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E Komo Mai First Time Snorkelers!

Are you planning a visit to the Island of Hawaiʻi and thinking of trying snorkeling for the first time? If you are, you are in for a treat, as a whole new world awaits you. The waters off the coast of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi are crystal clear, warm and home to many unique species of tropical fish.

Snorkeling is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the magnificent beauty of the ocean. First time snorkelers will be in awe at the magical experience of swimming and interacting with wild marine life. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your snorkel experience.

Good equipment

Use equipment that fits properly. There’s nothing worse than a leaky mask or uncomfortable fins. Test your mask by placing it on your face out of the water. If the mask doesn’t leak while breathing air, it will stay on your face and not leak under water. Well-fitting fins are also important so they stay on your feet and get you where you want to go. Body Glove crew members will assist you in choosing your equipment and ensuring a safe and proper fit.

Be comfortable in the water

If being in the ocean makes you anxious, use a flotation device such as a life jacket or noodle. Even if you are a strong swimmer, flotation devices are useful to help you relax and rest while enjoying the view. If you are not comfortable putting your face in the water, Body Glove offers flotation devices with a viewing window so you can view the marine life without getting your head wet.

Use the buddy system

When in the water exploring the marine life, it is always safer and more fun to have someone with you. If you get in trouble, there will be someone who can help. Body Glove crew will also teach you some basic hand signals to use to indicate if help is needed.

Stay within your limits 

If you start to feel uncomfortable or begin to tire, take a break and get back on the boat. It is always preferable to play it safe than to risk over doing it. 

Monitor your food and alcohol intake

If you are prone to motion discomfort, eat light before boarding the boat and consider taking medication to prevent motion sickness. Same goes with alcohol. While it may be fun to imbibe during the day while on vacation, being drunk will not improve your snorkel experience. In fact, it could be detrimental. It is wise to enjoy your snorkel experience and save the adult beverages for after your snorkel. 

Snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful underwater world of Hawaiʻi, and Body Glove is here to help make your experience as positive and enjoyable as possible. Our crew is well-trained and here to ensure your comfort and safety during your snorkel cruise. So pack your bathing suit and towel, and get ready for a fun day on and in the water!

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