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Let's Re-Brand "Snorkeling"

Discussion in 'Snorkeling / Freediving' started by RalphinOrmond, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. freediver

    freediver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Texas
    Let's hear it for TURRD!! :D
  2. FishOutUvH2O

    FishOutUvH2O Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Cozumel, MX
    I'm sure that this also hasn't helped the image of snorkeling. . .

    But, I hesitate wanting to call it finning. Since I often use that term to mean a different activity. I use it when I'm just going to grab my fins and go kick around for a while with no real purpose. As in;
    Wife- "Where are you going?"
    Me- (in a low, almost inaudible voice) "Stay out of my business woman!"
    Wife- "What did you just say?!"
    Me- "Nothing sweetie. Would it be alright if I go finning?"

    There's also the fact that, technically, you don't need fins to snorkel.:D
  3. PerformanceFreediving

    PerformanceFreediving Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    What an interesting post! I will say I've had what I do for a living called "advanced snorkeling" many times! I say, be proud to be a snorkeler!
  4. smile47

    smile47 Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: california
    Alot of people just haven't free-dive,they just like to snorkell,like Dave and fishout.thats cool.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2009
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle


    Why assume that all snorkellers would rather be doing something different, such as scuba diving, spearfishing or freediving? I'm passionate about snorkelling, a simple, spontaneous and fulfilling activity which I've enjoyed in different parts of the world for half a century and I can assure you that I really don't spend my snorkelling time wishing I was freediving or scuba diving instead. I have nothing against freediving and scuba diving as pastimes: after all, snorkelling shares a subforum with freediving here on Scubaboard, which is itself dedicated to scuba diving. If you prefer freediving, that's great, but don't expect everybody to follow your lead. Consider accepting people for what they are, and do, not what for what you want them to be and do.
  6. FishOutUvH2O

    FishOutUvH2O Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Cozumel, MX
    David, be patient with smile47. Some people have a hard time coming to terms with their snorkeling desires. They wonder how it is that they can feel such an intense yearning toward something they have always felt was for children or the weak, meek, and those unable to participate in "real" activities. Often, people with these "strange" yearnings will act out by belittling the very activity that they so long to be a part of. Patience must be shown to these folks, they'll "come out" when they're ready.

    Just kidding with you smile47. But seriously, as one person put it earlier in the thread, snorkeling is not a gateway activity to something "real", it's an activity unto itself.
  7. chadpeddy

    chadpeddy Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Austin, Texas
    Just as a note, SCUBA is also by previous posts, should I say it, NOT A SPORT, but an activity

    "That is, it's not a physical activity that can be judged competitively and may push the human body to extremes."

    If you push your body "to extreames" durring the SCUBA diving activity you will end up a headline. SCUBA is controled, relaxed, and designed to stay out of the extremes. Hence the safety stop.
  8. ickis

    ickis Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Israel
    i love free diving, but for some reason im not a big fan of snorkelling- i like going to the sea and just swim underwater (with or without fins) without breathing but the snorkel kinda messes that up for me: it keeps me connected to the surface..
    the image on snorkelling became as such due to the fact its a widely spread leisure activity that anyone can do and there is no competitive side to it so people regard it (and wrongly) as a somewhat "inferior" aquatic activity.
    sadly theres no way to change that (or there is but i cant really think of one).
    i think its wrong that people belittle snorkelling (though ive never really seen it my country.go figure...its actually kinda popular :) ) and they shouldnt....though i dont think thats entirely true (unless you count some morons in this board...).
  9. surfsol

    surfsol Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: tampa bay
    kirkconnell is a pro snorkeler
  10. daniel1948

    daniel1948 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Spokane, WA
    Just wanted to add my two cents: I like the word "snorkeling." I think the word "snorkel" is cool. The coincidence that the word shares three letters with "dork" does not bother me. And the activity of snorkeling is super-cool: all the stuff I get to see.

    Free diving and snorkeling are two different activities that can merge together without a clear line between them. You can snorkel without diving at all, or free dive without a snorkel, but you can dive down three feet, ten feet, or fifty feet while snorkeling if you are able.

    I've been snorkeling for years, but scuba diving for less than two years, and I would not voluntarily give up either: Snorkeling allows me to be more active and push my (very modest) limits for depth and breath-hold time; scuba encumbers me with a lot of heavy and restrictive gear, but allows me a more relaxed experience while under.

    So I vote for keeping the word "snorkeling" to describe one of my favorite activities.

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