Snorkeling Gear – Choosing the Best

a boy snorkeling underwater

Imagine this; you are relaxing on a beach, staring at and admiring the beautiful blue waters of the ocean. You are curious to see what the underwater world has to offer, but unfortunately you can’t dare because you have never scuba dove or snorkeled before. So, if you have been looking for an inexpensive, easier and a fun way to explore the underwater realm, why not try snorkeling?Unlike scuba diving, snorkeling is an activity that requires little experience and almost everyone can snorkel even they are not avid swimmers. So how do you prepare for snorkeling? What equipment do you need? Here are the basic snorkeling equipment you can’t miss.

GOOD QUALITY EQUIPMENT

One of the most important things to have before leaving to your snorkeling destination is to have quality equipment. Buying good quality snorkeling equipment will not only make you feel safer and more comfortable, but it will also increase your confidence. Choosing the right snorkeling gear is important and it’s always a good idea to test it prior to leaving for your snorkeling destination. It’s important to know that people are different, so what may fit another person or traveling friend, might not work for you. So, ensure that you do good research before purchasing and do not always go for the most expensive or cheapest brand, as they may not be the best.

CHOOSING A MASK

Another important piece of snorkeling equipment to have is a proper mask. The best type of snorkeling mask is one that comes with wide eye sockets that will cover your nose, so that it ensures you don’t inhale water once your head dipped into the water surface. Nowadays, there are snorkeling masks that even can cover your entire face, which makes it easy for you and also allows you to have better peripheral vision.

A mask that comes with a head strap is better as with it, you can easily adjust the mask to fit into your head properly and also it allows attaching your snorkeling breathing tube. Usually, all masks have some degree of suction and a silicone rim, whose purpose is to allow the mask to firmly fit on your face and block water from entering your mask.

Snorkeling masks come with viewing glass of different qualities. These include scratch resistance, UV protection, anti-reflection, anti-fog and much more depending on your preferences.

CHOOSING THE BEST SNORKEL

A snorkel is a plastic tube that allows snorkelers to breathe once their face is under the water surface. Snorkels that come with valves make outward ejection of water easier. In addition, valves are useful if, for instance, you snorkel around water waves as they tend to prevent water from getting into the top of your snorkel, preventing you from choking.

Always ensure that your snorkel has a soft and comfortable mouthpiece. Many snorkelers tend to clamp the mouthpiece to make it not slip out of their mouths. Therefore, if your mouthpiece isn’t made from silicone, you might end up with a serious jaw ache.
A large snorkel tube is important for easy breathing.

CHOOSING FINS

Snorkeling fins are not must, however, they can greatly improve your comfort, mobility, and safety in the water. They can also help you swim and allow you to go deeper into the water than you can without them. Short snorkeling fins do work when snorkeling, however, the bigger the fins, the less effort you will have to put in, in order to move forward. When selecting fins, they should be flexible, long and easy to wear and remove. Fins are usually available in open heel style or full-foot and it depends on your particular preference. Some snorkeling fins come with an adjustable strap so that they can fit your feet perfectly; there’s nothing worse than losing one of your snorkel fins while in water.  Thus, the design of equipment is important to consider.

EXTRA SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Apart from the above mentioned three essentials for snorkeling, there are also a number of other pieces of safety equipment to take with you’re leaving for your snorkeling trip. This equipment will not protect you in the water, but they will also help you to have a more enjoyable experience all around. Snorkeling safety equipment includes snorkeling vest and anti-fog spray.

6 Things Always Happening During A Rugby Game

Rugby games are played and hosted almost every other week for family, friends, and colleagues out to have a good time. However, did you know that regardless of how often these games are hosted, there are 6 things that are considered as a constant during a rugby game?

Crowds

There are a lot of people attending a rugby game. No matter the venue or the teams playing, you will surely find a large crowd of loyal fans attending and supporting their favorite team.

Painted Expression

Not everyone might do it but at least a handful of the audience will show up with their faces painted. The colors can vary depending on the team they are following but some even go as far as dressing up in a costume to complete the effect.

Common Ground

The popularity of rugby makes it a common ground for everyone. This means you can literally be seating across some celebrity or royalty who are there to root for their favorite team. No game goes without the attendance of one or two celebrities. Just keep your eyes peeled.

Wince Once in A While

No matter how often you watch or are aware that there will be some rough plays during the game, you still can’t help but wince when you see a bone-crunching hit occur between players.

Totally Engrossed

Some fans tend to become too engrossed in the game that they sometimes forget that there are other people sitting in front, right besides, or behind them. They sometimes end up shouting their hearts out that leaves your ears ringing even after the game.

Souvenirs

Remember the last rugby game you went to where you bought a couple of shirts as a memento of your experience or you might’ve just wanted to show your support for your favorite team?

No matter how many items you might already own that bears your team’s logo, you will surely find another merchandise (or excuse) to purchase a new item the next time you go to a rugby game.

Don’t be surprised if you noticed something else that is not included in my list. I’m sure there are plenty that I missed. The most important thing to remember is that you and the rest of the spectators are there to have fun, fun, fun!

5 Rugby Facts You Probably Never Knew

So, you think you know all that there is to know about the game of rugby? Think again. Just like any other game, rugby has its own set of facts that not everyone is aware of.

Oval Shaped Ball

Richard Lindon and Bernardo Solano created the first set of rugby balls from a combination of hand-stitched, leather casings, and pigs’ bladders.

The ball naturally became oval in shape since pigs’ bladders were known to take on an oval shape. The ball sizes also varied depending on the size of the pigs’ bladder that was used.

The original rugby ball was spherical in shape up until 1870 when Lindon introduced rubber inner tubes that caused the ball to gradually change in shape from a sphere to an oval. In 1892, the oval-shaped ball was recognized as the official shape of the rugby ball.

Most Famous Team

New Zealand’s Rugby team, the All Blacks, are probably the most successful and famous rugby team worldwide. They perform the haka (a Maori war dance) before every rugby match. The Maori war dance is usually performed by cultural groups and tribes across New Zealand.

Basketball Offshoot

It was actually a rugby coach who created basketball. The rugby coach wanted to have some form of indoor sport activity for his players during the off-season to keep them in good condition.

All Because of A Sandwich

In 1910, while on the way to a rugby game against Scotland, the French rugby player Gaston Vareilles hopped off the train to get a sandwich from a buffet served at Lyon, France.

The buffet queue was so long that by the time he returned to the train platform, it was too late. The train was already well on its way to the game leaving him behind. He never got a second chance to play for his country again.

Troop Invasion

British troops stationed in Cape Town were the persons responsible for introducing rugby in South Africa. Nowadays, South Africa is considered as one of the leading nations in the world of rugby for several years.

Now, you know a little bit more about rugby. Have you done your own research and have a list of facts that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Four Reasons Why You Should Play Tag Rugby

Most people commonly associate the game of rugby as a contact team game where the player gets tackled down by another player. However, there is another version of rugby known as “tag rugby”, which is a minimal contact team game.

The game is played by two teams with seven team players each. The attacking players will attempt to evade, dodge, and pass the rugby ball while the defenders will attempt to prevent them from scoring by pulling a Velcro-attached tag from the hip of the ball carrier’s shorts – known as “tagging”.

Here are the 4 reasons why you should play:

Fun and Camaraderie

Imagine how much fun you’ll have just attempting to grab a tag or tags off another person’s shorts all in the name of sports.

You can play the game with colleagues, friends, family, and even complete strangers. And since you need good teamwork to win the game, you might just end up with a new friend or two.

Caters to All Skill Levels

Tag rugby is pretty simple to play and it being a minimal contact sport will allow both newbies and experts to play together. It can also be played with mixed males and females or kids and teenagers alike.

Great Exercise

If you hate exercising but love to indulge in any form of sports, then tag rugby would be up your alley. You won’t notice that you are getting fit since your mind will be on how much fun you are having in trying to grab or evade the opponent. Forget going to the gym, go and play tag rugby instead.

Just 40 Minutes

Unlike other games, tag rugby can be played and finished in just 40 minutes or less. This gives you ample time to have a good workout while having fun, fostering friendships, and possibly de-stressing from your everyday worries.

Have I got you interested in playing? I’d recommend going online and checking out for any tag rugby venues near your location. Have fun!