Learn about Snorkeling on Abang – GIPI Riau Islands
Most of Indonesia’s territory consists of the oceans, and the Indonesian Ocean itself is included in the heart of the world’s coral triangle. So it is unfortunate that we as Indonesians cannot enjoy the gift God has given us.
One of them to enjoy the beauty of the underwater is by diving, or what is now cooler called Scuba Diving. But for Diving, it takes expertise and special tools, there are courses that must be taken to get a diving certificate, and even then vary in levels, the higher the cost is more expensive.
Even though snorkeling doesn’t need special abilities, even those who can’t swim can also do this activity.
But there are a number of things we must know so that we are safe and the environment is also safe, especially for those who first snorkel.
Well, another alternative for us backpackers who have not been able to take diving certification or rarely go down to the sea, enough to snorkel at sea level.
Understanding Snorkeling according to Wikipedia is “Snorkeling (surface diving) or shallow diving (skin diving) is the activity of swimming or diving by wearing equipment such as diving mask and snorkel.”
There are 3 tools that are used for snorkeling, namely Mask, Snorkel, and Fin. While a life jacket is also needed for security.
Adjust the mask to what will be used with your face, because the use of an improper mask will cause the entry of water into the mask and of course it will interfere with the pleasure when snorkeling.
Snorkeling is basically just moving the way we breathe in, which was previously inhaled and released through the nose into the mouth through a snorkel hose. So breathe as usual.
Likewise with fins or frog legs that will help us paddle in the water, it must be in accordance with the size of the feet not to be too loose or too tight.
Before entering the sea try a few moments to breathe through the snorkel hose to get used to.
Snorkeling is not only for those who can swim, those who cannot swim can also enjoy what is important to know how to paddle and must be accompanied by more experienced people.
Make sure our snorkeling location is coral reefs or fish. It’s time to get into the sea.
DON’T FAILED (WHAT IF IT THAT TEACHES HARD AS ADMIN)
Wear bright colored clothes to make them look (when taking pictures), for those who can’t stand the cold, you can use a wetsuit that is usually rented out at the rental place.
Try it in a shallow area before entering the rocky area until you get used to the equipment.
Look at the sea conditions of our snorkeling location, such as water temperature, waves and especially the direction of the current. Enter the water where the current starts flowing and do not fight the flow so it does not get tired.
For the first time you wear fin, you will usually be uncomfortable with these tools, but when you get used to it, it will be easier to help move in the water.
Get to know some dangerous fish and animals inside the sea, don’t let the fun turn into a disaster because of our ignorance.
Occasionally look up not to be too complacent by beauty, look at your direction not to get hit by a boat or too far apart from the group.
Apply liquid soap or toothpaste to prevent condensation in the mask.
If you are too dewy how to clean it is to put a little water into the mask then shake the water in the glass, after removing the water clean by pressing on the top of the mask then blow the air hard through the nose.
If water enters the snorkel hose, exhale air through the mouth so that the water comes out. Don’t drink it, it’s not good bro.
If you are already proficient, try to dive deeper by holding your breath or even cooler, called freediving. But for more, it needs to be studied for the right freediving techniques so as not to endanger yourself.
Let’s be a responsible snorkeler.
BE CAREFUL WITH THE FEET WHICH IS USED WHEN IN THE WATER, DON’T BE TOUCH AND TO DAMAGE CORAL REEFS.
Don’t touch all creatures that are in the sea. Be it coral reefs, fish to other sea creatures such as sea turtles or starfish.
Especially until standing on the reef to rest.
Coral reefs only grow a few inches per year, so do not let our activities damage the beauty under the sea that we should guard.
It takes days for starfish to move from one place to another, don’t destroy the sacrifice just for the pleasure of taking pictures.
Bring the rubbish that we bring back to the city or port, not to make a beautiful place polluted by the garbage we carry.
Imagine that you are a sea creature who then comes to a stranger who touches and holds your body, how does it feel?
Take nothing but picture, leave nothing but bubble!
The most important thing is