5 reasons to go snorkeling this weekend

Can’t seem to muster up the courage to go scuba diving? Fret not, simply go snorkeling to experience the beauty of the underwater world. Though both the activities are different, they allow you to view marine life in some way.

Snorkeling requires swimming along the surface of the water equipped with a mask (or googles), a snorkel (a breathing tube) and flippers. The mask permits you to have a clear vision of the underwater world when you dip your head under for a peek. The snorkel on the other hand, stays on the surface so you can breathe with the face submerged by water.

Whereas, in scuba diving, you are required to go underwater with an oxygen tank. Though scuba gives a better view of the coral reef and the fish that reside in the sea, not everyone can swim. Hence, snorkeling is an easy option that you can opt for without undergoing any training.

Here are a few reasons why you must try snorkeling:

1) You get to experience nature

Snorkeling allows you to glimpse the many fish in the sea as well as the coral reef. There’s no limit to the underwater sights you can set your eyes on, including interesting rock formations.

2) Muscle strengthening

Snorkeling, is a workout for the entire body as any movement you make will require you to push against the resistance of the water. Most people burn between 250 and 300 calories per hour while snorkeling,

3) Improved joint mobility

Since water-based activities are less strenuous than exercises such as walking and jogging, snorkeling provides healthy exercise to those with joint pain, stiffness or obesity problems.  If you have trouble exercising because of movement restrictions, consider snorkeling your life savior.

4) Improves mental health

Exercise, including snorkeling, can help relieve stress and anxiety since such activities release endorphins that increase self-confidence. Adventurous activities in general also give one an adrenaline rush.

5) Good for the heart

Snorkeling is good for cardiovascular fitness since it increases the heart rate, in effect, making your heart grow stronger. In the long run, it combats the risk of certain cardiovascular problems.

Snorkeling tips for beginners:

  • Don’t dive underwater till you learn to hold your breath.
  • Concentrate on breathing through the snorkel instead of your mouth.
  • Snorkel at a comfortable pace to conserve your energy.
  • Don’t stress out if you are unable to master snorkeling immediately. Be patient and keep practicing.