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Snorkelling

Hy

We have planned one full day in phi phi and we are 6 adults and 3 kids aged 10,11 & 4 can we do snorkelling ?

And people who don't know to swim is it possible to get down for snorkelling? Pls advise

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1. Re: Snorkelling

Hi Basheer

There are several companies who do snorkeling tours and will provide life jackets and snorkeling gear.

You can also rent your own boat and gear.

I am assuming that at least some of the group can swim? If not I would question the wisdom of going Snorkeling where no one can react in an emergency.

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I question the wisdom of anybody wanting to go snorkeling without knowing how to swim.

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It's quite fine to go snorkeling without knowing to swim, with a life jacket you can just float on the top and watch the fish and coral below. Obviously with a life jacket you can not swim down deep but it is still a pleasant and enjoyable experience...

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You see many people trying to snorkel whilst wearing life jackets, you can actually see the frustration of trying to master it. .

However the basic princple of snorkelling is that you are able to be face down into the water and have your body mostly submerged with just the breathing pipe and a bit of the head breaking the surface. The desgins of life jacts mean that you are not mostly submerged and it is difficult to snorkel well with a life jacket on .

Snorkelling off a boat when you can't swim is a questionable thing to do.

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Everyone has got to stop being so negative. Some companies have pool noodles for the not so good swimmers. And if they don't they will have life jackets which will be fine for a little stint out there. Have a ball

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With the amount of drownings we have here, I suggest that you do not even consider snorkelling if you cannot swim. If you want to go into the water then definitely wear a life jacket and inform the tour operator that you cannot swim. Some operators have medically trained staff on the boats who are able to assist those in trouble in the water. Unfortunately many of the cheaper tours do not!!

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7. Re: Snorkelling

Thanks a lot

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8. Re: Snorkelling

20+ years ago I was amazed to see about a hundred persons standing

just off the beach at Ko He (Coral Island). The water was less than a

metre deep & they were bent over trying to see beneath the water.

All these people were all wearing life jackets.

The "problems" that occur snorkeling (note spelling) are :-

mask fogging up - rinse the mask with seawater after spitting into it.

water entering mask - hold mask against face and blowout gently

through your nose.

Water getting into snorkel - surface and blow out hard through your

mouth - like a whale !

The last 2 "take some practice"

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The "problems" that occur snorkeling (note spelling) are :-

Snorkeling (US) snorkelling (UK). Both options are the correct spelling. :-)

Otherwise for people who cant swim, there are plenty more serious reasons to consider for your safety.The basics of snorkelling would not be able to help you if you cannot swim and find yourself in a dangerous situation..

Edited: 26 November 2016, 21:10
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10. Re: Snorkelling

"and it is difficult to snorkel well with a life jacket on"

well ive been snorkelling for years and for my own reasons I wear a life jacket

yes I can swim

and ive had some amazing underwater viewing experiences.

it just takes some practice

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