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Who is Liable If a Person is Injured in a Snorkeling Accident?

Snorkeling is a fun activity. It is generally the most popular excursion when on a cruise. This is presumably due to people thinking it is safe, easy, affordable, and a great way to take advantage of being in a tropical location. However, as rare as it may be, snorkeling accidents do happen. Most of these incidents are avoidable if one uses a bit of common sense and some caution. These are some tips one could take to reap the rewards of a snorkeling experience, instead of being in an unfortunate predicament on the water.

  1. Never snorkel by yourself. Of all snorkeling accidents, the majority occurred to solo snorkelers. Studies show the chance of injury while snorkeling is dramatically reduced if you snorkel with a partner or group.
  2. Stay close to shore. Most people misjudge their capabilities. They will get into water and then realize the current is too strong and it is more physically tiring than they anticipated. By then it is too late. If you stay close to shore, you can get back too safety or be close enough to where another person can see you in peril and assist you
  3. Be aware of what is around you. Rocks and corral can be in the water and can be quite sharp, or even trip you. This could lead to problems. The last thing you want to do in the water is break a leg, making swimming close to impossible.
  4. Save energy. Use a life preserver instead of snorkeling without one. Not only will it be safer, but you will enjoy the experience more. If you want to dive below the surface, you can remove the life preserver for a few a seconds. Immediately when you come back to surface, place your life preserver back on you. This will save you energy, keep you safer, and be able to focus on your surroundings, instead of just trying to keep yourself afloat.
  5. Do not touch anything in water. Most underwater  animals will try to avoid humans, however many animals have a defense mechanism in place when they feel danger. Keep a safe distance from marine life, and if they swarm you, stay calm and do not make any sudden movements.
  6. Do not snorkel if you can’t swim. This seems obvious but a large percentage of snorkeling accidents occur due to swimmer inexperience. Being out in the water is a skill, it is not easy. If you do not feel you are a strong swimmer in a pool, only imagine how much harder it is in the open sea.
  7. Beware of water temperatures. If the water is too cold, it can sap the energy out of a swimmer. If you feel compelled to snorkel in this type of water, wear a wet suit..
  8. Check your equipment before getting in water. A poor mask, fins that are not the right size, and a snorkel that has restricted air-flow will make the likelihood of an accident much greater.

Even with these precautions, accidents are still possible. There may also be a negligent party liable for an injury that was caused in the water. Other snorkelers, the snorkeling charter boat company, the manufacturer of snorkeling equipment, and the property you are snorkeling on may be liable for these injuries. If you or a loved one was injured, please contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA so we can determine if you may receive compensation for these injuries.

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