sNORKELING FOR NON - SWIMMERS

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Jun 22nd, 2007, 07:57 AM
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sNORKELING FOR NON - SWIMMERS

We have usually done snorkeling in neck deep waters since my better half dosent swim.

Is it possible to snorkel in deeper waters wearing a snorkel vest or life vest?
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 08:09 AM
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well, i suppose you could, but why would you want to risk a non-swimmer's life by going into deeper waters?
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 08:21 AM
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Absolutely. I swim but have done off-shore snorkeling (i.e., off a boat on excursions where they gave everyone these really thin vests). I saw that some people inflated theirs (I just left mine flat). I also have read several posts where people who don't know how to swim snorkel wearing a life vest.
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 08:26 AM
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Yes, you can. People do it all the time.

My spouse is a non-swimmer and uses a snorkel vest all the time. As a matter of fact the first time the water was 30' deep and spouse just jumped of the rear of the boat into the water and had no problems whatsoever - felt very safe and secure. The extra bouyancy provided by the vest gave spouse a high level of confidence.

FYI - it's better to use a snorkel vest rather than a life vest as they are designed to allow a person to float in the water with their face in the water - life vests, on the other hand, are designed to keep the head out of the water and are thus more difficult to use while snorkeling. You can buy an inflatable snorkel vest in any dive shop, most large sporting goods stores (like Academy) or on-line. They are inexpensive and when uninflated take up virtually no room in your luggage.

One other suggestion - shortie wetsuits also provide the swimmer with added bouyancy - they keep your body temperature up and allow poor or weak swimmers to float with less effort.
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 12:24 PM
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Thanks a lot. This was most helpful
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:40 PM
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I'm a chicken when it comes to deep water as well. What's the difference between a snorkel vest and a snorkel belt? Which is better?
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:53 PM
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I haven't tried a snorkel belt, so I googled it just to be sure what it was and it looks like it is made of a foam-type material that you wear around your waist. I've seen these belts worn for deep water aerobics classes.
A snorkel vest you can inflate or deflate as you wish. Personally I would prefer a snorkel vest.

My hubby by the way does not swim but is an avid snorkeler. As long as he's got a mask and a tube, he's comfortable. He does wear a snorkel vest.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:57 PM
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Forgot, there are photos here:
http://www.laststopsports.com/Watertoys.htm

The View Board looks neat.

By the way, the first time I snorkeled I wore a snorkel vest, and took a kick-board with me to hold onto just to give me extra confidence.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 07:51 PM
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I have a snorkeling vest..personally I think that it is better than a belt as you can inflate and deflate as you like..to dive down and explore!I paid $50 for mine..in St John..I bet that you could find one cheaper at home to take with you.

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Jul 3rd, 2007, 11:47 PM
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It is possible to snorkle wearing a life vest because we did it with my son when he was younger. I recommend going on a snorkle trip with guides to do this DO NOT GO ALONE!!! It would be a good idea to go to a coral reef because they are normally quite shallow and absolutly spictacular.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 08:03 AM
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Christie, I haven't mastered the "diving down" thing yet. You have my admiration! Looks like a vest is the way to go. Don't laugh - I'm going to take a two hour snorkeling class before we head out in August. Maybe they can figure out why I keep getting water in my mask.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 08:48 AM
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Maggi,
Maybe you need to tighten your mask?
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Jul 4th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Wow, I wish I had known about a vest on Monday in St. Barts, as I do not float. I am not heavy, but it's just not there for me. Thanks for the great information. Now DH and I can go together, as I do not like to swim!
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Jul 4th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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Christie, I've tried it all - I think I have a weird shaped face or something. IW, the less body fat you have the less able you are to float. Suffice to say, I have no problem floating.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Maggi! Too funny! I am nota perfect shape and love to eat, but I am on the short side and have never been able to float. Maybe DH wanted to snorkle and dive in peace, since we worked out over 1/2 of our vacation at various spots. Something for me to think about.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Hi Bokill,
You can abolutely do this, by having your wife wear a good quality inflatable snorkeling vest. That is exactly what my wife does, She barely swims, but loves to snorkel, and we have spent many happy hours snorkeling at some of the best spots around the world. The vest is much better than a belt because it confidently lets her get in the proper position when snorkeling. Buy a good vest ahead of time at a dive shop and take it along. Rinse it in fresh water after each use, and she (and you) will enjoy it for many years.
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Jul 4th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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Maggi,

I have no problem floating either.Also the more salt in the water..the more that you will float!

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