WPB Amateur Snorkeling 20s-30s (2nd Annual)
What we are about
-This is a group of casual snorkelers ages 20-30. You need to be in this age group to join. We really love introducing locals to snorkeling for the first time and bringing out new friends. Usually we grab lunch afterwards and hangout. We say “Amateur” because this group is catered to newcomers and noobs. This is not an opportunity for pros or free divers to come show off their gear, etc. We are all about having a great time! We usually bring some cold water and extra gear if you need to borrow some. Typically we vote on locations based on distance and difficulty. We try to plan an event every other Saturday morning. If conditions are grim, we usually just turn the event into a beach day and chill. This is our 2nd year hosting this event and we are excited for this season!!
How to find your own gear
-Always try on a mask at your local dive shop. Masks come in all different shapes and sizes. Look for a comfortable seal to where the mask will suction to your face without holding it, and your nose fits comfortably. I’ve found the same masks from the dive shop online for much cheaper. The difference between a $20 Walmart mask and the name brands is the quality of silicone and glass. Cheap masks are made of plastic and are VERY uncomfortable after using for a while. You can get a great name brand mask for $40-60. We’ve had bad luck with “Cressi” masks and fogging/fit issues. “Tusa” is a great brand to start with.
-When finding a snorkel, look for a “dry snorkel”. This technology uses a floating bobber to lock in when diving down and keeps the water out. When surfacing again, there is no need to purge the water and you’ll be able to breathe right away.
-Fins aren’t terribly difficult to buy. I’ve found similar luck with cheap brands as more expensive brands. Make sure they fit well (not too tight). Some fins require booties or a wetsuit inside of them. If your fins don’t feel to comfortable, you can always use a pair of ankle socks. Smaller fins are more maneuverable and longer fins are for speed.
-Use an anti-fog solution. This is a real lifesaver! I’ve found the most luck with the “spit” solution. You can find it at a dive shop for around $6. I’ve found that applying once you’re in the water and using more than the suggested amount works best.
-Clean your gear! Salt and heat will corrode your mask. Your soft silicon mask will discolor, fog, and become tough or even sharp around the edges. Make sure to rinse out your gear when returning from the water, and store in a cool dry place.
How to stay safe
-Use the buddy system. Always snorkel with someone else and use a dive flag if you are going offshore. Use hand signals like thumbs up to surface and stay in contact. Listen for boats and be aware of your surroundings. Do not venture way out from shore if you are unable to tread water. At any point you should be able to calmly relax and tread water or lay on your back. Make sure you are hydrated before heading back. Dehydration is one of the most common ways to get fatigue when snorkeling.
Swim at your own risk
-When joining this group, you acknowledge that you are completely responsible for your own safety. There will be no provided watch for safety and rescue. Do not attempt difficult dives if you have not first learned on basic dives prior. Please do not join if you are unable to swim and tread water on your own. Before joining at an event, you will need to sign a form acknowledging this agreement.