For many people kai gathering is an important part of culture and is a popular pastime, however people don’t realise the potential dangers, especially when snorkelling for kai.
• Be Prepared
Only go snorkelling for kai when you know how to use your gear safely. If you’re unsure, start with a course, or get an experienced friend to show you the ropes.
• Use The Right Equipment
Wear gear that won’t leak or break. Use a catch bag that floats well - it’ll hold your kai and may save your life if you need it. A good wetsuit will keep you warm, help you float, and even help you stay out longer. Use a dive flag too, so others can see you.
• Always Snorkel With A Buddy
Stay close to your buddy in the moana as they won’t be able to help you if they don’t know what’s going on. Besides, it’s always more fun with a friend.
• Be Aware Of The Dangers
Before you go in check what the tide is doing and how that might affect the area you’re in. Is there a current you need to watch out for? Could waves make things hard for you? If in doubt, don’t go out.
• Know Your Limits
The fitter you are, the safer you’ll be. Swimming and snorkelling can be pretty challenging for our bodies. Build up your fitness in the pool first, before hunting for tasty treats in the sea.