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HOW TO SNORKEL The joy in visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands is the accessibility of its underwa-ter world. The shallow plateau of the Caicos Banks means coral communities and fish are brought closer to the sur-face, and with it, the opportunity for vis-itors not to miss out if scuba diving isn’t for them. Snorkelling, provides a lens into the life below and with the right gear and a little practice, this part of nature is accessible to everyone. 1. Relax! Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, our very salty water will help keep you afloat. 2. Find a mask that fits properly. Without the strap in place, fit the mask to your face, pulling all of your hair out of the way. Inhale. The mask should seal and stay in place. If it does not, try another mask. 3. Pull the strap over your head and adjust it to a snug, not tight, fit. 4. Attach the snorkel tube to the strap. Insert your rubber mouthpiece and bite down. The tube should stick by your ear and feel comfortable. Practice breathing through your mouth in shallow water. 5. You will need to treat the mask so it doesn’t fog up. The most effective way is to spit into the mask (yes…really), rub it around the glass and rinse in water. 6. Putting fins on can be a comedy. This is best accomplished in shallow water if you are approaching your snorkel site from the beach. Otherwise you may have to walk backwards to the water’s edge. 7. Practice breathing and clearing water out of your mask and tube. If water should enter the tube, blow it out like you are using a peashooter! 8. Whatever you do, use protective sunscreen while snorkelling. Sunrays are magnified and in turn can be very harmful when your body is semi-sub-merged in water. Now you are ready to enjoy our stunning underwater world. While you can snorkel anywhere, you will see the most interesting creatures over coral heads (darker areas in the water) and along jetties. One of our most popular snorkel sites is The Bight Reef on Penns Road. Your excursion operator can take you to coral heads by boat. Guide books and cards are available from dive shops and the Unicorn Bookstore to help you identify the vari-ous fish, turtles, rays, corals, sponges, gorgonians and seashells you will encounter. I “Amy's Ultimate Guide to North and Middle Caicos” is THE GUIDEBOOK dedicated to North and Middle Caicos. Available at the iTunes store. It contains over 100 colour images, maps and information about getting to and around North and Middle Caicos including day trips, attractions, dining, beaches, rental cars, tours, accommodations and more. Follow @amycaicos on Instagram / Twitter Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at MARCH/APRIL 2017 • • • • • 87

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