- Snorkelling advice
I did loads in cyprus over my 6 months there. I would say dont get carried away in your own little world and keep an eye on the kids, it’s amazing how far you can travel in the water when you’re following fish n things.
Plenty of suncream on your backs, I burnt mine to bits!
I found a weighted belt good for diving down too. Might get one cheap out there.Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Rash vest to protect from the sun.Supermarket has them.
That was what I was going to say, also plenty of sunblock on the back of your legs and ankles. You get burnt in weird places as you spend such a long time in the same position. if you’re feeling a bit daring try and get hold of a waterproof torch, snorkelling at night is ace.
Once you get out there have a little practise diving and clearing the snorkel with one good sharp exhalation, it’s easy once you get the knack but some people can be a bit freaked out by the water in the snorkel.
Easier to carry your fins into the water and put them on once you can float rather than trying to walk in them.Posted 4 years ago
Just after some advice….
Going to corfu on Friday, me, wife, kids – 14 & 16. Spotted the snorkelling thread from a few months back and did the decathlon thing and we all got snorkels/flippers/mask etc that all fit so,we are set.
Are there any do’s and donts for some pretty gentle inshore snorkelling? We are all reasonable strong swimmers – kids competed when younger.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
Basic safety rule is don’t all free dive at once. Keep one on the surface. Watch out for currents and drifting too far from shore. I suspect that will be easy in Corfu as the floor will disappear pretty quickly. Don’t over do it with underwater arches and caves. +1 for taking a torch and heading out at night. Make sure it’s not a boaty area, snorkellers are pretty hard to spot, you could take an SMB (surface marker buoy) out but that might be overkill
A hat is good for keeping the sun off
and watch out for wildlifePosted 4 years ago
Jellies are quite common in the med. I see them almost everytime I go out snorkeling, long sleeve rash vest helps.
Don’t let it put you off, the snorkeling will be great.
The amount varies year to year, I have not read of an mass invasion yet this year.
My youngest loves snorkeling with me, it is not unusual for us to be out an hour at a time. Hug the coast line, you will see the most in the shallows around the rocky coast line.
Take it slow, sometimes just float and stare, it can be amazing what you miss at a first glance.Posted 4 years agowinston_dogMember
Road cycling tops make very good rash vests.
Clean the inside of the glass on a new mask with toothpaste. They often have a residue on them after manufacture and will keep misting up no matter what you do.
Learn how to “duck dive”, basically bend at the waist until your body is at 90deg to your legs, then bring your legs vertical. The weight of your legs will push you vertically down, kick once your fins are in the the water. It will make the diving much less tiring.Posted 4 years ago
One week in and the snorkelling is excellent – I have a problem though – I can’t find any Internet resources to ID the fish I’ve seen – can anyone point me in the right direction?
Diving to the floor and rolling a few rocks over, then sit back on top and watch the fish congregate is rewarding – 8-9 species but as I say, can’t find anything to I’d them.
Any help appreciated.
Boobies update for twoniner – lots out there but many of them are old and floppy some very perky but no opportunity for a sneaky pic as yet.Posted 4 years ago
I know it is not of much use now but when you get back, buy a copy of this:
It is an excellent book and I never go away without it (UK or Europe).
This link that may be of use:Posted 4 years ago
I would have thought the shops have ‘fish-cards’ near the postcard sections, for id porpoises.
Make sure you rinse your and the kids ears after a snorkel – I use swim ear which is just isopropyl alcohol really, but the wife didn’t and used water, but now has a bacterial ear infection that is pretty painful and she is having to apply some spray 3 times a day.
But if we are posting pictures of turtles here’s a recent one of mine:
and I’ll raise you an eagle ray:
and a manta ray:
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