I was on my first trip to Maui recently - Nov 2013 - and had a truly fantastic first time snorkeling experience. Not knowing how to swim, my wife and i were very apprehensive about getting into the ocean. Based on a friends recommendation we booked for a private snorkelling lesson/tour with Maui Snorkel tours. Sussie was supposed to take us out but due to an emergency Jeff had to step in and take us into the water.
Unlike regular snorkel tours which start early in the day we started at noon. Jeff started off by talking about the basic gear and things to do when in water. Jeff was really slow and thorough with the theory section and he really made sure we were calm and comfortable before getting into the water. We started off by practicing a few small loops in the shallows by holding his buggy board and practicing how to float and paddle. Within about 20 mins we were really comfortable and we then ventured into the waters. The next 30-40 mins was really a beautiful experience in the water. With Jeffs help we were able to swim across corols watching some really nice fish.
I recommend this tour to other first time snorkelers with little or no experience with the ocean. Jeff is a really qualified guy being an ex naval rescue diver and is genuinely interested in making sure people enjoy snorkeling and dont end up having a bad experience.
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