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snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

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snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Dear All,

I am going to Komandoo end of May 2014, And this is the 1st time we are heading there. We need help on this trip:>

My hubby and I are both non swimmers, and would like to go snorkeling. I am wondering is life jacket provided in the villa? and is it safe to snorkel there during the moonsoon period. Or is it even safe for us?

It it recommend to buy our mask and snorkel? I will consider renting the snorkeling fins from the resort.

Another qns is... We are gg FB, and is wondering is it worth to upgarde to AI ( As the AI now includes the mini bar in the room)? Both of us do not drink any alcoholic. And will only consume some soft drinks and bottled water. I read from the forum that 1L water was provided free daily in the room. But some said that it was 2 bottles. Can someone help me?

Thanks a million.

Shevaun

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1. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Welcome to the forum.

People drown in the Maldives whilst snorkelling so please do not attempt to go near deep water if you cannot swim. A life jacket is supplied for emergencies and is not to be relied on to allow you to attempt snorkelling.

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293953-i7445-k6…

The house reef on Komandoo is actually quite far from the beach compared to other islands. You have to wade out across the lagoon to reach the reef - the water would soon get too deep if neither of you can swim. Depending on the tide level, you can't touch the bottom in places where you reach the inside of the reef. The outside of the reef drops away to very deep water.

There isn't much to see in the lagoon.

The sea can be rough for snorkelling in the wet season - May can be even worse if the monsoon changeover happens whilst you are there.

Why not learn to swim before you go? If you are staying in a JWV surrounded by water and reached by a long jetty, then you may feel more at ease if you know you can swim.

On Komandoo you get 2 large bottles of water in the room on arrival and then they leave 1 each day after that.

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2. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Lyn, Thanks for your reply.

I had done snorkeling in malaysia and thailand, but both time with the life jackets on.

If the life jacket is only for emergency use, does it mean that there is no way for us to enjoy the sea? That's very sad.

Or do you have any idea that which resort have marine lifes just outside their water villa? LOL.

Sometimes the idea to stay in a WV sounds scary when we don't swim. But that's a dream place to go >_<

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3. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Please read through the first link in my reply.

9 People died whilst snorkelling last year.

3 people have already died in 2014..... 1 of those whilst wearing a life jacket.

You can drown in shallow water....it would be irresponsible of us to suggest that you go into the sea (other than to paddle or sit in the shallows) if you can't swim. There are currents and the weather/ sea conditions can change quickly. You can soon find yourself in deep water and far from shore. There are no life guards watching out for you - you rely on the hope that another guest or a staff member happens to notice that you are in difficulties.

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4. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Stay in your depth at all times if you cant swim and even then i wouldnt advise going deeper than waist high.

If you go out of your depth and cannot swim you are only asking for trouble for you, the reef and other guests (regardless of life vests)

Experienced , strong swimmers drown in the Maldives as well as the non swimmers. I truly cant believe anyone would consider going into the ocean, with currents, coral, wild marine life and cannot swim and are out of their depth. Its a bit like jumping out of a plane without a parachute

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5. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Learn to swim before you go, otherwise I wouldn't try snorkelling at all...

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7. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

This is what worries me:

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If the life jacket is only for emergency use, does it mean that there is no way for us to enjoy the sea? That's very sad.

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Yes there is a way you can enjoy the sea........learn to swim, you have plenty of time before you go!

There have been numerous deaths lately of holiday makers drowning because they think a life jacket makes them invincible. Would you try and drive a car on the highway without having any lessons?

I am really scared of the day when a resort worker, or another tourist, dies trying to save someone who got into trouble when snorkeling.....because they never bothered to learn to swim.

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8. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

As the others have said - if you can't swim, there is no way you should go snorkelling. People can drown in just 3" of water. Not only do you risk your own life, but also the lives of people who may come to your aid if you get into difficulties. It is not hard to learn to swim and as said you have plenty of time to do so before you go. Please think very carefully about this.

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9. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Do NOT snorkel unless you can swim. That's it really. No more needs to be said. A lifejacket will not stop you being swept out to sea if you get caught in a current. A life jacket will not save your life if you get into difficulties. You should not be even thinking about snorkelling.

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10. Re: snorkeling for non-swimmers? Life jacket in JWV?

Sad story here, please take swimming lessons

http://www.sun.mv/english/19271

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