinsing your gear, just find a place in the shade to hang them to dry, out of reach from the suns harmful rays!
3. Always store your snorkel fins flat
There is a common problem that you find with most rental snorkeling fins, they tend to be bent and wonky. This makes smoothly kicking through the water a lot more difficult than if the fin blades were crisp and flat. That is usually because rental fins are tossed in a huge pile or stacked in a tight shelf. If you have invested in your own snorkel gear, keep it in good shape! This means laying your fins down flat or hanging them vertically on a hook. This way the blades wont get misshaped and bent from the weight of the fins on top of each other,or anything else in your storage space. Trust us, it makes a big difference in the long run!
4. Use a Gear Bag When On The Dive Boat
Another way to quickly lose your snorkel mask or get stuck with two right fins is to have all your equipment scattered around the dive boat. This is easy to do when coming back to the boat for lunch, everyone throws their gear all over the place and then on the way back, it is easy to get it all mixed up. If you use a mesh gear bag to keep all your stuff together, then it is already wrapped up, drying and ready to go! It can get costly to have to replace your snorkel or fins, so by keeping it all together it makes your life so much easier. A sturdy mesh bag with a should strap will do the trick and save you quite a few headaches on your next snorkel adventure.
5. Get out there and actually use your snorkeling gear!
There are so many people who buy a bunch of snorkeling or scuba gear and rarely use it! Do yourself a favor and bring it with you on your next tropical vacation, you never know when the ocean will beckon! Luckily most snorkel sets are quite easy to pack and fairly light, so bringing your gear with you on your adventure should be a snap. Better to have a mask and fins when you need them than for them to be sitting in your garage!