Snorkel and Swim Safety Tips in USVI

Be Safe, Have Fun in the Virgin Islands

Know your own swimming ability – Don’t forget the sunscreen

  • There are no lifeguards on any beach.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and high surf alerts.
  • Be aware of your own swimming ability and keep an eye out for others in your group. No need to over-exert yourself. Listen to your instincts and do not go farther out to waters then you think you may be comfortable with. Relax and gently swim along where you have a comfort level. If you feel like you may be getting tired, get out of the water. Instead, enjoy the beautiful views of the Virgin Islands by relaxing on the sandy beach for a bit until you are refreshed.
  • Stand on sand. Be especially aware of sea urchins (shown as the cover photo), which are black spiky creatures (which usually adhere to rocks) and fire worms. It is best not only for you but also for marine life not to touch anything in the water. This is for preservation of marine life and natural environment and because you may step or touch things that may cause cuts or irritation to your skin.
  • Bring water and snacks to keep your energy up.
  • Pack reef-safe sunscreen, bug spray, and of course, your hat, sunglasses, and a towel too.

Snorkel Gear Tips in the Virgin Islands

Tips to use Snorkel Gear

  • For the best seal against water leakage… First, do not apply sunscreen to your face before using snorkel gear – The greasier your face is with sunscreen, the more the mask will slip and slide, rather than adhere to your face. 
  • Next, get your face wet and the rim of the snorkel mask wet then apply the mask, although no mask is 100% leakproof.
  • Finally, IF YOU HAVE FINS, do not walk in them in the sand to get down to the water. The proper way is to carry them down to the water. After that, wade into the water and put them on in thigh or waist deep water, then immediately start swimming. Above all, it is dangerous to walk in fins from the beach in the sand or in the breaking sure (This goes for walking forwards or backwards. For some reason, people think the pros walk backwards? Please don’t walk backwards in fins you are not used to, wearing a mask your not used to on your face, as you walk blindly backwards into crashing surf … It certainly is not safe).