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    Default Snorkeling at CSA

    My husband and I have snorkeled a couple of times in Mexico. Once off of Cozumel. I loved it. It was like a whole different world under water! So beautiful. It didn't go so well for my husband. On one of our trips it got very wavey. My husband started to panic. Was wondering how deep is the water you snorkel in? Do you get in the water by ladder? Is there a large current in the water? Also about how long is the excursion and does it go every day? How large a boat? Are the snorkels new? Just wondering how clean?

    I'm really hoping that this is something my husband will try again and something that we can enjoy together.
    Thanks

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    The water at its deepest is 12 feet. You can either get in the water via ladder or just jump on in! The current will depend on the day that you go. I recommend not going if it has been windy that day if you are worried about him panicking again. They WILL cancel the snorkeling trips if it is not safe. They run every day at 11:00, 1:30, and 3:00 (different times on Thursdays but I don't recall what they were). We went twice last week at 1:30 and didn't have any issues. It takes about 15 min to get to the site, you will snorkel for up to 30 min, and then 15 min to get back. I'm not sure how new the snorkels are but the ones I saw were in great shape and are cleaned and sanitized after each use!

    Hope that helps!


    Quote Originally Posted by rgveld View Post
    My husband and I have snorkeled a couple of times in Mexico. Once off of Cozumel. I loved it. It was like a whole different world under water! So beautiful. It didn't go so well for my husband. On one of our trips it got very wavey. My husband started to panic. Was wondering how deep is the water you snorkel in? Do you get in the water by ladder? Is there a large current in the water? Also about how long is the excursion and does it go every day? How large a boat? Are the snorkels new? Just wondering how clean?

    I'm really hoping that this is something my husband will try again and something that we can enjoy together.
    Thanks

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    There are 5 different sections of the reef. The water can get very shallow, even as you approach it. Waves are not a problem unless you see waves at the beach. You sign up the day before and the boat takes 14 people. You get around 45 minutes of snorkel time. The equipment is okay, but you should bring your own.
    Ricky Ginsburg
    Boca Raton, Florida
    (just a 75 minute plane flight from paradise)


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    We were at CSA in Feb 2010 and we went to several different snorkelling sites during our trip. Most are not very deep - but even if they are shallow you really shouldn't be putting your feet down on the living coral. You get in the water down a couple of steps off the side of the boat. You can get back on board any time - they normally stay about half an hour. One day we went and it was quite choppy - neither of us fancied getting off the boat when we reached the snorkel site, so we just stayed on board whilst the others went in. The boats aren't bit - take about 20 people max.

    I'd recommend he tries it again - he can stay close to the boat, and if you chat to the watersports guys who come with you they will keep an eye on him or even go in with him. If he gets spooked he can just get back on board.

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    Take the 11:00 trip as the water is usually calmer then. Also, flotation devices are required and the guys on the boat make sure everyone is wearing one regardless of skill level. And as Lap has said, start off close to the boat until he feels comfortable. Get wet!

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    Thanks for the info. I've already told my husband we are going to give it another try. I think part of the problem was that when we went off of Cozumel, it was very deep there and far from land. It was a large catamaran with quite a few people. I think it freaked him out when he was in the water and it was wavy and all he saw were people bobbing around in their life jackets. Said it reminded him of the Titanic scene. I'm sure that didn't help. This sounds very manageable.

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    The great thing about Couples is that they have available the inflatable snorkel vests for every person. I never go into the water without one on when I am snorkeling. It just gives me that extra level of security I need to enjoy myself.

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    They'll also let you wear a life jacket if you just want to be lazy and float on the top and look at the fish....I do this, because while I can swim, I like to do the least work possible when on vacation!!!

    The snorkeling isn't as fabulous as Cozumel, but it is fun, and you can see some pretty fish/plants, etc. I think it's really relaxing....

    Have fun!!

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    Couples is the ideal place to give snorkeling another try since it is included in the price. We are avid snorkelers and have our own equipment. The snorkels are sanitized, but we prefer using our own. Try to sign up for the 11:00 snorkel trip - usually the water is calmest in the mornings. The trip is only one hour long, and if once they get to the snorkel site, he doesn't want to go in, he can stay on the boat. None of the snorkel sites are very deep at CSA, just be careful not to touch or kick the coral. The current is completely dependent on the weather. We have had strong currents a few times.

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    We've been to CSA 3 times and have gone snorkeling every year... The water does get more waves in the afternoon, so we always try to go in the morning, 11 a.m. The water is much more calm and we have a blast. Trust me... I'd get a little freaked in waves too!

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    If you get a chance try the night snorkeling. We did that at CSA last year and it was great! I was a bit concerned since I'm not a strong swimmer but I had no trouble and the water was very calm. I'm definitely looking forward to more snorkeling in Feb when we return to CSA.

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    Hi rgveld welcome to the Couples Family,
    Your husband will have an awesome time on a CSA snorkeling trip. The water sports guys are super nice and go out of their way to accomodate all types of people. Last year one of the guys escorted an older woman who couldn't swim very well and was scared to get off the boat. He stayed with her the whole time and pointed out a lot of things which kept her mind busy on fun, not fear. He even chased and caught a puffer fish to show her. When she got back on board she said she had a wonderful time. Everything was Irie Mon! Here's a few pictures of one of our snorkeling trips. One is of the boat and one of an old sunken cannon at one of the sites.
    Enjoy your time in Paradise, aka CSA!
    Steve
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    Interesting that your husband panicked also! My husband jumps out of airplanes, yet he had an issue while we were snorkeling at CSA this past September for our honeymoon. He said that the waves and staring down so much gave him vertigo or something. I was fine though. Luckily, you're very close to the boat, so if he starts snorkeling and isn't crazy over it, he can hop on the boat while you explore. It's included, so if it doesn't work out, nothing ventured, nothing gained!!

    Good luck! CSA is AMAZING!!!!
    Laura

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    Thanks for the picture. The boat looks very easy to get in and out of. Even with handrails. Can't wait!!

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