SAFETY TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
|In the Water:|
crystalline waters of Puerto
Morelos and surrounding areas are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. To
avoid any inconveniences, please follow these guidelines.
Remember to always swim with a buddy and never alone.
2. Although Caribbean waters are usually tranquil, watch for
unpredictable currents and undertows.
3. Never swim when tired or overheated, or right after eating.
4. Don't over estimate your swimming abilities; remember it is difficult
to judge distances in the water.
5. Children should always be under adult supervision, especially if
playing with inflatable toys or swimming in the water.
6. Make sure your snorkeling gear is the correct size.
To test the mask, press it onto your face without strapping it on.
Breathe in; if it doesn't fall off, it fits.
The snorkel must feel comfortable inside your mouth.
7. To clean your mask and avoid fogging up, spit into it and rub the
saliva on the plastic eyepiece and rinse with ocean water.
8. When putting on the mask, move hair away from your face, adjust the
straps to your head, and make sure the snorkel tube is in place.
9. While snorkeling, breathe only through your mouth; to avoid
swallowing water, do not lift your head with the snorkel in your mouth.
Blow air out of the tube whenever you are diving under water.
Never, ever throw trash onto the beach. Respect
other peoples' right to feel the powdery Caribbean
seashore between their naked toes without the fear of being cut
by unseen glass or aluminum.
Never, ever throw garbage into the sea. Marine
creatures like turtles and fish mistake colorful trash for food-an often-lethal
error. Trash not consumed, like
plastic six-pack-holders, has strangled to death more than one sea turtle or
Always regulate your buoyancy to avoid drifting into delicate reefs.
Controlling your buoyancy is a skill, and many first-timers drift down or
up, and may damage fragile coral. If
you have not been diving in over a year, take a practice beach dive with a local
guide near shore-before heading out to the reefs.
swimming, snorkeling or diving, secure all cameras and other gear in order to
avoid dropping them or banging them against the coral.
take anything from the sea. Even
seemingly lifeless organisms are recycled by other water-dwelling creatures.
not feed marine creatures. From
algae on up to dolphins and tuna, ecosystems are delicately balanced
environments that are easily disturbed. While
some fish may like eating Wonder bread, for example, it can still make them
using sun block or tanning lotion when diving or snorkeling nears the reefs; it
is composed of environmentally toxic oils and assorted chemicals.
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