Snorkeling: Meaning and Definition
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while wearing a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins. In colder waters, a wetsuit can also be worn. Using this equipment allows snorkelers to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.
Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resorts and scuba diving spots. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural environment without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.
It appeals to all ages for the little effort there is and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba gear. Snorkeling is also employed by divers when they are on the surface, and search and rescue teams can snorkel as part of a search in the water.
It is also a means of putting an end to underwater sports such as underwater hockey, underwater rugby and spearfishing.