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Old September 11th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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is snorkeling hard? do you have to be able to swim?how deep do you go?we,ll be on maui. or any other advice would be appreciated. thanks
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Old September 11th, 2002, 01:14 PM
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Snorkeling is very easy. You just sort of float along on the surface. You can even wear a PFD.
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Old September 11th, 2002, 01:29 PM
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Bud...the object of snorkeling is to be able to swim on the surface face down to see through your mask and still be able to breath.

As Pamda says, with a flotation device, you don't have to be a swimmer.

As for how deep, that's up to you because you have to hold your breath when you dive below the surface.

If your aren't a swimmer, stay on the surface and enjoy the view.

Don't try it without a buddy.
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Hi Bud,
I think also, once you get the hang of breathing through the snorkel you will be just fine, especially with a flotation devise on, which I recommend. I always wear one, slightly inflated and I can swim around for a long time with no trouble.

I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities in Hawaii to snorkel, enjoy!


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Old September 11th, 2002, 05:00 PM
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Just for fun, I'll add this.

We once took a dive boat out of Cozumel. The load was light, so two young women came along. (Ohh, the bikinis, I had to contain Queeg!)

One of the young ladies' fathers was a big buddy of Jaques Cousteau. She KNEW her diving.

She would "flipper down" w-a-y deep and "buddy breathe" with the SCUBA divers.

I just floated on the surface in complete awe.

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Old September 11th, 2002, 08:43 PM
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Why pay for air when you can mooch? Haven't heard of that one but since everyone now days is rigged with a backup regulator, they don't even have to ask. Women!
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Snorkelling is easy...as long as you can breathe through your mouth. I started diving in the 50s and have been totally at home in the water ever since. Unfortunately my wife gets claustrophobia in a mask. She just can't get used to breathing solely through her mouth.

So if you're at all claustrophobic, you might want to check with a local dive shop that has a pool available. Most offer free intro sessions where you can try out snorkelling and diving. They also have classes from the most basic.

As to free diving...that's diving with mask, snorkel, and fins only...boith men and women have been down over 200 feet. You simply have to learn how to adjust the pressure in your ears.

There are lots of great places to snorkel in Maui. My personal favorites are on the SW coast...Wailea Beach, Maluaka Beach, down to La Perouse Bay...great lava tubes, lots of turtles, and more fish than you can count. Used to be a balck tip shark in the lava tubes affectionately known as Julia but I'm sure she's long gone by now.

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