Here are some tips for snorkeling. Give yourself a rest from swimming while snorkeling, buy the right dive sock, tread water and don’t feed the fish.
When you go snorkeling, you’ll be tempted to bring fish food, stand on the reef, and feed all the fantastic fish you are going to see. Don’t stand on the reef or feed the fish. It’s like giving them fast food from McDonalds or Jack in the Box or – you get the idea. Here’s why.
Feeding fish in their natural environment really wreaks havoc with the natural ecosystem. Fish are used to foraging and eating what’s available in their natural habitat. Other fish depend on those fish to eat what’s available, afterwards perhaps dining on those very same fish. If you feed them strange food, next thing they are not going to eat something that’s natural to their environment. Maybe you gave them goldfish food. These fish are most likely not goldfish. Maybe that’s like opening an underwater McDonald’s for fish. Next thing you know, they are ignoring the natural food in their world, and looking all over for McDonald’s, or Jack in the Box, or you get the idea. Other fish that used to eat them are waiting for them to find a McDonald’s. Don’t open an underwater McDonald’s. Don’t feed the fish.
You’ve read, and been told many times about not touching the reefs or feeding the sea life. But once you’re out there snorkeling, and looking at all the great things there are to experience, you will find yourself getting tired. The first thing you’re going to want to do is stand on the nearest reef to catch your breath. Don’t stand on the nearest reef. You’ll kill all the micro-organisms that go into making that reef. Remember, it may look like a rock, but it’s not. Don’t be a reef murderer.
It seems natural that when you want to take a break, you will want to stand up to relax, and talk to your fellow snorkelers. Instead, try this: Lay on your back. Try it, you’ll find it’s very easy, what with the salt water and a good pair of dive socks and fins to take the strain off the effort. Or, as an alternative, try treading water with your knees bent close to your body. Either way, it’s better than stomping all over some poor reef.