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What is Snorkeling

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever have dreamed of floating weightlessly like an astronaut, exploring unusual species of fish and marine life like a field researcher, or looking for lost objects like a treasure hunter? If so, snorkeling may be the perfect activity for you! Snorkeling is a type of underwater diving in which swimmers use a snorkel—a tube with a mouthpiece—to breathe through while they swim. While snorkeling, swimmers often wear fins, a mask, and a wet suit to protect themselves from the cold water and to help them move more efficiently through the water. 

Snorkeling can be done in any body of water that is clear enough to see through, including oceans, lakes, rivers, and even pools. When choosing a snorkeling location, it is important to consider the clarity of the water as well as the types of fish and other animals that live there. Some popular snorkeling locations include Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Caribbean. 

In addition to a snorkel and fins, snorkelers will also need a wet suit if they are snorkeling in cold water. A wet suit helps to keep snorkelers warm and also provides some extra buoyancy. In tropical locations, snorkelers may forego the wet suit in favor of a rash guard—a shirt made of Lycra or another quick-drying material. 

Whether you’re exploring your own backyard or venturing to an exotic location, snorkeling is a great way to experience the underwater world!

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