The Do’s and Don’ts of Snorkeling in St. Lucia!
- Do make sure your equipment fits correctly. Make sure your mask is not over tightened and your snorkel comfortably reaches your mouth.
- Do wear fins when snorkeling St Lucia – we can have unexpected currents that are hard to kick against with bare feet.
- Do ask your guide about the area and points of interests or hazards to avoid.
- Do carry some sort of floatation such as a snorkel vest. Snorkel vests are designed to provide floatation but still allow the snorkeler to float face down (unlike other life jackets).
- Do always snorkel with a buddy or group– never alone.
- Do take pictures and memories to document your experience.
- o not touch When it comes to fragile and dangerous marine life just remember, if you aren’t hurting it, it might be hurting you!
- Do not stand or kick the reef. Not only does this increase chance of injury to you, it is devastating to our coral reefs.
- Do not swim with your hands. Swimming with your hands is far less efficient then using your fins to propel you. It also makes you more likely to smack your buddy or the coral.
- Do not put on sunscreen before entering the ocean. The chemicals in sunscreen are the main contributor to coral bleaching and disease. Over up with a stylish rash guard instead or opt for a “reef safe” sunscreen brand.
- Do not take shells, coral fragments from the water. Tiny micro-organisms may be making it their home!
- Do not OVEREXERT! Stay relaxed and calm. If you become tired or overworked, call for help by waving your arm back and forth and calling for your boat crew. It is better to ask for help early than become over tired.
- Do not feed the marine life. Though it brings fish closer to you, this is not good for the health of the reefs ecosystem.
Distress signal on the surface