Snorkeling in Cape Town
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming through a body of water while equipped with a
diving mask, snorkel, and fins.
Snorkeling in Cape Town: Simplicity at its best.
No experience is needed to snorkel. It’s one of the more easily-accessible water activities. All
you need is a rudimentary level of swimming. Equipment is another effortless part of
snorkeling. There are many different types of gear to choose from, especially when it comes
to fins. You can purchase specifically designed snorkeling gear that is shorter in length than
scuba fins. This is to ensure snorkelers can make small and flexible movements for easy
maneuverability in the water. Alternatively, scuba diving fins may suit your snorkeling
needs and may be used in both your snorkeling and scuba trips. You can purchase various
types of scuba diving masks and snorkels that work just as well for snorkeling.
Snorkeling in Cape Town: “The Pro vs the Rookie”
No one wants to look like a beginner, even if you are one. Let’s start with the fundamentals.
Many new snorkelers have a tendency to try and swim using their arms which is our basic
instinct, as this is how we all learn to swim. However, when swimming with fins, our legs are
a lot more powerful than our arms. A good way to conserve energy is to keep our arms relaxed at our sides and focus on our fins instead. Many snorkelers also forget to clean their mask before their excursion and the best way to do this, even if it doesn’t look all that attractive, is to spit in your mask before dunking it in the ocean. This prevents the mask from fogging up. The last and probably most embarrassing problem that you might run into, is a cramp. The extra weight of the fins put a toll on the leg muscles, which is why you might experience a cramp, especially if you’re not used to swimming with fins. The best way to self-amend this problem is to lie on your back, stretch the cramped leg out In front of you and bend the top of the fin
towards you. This should relieve the cramp.
Reminder: Do not hyperventilate! It used to be a common practice to hyperventilate before
ducking down to see something under the surface of the water while snorkeling, however,
this has now been proven a safety risk.
Why go Snorkeling in Cape Town?
Although cold water plays a factor in your trip, it is more nutrient-rich and therefore you see a lot of interesting marine life. You can choose between kelp diving, reef diving, or exploring in search of seals or penguins in Cape Town. There are also a variety of species including; octopus, starfish and stingrays.
The best way to determine which site is best for your
snorkeling adventure is to speak to a local guide about what you would like to see. If you would like to stop by for a coffee and chat, our employees are always willing to help. We have years of experience and each member of our team is a highly qualified scuba diver and
is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified. This ensures top quality
safety standards are maintained and that we can help you in any situation.
Snorkeling in Cape Town: A level up from snorkeling
If you thoroughly enjoy snorkeling but would like to delve deeper into the water or wish to
try something more challenging, I would look at beginning a Freediving or Open Water
Course. A PADI Open Water certification is your first step to experiencing the underwater
world. PADI is the most recognized dive training organization in the world, as well as being
one of the longest-running. Thousands upon thousands of divers have started right here, with
the PADI Open Water Course, where you learn how to scuba dive down to 18m with a buddy. Another route that you could take is the PADI Freediving Course. This course is for individuals that plan to start their underwater journey on one breath. The course explores how to increase your breath-hold time and how to use your natural diving reflexes to explore the underwater world. Last but certainly not least, whether its scuba diving, freediving or
snorkeling, we never touch, tease or taunt the marine life.