You don't have to be an experienced diver to enjoy a snorkeling adventure along the Gulf coast of Florida. For a minimal investment in gear (around $20 for a decent adult snorkel set) you can be outdoors taking in an underwater view in no time.
Snorkeling requires only that you swim along the top of the water, or through it. You can float, as you make your way around the clear waters of the Gulf coast wearing a special diving mask, and breathing through a contoured tube. Fins are optional, and can enhance the snorkeling experience. The air bubble created by the mask allows the swimmer to see clearly underwater. Viewing of undersea life is the primary attraction of snorkeling.
The calm, clear, shallow waters of the Gulf are perfect for beginners of all ages, and exciting enough for the more advanced explorer. The ease of the sport makes it a great choice for families to enjoy together. With just a bit of practice, even young children can become well adapted to this exciting outdoor activity.
There are ample opportunities to get the family out for a snorkeling adventure in southwest Florida. Any of the beach locations where the water is clear and calm make an appropriate venue to try the technique. Snorkeling along piers, underwater rocks, and reefs provide a more exciting experience as they tend to attract colorful reef fish and other sea life.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love snorkeling off the beaches of the barrier islands in southwest Florida. The avid outdoor family will enjoy adding an underwater experience to their list of adventures. Using common sense around the water, and in the sun will keep the family safe.
Never swim or snorkel alone. Sunscreen is always important for outdoor adventures in Florida. Staying hydrated is important even though snorkeling is a water activity. The shelling along the Gulf in southwest Florida is fabulous, but it is illegal to remove live shells.
Grab your mask and snorkel, and head off for an underwater family adventure!