Happy October everyone! This month, I have an exciting announcement for you: Tide Trek now has a Youtube channel! I started this website with the intention of adapting some of the content into video format eventually, and now that intention has come to fruition! The first few videos on the channel summarize and condense some of the more popular articles I've written. Everyone learns and absorbs information best in different ways, and I know the super lengthy detailed … [Read more...] about Special Announcement: Tide Trek is now on YouTube!
Articles from 2019
Are you looking to get yourself some top quality snorkeling gear for your next adventure? Is renting sub-par equipment that's been used by hundreds of other people just not your thing? Well, you've come to the right place! Below, you'll find my handy list of top quality snorkeling gear that I personally love and recommend. Just so you know, most of the links I provide are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission if you buy something after following the link (at no … [Read more...] about Snorkeling Gear: Recommendations for All Experience Levels
Alas, summer is coming to a close (if you live in the northern hemisphere; otherwise it's just around the corner!) Hopefully, you've had a chance to partake in some aquatic adventures this year, even if it was just a wade or two in the lake! Sometimes, simpler activities can bring you a unique kind of insight that you might take for granted on more complicated ventures. Even the most accomplished athletes include basic drills in their training routines. In that … [Read more...] about August Round-Up: Do You Flutter Kick When Snorkeling? Try THIS Instead…
Did you know the purge valve was once a standard feature on almost all dive masks? In the early days of SCUBA when dive masks looked more like fishbowls, purge valves were a popular mechanism. That's because these vintage masks were characterized by high internal volumes and no molded nose pocket. The skirts on these masks were also made of natural rubber, not the soft silicone modern masks use. All these factors meant purge valves were a big help for clearing the dive mask. What is a purge … [Read more...] about Purge Valves on Dive Masks: Gimmick or Useful?
If you've been on a casual snorkeling trip, you probably didn't think much about what was on your feet beside the fins themselves. Perhaps you used a simple pair of rental fins that you just slipped over your bare feet. However, perhaps you also found that your fins felt loose and slippery, even if they were the right size. Or maybe the fin pocket chafed around your ankles, leaving uncomfortable blisters. To take your snorkeling to the next level, you can optimize these imperfections by wearing … [Read more...] about Wearing Socks with Fins (Choosing Thickness, Styles, and Materials)