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Why Snorkeling Vests Might Be More Needed Than Most People Think

Jun 1, 2008
A snorkeling vest is another piece of the snorkeling gear package but unlike the fins and goggles/mask, which are usually required, the vest is usually optional. However in the defense of the vest it is a common dispute nowadays among snorkelers and fans that a snorkeling vest use in the water can help someone to stay afloat in the water while snorkeling, though however as the case might be it is usually dependent on the person themselves to stay close to surface in the first place considered that most people when snorkeling like to dive down deeper for better view of the ocean floor. The thing is however is that most seasoned snorkelers in the sport find the a snorkeling vest to be an unneeded piece of clothing that they can do without, but for does who plan to stay for longer periods it could prove a benefit by allowing them to rest and stay afloat for periods of time.

The majority of vests now come with a small tube that is attached to the side of the vest to grant the person the ability to inflate the snorkeling vest at will when a little buoyancy is needed in the water and also to release some the air when they to sometime they want a closer look at and they need to descend below the water. Particularly to mention is that most vest do need a large quantity of air inside to it to allow a person to stay afloat and be away from any hazardous situations that are present below the water. A perfect example is Coral, yes Coral, it might seem just a harmless feature, a beautiful embodiment of the aqua world but however as the say roses have thorns will coral has sharp edges so if you are the type of person who as they say sinks a rock, then a vest in that situation might turn out to be your best friend and keep afloat above the danger zone.

Something that is worth mentioning also that is along the line of snorkeling vest which are thought to obsolete are diving gloves, but you may want to think twice about your assumption if diving between the coral and run or swim into something that you really should not touching with you, you can use them in this case to clear the obstacle and avoid a dangerous or unwanted situation.

A thermal wrap

Yes a thermal wrap, it will be all well if you go out snorkeling and you remain near the surface all day where the water is cool and warm but if you decide to head deeper into the water below the surface you might be alarmed to find out the difference in temperature can be vast. So basically while up on the surface is warm and cool, diving below you experience a cold chill like no other. This is where the snorkeling vest comes in, in that it can provide the snorkeler with some extra heat that the person without will be more than glad to use.

Also to something to mention is that in the case of those professional or expert snorkelers who believe that they are so strong as swimmers that they don't need a vest, must always remember that they are also human and like all humans they get tired. A vest can help to stay afloat for longer periods without much effort from themselves so they can have more time in the water. To add to that if you come across something that catches your eye you can stay afloat in one place just enjoying the sites with just the aid of the vest.

It is also a common argument that you float better in salt water than in fresh water and basically refuse the notion of actually using a vest at all in the water but imagine this you come just a bit too close to some corals, so close that the your skin makes contact, what do you think would happen. In this case a snorkeling vest can protect your skin from the event of that accidental contact. When you read this you might end up back with the same notion you started that a snorkeling vest is not needed but when you think of it would you rather the coral have their way with you than you with it, be victim to the rapid changes in temperature in the water or if you are a sinker, do I need to mention.
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Personally, I have always like the water from taking a nice cool shower to going to the beach for swim. Sometimes going to the beach I would spends hours upon hours in the water not wanting to come out. My even complained to be about it several times. http://www.snorkeling.shinkeno.net/
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