Snorkeling: An FAQ For Beginners

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In 2017, there were approximately 8.38 million participants in snorkeling in the United States, making it among the most popular and enjoyable water activities in the country. That being said, it's important to have some basic knowledge of the sport before reserving a boat rental on vacation and trying it yourself. Here's a quick FAQ for those who are interested in trying their hand at scuba diving during their next tropical getaway.

What is the official definition of 'snorkeling?'

Snorkeling is simply the act of swimming with a face mask that allows you to breathe while underwater. Typically, other snorkeling gear includes fins and a mask, but different snorkeling tours may have a variety of gear available.

What are the age limits/restrictions for snorkeling?

There is typically no age limit for those who are interested in giving snorkeling a try. As long as you can swim, you can snorkel, under most circumstances.

Is snorkeling the same as scuba diving?

No -- while the two activities have a similar premise, they aren't identical. While scuba diving requires a high level of training and involves a full oxygen tank, snorkeling requires no certification and is intended for shallower waters. This is because you put your face in the water as opposed to diving deeper under the surface for an extended period of time. The bottom line is that snorkeling is a great alternative to those who are interested in exploring marine life without the hassle of scuba diving lessons.

What's the best way to get an authentic snorkeling experience?

That's easy -- more than 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating, and the best way to get the traditional and authentic snorkeling experience is to reserve one of your very own boat rentals. This will give you the chance to observe all different types of marine life in a tropical locale with an experienced professional. This also applies to other marine activities, like whale watching, dolphin tours, and more.

Millennials are predicted to spend $1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020, and snorkeling is just one activity that allows you to truly get up close and personal with nature. For more information about boat rentals for snorkeling, contact Kona Offshore Adventures.

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