Tips on Snorkelling Equipment04 Jun 2018
Warm waters and diverse marine life make snorkelling a must for anyone visiting the Maldives. Known for its beautiful corals and stunning marine life it is a destination that appeals to all generations and experience levels. But before you go and explore the ocean, here are 3 tips on your snorkel equipment that will help you make your adventure safe and fun:
Tips for all snorkellers:
Use the right Mask and Snorkel
There are many options for masks and snorkels out there and the most important factor when choosing is a proper fit and comfort.
Masks shouldn’t be too tight (tightening a mask will not usually stop it leaking), and the snorkel not too long. Extra-long snorkels and full-face masks can lead to a build-up of CO2, causing breathing difficulties. If you are buying your own snorkel or full face-mask, make sure it complies with international standards (either EN250:2014 or EN250A).
All masks and snorkel leak (despite what they may advertise), before heading out into deeper water ensure that you are able to “clear” your mask and snorkel of water, and that they fit comfortably.
Prodivers does not advocate the use of full-face snorkelling masks, and no longer offers them in their rental section due to the potential dangers associated with full-face mask and snorkel sets.
Fins are a must! When snorkelling you will encounter ocean currents and fins will make it much easier to swim in the desired direction. When choosing fins, it is better to have them a little loose rather than too tight to avoid cramps. Even small “travel” fins can make a big difference when caught in a current.
Use Sun Protection
In the Maldives is hot and sunny most of the time, and it is very easy to get sunburnt and to become dehydrated. Always look to use reef-friendly sun protection (ideally SPF 30). We recommend snorkellers wear rash guards – these UV-resistant tops are great at blocking out the suns rays. Wear shorts as places that don’t often get to see the sun can often burn very quickly.
To reduce the risk of dehydration, make sure you drink plenty of water! If you join a snorkel trip with Prodivers you will find water available on all our boats.