Recognizing danger signs at your local beach prior to snorkeling is advisable. Also, you should learn to count waves in the sets prior to entering water.
Now that you’ve found that great online discount gear snorkel equipment dealer, you’ve chosen a great rash guard from a selection of rash guards, fins, snorkels and wetsuits.
You’ve driven to the closest beach where you’ve been told there’s some great snorkeling, and you think you’re good to go. A short walk in and boom – you’re snorkeling.
However, there is a problem. The surf is running a good six to ten feet on the faces, with a pounding shore break. Even the experienced local surfers and body boarders, a notorious group that will go out in anything, seem intimidated. Perhaps you should be, too. Not a good sign there is a surfer being emergency airlifted to the hospital.
But if you are determined to go out this first day of snorkeling, and want to make sure it’s not your last, here’s some handy tips.
If you see big close-out waves pounding the beach, and the usual group of local surfers standing around talking and pointing, instead of grabbing boards and running into the surf, this is a sure-fire sign you, too, should probably be standing around, pointing and talking. Don’t put on your rash guard and run into the surf, willy nilly. In fact forget willy and nily. Here’s why: trying to dive or snorkel on a day like this will probably mean the lifeguard is going to probably be running out with willy nilly to save you, or worse, trying to figure out which car your body belongs to when it washes up lifeless on the beach.
If you are bound and determined to snorkel and dive on a day like this, here’s another tip: waves arrive at the beach in sets. Depending on which direction the sets are coming, the sets could number anywhere from five to nine or ten waves per set. Then there’s a lull; then the waves start pounding in. Count the waves. Time the lull. Obviously, swim out during the lull. Time your entry to be between sets, and, conversely swim back during the lull, as well.
However, it cannot be emphasized enough that snorkeling and diving on a day like this is not recommended, no matter how experienced you are.