Highly accessible, snorkelling is great fun and an excellent way of discovering nature for the whole family. The most important thing is to remember a few basic safety rules, anticipate the risks associated with the sea and use your equipment properly. Detailed review of snorkelling safety precautions with Tribord!
ESSENTIAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR SNORKELLERS
At sea, common sense prevails! This means taking the following precautions:
- never go snorkelling alone;
- check the weather;
- anticipate an entry point and several exit points to avoid getting injured;
- don’t overestimate your physical capacities.
Before leaving, don’t forget to tell a member of your family or a close friend where you’re setting off from and the time you plan to return: this will make it possible to deal with any problems, such as cramp, and call for help as well as making it easier to look for you if you drift…
TRIBORD RECOMMENDATIONS TO AVOID PROBLEMS WHEN SNORKELLING
As amazing as it is, doing sport in natural environments has inherent safety risks that can ruin the pleasure of snorkelling. Upstream recommendations to help you cope!
FIGHTING OFF THE COLD
The human body gets colder much faster in the water than out of it. That’s why it is advisable to limit the amount of time you spend in the sea and wear neoprene thermal protection, tops, a shorty or a suit adapted to the water temperature and your body.
Shivering? Blue lips? These are signs it’s time to get out of the water, especially for children who don’t feel the cold quite often!
There are several reasons why people get muscular cramp: the cold, physical effort, fatigue, alcohol, being unfit, lack of liquid intake, hypoglycaemia, stress, unsuitable equipment.
To avoid them, build up slowly with fins suited to your body shape and finning. Use a snorkelling buoy to make things easier for your children. Warm up before you start. And do some stretching afterwards! And, as a careful snorkeller, don’t forget to stay close to the shore.
Like all physical exercise, snorkelling requires a suitable input of calories without which you may suffer from tiredness and cramp, as well as signs of hypoglycaemia.
AVOIDING COLD-WATER DROWNING
Forget about jumping into the water after spending a long time in the sun! Show your children the right example by putting water on the back of your neck with your hands and then on your body.
SNORKELLING EQUIPMENT RISKS
Snorkelling equipment is very simple. However, it is not risk-free if it isn’t used properly. Always take a few minutes to read the instructions before using equipment for the first time.
TRIBORD SNORKELLING MASKS
Never dive head first when wearing your diving mask! Although its window is often made of tempered glass – a type of glass that’s up to five times more resistant and if it does break it will break into small pieces to ensure you don’t get injured —, it can break.
If you descend when free diving, it’s a good idea to inject a little air into your mask when descending; that way you’ll avoid mask squeeze and black eyes… And don’t tighten it too much: that won’t stop water from getting in!
TRIBORD EASYBREATH MASKS
By way of a reminder, this mask doesn’t enable you to go underwater because it blocks access to your nose so you can carry out the “Valsalva” manoeuvre.
Valsalva? A technique we’ve all used at one time or another in the mountains or in a plane! It is intended to get round the problems experienced due to the difference in pressure between the water and your inner ear when you descend. Free divers and scuba divers use it when they send air to the middle ear via the Eustachian tube in order to equalise their ears.
N.B. this manoeuvre should only be done during the descent, NEVER when returning to the surface! Breathe through your nose while pinching it with your fingers very regularly until you no longer feel any pain at all.
If you force things, you may experience barotrauma which can result in pain, vertigo, nausea, bleeding, buzzing/whistling. It’s better to blow a little, don’t you think?
Your Tribord snorkel fills up with water when you do free diving. Blow into it calmly to empty it once you reach the surface.
Take a deep breath calmly to stop the feeling of suffocation that might occur. Lastly, place your snorkel perpendicular to your face so you don’t get a mouthful of water with every ripple!
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SNORKELLING EQUIPMENT
Just like snorkelling, taking care of the mask-fins-snorkel trio is simple, but essential. It consists of:
- rinsing thoroughly;
- soaking it for a few minutes to remove all the salt;
- drying in a cool place in the shade.
For snorkels with valves, make sure that grains of sand or specks of dust don’t alter the watertightness valve.
Are you and your gear ready? Then you can set off into the water and the seabed well-prepared and with peace of mind!
Are you an experienced snorkeller thinking of taking up scuba diving? Before starting, read the Tribord recommendations concerning safe diving!