We've all heard the news about thinning ozone and increased rates of melanoma. On the other hand, we've also all heard the news about vitamin D and seasonal affective disorder. Doctors keep telling us how important it is to cover up in the sun, but in the same breath emphasize how healthy sun exposure is too. Add snorkeling to the mix and things get even more complicated. Swimwear typically offers less coverage than regular clothing, and sunscreens may have devastating effects on coral reefs. … [Read more...] about Sun Protection Clothing for Snorkeling (A Shopping Guide)
Articles from 2019
You've just bought a new pair of snorkeling fins. You tried them on at home and they fit your feet perfectly! And yet, when you finally get in the water with them for the first time they start slipping off your feet mid-kick! What happened? If I'm on a snorkeling tour, I'm almost guaranteed to spy a lost rental fin floating by at some point. The thing is, how your snorkeling fins should fit is a bit different from how you fit shoes or other footwear. But with a bit of know-how, you won't have … [Read more...] about How Your Snorkeling Fins Should Fit (Full-foot and Open-Heel)
Do you really need fins for snorkeling? This is a disturbingly common question I see on Reddit and Quora. Snorkeling is an activity that gets more popular among vacationers every year. That means every year, countless people are going to try snorkeling for the first time in their lives. Of course, when trying any new sport you'll have a lot of questions... But folks, asking whether you need fins for snorkeling is kind of like asking if you need poles for skiing. I mean, technically you can … [Read more...] about Yes, You Need Fins For Snorkeling! (Five Reasons Why)
Why does the cutest footwear have to hurt the most? For most of the year, I get by with comfortable boots and sneakers. But come the heat waves, all I want to wear are breezy sandals, elegant flats, and flip flops! And my feet absolutely hate it! Blisters, calluses, sore spots, you name it. Summer is the season of foot discomfort! These sad tales of unhappy feet often extend to the world of underwater sports as well. Especially for folks new to snorkeling or SCUBA, finding the right pair … [Read more...] about July Round-Up: Are Your Fins Working For or Against You?
With the sheer variety of fins on the market these days, new (and even experienced!) snorkelers can be confused about what choice they should make. Perhaps the most obvious difference among fins is whether they have a closed foot pocket like a slip-on shoe or an open pocket with a strap that goes over your heel. Why do fins come in these two types? And which kind is best for your next snorkeling trip? Let's take a closer look at the differences between open-heel vs. full-foot fins! The key … [Read more...] about Open-Heel Vs. Full-Foot Fins for Snorkeling