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Encyclopedia > Snorkeling
A snorkeler amid corals on a coral reef near Fiji.
A snorkeler amid corals on a coral reef near Fiji.

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming at the surface of a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swimfins. Combining these tools allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. Image File history File linksMetadata Reef_snorkeler. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Reef_snorkeler. ... Subclasses Alcyonaria Zoantharia See text for orders. ... Some of the biodiversity of a coral reef. ... A breaststroke swimmer Swimming is a technique to move unaided through water. ... A diving mask A diving mask is an item of diving equipment that allows the SCUBA diver to see underwater. ... Snorkel A snorkel (also spelled schnorkel or schnorchel) is a tube that allows a person, vehicle, or vessel to draw air while submerged under water. ... Categories: Stub | Footwear | Diving ...


Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort destinations and many places recreational scuba divers venture (see: snorkeling locations). Snorkeling is also used by scuba divers when near the surface, and it is used in some water-based search and rescue missions. The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. ... Resorts combine a hotel and a variety of recreations, such as swimming pools A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation. ... This article identifies popular recreational snorkeling sites around the world and describes the features of those sites. ... Early ideas of autonomous under-water systems appear in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Scuba Diving is the use of independent breathing equipment to stay underwater for long periods for recreational diving and professional diving. ... Search and Rescue (acronym SAR) is an operation mounted by emergency services, often well-trained volunteers, to find someone believed to be in distress, lost, sick or injured either in a remote or difficult to access area, such as mountains, desert or forest (Wilderness search and rescue), or at sea...


The primary attraction of snorkeling is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting. This may include coral reefs and their denizens, such as fish, octopuses, starfish, sea urchins, and mollusks. Snorkeling in sandy areas may allow sighting of rays and various flatfish. Other organisms that can be seen while snorkeling include various forms of seaweed, jellyfish, sea turtles, and occasionally anything else which may be found in the ocean. Many of the organisms found in reef locations are extremely colorful and very abundant, making for an engrossing experience for people who appreciate such things. Marine biology is the scientific study of the plants, animals, and other organisms that live in the ocean. ... Some of the biodiversity of a coral reef. ... Atlantic herring, Clupea harengus: one of the most abundant species of fish in the world. ... Families 14 in two suborders, see text. ... NON TECHNICAL AND OF LOW INTELLIGENCE COMPUTER USER CALLING TECH SUPPORT. SEE S.E.C.S. ALSO This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Slate pencil urchin (cidaroid) Group of black, long-spined Caribbean sea urchins, Diadema antillarum (Philippi) Sea urchin roe. ... Classes Caudofoveata Aplacophora Polyplacophora Monoplacophora Bivalvia Scaphopoda Gastropoda Cephalopoda † Rostroconchia The mollusks or molluscs are the large and diverse phylum Mollusca, which includes a variety of familiar creatures well-known for their decorative shells or as seafood. ... Orders Batoidea - common rays and skates Myliobatiformes - eagle rays, manta rays Pristiformes - sawfishes Torpediniformes - electric rays Rays are a group (superorder Rajomorphii or Batoidea) of cartilaginous fishes. ... Families Suborder Psettodoidei     Psettodoidae Suborder Pleuronectoidei     Citharidae     Scophthalmidae     Bothidae(lefteye flounders)     Pleuronectidae(righteye flounders)     Paralichthyidae     Achiropsettidae(southern flounders)     Samaridae Suborder Soleoidei     Soleidae(soles)     Achiridae(American soles)     Cynoglossidae(tonguefishes) The flatfish are an order (Pleuronectiformes) of ray-finned fish, also called the Heterosomata, sometimes classified as a suborder of Perciformes. ... Seaweed-covered rocks in the UK Biologists consider seaweed to refer any of a large number of marine benthic algae that are multicellular, macrothallic, and thus differentiated from most algae that tend to be microscopic in size [1]. Seaweeds are usually types of brown or red algae that are often... Orders Stauromedusae Coronatae Semaeostomeae Rhizostomae Jellyfish are marine invertebrates belonging to the Scyphozoan class, and in turn the phylum Cnidaria. ... Genera Caretta Lepidochelys Chelonia Eretmochelys Natator Sea turtles (Cheloniidae) are turtles found in all the worlds oceans with the exception of the Arctic Ocean, and some species travel between oceans. ... [[Image:http://www. ...

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Getting started

Snorkeler with mask and snorkel.
Snorkeler with mask and snorkel.

Snorkeling requires no special training, only the ability to swim and to breathe through the snorkel. However, it is recommended that one get some instruction from a tour guide, dive shop, or equipment rental shop, any of which often can be found around popular snorkeling locations. Instruction will cover equipment usage, basic safety, what to look for, and what to look out for, including how not to damage fragile organisms such as coral. As with diving, it is always recommended to not snorkel alone, but rather with at "buddy" or a tour group. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1818x1593, 418 KB) Snorkeler ready for dive. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1818x1593, 418 KB) Snorkeler ready for dive. ... This article identifies popular recreational snorkeling sites around the world and describes the features of those sites. ... Subclasses Alcyonaria Zoantharia See text for orders. ... When using the buddy system, pairs and groups of three SCUBA divers dive together and co-operate with each other, so that they can help or rescue each other in the event of an emergency. ...


The mask and snorkel are similar to those used in scuba diving, but since they are not subjected to the pressures of deep water, they can be more lightweight and comfortable. Swimfins used in snorkeling are usually longer than those used in diving. Scuba divers. ...


Experienced snorkelers often start to investigate amateur free-diving, which should be preceded by at least some training from a dive instructor or experienced free-diver. Freedive photographer Free-diving is an aquatic sport, considered an extreme sport, in which divers attempt to reach great depths unassisted by breathing apparatus. ...

Snorkeler with Blacktip reef shark.
Snorkeler with Blacktip reef shark.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x517, 319 KB) Snorkeler with Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x517, 319 KB) Snorkeler with Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus). ... Binomial name Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) The Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a shark of tropical and warm temperate seas. ...

Variants and related activities

Snuba Diver, copyright Snuba. ... Scuba divers. ... Freedive photographer Free-diving is an aquatic sport, considered an extreme sport, in which divers attempt to reach great depths unassisted by breathing apparatus. ... Apnea (British spelling - apnoea) (Greek απνοια, from α-, privative, πνεειν, to breathe) is a technical term for suspension of external breathing. ... The World Bog Snorkelling Championship takes place annually on August bank holiday at Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys and has been established for the last twenty years. ... Dutch fishermen using tridents in the 17th century Spearfishing is a form of fishing that has been popular the whole world over for centuries. ...

Popular snorkeling locations

Snorkelers observing friendly fish in Cozumel, Mexico.
Snorkelers observing friendly fish in Cozumel, Mexico.
Main article: Snorkeling locations

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1132x756, 521 KB) A group of snorkelers observing undersea wildlife. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1132x756, 521 KB) A group of snorkelers observing undersea wildlife. ... Location of Cozumel State Quintana Roo Presidente municipal Gustavo Ortega Joaquín Area   â€“Land   â€“Water ? km² N/A km² N/A km² Population   â€“Total (2003)   â€“Density about 90,000 (2003) Time zone UTC –6 Latitude Longitude 20°30′ N 86°57′ W Official website: Ayuntamiento de Cozumel Cozumel (Maya: Island... This article identifies popular recreational snorkeling sites around the world and describes the features of those sites. ... Central America and the Caribbean (detailed pdf map) The Caribbean, (Spanish: Caribe; French: Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Dutch: Cariben or Caraïben, or more commonly Antillen) or the West Indies, is a group of islands and countries which are in or border the Caribbean Sea which lies on... NASA Satellite photo of the Galápagos archipelago. ... Satellite image of a part of the Great Barrier Reef. ... Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 2,400 km in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawai‘i. ... Location of the Red Sea Image:Red Seaimage. ...

Sources

  • Snorkelling for All, BSAC, ISBN 0091883040

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Snorkel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1516 words)
The snorkeller expels water from the snorkel with a sharp exhalation on return to the surface.
Some modern snorkels have a sump in the mouthpiece to allow a small volume of water to remain in the snorkel without being inhaled when the diver breathes.
On Type VII boats the snorkel folded forward and was stored in a recess on the port side of the hull while on the IX Types the recess was on the starboard side.
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