If you’re planning a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands and spending time on tropical beaches, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up snorkeling at least once. Snorkeling is a great way to get up close to sea life that you would only catch glimpses of on a sailboat or catamaran. But if you are new to swimming in open waters and aren’t familiar with snorkeling equipment, or maybe if you’re a little nervous about the experience, the whole thing can feel quite intimidating and scary.
The good thing about snorkeling is that there is minimal equipment and it only takes a few minutes to get accustomed to how it all works. Unlike scuba diving, where it’s highly recommended you take a class or two before jumping in the water, you don’t need any official lessons before donning your snorkeling gear. But it does help to get a few tips.